Thread-u-cation Thursday: Stem or Outline Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursday – Stem or Outline Stitch
Sometimes you just want to draw a line from here to there on the surface of the fabric. That’s where the Stem or Outline Stitch comes to the rescue. It’s a handy stitch for flower stems, of course, but you can also connect tree tops to the ground with this linear stitch. Thus forming the necessary tree trunk.

To delineate one shape from another on your quilt top, run the Outline or Stem Stitch just next to the fabric shape. Chose a thread color that is contrasting in color or value to really make the shape pop.  Or give your tulips a trim and finished look like this guy below using a similar colorway.

Here’s how I make my Stem or Outline Stitches: Work from right to left. Insert the needle at B about 1/4″ from A. Exit the fabric about half way back to A at C and draw the thread through the fabric. Repeat with C now being point A. Have fun!
 

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Stem or Outline Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursday – Stem or Outline Stitch
Sometimes you just want to draw a line from here to there on the surface of the fabric. That’s where the Stem or Outline Stitch comes to the rescue. It’s a handy stitch for flower stems, of course, but you can also connect tree tops to the ground with this linear stitch. Thus forming the necessary tree trunk.

To delineate one shape from another on your quilt top, run the Outline or Stem Stitch just next to the fabric shape. Chose a thread color that is contrasting in color or value to really make the shape pop.  Or give your tulips a trim and finished look like this guy below using a similar colorway.

Here’s how I make my Stem or Outline Stitches: Work from right to left. Insert the needle at B about 1/4″ from A. Exit the fabric about half way back to A at C and draw the thread through the fabric. Repeat with C now being point A. Have fun!
 

 
Les Artistes en Beaujolais
If you are in France in mid-April, please stop in to see my quilts at the Quilt Expo en Beaujolais. The exhibit takes place in Graves sur Anse on April 15 – 18. I am one of les artistes! 
Along with quilts by  Michèle Clarès and Hitomi Hanaoka, five of my quilts will be shown. You’ll see: Chicory, Fences and Bridges #1, Three Sisters in Autumn, Prairie Breeze, and Young Forest. Wish I could be there too!

 
Les Artistes en Beaujolais
If you are in France in mid-April, please stop in to see my quilts at the Quilt Expo en Beaujolais. The exhibit takes place in Graves sur Anse on April 15 – 18. I am one of les artistes! 
Along with quilts by  Michèle Clarès and Hitomi Hanaoka, five of my quilts will be shown. You’ll see: Chicory, Fences and Bridges #1, Three Sisters in Autumn, Prairie Breeze, and Young Forest. Wish I could be there too!

Friends and Fabric
When you have a moment, check out Vivika DeNegre’s blog. She is working on a beautiful commission piece using a variety of green fabrics some of which I have dyed. As a fellow farmer’s daughter, I love that her art is based upon the lush season of high summer on the farm. And her farm stories are wonderful to read too!
Every once in a while, I send Vivika a box of fabrics in colors she specifies that are not available on the Artfabrik site. She picks out what she wants, and returns the rest. These fabrics are those yards of random acts of dyeing I make at the end of the day to finish up the dyes. Thank you Vivika, for sharing your artwork with us!

Friends and Fabric
When you have a moment, check out Vivika DeNegre’s blog. She is working on a beautiful commission piece using a variety of green fabrics some of which I have dyed. As a fellow farmer’s daughter, I love that her art is based upon the lush season of high summer on the farm. And her farm stories are wonderful to read too!
Every once in a while, I send Vivika a box of fabrics in colors she specifies that are not available on the Artfabrik site. She picks out what she wants, and returns the rest. These fabrics are those yards of random acts of dyeing I make at the end of the day to finish up the dyes. Thank you Vivika, for sharing your artwork with us!