I mentioned last week that I will do my next quilt slightly differently from this one. The issue came about because I decided to add my batting before slicing up my quilt top, and the result was that the weaving step, shown above, was more bulky than I would have liked. Not a huge big deal, but I'll do it in a different order next time: weave first and then add the weaving to a solid piece of batting and backing fabric for quilting.
Using both a rotary cutter and scissors, I sliced up the quilt from top to bottom, leaving a 1/2 inch attachment at the edges.
The cuts are wavy, and to keep them from slipping around, I pinned the layers together (dryer sheets, muslin base, batting).
I cut strips of netting and wove them through the slits, alternating the ups and downs. I left them loose on the ends and repinned as I worked.
When the netting was all in place, I re-pinned the piece to some thin, soft flannel as a backin fabric. I placed a row of pins all around the outside of the top, 1/2 inch from the edge to mark the area for quilting. The outer edge must be left unquilted in order to do the wrap and tuck binding that I plan. (http://www.mixed-media-artist.com/2013/10/alaska-quilt-part-five.html)
I added more embellishment before beginning to quilt, using fibers and a large crochet hook. A tapestry needle would have worked too. These fibers represented the striations in the layers of ice that form the glaciers. I considered adding another layer of netting to the top before quilting in the next step, to make the colors a bit more blurry, but decided against it in this case. Maybe the next quilt!
I used perle cotton and beads to quilt up each strip through all the layers, including the backing. This was tough going a few times, necessitating a pair of pliers! The ends of the thread were tied off but left showing on the front.
Here is the piece fully quiled, but still without a binding. Next week, we finish up!
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