Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cuts and Pleats


 Above are the two pieces I chose to use for the cut and pleat portion of this project.  Instead of using the two that were most alike, I used the two that I liked the most.

I ironed fusible to each piece, then stacked them with one on top of the other, fusible sides on each facing down.  I used WonderUnder instead of MistyFuse because I ran out and the only store that happened to be open stocked WonderUnder.  It's not my favorite fusible -- it's heavy (I used the lightest weight) and I have the darndest time removing the backing paper.

I cut the strips a little more than half an inch wide -- about 5/8 inch.  Then I carefully put them onto a piece of plain cotton, two at a time.  I was very careful to keep them in order.


The top piece is the finished fused strips.  I really like it just like this.  I wonder if I would lose the pattern if I tried stitching together strips cut from two similar pieces.  Would too much get lost in the seam allowances?

And the finished pleated piece.  I'm not sure where I'm going to go with it from here.  I was thinking of making a bag, but it will be way too big a bag for me -- more like a tote.

I'm also wondering if stitching down the pleats going one direction on the top and another on the bottom would look good.  Or maybe one direction on the top and bottom then another in the middle?

Also, next time, instead of using the two pieces I like the most, I would use the one I like most and the one I like least and do the pleats on the one I like least because so much of the pattern is lost in the pleat.

I'm linking up with Nina Marie at Off the Wall Friday.

10 comments:

Lynne said...

Wow!

Jan said...

I love this! I will definitely be checking back to see how it ends up. That has taken a lot of work already!

Beth said...

Won't you need a tote for your summer trip South?

Laura McGrath said...

Looks great--I've been waiting for someone from the Fire blog to do this, thanks! What size were your original dyed pieces? I made four that are only about 12"x 12" each--glad you said to use the one you like least for the "hidden" one, I'll remember that.

Heather P said...

That's amazing! Beautiful work.

Quilt Rat said...

This is really looking terrific. I started a little test project along this line....gotta get back to it....you will get a chuckle when you see it.

Nina Marie said...

you know Karen - this is a good idea that you can take further. The texture and movement added is really interesting and just adds to how cool the fabric is!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Karen. Very lovely effect. It would also be fun to mix up a few of the strips to see what that would give. Lots of possibilities there!
best, nadia

Judy Ferguson said...

very effective. Great.

Judi said...

I love this are the pleats sewn from the back