In this three part series by Terry McFeely, the inventor of Terial Magic fabric stabilizer, you'll learn how she simplified the techniques of innovative quilt designer, Donna Greenwald. Using Terial Magic, you can do thread painting, too.
After a class with Donna Greenwald, Terry became positively obsessed with thread painting. This is the much anticipated final part of Terry's series of Thread Painting blogs using Donna Greenwald's Quilt! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you may want to check those our first.
Step 1: Pin the leaves and stems in place
To begin part 3, I start by removing all the flowers and stems to pin on the background. I layer and pin the leaves and stems in place. I used a fabric marker to mark the center of the leaves mimicking how the veins would appear in nature. It's helpful to create marker lines as a guide when thread painting in a contrasting thread.
Step 2: Sew in some contrast
Next, I used a multi-colored heavier thread to add contrast and weight to the center veins of the leaves and stems. Repeat thread painting on all layered leaves and stems.
Step 3: Sew the edges in black
Use a black embroidery thread, and the free motion setting on your machine, to squiggle sew the edges of the leaves.
I used the free motion zigzag setting for the stems. Once all the leaves and stems are outlined its time to add the flowers, pods and stems.
Free motion zig zag the remaining stems. I used a straighter free motion stitch for the pods, and then free motion squiggle sew the flowers onto the quilt.
Step 4: Creating my border with Terial Magic
For the border I wanted to design my own frame for theses incredible flowers. First, I treated the border fabric with Terial Magic. Then, I folded into a quarter fold, marked 2” from the edge and cut an arc I had drawn on paper as a template.
Step 5: Gluing the border
Once cut I glue tacked it onto the front of quilt, I used X-Press It Clear Gel, my new go to for gluing fabric!
Step 6: Quilt and edge stitch
This was my first time ever free motion quilting. I used a clear monofilament thread. My spacing seems pretty tight, but I think it works with the heavy thread painting…it just took a long time! Once quilted, edge stitch the border down about 1/8” from edge of border using the clear monofilament thread.
Step 7: Echo stitching
Now, to complete the quilt, I echo stitch ½” away from edge stitch. Be sure to continue until you reach the quilt edge. Complete the echo stitching all the way around quilt. Lastly, I square and trim the edges, then bind.
Making this quilt was such an enjoyable experience. Thank you to Donna Greenwald for her incredible art quilt pattern. I loved sharing what I learned from her class, as well as showing you how Terial Magic can work wonders in your quilting process.