|It's not crooked or wonky; it's perfectly square but the wild grass and weeds in the lot beside us make for a not-flat setting!|
If this pattern looks a little familiar to you, hooray! You're right! It's my Blue Skies & Sunny Days pattern here or click the sidebar button in my pattern store. Until midnight tomorrow it is on sale for just $5.
|On the right, you can see the lemon plaid block in the top corner should have been rotated 180 degrees. On the left is how things looked once I'd unpicked it|
It's now fixed. Phew! Had to unpick it or it would have driven me nuts.
|The back - all fabric from the Textures line|
I experimented with using all three greys for the background and paid little attention to how they fell within each block. Yup, that made me a little twitchy.
I did the Blue Skies pattern, as in a square quilt, but used the Sunny Days construction method. The pattern gives you both sizes and both construction methods, one using nothing but strips, the other strips and yardage which results in less seams and therefore less thread and fabric.
|Label applied using Lara's Crafted Appliqué technique - that link takes you to her current giveaway which ends tomorrow, and entails revisitng all the hops but not the CA blog hop post! She is having you visit a new post from each of the bloggers so you see what else they get up to. Such a great, and typically sweet and generous Lara, idea.|
|Pre-binding, but post-quilting since I forgot to take a pic of the Plexiglas drawings before quilting|
In the coloured sections I alternated between a really cool way of doing double pebbles that I saw Natalia Bonner do in a video, and back and forth lines which were inspired by the plaid fabrics in the quilt. I was going to go back and do a few random horizontal lines, but I liked the look of the back and forth, and LOVED doing it with the FMQ foot, so fast, so freeing and not perfect.
|Another of Tish's influences on me: Susie's Magic Binding again|
|Went inside, downstairs to my sewing corner and pinned the new mini to my |
Interesting: when I wrote about Crazy Hearts, Craftsy had a classes sale on, and if you notice the sidebar button, you'll see they are doing a pretty sweet one this weekend. All classes, yep every single one, are 50% off and some are even more, at $19.99. This is the time to pick one up; I know that's when I got my Angela classes, and I have put them to good use over and over. Free Motion Quilting Negative Space is a great one, as is Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety. She uses both a domestic and a longarm in these classes. I have done these quilting designs on my longarm as well as on my Bernina.
One last outdoor shot.
Pattern: original design, mini based on my Blue Skies & Sunny Days pattern
Size: 20" square
Batting: franken-batted Warm 'n Natural 100% cotton
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 and 2123, fabulous threads, no breakage, no tension issues whatsoever; from piecing to quilting, I adjusted nothing.
|Aurifil thread with what's left of the fabric; note some pieced scraps to become part of my Scrap Vortex quilt|
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|Lake Erie as seen on my walk this sweltering morning of the fishflies' arrival, ahhh and aackk-- speaking of lakes, I will be blogging less and concentrating efforts on sewing my challenge "Better At The Lake" fabric from Henry Glass Fabrics, so exciting! AND doing the first round on Cindy's centre block of course ;-)|