Quilter's Tile - Off Balance
8" x 8"
©2012 - Sharon V. Rotz
It started with a piece of chenille fabric I made long ago. It intrigued me, I pondered. What I could do with it?
The chenille was made from 5 layers of fabric stitched together diagonally and then stashed down to the bottom layer. A wash and tumble dry plumps the slashed layers.
What I kept stumbling over was the fact that the design was off balance. If the plaid used as the top layer were only centered, then I knew I could use it. We do like things to line up, don't we?
Determined to stay with it and not put it aside another time, I found a narrow piece of felted wool and three small doilies.
I arranged them over the chenille and stitched them on. No plan in mind, just playing, covering up the off balance chenille design. Oh, maybe this will work after all.
I added some decorative cord to areas.
A simple edge finish seemed appropriate, so I zigzagged over a strand of yarn. This didn't do it. It was not heavy enough to cover the edge and too many threads were poking out. A second row of stitching around the edge didn't help. What else could I do?
I chose to stitch another strand of yarn butted against the first.
This helped to cover the edge better and gave the edge the visual weight that it needed.