Moving in on the Rhinos X two

I sort of hit the wall today… The Christmas  link is too long and I need to compress it…I worked on it for days……..XXXXXXXX    (Oh well, more time on the computer)  now the pen isn't working on my sample piece for the rhino….

SO, I gave in and went to the movies with Kodi.

We saw Where the Wild things are….. 

It was OK, but I have seen better movies…

I went shopping and then succumbed to the hot day and just rested on the chair with a headache for the past hour….

But tonight when it's cooler I will finish a small project for Mum for Christmas….

I had a problem posting yesterday, the link was slow… so….

This is yesterdays post…

First I had to decide on how I wanted the background of the Rhino to look. By that I mean the quilting… it will be done in orange, the same colour as the background fabric.

It's an incredibly detailed quilt, so the quilting needs to compliment it…

I don't want to do horizontal lines.

I'm not going to do feathers.. I wonder if the person who designed that pattern so many years ago could imagine that millions of quilters would follow her idea.?

No stippling.

No swirling…. it has to be my pattern.

It needs to be a similar shape to the rhino, it has to be delicate, it has to be subtle.

So I did a few sketches over breaky.

I decided on a 3" repeat….. 4 repeats, to make a 6" block that could be reversed and it needs to intertwine.

It's a tall order. this is just 1/4 of the block, so effectively, the lines need to match exactly when you put 4 of these images together….

I made a 3" design on velum, photocopied it and the four images  together… It looked OK, so I copied it into EQ6 and re-drew it roughly. That gave me an idea of how it was going to look as a n overall design.
I played around with it for an hour or so, twisting and turning the blocks until I was happy.

4 three inch blocks, make a 6" block and 4 six inch blocks make the pattern.
DONE. Then I slept for half an hour.

I've tried transferring it to fabric 3 different ways… 

1. with washout pen…. it was too thick and although it will stay there when I'm handling the quilt under the machine it looked terrible.

2. white pen. Nup, can't see it and I think it will wear off with handling.

3. lead pencil, pencil was too hard and caught on the fabric.

4. Inktense outliner pencil, it's softer and will rub out….works OK.

5. I've tried a white roll on pen that disappears when you iron it, not bad, but I don't think Ill use it.

6. Colored pencil that I can rub out after it's been quilted.

That's it…I joined a lot of the patterns together to get the correct size for the quilts…



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris John says:

    Pam, that quilting design is WOW!!! I think it will look amazing as a background to the rhino.
    I love Maurice Sendak’s illustrations of the Wild Things and could just imagine them on a quilt.
    Hope you get the Christmas done soon, looking forward to seeing it.

  2. Sally says:

    Hope your headache has disappeared by now. The quilting pattern for the Rhino is amazing and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas, Pam. Your blog is such a gift to all of us. Thank you! Sally (in the cold and snowy northern U.S)

  3. Pam says:

    Sally, the headache faded…. I reckon it was just the excitement of Christmas…

  4. Pam says:

    Chris. I like the pattern too. I’m a bit daunted by getting it down on the fabric… but that’s tomorrows job.
    The contours will be shaded gently with pencil after it’s quilted.

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