Terial Magic Thread Painting: Part 3

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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!

Terial Magic Thread Painting

Step 6: Quilt and edge stitch

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

Terial Magic Thread Painting

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.

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