I am so pleased to be a part of the Black and White Blog Hop, sponsored by Carla Henton at Creatin’ in the Sticks. Carla always puts a great group of quilters together and I have loved what I have seen the past few days!
I have been waiting for this book, Turnabout Patchwork*, to come out. I have been watching the author’s videos, Therese Mairal Barreu for well over a year and am always fascinated with what she does. A few weeks ago I bought the book and the project was born. To get more information on the book, please click here, and sign up to get her videos – you will enjoy them. I believe she has a blog hop next week, so keep an eye for more eye candy!
I decided to use Island Batiks (fabric given to me by Island Batik) and a quilt was born. We could also use a touch of color and this Living Coral spoke to me – it is the Pantone color of the year. This batik may be a touch brighter, but I love it so I went with it. It is “tangy” from the foundations line from Island Batik. The solid black and white are also Island Batik and boy are they delightful to work with – the tight weave but lightness of the batik fabric – I love it. The black & white batik print was stash – a tiny piece – I have no idea where it came from and that was all I had!
Here’s a picture of the quilt, ready to be quilted. I used the wonderful Hobbs Thermore batting* (again a part of the great bounty supplied by this sponsor of the Island Batik Ambassador program). It is so nice and thin and easy to work with for this wall hanging. Now, I have a couple of little things that I did that I’d like to share with you.
I am loving Electric Quilt 8*. Earlier in the process I auditioned different ways to layout the quilt. I tried scattering the coral fabric but didn’t like that. I rather liked creating two other pinwheels, made of parts of the other pinwheel blocks. Then, I was onto figuring out some choices in quilting motifs. Here are a couple I like. I choose to use a Mettler 5o wt. #0822. It was a little darker than the fabric, but not too bad.
Once I selected this stencil the dilemma was how the heck was I going to get it on the quilt?? I can’t just freehand this design. I doubted I could draw it. SO….I went back to my tool box from a long time ago. I could make a stencil but I didn’t want to. I could print it and transfer to Golden Threads Quilting Paper for quilting and make 4 copies and pin those to the quilt and machine quilt through them. That sounded tedious. I just went for it – printed it on thin paper, taped it together and quilted one section. WELL, it was okay but a little difficult. I then thought I could print on paper and cut it out and trace around it with a Silver Clover Chaco Liner*. BINGO! Fast and efficient – pinned this ribbon down, traced and then quilted. Repeat. AWESOME!
I always lay my binding strips this way to sew them. The bottom strip is facing left with its printed side side facing me. The next strip is printed side down and the strip is vertical, going towards me. Why is this important? It means I always know how to do it and make that nice little angled line that takes your eye away from the sharpness of a horizontal line. I also use this same technique when joining the binding. It creates a clean finish – almost impossible to know where I started and ended!
When I attach my binding I leave 5″ unsewn at the beginning. When I get to the leave about 10-12 inches between the beginning and the end of the binding. I cut the lower edge (closest to me) about halfway between the two and mark with a line.
I set up the pieces exactly the same way as I pieced the binding. I then pin it to double check that it fits.
Here I have pulled it to test it fits before sewing. It does – so I sew the diagonal seam. Trim. Finger press open and then finish sewing the binding to the quilt. Now for another exciting discovery!!!!
I used a blind hem to attach the bottom part of the hanging sleeve. WHAAAT??? Yup, if you are careful no stitches come through the front. Almost all machines have this stich……. ^___^___^___ Is the way it looks on your machine.
Now I probably wouldn’t use a white bobbin thread, but you can see how it looks on the bottom – good enough to hang against the wall. And, if I was being crazy about it, I would use my sharpie to hide the threads. Yup, its been done many a time!
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Wednesday, January 23
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