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« on: April 13, 2011 06:02:39 AM »

... and my partner didn't seem to mind. 



As a swap newbie, trying to figure out what to make, I carefully read and re-read my partner's questionnaire, looked at her wists and posts and tried to figure out what to do.  Two things struck me. A the very bottom of her themes was "I'd love it if some one made me a microbe quilt"  and a picture on her wist.  You can see the picture on the quilt label above.  It is from a Scientific American webpage.  I had to try.



Since the whole project was a bit different from my usual, I kept having to explain to my friends quilty or otherwise that I was making it for a swap with a partner who was probably a biologist and for lack of a better identification, I called it slime mold, a weird biology term they could sorta relate to. 

I had an absolute blast working on this. It was a fun challenge and I learned a whole lot.  I refreshed my VERY rusty embroidery skills. 


I learned a new way to quilt. 


I figured out how to add some beads and sequins, used some new stitches on my machine and even did some traditional hand quilting. 


The rest of the details... The background fabric was painted on muslin.  The black slime mold (quilter's cotton) was fused, raw-edge applique with a machine blanket stitch.  Embroidery was done with three strands of floss in some cases blended with one strand of metallic thread.  The random stitch quilting was done with pearl cotton #5, my new favorite thing to hand sew with!  Glass beads and two sizes of sequins.  Machine and hand quilting were done using a variegated and a silver metallic embroidery thread. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2011 06:07:27 AM »

it is fabulous! Smiley

hope this is the start of many more happy swaps for you.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011 06:50:48 AM »

It's beautiful!  (Never thought I'd say that about slime mold. lol)
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011 07:15:25 AM »

this is awesome. so awesome.  Hitting my wists, and this rocks button! beautiful work!
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011 07:28:45 AM »

Amazing capture of nature's unlikely beauty.  I'm inspired to try a neuron one...

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011 07:32:40 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2011 07:42:39 AM »

The techniques you combined and the details are wonderful, waggonswest!

Love the painted areas and the embellishments really add texture and interest!

Love it!
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2011 09:16:15 AM »

I love the shading and the beads.  Awesome job!
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2011 09:34:54 AM »

This is beautiful, it's wisted!
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2011 10:10:32 AM »

this is one of the best quilts i've ever seen! great job Smiley
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