This is on my Q4FAL List which is here. I suddenly remembered I had signed up to host TGIFF on October 18, oh, a day ago, so I figured this had better get finished up and quick! Luckily it was already in flimsy form.
I made the flimsy last weekend, fitting since it was Canadian Thanksgiving. We don't go quite as all-out as our neighbours to the south do, but like them, for us, it is about family, friends, and food, and giving thanks for all three f's. I pulled oranges and turquoises from my Island Batik Basics and Blenders, as well as the 5" strips, and a few pieces from my August Beat the Heat hop quilt, Ripples, which is Electric Desert by Jackie Kunkel. I used Aurifil thread to piece this and stitched it up on my 1951 Featherweight, Tillie. The thread and the fabrics were supplied to me.
Our challenge was to make a holiday table topper or runner. It had to incorporate appliqué. I had got the most recent issue of Quick Quilts out of the library and was in love with the pumpkin quilt by Ramona Sorenson. I had the idea to use a couple of the pumpkin blocks and make a runner. The stems would fulfill the appliqué requirement.
But that seemed rather not a lot of appliqué. So I had the idea to use only two pumpkin blocks and put a phrase in the centre. I pulled up the font I used for my coasters I'd made when I was the Challenger for Desire to Inspire, downsized it a bit, and off I went.
Why turquoise pumpkins? Well, I'm often looking for modern vibes in quilts, and I thought maybe this would go to my non-loving-quilts daughter, Brianne. (I'm making progress, but don't tell her...) Anyhow her son, my grandson, Brady, loves them. In the eating area of her kitchen she has an accent wall of a beautiful soft turquoise, called Opal Silk. I showed her the pumpkins runner with the blank canvas in the centre.
Doesn't her enthusiasm leap off the iMessage screen?!
I used my favourite appliqué technique, invented by Lara Buccella, Crafted Appliqué. I printed off and cut out the stems templates and the phrase and
Quilting had to be simple, especially when I realized I had 24 hours to get it done and blogged! Straight lines, like her placemats I knew I'd do. Hmm, might be awkward around the 'Give thanks'. I don't bury threads, and with the grey batik, starts and stops would be very visible. Solution? Quilt lines with my walking foot up to the centre, switch to my FMQ foot and quilt one of my favourite motifs, swirls with a few pebbles thrown in. This was I could also stitch down the letters, not that one has to with Lara's method, but it makes them pop a bit, in my opinion.
|I absolutely love this polyneon by Madeira thread. It's got such a beautiful sheen.|
The stems got another favourite thread, Sulky metallic Holoshimmer.
I stitched the binding onto the back and top-stitched it down on the front with Aurifil 28 wt. It's one of my own threads, and I love that weight, especially for top-stitching. I used one of the turquoises in the pumpkins.
Here's the back, more of the grey batik we were given. I just love their solids.
|The sun was low and clouds were jostling its rays, but I managed to get a bit of angled light.|
And here's a shout out to my beloved Bernina.
That's the back. The tension is every bit as good as the front. Those threads meet in the middle of the quilt sandwich, and there's not a lot of filling since it's just flannelette inside. I used the Madeira in the bobbin as well, for all of the threads, Sulky metallics as well which are used on the stems. Perfect, with the walking foot and with FMQ.
Pattern: Original design using two pumpkin blocks in Ramona Sorenson's 'Patchwork Pumpkins' quilt
Size: 14 X 39"
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: Island Batik
Threads: pieced on my Featherweight with Aurifil 50 wt; quilted with Madeira Polyneon, Sulky Holoshimmer metallic.
Now it's time to link up your finishes this week! Be sure to visit some of the links and spread some comment love.
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
The Madd Quilter
Alycia Quilts-Quilty Girl
Dizzy Quilts for the Q4FAL