This is the wallhanging size of the big quilt I made, Windfall, which was done with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics as well, in the Windfall line. I don't think I could pick my favourite as I adore both of these lines so much. We are doing the wallhanging as a quilt along, and it is not too late to join in if you haven't heard about it or have been sitting on the fence! Steps are coming out bi-weekly, quite do-able IMHO. Click the Freefall Quilt Along tab at the top and you will see what's what so far.
The flimsy went together very quickly.
Layering was next. I spray-glue baste...I first heard about it in a Stack 'n Whack class I was teaching back, uh, let's leave it at some time ago, from a student in that class. The way she described, 'throw my quilt in a corner'...'leave it sit for a while'...'washes out not problem'...'no pinning'...'changed my life'...well it certainly changed mine! So I spray-glue basted this puppy. No. Wait. First I had to decide on a backing. I nearly went to the LQS to buy something but then I thought why not use some of the leftover fabric since A. I have some and B. I love it so much that having it on both sides is a bonus and C. I love patchwork, ergo interesting backs! So I cobbled together several of the prints, layered and started ditching.
|Ditching front and back|
As always, Bella helped.
I decided to do straight-line quilting in the shadow leaf. Not having a ruler foot for my Bernina, I used my walking foot. The next dilemma was to decide on a thread. There are many colours that float over the green so I didn't want to use green and have it blend/pop/blend/pop kind of thing.
|Using the edge of my walking foot to get 1/2" spacing|
Because there are layers of leaves in this quilt, I ignored those that float on the big shadow leaf. I remembered Angela Walters saying that she turns to a pale grey or pale yellow when going over many colours. I had Aurifil 2600 with me and laid out several coils across the leaves. Yep, I think it would do it!
I thought it worked so well that I used it for the background, where I went with a contrasting motif, swirls, hoping to evoke the swirling winds of Spring.
I always quilt in a surprise or two.
Here's the back:
And, not in a tree, but tree in the background:
Pattern: original design based on two quilts in Shadow Quilts by Magret and Slusser
Size: 38"; 37 3/8" after quilting
Fabric: Freeform by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Aurifil 2600
I have lots of ideas for shadow quilts, and actually drafted another for the design challenge that finished earlier this month. I'm working on a floral one at the moment. Remember Step 2 instructions come out on Monday, April 3. Those will be the first sewing ones.
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