The Madd Quilter) Fireburst Mystery QAL.
One quick item of note is that the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge (third annual!) is underway. This year we have a private FaceBook group (I know, not a fan, me either, but it does 'protect' our designs) so in order to get in, simply email a photo of your first quilt design and I can invite you to the group! Grab the button on my sidebar too! Would love to have you, and there are some sweet prizes. Click here for the main post. Okay...
Way back (good grief, JUNE 2018!), I started with this fabric pull:
I got the flimsy done for the parade to celebrate her 40th birthday, which was January 1, 2019. So here it is in quilting progress on the longarm, which you may have seen on Instagram:
Another in-progress shot:
I used some leftover Thermore that I had to do a little Franken-batt to. I love Thermore! I nearly did an all-over meander (man! I find that so hard!) but I just had to do more detail in the buds and flowers since I knew it would show up nicely. I wanted to put in a few curves, especially as these are flowers, so you see the two designs I hit upon, just incorporating straight lines with curved ones (love my Quilted Pineapple curve rulers). I just eyeballed all the flowers, no marking. "Close enough is good enough," is Angela Walters' motto and it works for me!
Close enough was NOT good enough when it came to pulling the quilt off the longarm and flipping it over to see the back. No!! I had moved the quilt up close to the top of the backing when I loaded it, but I hadn't sewed the label on high enough on the backing, so part of it would have gotten cut off (like this quilt, Rosewater) had I not checked the back. Too funny: it's the exact same label as the one I did cut off! Gulp.
So, I unpicked the quilting and the machine-stitching, while watching another episode of Grace and Frankie, and then reattached the label by hand:
Isn't that backing sweet and perfect? It was a remnant picked up from Connecting Threads about this time last year; sadly it didn't quite cover the entire backing. I know I say it often, but my mum would've loved that fabric: it's green her favourite colour, and I just know the print is one that would appeal to her. It works so well with the front, which I know she'd have loved too. She loved flowers and like most, loved Spring when all the green bursts forth from the earth. Also... butterflies. All last summer after she'd passed away, we all, her kids and her grandkids, noticed so many more butterflies flitting and floating and hovering around us. I'd bought this fabric before her untimely death. I then used a piece of a Moda fabric from over ten years ago (yup, I'm one of those quilters) to fill in where the butterflies fabric didn't. Said Moda fabric is one of the fabrics I used in her 70th birthday quilt. Rather fitting for a quilt that I made all the while with her on my mind and in my heart.
Laid it down to get a better angle:
Here's the back. Sorry the sun has washed it out a bit.
And here's a better look at the fixed label, and the binding, which I sewed onto the back and topsitched down on the front.
The first picture of this post is the quilt after washing, and it crinkled up just that little bit to make it so soft and bumpy. Thermore gives it such great texture, yet is nice and thin. I'm sure you, like me, love to run your fingers over washed quilts, right? I've got the laptop sitting on the quilt as I type this post!
Pattern: Fireburst by Tish of The Madd Quilter
Size: 31 1/8 X 31 1/8"
Fabric: various from stash
Backing: Eggstraordinaryfrom Connecting Threads, and left over Chloé by Moda
Batting: Hobbs Thermore
Threads: pieced on my Bernina; quilted with Essential 50 wt 20872 blush, top and bobbin. Binding stitched down with 21162 Lime.
And, if you're looking for another Finish Party link, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is starting up one! It will take place on the last Saturday of each month, so March 31 is her first one. The last Saturday is also when you can link up your DrEAMi! (Drop Everything And Make it!) project, aka squirrel, right here at mmm! quilts.
AND!! Almost forgot! Do come back on Monday for the announcement of my third annual QAL! We are going to be making Beothuk Star, size approximately 43" square. As in previous years, there will be lots of terrific prizes!
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