A few weeks ago we showed you Ricky's quilt, Mirkwood (Yes, the name Mirkwood is a nod to the dark forest in The Hobbit.) Ricky made it from raw edge fabric snippets that were put in place using temporary spray adhesive. The top was placed over Ricky Tims Stable Stuff Poly (a medium weight tear-away stabilizer that is polyester based). Then the bits were stitched with free motion stitching. Notice that the stitches are really huge.

Ricky does this by moving the needle fairly slowly up and down, then moving the quilt so that the stitches will jump at a length of about a quarter-inch or so. This movement is zig-zaggy to create random stitches going in all directions.

When the quilt is layered, it is quilted with the same sort of quilting over the fabric confetti area and then the open spaces were quilted with meandering echo quilting.

Here, Ricky has put together a video showing just how he does the quilting using a big stitch over the confetti snippets.

#16 Cindy in RI 2016-10-01 21:53
What type of thread are you using? Nice sheen to it...is the color variegated? Thank you for the fall inspiration!
#15 Rhona Thomson 2016-10-01 12:35
Oh no Ricky - an excuse to keep EVERY scrap!! I guess you spray the background, otherwise the confetti might be sticky side up. :-*
#14 Paula Dennee 2016-09-27 11:36
I am going to echo #7 Sue Siefkin's request. Inquiring minds want to know.
#13 Tinilou 2016-09-25 20:58
Thank you Ricky I am new to quilting and enjoy Applique so this seems doable to me. It looks fantastic.
#12 Raewyn 2016-09-25 16:31
used a similar method on an art quilt, would love to send you a picture of it.
#11 quiltmom anna 2016-09-25 13:40
:-) i love the technique and I think it would work well for a project that I have been planning for a while now. Two questions- Would you add additional quilting when you finish the piece so that the quilt is fully quilted together and two is the stablizer there so that things don't shift?
Great quilt and tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
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#10 Cuauhtemoc Kish 2016-09-25 11:58
The graffiti technique was made famous by Noriko Endo and Loveless, and they both use netting to secure the pieces, also very effective.
#9 Lesley Morris 2016-09-25 11:32
Thank you Ricky! Love it!!
#8 Rochelle 2016-09-25 11:16
:Love the texture this provides to the project and the ease of the work. Not having to go 100 MPH with the machine will take so much stress off the shoulders.
#7 Sue Siefkin 2016-09-25 09:36
Ricky, more about the spray please: did you spray the snippet fabric before cutting, after cutting, or did you sprat the background and then place the snippets?
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