The Today I Feel Quilt is my ongoing large wholecloth quilt project. I'm writing one post every week about the past week's phrases, which answer the prompt, "Today, I feel...." You can read more about the project on Week 1's post and my daily expansions on each phrase on Instagram under the hashtag #todayifeelquilt. The threads are generously sponsored by Aurifil Threads.
Week 2 of the #todayifeelquilt was decidedly more positive. It was a pretty typical week in my life - gym, school, tutoring, and a little sewing (this project, with just a few minutes a day, was what I made the most progress on). I expect that this coming week, with Thanksgiving and lots of family time, will provide even more interesting words.
See, when you're quilting on a domestic machine using free motion quilting, you can often turn the quilt in any direction to work on a motif (to alleviate bulk). When you're writing words, though... they kind of have to be in one direction. Ideally, they'll be straight, too, which is why I use a ruler and a handy dandy Fons & Porter chalk pencil to draw a line (plus, I love that these chalk pencils have erasers!). I'd usually use my hera marker but that's the downside of quilting on purple fabric; it's much harder to see the indent. So, chalk it is.
Cursive is the easiest, quickest way to write a word; you're only starting once. But some words beg to be represented in a different font, so I make a little more time for those. Lots of starts and stops, means lots of threads. My sister, who is not a quilter but an avid quilt cheerleader, mentioned her love for the photos where the threads still hang. I've been lazy throughout the week and tend to bury them at the end, when I'm about to quilt the details around the words. Sometimes, though, I feel like leaving the threads would be a good idea - it feels raw and "real." Buried and cut threads feel like cleaning up. But, this quilt will hang in a show, and I want it to be long-lasting, so I bury those threads.
I was going to talk about using thread to create contrast, too, but I'll save that for next week when more of the quilt will be covered.
If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them! Just let me know in the comments. Thanks for your support of this project. I can't wait to see what happens next.