Dear readers, you deserve something fabric related after suffering through my sketching and art journaling efforts of late. I've been inching along on the original Upward Tick the last few days. I finalized the arrangement of circles, using a dab of fabric glue stick to hold them in place while tulle was overlayed and pinned for the final stitching. Time to contemplate whether clear or smoke invisible thread would be best, and do I have to free motion around the circles? I've done this on one other art quilt (Jockeying For Space) so pulled it down off the wall for a close look. So much for my memory. I was quite surprised to find I'd used a dark purple cotton thread along the edge of each piece, and the stitches were too uniform for them to have been free-motion stitched. Lightbulb moment - of course! My Upward Tick circles would benefit from an outline of dark thread. I used a black Aurofil 2 ply 50 wt cotton which is quite thin - perfect!.
Next step was to fuse Decor Bond to the back of the photo-printed fabric that will be the "mount". This gives it more stability and heft for both attaching the quilt part to it and for the framing step. Sometimes I use glue baste to hold the little quilt in place once I've centered it on the mount. This time I used 505 spray baste (and quickly remembered why I started using the glue instead). A narrow zigzag stitch with mono-filament thread attaches it permanently to the mount, and this chenille decorative thread couched along the edge with clear mono-filament thread provides the finishing touch and accent that helps pull things together. For all intents and purposes, this is finished, but I'll show it in its entirety when it is in its frame.
You may remember that I mentioned trimming down the circles. While I was doing that, watching the rings stack up on the table, I of course wondered if there was anything I could do with them. I started playing with interlacing them like the rings of the Olympic logo. Eventually I tossed them on this scrap of fabric I'd set to one side, another idea in the offing. This is why a perfectly tidy studio may not be the best environment for creativity - at least for me. I need things OUT and in my line of sight so these happy accidents can occur.