On my trip I learned a new technique called Shadow Quilting. I had never heard of it before, but I found the technique very interesting.
- Take a line drawing of your design.
- Trace the 'parts' of your line drawing onto the dull side of a piece of wax paper and cut out the pieces.
- Iron the pieces of wax paper onto the fabric of your choice, shiny side down.
- Cut out all of the pieces of your design and arrange them onto your background fabric.
- You should have a full sandwich of the backing, batting, background and design pieces.
So far so good, nothing surprising.
- Then, you place a piece of shadow fabric over the entire design.
- Here is where you have some choices to make. You can take the color coordinated threads and hand quilt an outline of the design pieces. That's it, leave the background un-quilted. Just bind and done. That's how most of the samples I saw were finished; not my choice.
Of course, I deviated I thought it was just a little dull for my taste. So...
- I machine quilted the background and outlined my design in corresponding colored thread.
It's not my best work, but it was fun to learn a new technique. In the end though, I really didn't deviate all that much did I?