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Kelly Cline Quilting

Quilted Drawn Thread Embroidery

I antiqued through the states of Iowa and Nebraska last week. My favorite shop was found in Missouri Valley, Iowa, at Missouri Valley Antiques, just west off Hwy 29. I had a particularly good time in this booth!

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I spent a whopping $23 and I gathered at least a dozen linens. My choice to pop on the frame when I got home, was this beautiful, drawn thread embroidery. I started with a cotton backing, then a layer each of 80/20 and wool batting, then a piece of shiny, blue polyester.

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Next, I put a piece of lightweight, shiny white poly. I always like a little bit of shine under the open work. I could have left the blue to come through, but I wanted to tone it down just a bit.

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I use the channel locks on the long arm to square the linen to the backing. The locks allow the machine to literally lock into a horizontal or vertical track, therefore keeping my stitching square. I spray a bit of water on the linen so that I can manipulate and slightly stretch the piece to square.

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I stretch and stitch with a vertical channel lock in this photo. Lots of one handed work on these linens. I also let the embroidery or cutwork guide my lines.

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Next, I cutaway any of the excess underlying material.

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I like to outline all of the embroidery and cutwork before I start to quilt. It’s like getting my canvas ready for the paint! At this point all of the prep work is finished and the quilting begins.

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You can see at this point how much pouf there is to the drawn thread areas that weren’t quilted. This is where I like to add glass beads, then I always yell, TA-DA!

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      [email protected]
      December 11, 2015

      Thanks Leeanne!

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      Jackie Bradley
      June 3, 2016

      I love your work. I would love to look over your shoulder. Love your blog on the how to. Thank you.

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        [email protected]
        June 3, 2016

        Thanks Jackie 🙂

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    Megan
    December 11, 2015

    That is so beautiful! I really enjoyed reading about your process of quilting. So impressive!

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      [email protected]
      December 11, 2015

      Thanks Megan!

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    Freda Butler
    December 11, 2015

    It is amazing what your quilting does to a simple piece of work. Another beauty..

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      [email protected]
      December 11, 2015

      Thanks again, Freda!

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    Margaret
    December 11, 2015

    very nice. would you mind posting a picture of your long arm “locked” so it can’t move front to back, please.

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      [email protected]
      December 14, 2015

      Hi Margaret, it is merely a track on the table that the rollers lock into.

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