You may recall this quilt started with the four paper-pieced blocks someone had donated to sell at the quilt show in September 2104. I sewed them together, and then started building around them. First I put the chocolate brown frame on, and let the quilt simmer. When I was working on Stardust, I saw a similar half-rectangle triangle border around a pink quilt in the Two From One Jelly Roll book, and knew it would work with this quilt. I pulled some colours from my stash that are in the floral fabric. I used That Patchwork Place's Birangle ruler, probably not exactly in the way it is intended, but, hey, it worked perfectly. These aren't paper-pieced, but they turned out pretty exact. I had the HRTs all face the same direction to enhance the twirling effect. Bella approves of the chocolate browns in the quilt:
Once the pointy borders were done, I had a 30" square, so I knew I needed to add length but not width, and I started hunting for a fabric that might pull some of the colours together. I remembered this fabric in my stash of backings, and had a "SCORE!" moment when I put it beside the quilt.
|This is Northcott Silk's "Treasures of the Gypsies" an ancient fabric in my stash|
|The horizontal green piece is the pocket; love the tension on the back AND the front! Avril and I are communicating just fine these days.|
Pattern: Original design around four orphan blocks
Size: 31.5 X 37.5"
Fabric: guild charity (donated) fabric and fabrics from my stash and scraps
Batting: Warm 'n Natural (I think--from guild)
Quilted: on my Avanté -- 31 357 stitches :-)
Threads: quilted with Floriani's Fufu's rayon thread in rust for the meander, and Isacord in white in the white and HRT border
A few things are wrong with this quilt, and I bet you didn't notice!
1. The centre brown fabrics in the pinwheels are on top of each other instead of diagonal from each other. Did not notice until I had the centre pieced and framed.
2. The white is not quite right.
3. I should have quilted the feathers going in the opposite direction to enhance the spin; the way I did them, they compete with the HRT direction. I didn't see that until writing this post.
4. I forgot one ghost HRT.
Does any of that really matter? No! This isn't going into a show, and I know it still looks pretty hip, and will warm the lap of a senior in a wheelchair. :-) AND! The tension woes I've been having from time to time are now solved thanks to a YouTube webinar from Handiquilter that Jasmine of Quilt Kisses sent me. The trick for stopping the rayon thread in particular from shredding? Longarm needles have round shanks, so carefully setting it into the machine with the eye at 5:30 instead of straight-on 6 o'clock can stop the shredding. It did for me.
I've mentioned being excited to take the picture of the final stack of wheelchair charity quilts I've made for our guild's Christmas project. Drum roll...
|This makes me SMILE! There are 8 here.|
Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and TGIFF.
Now I am working on my own stuff!