a finished quilt…hurray!!
this is a birthday quilt for my step daughter, she loves fairies and when i stumbled upon this yummy alexander henry fairy fabric, i had to have it!
i went with a basic block because i really didn’t want to lose all those whimsical fairies, so i fussy cut them, added sashing and the coordinating alexander henry ‘sprinkles’ fabric as a border…
- size 48″ x 48″
- fabric block: everyday eden flower fairies by alexander henry
- fabric border: everyday eden sprinkles by alexander henry
- sashing and binding: small dots
- backing: kona bone
- thread: aurifil 2021
- batting: warm and natural
i have serious thread envy.. i want AURIfil thread in every color they offer! but alas.. i can’t always have what i want, so i’ll settle for my quick little shopping trip yesterday where i picked up these little spools of goodness!
..aren’t they pretty!
50WT 100% cotton AURIfil thread 1422yards 1300mt
Machine piecing : Gives a great result with a nice flat seam every time.
Machine quilting : Use for very detailed machine quilting with a lot of back tracking such as feathers and heavy background quilting . Perfect for quilting that creates texture when you don’t necessarily want to see the quilting lines. Use the same thread in the bobbin. Use a Sharp/Microtex, quilting or even denim needles 80/12. – source
it’s not edible.. no calories involved.. yet still exciting, because it means you’re one big step closer to a finished quilt!
if you google “basting a quilt” you will come up with oodles of ways to baste a quilt.. i’m sure there are even debates on the subject, but just like any handcrafted project… do what works for YOU!
so far, this is what works for me [but i reserve the right to change my mind in the future..lol]
- the front of a beautiful project
- the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
- batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
- 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
- old sheet for overspray
i roll out my warm and white onto a sheet and size to fit my quilt front, making sure to have at least 1-2″ on all 4 sides, this allows for movement when quilting. cut your batting.
note: as you can see i lay my quilt onto a sheet bigger than my project so that it will catch most of the overspray..
my second addition to my Etsy Shop.. a cute little nautical themed sailing ship quilt that measures 36″ x 45″. perfect for a little boy or girl on sale for $85 with free shipping within the United States. for more details and additional photos simply click on the photo or the Etsy Shop link in the menu.
thanks for peaking!
we had a dear friend of my husbands admitted to the hospital with no exact explanation as to exactly what has happened, he was a healthy guy and this was quite unexpected. he’s still in ICU and doctors are working hard to diagnose the cause…
meanwhile their medical bills and additional expenses of his wife’s loss of income along with having to travel 2 hours round trip to be with her husband is adding up. friends and family have really stepped up with raising funds for this sweet family and i wanted to do my little part…
so what’s a girl to do…?? answer: quilt!! the finished quilt will go up for auction when complete and 100% of the funds will be donated to their family.. i’m really excited about it!
i had such a good time working on my eight little squares quilt and with presidents day weekend approaching, i knew i wanted to go with a patriotic theme, not to mention our friend is a fellow police officer, so it just felt right.
progress.. february 18.. i’ve batted, basted and begun my quilting!
this is one of those quilts i started before finishing the previous project… but oh what fun it was to make! i had to start on a quilt for my brother in laws wedding this past valentines day, so i have yet to finish it. i haven’t decided on a back yet or exactly how i’ll quilt it, but i really like the colors and for the most part all my blocks matched up! hurray!