I've been on a hand quilting kick here lately. This time I have added little hand stitched butterflies to some of the blank spots in my blocks, then I filled in the rest of the block with stipple quilting on the machine.
Here it is, step by step:
I have a white background this time, so I used the water soluble blue marker(1) to trace around a freezer paper pattern. Since this is so small, I did not take the time to press it down with an iron. I simply held it in place and traced around it.
I hand basted around my marked pattern to keep the layers from shifting, then hand quilted right on top of the blue lines.
A little bit of water and a rag removes the blue marks as shown here.
I use a darning foot to add some free-motion stipple quilting around the motif. As the water dried, a small amount of the blue markings re-appeared. Simply dab at it again with water and they will clear right up.
(1) Thanks Brenda 😉
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