I wanted to try another turtle quilt using the Herd of Turtles pattern (available from here: http://prqc.com/2faq.htm), but this time using the raw edge applique technique. This method was much quicker for me, and I saved even more time (and a lot of anguish!) by NOT cutting out the areas around the sections on the carapace. Instead, I got out the Copic markers I’d purchased when I was in the US, and shaded the carapace sections to give the illusion of dimension. I was quite pleased with how the shading turned out. I had the green jelly roll fabric I’d made up a few weeks ago and that I didn’t particularly like, so I used that as the background, and for the turtles I used one of the metre-long batik lengths I’d bought in Bali last September. Because this is raw edge applique and because this is a quilt likely to be hung in a child’s room or used for a child, I wanted to stitch down those raw edges a bit more securely, so I used the same thread I’d used for the raw edge and stitched those edges down using a blanket stitch. Finally, I added some wavy kelp using a fluoro lime green thread, then followed the waviness of the kelp into the border.
- Fil-Tec Glide ‘Peach’ (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #50473)
- Mettler Poly Sheen (40 wt, polyester, colour #5940 [fluoro lime green])