These are the fabrics that Viv, from Highway Cottage, sent me for her block in the Cottage Quilting Bee. Very different to what I usually use. In fact, I have hardly any black in my stash at all. Something that I need to remedy.
Viv printed images onto fabric using her computer printer. The image I received was fantastic quality. I think she used freezer paper to run the fabric through the printer. Something I am going to have to try. I have used freezer paper to print on brown packing paper but not to print on fabric. I am not sure how the image will handle being washed. Viv's quilt is going to be a wall hanging so that isn't an issue, but I have heard there is a solution that the fabric can be soaked in that makes it permanent. Definitely something to keep in mind for future projects.
Viv's quilt is all about Emily the Strange. I had never come across her before but have since googled her and have found out how all over the place she is! How come I never came across her before? The image I received is of Emily's four cats, Mystery, Miles, Sabbath and Neechee. Each is also represented by a symbol.
Viv told us to go wild and that we could embellish if we wanted. She also told us that the image didn't necessarily have to take centre stage. So I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to do stuff I don't usually do on a quilt block! Hopefully Viv likes it!
I added some red and black and white polka dot fabric, mounted the image on some frayed white fabric and divided the block into three sections with ric rac.
Lots of deliberately wonky embroidery stitches, some plain buttons and some stripy buttons that I embroidered with the symbols that represent the cats.
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