As I had shared with you last week, I was asked to do a shop sample for my LQS. The owners said that they needed it, "like yesterday" but no pressure! Ha!!! Pressure is my middle name. I work best under pressure. I didn't begin the quilt last Tuesday, but I did read the pattern over thoroughly. On Wednesday, I began to cut it out. I spent two days with the cutting, and the applique preparations on this quilt. It was far more work than I had anticipated it being. Each one of the petals had to be separately appliqued. Which meant, I had to first make a template for the petal. Then trace 108 petal shapes onto fusible web. Cut out 108 shapes of fusible web. Then transfer fusible web to fabric with heat, and again, cut out 108 petal shapes!!!! That took forever! I like to use a medium weight cardboard for my templates. Cereal boxes work perfectly.
I bet every one of you, 40 and older, has one and doesn't even know it. It is one of the tools that come with your nut cracking kit. It is the perfect gadget to use for accurate piecing. I hold it in my
right hand, and guide the fabric along using that pointed end all the way to the needle. The gentle curved tip, allows for easy separation of pieces, and it stays out of the way of the machine as it feeds the fabric along.
Another thing that helps me to get that perfect stitch down, is to mark the foot with a Sharpie pen. It is actually just a small tic mark to help my eye see the line I want to follow. In this photo, it looks much bigger because I have magnified it.
After I completed the blocks, I stacked them in the order in which I wanted them to appear in the quilt. Then simply fed them into the machine, one after another. When I unclipped them, one at a time, I set the seams, and placed them back in the same order.
I used an entire layer cake, as well as assorted greens, and a green dotted swiss for the background.
All fabrics were chosen by the quilt shop owner, from the Vintage Picnic line.
I ironed the quilt top and laid it on my ironing board in my sewing room last night. When I got up this morning and walked through there, the sun was shining on it so prettily. I put my vintage looking picnic hamper on it, and took this photo.
Thanks for sharing the making of a quilt with me. I will bring it to the quilt shop today where the owner will do something wonderful on it with her long arm quilting machine. When she is done, I will pick it up and bring it back home to put the binding on. And then it will reside at the quilt shop to showcase this fabric line until the fabric line has sold. Then, it will be mine forever! I will do another post when it is all quilted and bound.
Happy day to you.