Science Friday Quilt in Progress

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Truth: I never work on more than one project at a time. I listen to music while I practice McTavish and circles in the border on this quilt. I drew and quilted simple pairs of leaves puffed up by stippling around them. I stopped to dance a bit--when Martha and the Vandellas sang, "Dancin' in the Streets." Hope this link works.;_ylt=Au8koY1E0C77464tEaXcz8ybvZx4?fr=yfp-t-900-1-s&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=dancing%20in%20the%20streets%20video Today I tried out the stitch in the ditch ruler, and my first attempt quilting with a curved cross-hatch ruler. Prior to this year--I've only owned one rotary cutting ruler for 20+ years. It was about time to start learning how to use rulers. They are fabulous and fun. What advice would you give someone starting this project? TIP: I'm using specialty fine tip fabric pens called Frixion. They lay down a fine line and remain fine line, and don't bleed out to a larger line like the blue markers do. The Frixion pen lines disappear instantly when heat of an iron is applied. I love it--its a wonderful product. Frixion pens come in a pack of colors, black, blue, green, red, purple. If you are using blue fabric markers, please know that sometimes blue marker doesn't completely wash away with water. Sometimes blue haziness reappears. Here's what you must do. Put 12 oz. cool water into a spray bottle and add 1 tsp. baking powder. Shake it vigorously, and spray to remove the blue marker. The chemicals in the baking powder neutralize the blue coloring.

What you will need

  • My special bolt of black/lime green peace sign batik
  • Scientific Symbols on Donald Duck Yellow background (found at Goodwill for 99 cents)
  • and various other green and yellow prints. Cotton batting
  • black/yellow ivory cotton print for backing. Queen Size - Quilted on a Long Arm Machine

Q&A with Shoestring

mo.sews asked:
oh swoon! I've been cruising through all the patterns and projects on Craftsy tonight and your quilt stopped me in my tracks! Lovely color combos... and your quilting is beautiful! Love, Love, Love it!
Shoestring answered:
Hi Mo. I left you a couple messages on projects. What can I say--all your projects are coloful and sew so beautifully. Congratulations.