I like to do what works for me and that could be entirely different from what works for you. In order to get the effect I want I might have to combine techniques. For example, yesterday I showed you how I combined applique, inking and beading to make a bee!
Sometimes I add a little embroidery! Here are some bees that combines applique, ink and embroidery.
And I’ve also combined ink and watercolour paints with textile medium to make these bugs on a quilt that I call “Bed Bugs”.
You can combine other techniques such as hand and machine quilting. Why not? I have a hexagon and diamonds quilt that I will show you one of these days. I hand quilted inside each hexagon and diamond.
When I got to the border I wanted feathers and I was not going to hand quilt them. The main reason is that I really don’t like marking quilts and the few times I’ve tried to mark feathers on a border it was more frustration that fun. Secondly I’m a little on the lazy side and I just wanted the quilt done! I had read enough books and was confident enough with my machine quilting skills that I was sure I could machine quilt feathers and the only marking I would need is the spine. And that’s exactly what I did!
I am pleased with the result. I even popped a little bit of machine quilting in the half hexagons. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t combine techniques or methods OR colours. As far as I know there is no prison for wayward quilters so go for it! Do what works for you, makes you happy and gets you excited! If it just doesn't work, it will be your little secret!
I’ve added a few more bugs to the tote bag including a couple of spiders. I used my Pigma pen to draw on the spider webs and I had a small scrap of fabric with circles. I thought it would make a nice spider body so I appliqued them down.
Then I embroidered the head and used my Pigma pen to draw on the legs. It isn’t realistic but it works and I like them a lot!