Thread Sketched Quilted Indian

Thread Sketched Quilted Indian
    You will need the following 45" wide fabrics:
  • Sky Color - 5/8 yd.
  • Gray Border - 1/3 yd.
  • Pieced Border - enough to cut two 1-1/2" x 7" strips from 10 colors
  • Backing 7/8 yd.
  • Batting - 25" x 28"
  • Binding - 1/4 yd.
  • Backing - 25" x 28" piece
  • Sky Fabric - 19" x 25"
  • Gray Border - 3 strips - 1-1/2" x 44"
    Pieced Border:
  • 20 strips - 2 each color - 1-1/2" x 7"
  • 12 strips - sky fabric - 1-1/2" x 7"
  • One 2-1/2" equilateral triangle - use pattern to create a template from paper or plastic; then cut one triangle from scrap of brown fabric.

    Preparing the Background and Borders:
  1. Sew the 1-1/2" gray borders to the top, bottom, and left side of the 19" x 25" sky fabric. Set aside.
  2. With the 4" x 27" piece of totally Stable shiney side up, center the 2-1/2" equilateral fabric triangle at the bottom of it. Iron or pin in place. Do not touch your iron to the shiny side of the Totally Stable - iron fabric only.
  3. Place the first strip of your choice (I wentfrom darks to lights to sky) ontothe right side of the triangle and stitchthemtogether.
  4. Fold the strip down and fingerpresstheseam.
  5. Place the second strip on the left side of the triangle and stitch them together. Fold the strip down and finger press the seam.
  6. Continue piecing this in aherringbone fashion until the 4" x 27" piece of TotallyStable is covered. Trim the pieced strip even withthe tear away backing.Stay stitch alongthe edges. Sew this border piece onto the right side of the background sky fabric.

    Preparing the Solvy Overlay Design Pattern:
  1. Place the 18" x 22" piece of Sulky Solvy on the Indian pattern. Tape the piece in the corners to keep it from shifting, or use Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive sprayed lightly on the fabric to hold the pattern in place.
  2. With an fine-line, permanent-ink marker, trace the design onto the 18" x 22" piece of Solvy. Right-handers, start in the top left corner and work across. Left-handers, begin in the right corner. This will keep your hand from smearing the design. It is easy to invert the indian design to face either left or right - the choice is yours. You will want to use this same technique when thread-sketch quilting a vest which requires a mirror image of a design so the design faces in toward the center. With Sulky Solvy, all you have to do is turn it over to achieve a mirror image. It's fantastic!

    Layering for "Thread Sketch Quilting":
  1. Tape the backing fabric (right-side down) onto a table, making sure the fabric is smooth and taut. Spray lightly with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.
  2. Place the batting and then the pieced project (right-side up) on top of the backing fabric, making sure they are smooth, again using the KK 2000 to hold the layers together.
  3. Lightly spray the quilt top with KK 2000 and position the Solvy. Remove the commas after "Solvy" and after "traced design". Position the Solvy, with the traced design, on top of the pieced project.
  4. Only a few safety pins will be needed when Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive is used to hold the layers together while quilting.

  1. Set up your machine for free-motion straight stitching: drop the feed dogs or cover them: put on a darning foot: loosen top tension, if necessary.
  2. Thread bobbin and top with Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Dark Brown #1058. Stitch along the lines of the horse and Indian traced on the Solvy.
  3. Use the Lighter Brown Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1179 for grass and details of the Indian.
  4. Pull the Solvy overlay, using tweezers to remove small pieces that might not pull off easily. Any Solvy that remains can be removed following the steps list on the Solvy package.
  5. With Sulky Metallic Thread #7020, stitch swirling wind lines into the background. Extend this stitching through the borders.
The pattern is being provided as a download from the link below. You may click the image and then print the full size pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive. 

If you print from the browser, be aware that the pattern is 17"x18" and must be tiled. You may scale to fit the page when you print and then have it enlarged at your local copy shop. 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on the image and select "Save this image as" in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - click and hold to bring up the pop-up menu and then select "Save this image as".