I had plans to drive to my beloved Lakeside Park to do the photo shoot, but then I thought hmm, maybe there's a spot in our yard, rounded the back of the deck and spied this! Like you'd think I had totally planned it, down to putting the begonia there. Nope. But I'll take it!
You saw the flimsy in my previous post. This cushion is based on my Freefall and Windfall quilt pattern, but uses only four blocks of the half and half kind. There were a few choices I had to arrange the four...
It was hard to decide! In the end I thought floating them on a large pinwheel would add to the twirling effect. I got the top together, complete with mitred corners, and called it a night. Went upstairs the next morning to layer it and figure out a quilting plan...
Some of the quilting plan came to me no problem:
|Loving the sheen of the Sulky white rayon.|
The lines in the white areas in opposite directions I thought would look kind of cool. Then I did flowing lines on the diagonal in the leaves themselves. Finally the turquoise sections...hmmm. I was stumped for a bit, so I pulled out my trusty plexiglass and dry erase markers, brilliant idea of my friend Tish, and drew out a couple of thoughts:
Found some matching rayon thread by Gütermann, and off I went, just eye-balling the curves. I went with three straight lines centred in the borders, and called it a night.
|Managed to capture a quick shot of the back as the sun was setting.|
Just as I was dropping off to sleep, zing! Into my head popped the idea, (but of course, Sandra!) of doing a flanged binding. Yes! So I did.
I remembered to sew on my mmm! quilts label from Ikaprint AS I was sewing on the binding:
When I stitched down the flange, I used the turquoise rayon on the top. I am not a fan of the line of stitching you get on the back when doing binding this way, although I sure am a fan of the look and the speed. I thought the white cotton Gütermann would show more on the back...what are the chances I'd have a salmon/rose colour to put in the bobbin... Chances were great! I stocked up on quite a variety of colours of Essential thread at one of Connecting Threads' sales. That is an affiliate link, so it is also my duty to let you know that clicking it will take you to the thread sale currently on (25% off so that means US$2.09 for a 1200 yard spool of 100% cotton, terrific thread) and I might mention that all their batting is 30% off as well. That's when I usually pick up a few packages of Hobbs, the brand they carry. Anyhow, threads:
You actually do get a bit of an idea of the sheen the rayon threads give in that photo.
In retrospect, I think a circle quilting motif would have been better for the spinning effect. That thought struck me this morning when I went to do the binding, and I saw the finished cover sitting on my sewing table. Maybe there's another one of these in my future!
Pattern: Windblown, original design
Size: after quilting 18.25"
Fabric: Recollection by Katarina Rocella (how I love her work) for Art Gallery Fabrics, Stof Fabrics in turquoise, Kona Snow
Batting: Warm n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Sulky rayon, Gütermann rayon
Once I release the pattern, which will hopefully be in July, I will include instructions for making this pillow as well as both sizes of quilts. If you haven't seen all the beautiful renditions of Freefall, go back one post or click here, and follow the links to gorgeous takes on my design! If you fell behind in the QAL, you have until Sunday afternoon, 4 pm EST to link up your flimsy or your finished quilt to be eligible for some pretty sweet prizes. And if this is the first time seeing my Freefall pattern, all the steps to make the quilt are in the Freefall tab up top, and all the steps are available as free PDFs in my Craftsy store. 😊
Speaking of Sunday, and Craftsy, all things sweet, Craftsy is having a Supplies Sale from now until Sunday. This is when I have scored some pretty sweet deals on kits and on fabric and yarns. As always, thank you so much if you click through on my links to either Craftsy or Connecting Threads.
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