Welcome to my turn and the last day of the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop sponsored by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks. As I was getting ready to write this I rand across a saying from Walt Whitman – “Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” What I am going to show you might require a rephrasing of that saying – “Some quilting techniques are so much sunshine to the square inch”.
I was thinking of redoing a picture of the sun from my return flight from Austin and QuiltCon2020 in February. I decided I would rather work this in thread, and didn’t have the thread colors I really wanted. However, this picture did point me in the right direction.
When I was at QuiltCon I met Jen Carlton Baily and bought her Make it Curvy templates. For years, I have heard about BettyCrockerAss and thought it was such an hysterical name, so I had to investigate her booth. She demoed the product and I was sold. I also loved the idea of a group of templates in fairly usable sizes so it seemed like a good deal to me.
Jen has videos on her page, under the Tips and Tricks tab. Check out the ones on Glue Basting or Close Up Sewing to get an idea of her technique. She also has a great video on the Modern Quilt Guild website. If you weren’t sure you wanted to join, there are a few education webinars worth the price of admission.
I will not share her technique, but to tell you that I loved it is an understatement. Now, I have sewn curves for years. I could sew a set in sleeve almost flawlessly when I was making garments. Easy peasy to do curves by hand, but time consuming. One of my first ambassador projects, I used “The Learning Curve Ruler” and I loved it (you can read about it here). One problem, however is the limitations are that they are one size. Jen’s templates make my heart sing; six sizes from 1.5″ to 6.5″!
Now, I don’t sew with a lot of yellow but knew I had some Island Batik yellows and oranges from my days as an ambassador. Here are my first two attempts. The piece on the right has a little more seam allowance – a design choice perhaps. It is true that I learned a few things about squaring up, and what was meant by her sizes. I used a 4.5″ size to make this. I have a 4.5″ drunkards path template page for you to play with, if you are curious. You can download it here.
While I can’t give you Jen’s templates, you can use this one. You can buy her curve set here.
Now for what I made! I decided to do a striped sun, my way of stitching sunshine. This is done by folding the striped set in half and lining up the fold line with the seam line. The same was done for the background piece. Next were some pieces that would become sand and water. The sand has an orange from the reflection of the sun – that sorching, hot summer sun.
Note to self, the little bit of yellow disappears at a distance. Why? the value of the blue background and yellow are too close.
The quilting is just narrow lines, done in Superior MonoPoly*, as I didn’t want the thread to distract from the piece. The lines are horizontal for all but inside the sun, where I wanted the curves emphasized. Simple is best, sometimes and this felt like that kind of quilt. I also thought in the right light there might be a little glimmer off the threads. The batting is Hobbs Thermore – perfect for this quilt.
Here are all the talented quilters for the blog hop. Be sure to visit them and enter the giveaways sponsored by a few of them.
Tuesday, June 23rd
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Sue S – hosted at Creatin’ in the Sticks
The Joyful Quilter
For the love of geese
Coming Up on the Blog:
Monthly Color Block (7/1)
Partners in Design Announcement (7/7)
Pattern Release (TBD)