As soon as I saw the Alison Glass fabric bundle for the small plus blocks that Darla at Clinton Modern Creative had put together, I knew they had to pack themselves up and fly their way to me for another Plus Playtime quilt. Well, there's a surprise to this little cutie. 'Little' being the clue... When I got them, I had an idea....
The idea was to make a version with 2.5" strips. I did some figuring...did some sewing...
...and then Anja contacted me and we chatted and well, somehow it came out that she wanted to make a second quilt, and I asked if she'd like to test my figurings, so she did, and they worked, and the 36" version was born!
Her lips were sealed because this was going to be the reveal when I released the pattern on the final QAL prize draw day!
Then Roseanne of Homesewn by Us contacted me, saying she was going to sew it but she would be using 2.5" strips if that was okay--what did I just say in my previous post about like-minded peeps?!--and I said well, I happen to have the pattern done, and tested once; would you test it again? She sure would. And her lips were sealed!
So two, now three, of the finished quilts in this QAL are little guys, made with 2.5 instead of 3.5" strips!
I took it to a part of the Greenway that goes through a reclaimed dump. At the back of one of the little farms is an opening from the path to the perfect fence upon which to peg the quilt.
But first I had to do the requisite quilt in a tree shot:
One of the things I love about my pattern (it's okay to say that right?!) is that the quilt can go any which way you like!
As originally designed, dancing across the quilt:
|As pretty much always, the wind was blowing, good on a sultry morning like this one!|
I pieced it with my favourite 100% cotton Gütermann thread. Honestly there is no difference between it and Aurifil, except for price, in my opinion. I've pieced with both, quilted with both. The most recent two quilts, Lift Up, and now this one, Bright Addition, were quilted with Gütermann and Aurifil respectively and they each have the same amount of lint, dare I say Gütermann actually slightly less? 😬 Both Gütermann and Aurifil cones were purchased by, not given to, me.
I quilted this one with Aurifil in both top and bottom on Avril.
Dun, dun, dun..........
the last eighth of the quilt when disaster struck, as I was zipping along...
I used an old (early 2000s) rainbow stripe fabric I got at Fabricland with kaleidoscopes in mind (you need supporting fabrics to go with the prima donna ones). It was perfect with both sides' fabrics.
I top-stitched the rainbow binding down with another favourite, Sulky Blendables, 30 wt. It really blended in with every single colour!
When it came to backing, I mulled over a few, but hit upon the most recent addition (LOL pun not originally intended! I crack me up sometimes) to my stash, from a LQS in the neighbouring town of Essex, which I got for $10/metre on their sale table of rolled up metres.
|Goes so well with the grey fabric on the front right? Yay I remembered the satin label this time!|
I sewed the cloth label on the diagonal in line with the text.
Both sides and the binding all work so well together. I love mixing different lines, different ages of fabrics.
My quilt is going to be a sit-upon yoga quilt and I am going to use it tomorrow
because it's now all nice and washed and full of crinkly goodness.😊
Here are all three I've made. I have enough of the fat eighths that I can do another one with Alison Glass fabric. I plan to be part of the Etsy Made in Canada show in Windsor in the autumn so I need to have a few items available and I think this might sell...
Pattern: Original design; this one is named A Bright Addition
Size: 36.5"; 33.5 X 34.5 after quilting and laundering
Fabric: Alison Glass, Sarah Fielke, and Paintbrush Studio solid white
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Backing: Chamberry by Carolee McMullin for Adorn It
Quilted: on Avril my HandiQuilter Avanté, ruler work and free motion, and finished on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with 100% cotton Gütermann and 100% cotton Mettler on Tillie, my 1951 Featherweight ; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 100% cotton on top and in the bobbin; binding top-stitched down with Sulky Blendables 30 wt
Number of Stitches: 41 647 (until the needle issue)
Winners! I used the Random Number Generator and the number of your quilt in the linkup.
Thanks so very very much to my wonderful sponsors:
1. Benartex - a bundle of select fat quarters of Wonderlust by Paula Nadelstern (used in my 'Electric Swirl): Rochelle of Rochelle S on Flickr
2. Stitch Stash Diva - $100 gift certificate: Rose of Something Rose Made
3. Mad About Patchwork - $50 gift certificate: Ioleen of @ioleen.kimmel
4. Canuck Quilter Designs - a PDF copy of two patterns: Louise of Quilt Odyssey
5. Cooking Up Quilts - a PDF copy of two patterns: Helen of Midget Gem Quilts
6. Devoted Quilter - a PDF copy of two patterns: Roseanne of Homesewn By Us
7. Meadow Mist Designs - a PDF copy of two patterns to two winners: Anja of Anja Quilts &
Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing
8. Quilting Jetgirl - a PDF copy of two patterns: Vasudha of Storied Quilts
9. Sew Fresh Quilts - a PDF copy of two patterns: Melody of @lutzcats
10. Stitchin At Home - a PDF copy of two patterns: Tish of Tish N Wonderland
11. Tish N Wonderland & me, mmm! quilts - a PDF copy of her pattern (one of these days we each are going to have more....we are almost there!) Laura Manning of @lolly2430
12. All Points of the Compass - a handmade wooden bowl and frog pencil holder to a NZ participant, which (sniff!) didn't happen this go-round. Next year maybe!
Thank you ladies, SO VERY MUCH, for participating in my second QAL. Without you and your generous time you gave up to sew this, there would be just me (and probably Tish) sewing together LOL. Much love to each of you.😘😘😘