Karen Stone’s Delirious Quilt and what to do?

In the evening I need “lap work.” My husband was given a subscription to Netflix as a Christmas gift about three years ago by our children. When the subscription ended, he resubscribed. We have been through all the seasons of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Rawhide; and now we’re working on Gunsmoke and Stargate. Since I can’t just sit still and watch TV, I keep my computer by my side along with some needlework.

I was looking at my Karen K. Stone Quilts book over the weekend. This was published in 2004 by The Electric Quilt Company and has a pattern CD with it. I love all of the quilts in this book, but am particularly taken with the quilt called Delirious. It uses fusible applique and is delightful. The applique is arranged in positive and negative blocks.

The CD has all but three of the patterns and Delirious is one of the three. I scanned the block pattern and printed it to size. I then traced it onto my fusible and cut it out with bright colors. I used various threads and stitches: variegated, Sulky rayon, and applique, satin, and zigzag stitches  to applique the edges. I was not pleased with any of them. A firmer stabilizer might have helped.

There are multiple reasons I was not pleased. I love the simplicity of the design and I want the design and colors to speak for themselves. The thread seems to complicate that with too much texture. To me, it is just too much for the eye to take in. (I know–I ended a sentence with a preposition, but don’t know another way to say that!)

I have considered using invisible polyester thread and a zigzag stitch. I know some people don’t like the use of invisible thread around babies, so that is the only thing that holds me back on that. I also thought about stitching a double needle straight stitch or a zigzag stitch through the center of the fused color and letting the edges fray over time and washings. What do you think about any of these options?

Last night I made freezer paper stencils and used my Shiva Paintstiks. I really like the way that looks. The instructions say that it takes a week to dry completely. It takes a long time to cut the stencils and time to do the painting. It also takes a lot of time to do the stitching. I’ll probably make a few blocks and add them to my orphan block box. But it’s so much fun to try new things.

Photos are below, tell me what you think. The first three photos are fusible cutouts, but have not been fused. The fourth photo is the one with all the different types of stitching (I did a satin stitch over the zigzag because I disliked the zigzag so much). The last photo is my attempt at Paintstiks and shows the freezer paper stencil in the middle.

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3 Replies to “Karen Stone’s Delirious Quilt and what to do?”

  1. Marjorie, I like the stitched version…although I suspect you are right, that a simpler stitch suits this very bold but simple pattern (it reminds me pleasantly of traditional Australian Aboriginal design). I think you would be pleased with a simple straight stitch, allowing the edges to fray slightly with time and use. I wonder too if a thicker thread might work for that straight stitch? Either way, it is a great pattern. I like the idea of multiple blocks in different colours. There is a lot of scope for flexing the design muscle here!

  2. Marjorie,
    This is really interesting. I like the paint effect. As far as the stitching, I think that the fray adds to a design of this type, it still lets it expand, where blanket stitch etc would stop the design..I think it is permissable to use preps at the end of some sentences..grin..jabner

    1. I appreciate your input. I agree with you that the fray adds to the design and the blanket stitch makes everything very orderly. It makes me wonder: if I have trouble breaking the rules of grammar, do I also have a problem when it’s time to break the quilting rules? . . big grin. . . . am writing more about it on my blog.

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