I finally finished and hung tapestry #2 in my “4 Elements” series: Water.
I’m glad it’s done now. Here’s some of the insanity that went into it (photos by Ian Akin, who has been a houseguest here through the whole thing):
I actually started sewing the “ribs” of the waves freehand, which was frustratingly difficult, before I remembered that sewing machines are actually designed to sew straight lines. Feed dogs push the fabric through at an even rate, which is how you get nice even stitches unless you’re doing weird things like covering the feed dogs with Teflon and using a darning foot. Off went the Teflon, on went the “walking foot” (a big noisy foot that feeds the top layer of quilt at the same rate as the bottom – useful for multiple layers of fabric and batting), and down, slightly, went my frustration with this part.
I did a two-tone thing with the sky, except most of the lighter tone got trimmed off when I cut the whole thing down to match the size of “Earth.” This is a consequence of not using a proper pattern. Next time I’ll plan more carefully. The free motion pattern in the sky is based on Leah Day’s “Ocean Current.”
The scales on the sea serpent are my favorite part. I think one reason this quilt was less fun to do is all the parallel (more or less) lines. Free motion quilting is more fun with detailed, tight little patterns that go every which way. To me, anyway.