Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jello Botanical Print....Quilting

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Jello Botanical Quiltlet 20 x 30 inches

Auditioning Quilting Threads
I was surprised I pulled so many threads for such a little quilt.

Auditioning Green Threads for the Purple Leaf Applique'
Look.....I chose all variegated threads.

My 2 Favorites of the Green Threads

I need to stitch them out on a sample to see which looks best...

This is a YLI 40 wt Cotton Thread.
I like this thicker thread.
I used a 90/14 Topstitch Needle for this heavy Thread

This is an Aurifil Thread......lots of sheen.
I used a 80/12 Topstitch Needle for this thread.

Both green threads stitched out on purple sample leaves.
I put the leaves on the quilt to see how they look...

I chose the Aurifil thread.
I like the white in the thread, it goes with the white in the central jello print and also in the border fabric.

Fusible Interface on back side of quilt top Stabilize Quilt during heavy thread work

White & Green Aurifil Thread to Applique' Leaves

The white in the thread brightens up the dark purple leaves.
Just what I was hoping it would do...

King Tut Purple Variegated Cotton Thread

I chose this thread to stitch on the white negative jello print.
It should enhance the botanical print and also warm it up a bit so it is not so stark white in appearance.

King Tut stitched onto jello print
I used a 80/12 Topstitch Needle for this thread.

Back Side of Quilt Top...
Thread Work Done

I am ready to baste the top to batting and backing fabric...

Green Backing Fabric
Green Bottom Line 60 wt bobbin thread....very thin.

Gold Metallic Thread
Overstitched the jello print with metallic to give it some glitz!
I used a 90/14 Topstitch Needle for the metallic thread.

Brown Bottom Line 60 wt Thread
Stitched around the leaves to give them definition.

This lightweight thread blended in perfectly around the edges of the leaves and did not distract from the green variegated stitching.

YLI Variations Teddy Brown Thread

I chose this for the background quilting.
I want it to blend in with the background and not take away from the jello print.

Background Quilting Done

I chose simple lines of quilting.
The thread worked perfectly. It adds texture, but does not distract from the main botanical print.

My Secret Garden

20 x 30 inch Jello Print

Ready for Binding!

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CLICK HERE to view Jello Printing Slideshow

CLICK HERE to view a Jello Printing Video


Thread Shed CLICK HERE

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,


Carina said...

The jello printing tutorial is fabulous. Does it belong to you? May I link to it on my blog with proper attribution. My thought is that way even more people would see it and I would be able to find it again, when I decide to do jello printing.
Right now the store has jello on sale. How many boxes do I need? Thanks for your consideration.

LuAnn Kessi said...

Hi Carina,
Yes, the jello printing tutorial was made by me. I took the photos and set them to the slideshow.
Yes, you are welcome to link to it.
I purchase the big box of Knox Gelatin and use the recipe for Knox Blox on the side of the box (just use water, no juice). Covered tight in plastic, the gelatin will last for weeks in your frig and can be used over and over again. With a lot of use, the gelatin will break can reheat it in the oven, then re-chill it in the frig and keep on printing with it.
Don't wait......try it is so much fun!

Carina said...

Thanks for the permission to share. I had heard of gelatin printing and sort of understood the concept, but pictures.... Well, It just made the process so much more understandable and accessible.
I will probably wait a little while before trying this because it is still winter here and a few weeks will bring so many more botanical options to play with.

Art Play with Chris said...

LuAnn, you are amazing. . the photos, the tips, the processes, all of which you share so freely with the rest of us. I don't think I know anyone else that I can say is more generous than you! Just wanted to thank you.

LuAnn Kessi said...

Hi Chris,
You are so very welcome. Glad you are absorbing lots of info from the blog. I truly believe in "Sharing What You Know". Taking photos while I am in the process, makes me slow down a bit, make decisions a little more thoughtfully, and perhaps gives me a better completed project in the end.
My Best To You,