Thursday, September 10, 2015

More or Less: Fruit Salad

I finished another More or Less Quilt, this time using WonderFil FabuLux Fruit Salad thread.  I designed this thread line for WonderFil and it will be available for purchase later in 2015.

My latest More or Less Quilt:

It started with a new pair of quilting glasses.  Did you know that needles have holes in them?  I can see the eye of the needle now!

I stitched ribbon candy in the pink stripe (of course!) and then worked on a feather in the white fabric:

I used a Handi Quilter Wave F template for the spine, added some swirls for feathers, echoed the swirls 1/4" away.  Instead of putting swirls on the other side of the spine, I grabbed my Handi Quilter Mini Circles template and added a line of half-inch pearls.

I filled in the background behind the swirls with pebbles but filled the background behind the pearls with parallel lines using my Handi Quilter Right Angle Ruler (my fave!).

I added some dissolving diamonds in the black fabric using my Handi Quilter Mini Scallop template and then filled the diamonds with asterisks.

In my last quilt, I wasn't happy with the way I outlined the Dissolving Diamonds, so this time I stitched 1/8" and 1/4" outside of each uneven diamond:

I filled in the channels with ribbon candy, just 'cuz I like it

And here's the finished Fruit Salad quilt again:

The difference between my last two More or Less quilts:

First Love (left) had very little contrast between the thread and the black fabric.  Fruit Salad has more contrast and is easier to see.

I explain this process and more in my video:

Fruit Salad has less pebbles and more parallel lines.

Fruit Salad has less swirls and more pearls.

Fruit Salad has more outlines and less jumpy transitions outside of the diamonds.

Fruit Salad has less fabric.  I made this quilt much smaller than First Love.

I have butterflies and dragonflies on the back of this quilts.  Sadly, they are all flying upside down.  Let's keep this our secret, ok?

I'm hard at work on my next More or Less quilt using Cabana thread.  Here's a sneak peek:

Those hippos are facing all directions so I can't get this backing upside down!


Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

I have really enjoyed this series! Thanks so much for sharing your process and particularly the rulers you are using. I have a few for my Sweet 16 and am always looking for ideas. The parallel lines on Fruit Salad are lovely but a lot of thread stops! I am so lazy sometimes!

Jane Niewoehner said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing.

SandraC said...

I'm going to be giving Wonderfil threads a try. Im working on one of my own quilts now and trying out a couple of colours of Invisifil for the first time and loving it! Are there some of their threads you can suggest I try on the longarm? Looking forward to trying the Fabulux!