One of the members of our fiber art group, our dear friend Linda Shea, is leaving New York and moving to sunny California. The group decided that each of us would make a fabric square for her, using “heart” as the theme and creating it in our own individual style. Hopefully, after she settles in to her new home, she will assemble the squares into a quilt of memories of her friends at ARTAA.
I have a special passion for feather-stitching, and feather motifs lend themselves so easily to the shape of a heart, so this is the design that became my contribution to Linda’s quilt. To give stability to the fabric square, I fused it to Pellon Shirtailor® interfacing; the design, which had been drawn onto tracing paper, was then transferred to the fabric with the aid of my trusty light box. The piece was then free-motion stitched using Sulky 40-weight rayon threads. I had an embroidery hoop waiting in the wings, in case the fabric showed signs of puckering, but I needn’t have worried – the interfacing did its job beautifully.
Linda, I hope you know that our hearts will be with you always – you are a treasure.