Let it go, let it goooo!

Here’s the third cushion cover that I’m making as a Christmas present (the first two are here).   It’s for a little girl, so I chose to do Elsa from Frozen as an applique – her mum tells me she’s a fan.  I found some wonderful metallic-finish fabrics at a recent craft show and dug out a slightly shimmery white from my stash and I was ready to rock some Frozen goodness.

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And what would Elsa be without some magic-y icy swirls?  I doodled a few up in Inkscape and appliqued them with a wonderfully frost-coloured fabric:

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And no matter how hard I tried, the shiny bits (well, all the bits are shiny) refused to photograph well.  🙁   I used a different colour of the swirl fabric for the outer border, which brings the top up to the same size as its fellows (20.5″ square).  The Elsa applique was secured with machine satin stitch in a variegated teal thread and the swirls were done with an icy-looking metallic thread.  And I will not be rushing to do satin stitch around iddly-tiddly little fingers again in a hurry!

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As with the Minecraft cushions, my first action was to quilt in the ditch all the way around the border to secure all the layers together and make a nice boundary.  My plan after that became somewhat nebulous, but I decided to start with the obvious things, so I quilted (with the same teal thread) around Elsa and then broke out the metallic thread to do the same around the icy swirls.

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As I did so, I started to add in random flourishes and twiddles and joined some of the applique swirls together in whatever manner seemed appropriate at the time.  My confidence grew as I quilted each swirl and I worked from bottom to top, so the upper swirls are a bit more elaborate as a result!  I’m probably going to go back and add a few more twirls in on the lower bits.  At this point, though, I’m a little stumped.  I cannot decide whether to leave the ice-swirl quilting as it is or add further quilting in the background to make it look more snowy.  I like the magic-y bits and I don’t really want them to be lost, but the rest of the top looks a bit “bare”.  To delay any firm decision in that direction, I dug out some pale blue rayon thread and started quilting the “ground” instead.  I made it a bit more wavy than I’d initially intended, but I think it’s just about ok.  I’ll do more lines of quilting below those two, probably spacing them further apart as I get closer to the bottom of the panel.  Yay progress!  🙂

Linking up with Let’s Bee Social and Free-Motion Mavericks (when it goes live).  🙂

13 thoughts on “Let it go, let it goooo!”

  1. How about doing more snowflakes but in a non metallic thread that matches the background. You could even have some on the ground. That way they’ll blend in and not interfere with the magic bit. Love what you’ve done so and I don’t envy you with stitching around the hands

    1. Hi Gina! 🙂 Mmmm, that’s a good idea. I have some white rayon thread that I could use. Based on what the blue rayon looks like so far, it shouldn’t be too over-powering next to the metallic thread.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s been a fun little project – so nice to have something small that I can actually finish, lol. 🙂

  2. Lovely! I’m torn between leaving the quilting as is, or possibly just adding a few more snowflakes in the corners. Your magic swirls are fantastic, and they clearly need to shine! Very pretty!

    1. Thanks! Yep, that’s my dilemma! I think I’m going to try some snowflakes in white rayon, hopefully it won’t be too attention-grabbing. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much! I think it needs something, just to flatten down some of the fullness. I’ll finish the ground next, then get out my white rayon and have a play. 🙂

  3. You’ve made a fantastic start! I agree that the background needs something more, and that it is a challenge!
    What if you were to do random, vertical wavy lines (similar to the horizontal ones you’ve started) that bump into (but do not cross over) the quilting and applique that is already there? It would look like it is behind everything…? Or a grid? Just a thought! Whatever you do will be perfect.
    (Another thought – you could raise horizon line and fill in more horizontal lines. The horizon doesn’t have to be level with her feet. It could fill up the bottom third of the picture.) So many possibilities! I wonder what you will do? 🙂

    1. Thank you! You’re quite right about the horizon – I spent some time yesterday filling in the bottom and I think it could definitely come up higher. I like the idea of vertical lines, too. Possibly something to try in combination with simple snowflakes? Hmmmm, that might work! 🙂 Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Hello Heulwen,

    Nebulous plans are the best! I swear by them. This project is turning out really girly and whimsical – such a contrast with the boys’ cushions. I love the swirly flourishes.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

    1. Thanks Muv! It was such fun to just explore and see where the quilting wanted to go, I learned such a lot. 🙂 Great link-up as always! <3

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