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So this quilt is one that I designed back in February 2017, as part of the 30DesignsChallenge2017 that I co-hosted with Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts. I am going to host it again this year, just in case you're wondering, beginning February 1 through mid-April. More on that in another post next week. I'd designed it as another shadow quilt (I have a thing for these, you may have noticed!) when I was just so in awe of how much good work the Red Cross does around the world.
I designed this as a giant 9-patch quilt, with a cool construction process, (hint: go look at the e-zine for how!) so it wasn't long before the flimsy was on my design wall:
I used the blue and green prima donna print on the back of the quilt. On the cutting table, I knew I wanted to line match the seam:
But then a little magic happened:
|Pinned in place to see the effect I'd get|
|Voilà! Such fun!|
Why is it, that whenever there is a deadline, things go awry? Murphy's Law, I know. Well my beautiful beloved Bernina darling had a small intestinal disorder of the 24-hour kind... Without embarrassing her by going into detail about it, she couldn't function properly, and I needed to apply the binding, which has to be done with a walking foot. Little Billie and Tillie, my Featherweight girls, do not have a walking foot. The only other machine with one was my dear old steadfast 1979 Elna, the first machine I bought. Out she came, and away she went, chugging along quite happily, glad to get a little air... (get it? You will when you see the photo.)
Here's a shot in the sunshine of the texture. The quilt and the fabrics are not washed. It's wonderful, isn't it? I used a pale yellow Aurifil 2123, which blended in so nicely.
The entire quilt:
|Ah, December 3...no snow|
Had to get another shot of that quilting motif and texture.
The binding worked out very well this time. I sewed it to the front (with the Bernina ha) and topstitched it down on the back with the Elna.
Since it's aimed as a quilt for a child, this gives a little added stability.
Speaking of binding, I'm hand-stitching the binding down on my Wayward Transparency quilt. You may have seen the post on my Instagram feed. I'll have that finish for you next Friday, when I'm hosting TGIFF here on my blog for the first time! Check! Another item on my goals list accomplished.😁
Pattern: Original design, Shadow Plus quilt aka Plus Playtime
Size: 54.5" square
Fabric: 'Dot Crazy' by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on Avril; 103 910 stitches
Threads: pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Aurifil 2123 pale yellow; The Bottom Line in the bobbin
There are some great sales around too, in case you're needing to chase away the January blahs. Connecting Threads (affiliate link) has books, tools and batting on sale, and has added new kits to their clearance section (that's where I found that fabulous lime green flannel with which I backed Float.) And oh!! Be still my heart: did you see their new line 'Rue d'Avignon'?!)
Hawthorne Threads (no affiliation) has added a TON of fabrics to their sale section. Their newsletter pulls me in so many many times, not just because of the giveaway (which I have still not won, sniff, in two, or is it three now, years of entering...)
Craftsy (affiliate link) has all classes (okay there are two I'm eyeing, Christina Cameli's 'Quilting the Grid' and Elizabeth Hartman's 'Inspired Modern Quilts' which I watched most of during a free classes weekend) and check their sale section as well; ya never know...
Sewing Machine Plus (affiliate link) still has 10% off your entire order on until the end of January. They have all kinds of sewing/quilting related things (yup fabric too), not just machines...
Okay that's it! Off to focus on my to-do list. Remember to hop over and download your copy of Modern By the Yard!
Wait! If you're still with me (thank you!) I meant to say that this is the quilt that I plan to use for this year's Quilt Along, coming this spring. So be sure to download that e-zine. 😉