|“Cilantro” by Christina Fairley Erickson
Freehand machine embroidery, decorative stitching and freemotion quilted
|Cilantro freemotion quilting design|
Next, I wanted to fill the middle space with freemotion quilting. I drew out this design which I based on cilantro leaves. I like how it looks and was ready to try it out.
However, I then lay my machine embroidered Cilantro on top of the drawn design. I don’t think it was complementary at all! I’d like to try the leaf pattern somewhere, but this wasn’t the right place.
|Cilantro freemotion quilting design with cilantro machine
embroidery on top
|Background getting filled in with cubing|
So, I decided to check my favorite resource, Leah Day’s FreeMotion Quilting Project, and thought that I could slightly modify her “Cubing” design. I worked the design at an angle or on-point, as well as putting in a lot of rectangular shapes, rather than mostly all squares.
After that, I only had to applique down my machine embroidery. Due to the thin stalks and ruffled edges of the cilantro, I decided to cut the embroidery along the edge, color in the edges and machine applique it (rather than hand-applique as I did on the others.) I did put a minimal amount of trapunto batting under a few leaves and left some of the edges loose, so it has a more 3-D effect.
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