Look at that!
Three rows of the scrappy version of Razzleberry are complete, and I only have three rows to go. AND….those last three rows are already assembled, I just need to sew the rows together and add them to the ones you see here (these are the bottom three rows). I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made on this project. The goal is to have the top together by the end of the week. It would be a real bonus if I could get it quilted, but at this point I’ll just be happy with a completely pieced top. You might remember I was questioning the dark blue in the sashings and cornerstones. I’ve decided I like it. I can’t wait to get it finished and take it outside for some beauty shots. Taking pics outdoors will show off the colors of the fabrics much better. We’ve had a lot of sunshine lately (and really warm weather) so getting some outdoor pictures should be doable.
On my To Do list for last week was to make and sew bindings on two quilts that my Mom made. My mom doesn’t see very well, so binding is difficult for her. The two quilts she made are going to be gifts to a couple of her grandchildren, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice attaching bindings by machine. And I found a really cool presser foot that makes the job SO much easier for me. It is called an Edge Joining foot. Have you seen one?
It’s also called a Stitch in the Ditch foot. See the little flange coming out from the front and center? If you line your needle up directly behind that flange, and then run the flange in the ditch of your seams, you can stitch in the ditch pretty accurately. Also, you can move the needle to the right a few clicks and run the flange along the edge of the binding and achieve really accurate stitching along the edge of the binding.
I love how easy it is to keep the stitching straight and perfectly aligned along the edge of the binding when I use this foot. It makes me like machine binding just a little more. I’m going to use this method again when I add the binding to my ‘Love is Patient’ quilt. I have to admit, I am addicted to the speed of machine binding over hand stitching. Anything I can do to make it easier is a plus in my book.
The log cabin quilt made it back to its owner so I can share it with you now. After pushing through the quilter’s block I struggled with, I am pretty pleased with the finished quilt. As was Cindy, the maker. I always love when the customer is happy when they get their quilts back.
The only request Cindy had was to stitch radiating lines from behind the center blocks to make it look more like a cross. And use gold thread. The first thing I did was stitch in the ditch all the blue logs. I used Glide 60 so the thread just melted into the seams. My struggle was what to do in the light logs. Usually you’ll see feathers stitched in log cabin quilts. But feathers just didn’t ‘feel’ right for this quilt. I ended up quilting swirly vines using Glide Cleopatra. Stitching the vines allowed me to work in and around the logs as needed. They are freehanded, and I love the look they give to the quilt. You can see them a bit better on the back.
Piano keys in the border finished off the top and it was done. This quilt was on my frame for almost two weeks – waaay too long. I was happy to pull it off and get it back to Cindy.
Another quilt I finished was an old quilt made by the grandmother of a friend of my client. It is all hand stitched, every last inch of it! The blocks are nine patch blocks, made up of 5 small nine patch blocks. The small nine patches measure 2-1/2″ square. Whew! That’s some tiny piecing! I snapped a pic of the back of the blocks:
These blocks are set on point so there are setting triangles and a border, all hand stitched. There was some fullness to contend with, but the finished quilt looks beautiful. This one won’t get back to the owner until tomorrow, so I’ll show you the finished quilt later. Until then I can show you the back:
I have always wanted to stitch the Baptist fan design and this quilt gave me the perfect opportunity. I used a digital design from Three Sisters Fabric, and I love how easy it was to line up. I can definitely recommend this design if you’re looking to add the Baptist Fan to your collection.
Okay guys, that’s it for me today. I’ll be popping back in later when it’s my turn to share a pattern on the Christmas in July Pattern Parade. I hope you’ll stop by!
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