Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fine-tuning the string section...

As I am getting closer to putting the "Baltimore Rhapsody: Symphony" quilt top together, I am starting to trim down the blocks to their final unfinished size, 15-1/2 inches.

Before doing this, I want to be completely through with any stitching or embroidery so that I wouldn't be handling the blocks too much before seaming in all the raw edges (I hate all the messy strings when blocks start to unravel from being handled too much).

I looked at them with a much more critical eye than when I first finished them.  I saw some things that needed to be tweaked or fine tuned...some more outline embroidery, a French knot here or there, a few more "safety" applique stitches on pointy pieces.

First I tuned up the string section.  Here are some before and after pictures so you can see the difference.  Some of you may think I am being fussy, but after all the work that has gone into this project, I want it to be as  good as it can be.

Violin before fine-tuning...
Violin after fine-tuning...

I had used a slightly darker fabric for the side of the violin to help with the perspective, but it needed a little darker outline stitching to look right.

I went back and added this to all stringed instruments.


Cello before fine-tuning...
Cello after fine-tuning...

I also added some outline stitching to the lighter fruits of the violin block where there wasn't enough contrast between the pear fabrics and the background fabric.


Pears before fine-tuning...

Pears after fine-tuning...

It is a subtle change, but I like the result.  I also made similar adjustments on the viola and double bass blocks.

Now the string blocks are all tuned up and ready to be trimmed!

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)

15 comments:

  1. These blocks are really beautiful. You will be very happy that you took the time to take care of these details. I look forward to seeing the top put together.

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  2. My goodness Teresa, your applique is just delightful. I'm simply in awe of your work!
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  3. I would have thought your blocks were absolutely perfect, but your subtle changes are wonderful and add a lot of depth.
    I've lost track, how many blocks do you have?

    Question: what batting did you recommend for hand quilting. I remember us talking about it and now I've forgotten - thanks!

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    1. I'm with Barb...would love to hear your preferences on batting choice.

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  4. Such a simple detail, yet it added so much to these blocks. You have made such quick progress with this project, considering, and I'm feeling the anticipation build up to see the whole. :D Exciting!

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  5. You have such a great eye for details. That was amazing how your fine tuning made the blocks better. I learned something today!
    This is an amazing project...a show stopper for sure!

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  6. Wow, such a small thing but what a difference. Can't wait to see more. It is spectacular.

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  7. It's all about the details! It's what changes a beautiful quilt to a masterpiece!

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  8. The outline stitches really help define the designs! Excellent!

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  9. Hmmmm, tuning up your blocks--pretty soon the whole orchestra will be tuned up and ready to perform...love it...Julierose

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  10. You're right. Most people, including myself, would never noticed the lack of definition but now that you've done it, it makes a world of different. Hurray for your good eye and meticulous workmanship!!

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  11. Amazing what a difference that fine tuning makes. These blocks are amazing :)

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  12. Your blocks are wonderful and even more so after you fine tuned them!

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  13. Hi, I'm an italian quilter and my name is Luciana. I am passionate about appliqué by hand-sewn. I was looking for something to learn new techniques, and found your blog and I was happy about it. You explain very well each step. Thank you very much and I will continue to follow your blog with passion.
    Ciao
    Luciana

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  14. Hi, I'm an italian quilter and my name is Luciana. I am passionate about appliqué by hand-sewn. I was looking for something to learn new techniques, and found your blog and I was happy about it. You explain very well each step. Thank you very much and I will continue to follow your blog with passion.
    Ciao
    Luciana

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