Welcome to my blog! I am Kathleen McCormick and I have been blogging for about 5 years, but quilting for much longer than that! I have happily participated in the past, but this is my first time hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday (TGIFF)!. You can read all about TGIFF here, but basically it’s a party to celebrate finishes. So, link up if you have a finish. Either way, please enjoy my finish and maybe visit a few others who have finished something and cheer us all on!
I am so pleased to present the finished quilt, Little Boy Blue. It is a pattern from Sandra at mmm!Quilts. And, the quilt had fabric that Becca at Pretty Piney Quilts hand-dyed (NB: This was a win from a giveaway, she doesn’t sell hand dyed fabric). And, if that wasn’t enough there are a few more things that make this quilt really interesting.
So, a little more about Little Boy Blue. I started with the fabric and the QAL on April 3rd. We first cut the fabric, then we made 96 half square triangles. You can read more about it here. I love that in a little more than 2 months I have this lovely finished project.
This quit is amazing to me in so many ways. This little singer featherweight went to Pennsylvania with me and I sewed on my sister-in-law’s back porch, while my aunt recuperated from surgery. It is a 1951 centennial version; I am so pleased to be working on this machine, Boo (after her mother)! My friend’s mother owned it and now I do. She still needs a tune up but she got be through that week of being away (which could have been two weeks), so grateful.
Here are the first two blocks laid out; you can see the design coming together. What I love about the design is that you don’t make the star, then the borders around it but you make the fun squares and put the together. The pattern is still available and it is fat quarter friendly. I used 3 FQs to make this design, but you can also use 5 or just 1 fabric for the stars and 1 for the accent star. It is quite versatile that way.
Now, the odd thing is that this quilt was constructed on very different machines machines. Part of it was made on a 1951 Singer Featherweight, another part on a Bernina 440QE (2008). Then it was quilted on my 2019 Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen. It was my first pantograph on this machine and I was really pleased with the way it turned out. What a cool thing to have quilt that has been done on so many different machines.
This was my first time doing a pantograph on this frame. It is an addition to the Little Foot Frame called Little Buddy and it works like a charm. I am in need of some instruction to speed up the loading, as I guessed it, but it seemed to do just fine. Of course, it took me longer to do than on my regular machine, but that will soon change. For the machine quilting, I used some Superior Sew Fine thread, a 50wt polyester. This thread was perfect as it is quite fine and doesn’t show a whole lot on the quilt. The desire to show my quilting stitches will come, but not just yet.
All in all I was pleased with the way it and I worked. You can see some wobbles, but that will disappear with some washing….later this week. I do love the definition of the quilting and the feel and drape of this quilt. I used Hobbs Premium 80/20 Cotton Blend Batting* and it was great.
Little Boy Blue
Hand dyed fabric from Becca Fenstemacher
Beothuk Star pattern from Sandra Walker
Machine pieced and quilted
Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting
Sew Fine Thread #403 for quilting
Pantograph: Drift by Keryn Emerson
Now for the fun! Lets share your finishes and visit one another and cheer each other on!
Upcoming on the blog:
Introduction to SS Tabitha (HQ Simply Sixteen)
Dream to reality, process from idea to quilt
Orange 2019 Monthly Color Challenge