I tried free-motion machine embroidery for the first ever time, so much fun! I really love how the deep burgundy stitches make the background green batik look like actual beet greens.
Both of the dark batiks are from a trip we took to visit friends on the east coast before covid. They are full of wonderful memories, I was so happy being able to include them in a project for a friend.
This is freakin’ adorable!
Just love this style…and using the batiks is fabulous as well!
I love this so much!! The colors! The stitching!
My first (and second, and third) attempts at free motion were awful! You totally nailed it first try! Did you use a free motion foot?
This is very artsy and cool, and the colors make the design pop!
This is so cool!
This is art!
You killed it! And who would have thought about beets bringing anyone together? Lovely work!
One thing I didn’t know was that the fabric should be stretched in a hoop while stitching. I’d already fused all those carefully fussy cut fabric shapes to the background when trying the free motion stitching & was horrified at how bunched up everything became, I thought it was totally ruined! It flattened out with hot steam pressing and pulling, then I fused it to the thick felt backing to make sure it stayed flat. Scary for a minute there but I’ll know for next time. I’m sure it’s fine not to hoop for something like stipple quilting but this sort of dense back & forth sketchy drawing gathers the fabric up a lot.
This is so beautiful!! Your free motion stitching is exceptional, I’m so impressed this is your first piece!