Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Animal quiltalong - finis!

 This year's theme for Corinne and Cecile's sew-a-long was "animals". I have been oh so bad about posting my progress but ever so happy with the final results. Made in my favorite "potholder" method, these little wooly animals were a joy to make. 

And, now I can reveal the back. I used an alphabet panel to spell out the what the quilt was made for.

I had to buy 4 panels (they were on sale at Alewives Fabrics in Nobleboro, Maine) to get my message across. Now I have to figure out what to make with the remaining letters!

Do check out Corinne and Cecile's Quit-a-long Facebook. There are some very clever animal quilts, from birds to ants!! 

Have a super day!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

One Piece Wonder

 I found this fabulous Kaffe Fasset fabric at Alewives Fabrics in Nobleboro, Maine. Rhea has an excellent website and I highly recommend taking a spin through her delightful virtual shop. I challenged myself to make a quilt (yes, in the potholder method) using just this fabric for the appliques. I drafted a simple applique design and started hunting for the perfect background. I finally decided on a bright and happy Spring green. 

I used more than one fabric for the backings!

And now a funny story about why we have design walls and why we should use them often! After I hand appliqued, hand quilted and bound all the blocks (one 12" block in the center, twelve 6" blocks surrounding the center, four 6" corner blocks and four 6" x 24" border pieces) I put them up on the design wall for one last look before assembling them. ARGH! How did I not see that glaring purple blob in the upper lefthand corner? I didn't mind the one in the center of the bottom, but that one just drove me crazy!

It was no problem to applique a piece over it. The challenge was how to quilt it without going through all three layers as it had already been quilted.

It took longer to fix the mistake than it did to quilt the entire border piece! Live and learn!! 

Anyway, It is done and I love it and it's Spring colors are cheering me up as I stare out my window at 6" of white fluff and more coming! Life in Maine!