Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A big finish! Well, a little one . . .

. . . in terms of overall size, that is! (Grin)

Check out my finished quilt from the Jacquelynne Steves' block of the month "Sew Sweet Simplicity." Yes, I know, everyone else finished theirs long ago.

But I DID finish!

I'm really happy with how this little quilt turned out. I decided to use it as a "practice slate" for some of the design elements I have seen others use in their free motion quilting. In the block centers, on two I went around the embroidery a couple of times, and then moved on. The other two were pretty heavily stippled, like this:

My Aurifil thread (40 wt white on top, 40 wt pink on bobbin) flew through the needle with no issues. I love how Aurifil performs -- no snarls, tangles, or breaks!

For the large stars, I did straight lines on some and loop-de-loops on others. Just trying to learn how to regulate my speed, and therefore my stitch length. You know we "keep it real" here -- you will see bloopers if you look at these photos! But I learned a great deal, and that is going to be important for other quilts that I work on.


You'll notice that I used charm squares from my thirties stash to go around the center (used colors that were in the blocks), and some scrappy strips were called in to play for the binding.

I'm over the moon happy with the one shot of blue I put in . . . there is something about blue that makes my soul sing. Does your favorite color do that to you?

Here's a shot of the back; it's a pink blender fabric from my stash. I tried to get some contrast so you could see the quilting:

Here is the quilt folded to show off the scrappy binding:

Hope you are joining us in the current Block of the Month from Jacquelynne! You can click on the badge up there on the right if you'd like to learn more about it.