My sewing machine cabinet makes the best light box. I set the sewing machine on the floor and lay a piece of Plexiglas over the opening. My light bar sits where the machine used to sit on the drop down shelf. This light was made to stick up under a counter or desk and has a knob to turn it on and off. Works pretty slick. Of course this is not a large light box but I can mark most of the things I make using it.I taped my design to the underside of the Plexiglas then positioned my fabric on top and taped it down.I used a chalk pencil to mark the design and hoped it would not rub off before I got it quilted but didn’t want to use anything that would be hard to remove. I did have to remark some of the lines right away when I rubbed a finished area while marking another.
Layered it up with the same silk fabric for the backing plus wool batting. I used spray baste for this small quilt and it worked pretty well to keep the layers together. The center motif was quilted first with a peachy/orange YLI Silk thread. I love the contrast of the thread against the turquoise colored silk fabric.
Knew I wanted a dense filler for the background so chose a dark green YLI Silk thread for background quilting. I quilted and quilted and finished the background around the basket…..then I decided I did not like how it looked and ripped it all out. I do wonder why I didn’t stop and give it a good look before I got that far….Oh well. Thank goodness for my magnifying clip on lenses. Made ripping out all those stitches a little easier….not more enjoyable, but easier.
I worried that the ripped stitches would show on the silk fabric but miraculously the fabric just looked a little puckered but no visible holes. Now what should I do for a background filler in this area? I do want to have a solid looking filler design to make the peach/orange designs pop so need to think about it a little.