I love that background fabric! I asked Valerie how she made these. She tells me that she started with a chalk outline on black fabric, and then fused the patches of Aboriginal fabrics onto that. Isn't it great the way she maintained the continuity of the fabric pattern across the different patches? On the wombat the fused patches were finished with a hand blanket stitch, but on some of the others she did a machine satin stitch with variegated thread:
Then the black background was embellished by hand with running stitch, back stitch and "many, many French knots" in No. 5 perle cotton. The whole applique was then stitched to the background with a machine satin stitch in black thread.
I really love these, and I think it would be fairly easy to apply this technique to other shapes. Some of the animals are adapted from a book by Julie McKenzie, and some are Valerie's own design.
So here's the whole quilt all the way through Month 9:
|The Red Centre|
It's looking great. Thanks so much, Valerie, for sharing your work!
Click here to read last February's post about Valerie's inspiration for her version of Sedona Star
click here to read about the original Sedona Star designer Sarah Vedeler's inspiration!