I used to grow them in my garden in Alberta. Sadly I am too far south now in Canada for them to grow here, though here we have wild violets galore and snowdrops in early spring!
Here it is on that perfect fence for hanging small quilts, in front of our barberry that's leafing out so nicely!
Note that Island Batik supplied all the fabric for this quilt, Hobbs Batting supplied the batting, and Aurifil supplied the thread. And! The quilt was made with the AccuQuilt Go! Cube 8" dies and 2.5" strip die, both supplied by AccuQuilt!
This is the April challenge for Island Batik and AccuQuilt, to make a baby quilt using their machine and dies. My quilt is just one block, School Girl's Puzzle, sixteen of them, let me clarify. 😉
1. stacking your HST fabrics RST before loading onto the die, so they are already paired ready to sew.
2. the dog ears are cut off already, so you simply sew starting and ending at the points, open up, press, done. No squaring needed!!
The 2.5" die is another major game changer IMHO; with six layers of fabric stacked, aka 3 WOF layers, and a die that cuts three strips at a time, that's nine 2.5" X WOF strips with one feed through the rollers! I cut all the borders for the quilt with that baby.
I didn't think it was windy when I hopped outside after lunch to do the photo shoot, but oh there was a definite breeze...
When it came to the four quadrants around that criss-cross, I was sorely tempted to go a little fancy, but I thought nope, speed, and nope, keep the quilting relatively even across the top. So I went for radiating lines from that star.
My original quilt plan was a simple white border around the quilt, but it didn't make up the required size, so I added the grey to bring it to the 40" minimum. As I mentioned in the flimsy post, the quilt nudged me to let the quilt patches flow into that white border. So obvi, as they say, the grey one had to be a bit fancy too, the quilt said... What's another deviation from the original plan?
My Purple Patch post yesterday, and knew they would go in that final grey border. I can't believe I haven't tried these before, me, who adores all things feather in the quilting department! They are a snap, once I practised with my fingertip, and a Hera marker, (which didn't work as well since it's not got a round tip!) and realized how wonderfully they turn corners.
I am hereby renaming them however. Spineless has a negative connotation, so I am calling these flowing feathers. I actually quilted them, as you may have seen on my Instagram feed, after I'd finished binding the quilt! Why? Well, the flanged binding always takes a bit more of a bite out of the final border. It's not good for points for that reason, as said flange cuts them off. Doing it after the binding was done meant I could centre the feathers and not have any round edges cut off!
Here's how it looks on the back.... make that looked...
See my mmm! quilts label? That is the third last one, and yes I've reordered from Ikaprint. More bumps and burps along the way with this step too:
Did I remember to baste it to the finished quilt top? Nope.
Did I have to rip out a couple of inches of binding to insert it? Yes.
Did I, after inserting it, and stitching down the binding, remember to hold it out of the way while I quilted the flowing feathers? Nope.
So did I then have to carefully rip, re-sew and anchor a few flowing feathers? Sigh. Of course. Ornery is this quilt's second name. Terrible twos. I even thought Colicky Baby after discovering the missing quilting line!
And no handwritten label. Ugh!
Still, I love how it turned out. Here's the entire back, lovely quilty texture, lovely and soft thanks to the oh-so-soft Hobbs all natural 100% cotton batting.
People have asked me more than once if the batiks from Island Batik are stiff, as are some. Nope. They are wonderfully soft. I sleep under my suitcase quilt each night, remember, and it's so soft and pliable.
One more spring shot of this quilt which will be for sale very shortly in my Etsy shop! And very soon I'll have a free tutorial for you here on the blog if you'd like to make one of your own. I can see many colour options possible with this quilt.
Pattern: An original design, 'Pasque Star'
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: as above
Batting: Hobbs Cotton all natural no scrim
Threads: Aurifil 100% cotton 50 wt top and bobbin; binding stitched down with Aurifil 28 wt.
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