Thursday, September 15, 2016

Playing With The Ultimate Background Stencil

I recently purchased a set of Ultimate Background Stencils from Cindy's Threadworks.  She carries Cindy Needham's stencils as well as a variety of other thread related products.  I have long been a fan of Cindy Needham's work.  I came across a table cloth with a small amount of open work and thought it was time to try some of Cindy's techniques.  Then Quilt Shop Gal offered a few incentives to get started.

I drew a feather template to trace.

I traced the feathers and added the background stencil onto the top.

Table cloth pinned to blue cotton, batting and backing.

Cut away detail.
A quilting friend who is an amazing hand quilter suggested using overhead pens in green to mark quilting lines.  This is a first for me.  I'm looking forward to washing it out to see how the quilting looks.  That's a long way off though.  There will be quite a bit of detail quilting to come.

The chosen stencil for the center.
Free-motion stitching the cross hatching.

Other stencils in the set.

I thought about using the clam shell stencils as well.
The appearance of lovely texture.

Another shot of texture.
Thank you Cindy Needham and Quilt Shop Gal for all of your encouragement and support.