Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Previews + an explanation at the end.

I have about two more hours of mindless fusing to do on this quilt. Thank heavens it is already quilted! It is still on the table and even I haven't pinned it to the wall to get the full effect, so it may have a few more changes before the final product. It measures 57" by 43"ish so you are only seeing narrow portions in each of these shots.

The main difference from #1 Matchstick Moons, besides the background layout, is that on this one I used 85% silk for the matchsticks, and in the first one I used all cotton. I think.
And this one has a lot more moons. And a LOT MORE matchsticks.

This is the view on the table, and it shows the use of the really light values of silk shantung. They glow in real life.
They will be carting me off to the boobie hatch when this is done, so see you when I am declared no longer a threat to myself or others.

To answer the question of why is this quilted already and then the matchsticks are fused on afterward:

With the first Matchstick piece I considered how I would quilt it after it was all done. That posed the problem of stitching between or on top of the matchsticks and that I did not want to do. So I ended up hand quilting the whole thing. Not wanting a repeat of that endurance test, I decided to quilt the top, outlining the suns and having radiating quilting lines coming out from each. Then the fused bits could go where they may without having to worry about where the stitching would be. In the second piece, Matchstick Moons #2, you will not see many stitched lines, except for the lines between each panel. I carefully covered the quilting stitches with matchsticks so that nothing showed but the surface.

The quilting is visible on the back. It is not heavily quilted. I wanted a smooth surface so the matchsticks would be most reflective.


  1. I love those Matchstick Moons! As I am always way ahead of myself I am wondering where I can find a good online lesson on fusing?


  2. What do you mean, "It's already quilted?" Would you explain this--the how & why you quilt first and then fuse matchsticks above? Thanks.

  3. Wow, it's looking great. I love the "rays" of different color intersecting through--at least that's what it looks like to me from these sneak peeks! Keep on fusin', honey!

  4. They may cart you off, but the results are worth a little insanity. It's a stunner! I can imagine the shantung shimmering....how is it to quilt?

    Cathy Arnett

  5. This is magical and beautiful and having quilted on small fused piecing, I think it was brilliant of you to quilt first and do the tiny fusing after! I love silk...

  6. Wow Melody the colours are gorgeous. Please post a full view picture when it is up on the wall.


  7. Melody-- It glows! It shimmers! It's simply wonderful! Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  8. Wow...ok, stupid question.....did you put the WU on and then cut all those matchsticks???? You are truly obsessed....thank goodness!! This is a wondrous piece!!!


  9. Melody, You have made a very intriging piece. It, of course, begs questions about technique... but I think I have it worked out... not that I'm going to try it for myself LOL

    Arranging all those matchsticks would tip me over the edge into the loonybin.


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