For many summers, I would pack up my boys and we’d travel 240 miles to go to the Flathead Valley, and spend a week with my Gramma Ila, enjoying the family farm, and picking what seemed like tons of raspberries, strawberries and more! My Aunt Vi had the most incredible Raspberry Patch… her huge yard was encircled with 4-6 rows of raspberry bushes that surrounded their home! Fabulous! Sometimes we had time to go through Glacier Park too… but we always had to get those berries home into the freezer!
“THE FLATHEAD” landscape art quilt is lovingly dedicated to my Gramma Ila, who passed away in 2002. The Flathead Valley is shimmery lakes, sparkling rivers, lush fields and purple mountains majesty.
Blog entires on December 15: Bobbin Quilting and December 23: More Hints if you’d like to know more.
|Hint: I used white thread on my top so the silver bobbin thread would be dazzling…|
My favorite silver thread was just calling to me! And I decided to let it meander… just like the Flathead River through the steep mountain gorges… and of course, (below) there has to be just a glitzy touch of angelina fibers… it just reminds me of the sun and water, and fresh air!
The picture shows where I’ve couched on wool roving. The beading you see here was done by machine, without a foot… yes you can do it that way! The exception however, is the triangle silver bead in this picture.. it was done free motion, but I did have a foot attached; the #29 (Bernina) clear free motion foot, which I turn to constantly! I just set it for a zig zag… and carefully… ensure your stitch width accommodates the width of the bead hole to the edge of the bead by using your hand wheel first! Then, at a slow speed, stitch your zig zag 3-4 times to secure the bead.
Questions? Please let me know and I would enjoy answering them! I love to demo this fun technique in the free motion classes I teach. I will be posting instructions specific to this technique in the New Year!
HINT: I always use polyester (Isacord brand) for strength, and size 2mm beads with holes that will accommodate a 90/14 needle, which in my opinion, has to be a microtex needle for sharpness. An advanced technique, it also requires a great deal of caution and focus as you certainly don’t want to put the needle through your finger, (No, I haven’t done it with this technique!).