Don’tcha just love that word???? Yup, I finished Leah’s quilt (peeked at here). It’s washed, dried and all crinkly cozy! Warning….warning…..tons of photos to follow……..
The backing needed to be pieced. I had ordered the large floral, bright red/pink, and hydrangea prints from my friend, Annie, whose shop (The Bakery Fabrics) is in Belle Fourche, SD. She had posted them on the Fb page and, of course, I just had to order them!!??!!!! There was an additional piece…..in the line, but didn’t quite “fit” for use on the front piecing, so on the back it went along with my stash finds~~~perfect!!!!!!
And, finally, a full shot of the quilt front…………………………….
The piecing pattern was made-up simple!!! I just figured how wide I wanted the finish (approx. 55”) and the individual strips were to be 3” wide (finished) by 18” long. The difference (37”) would be the length of the green background piece. Note: this could be done with jelly roll strips. The strip width and length is up to you and your desired pattern! So, I sewed the focus fabric strip ends to the green background strip ends to form a “donut”/circle. I did this for each strip of focus fabric. I, then, decided where I wanted to cut the green/background strip to give me either a centered color strip or offset (depending on how off center of the green strip I cut it.). There’s no figuring how long the green strip on the left or right needs to be cuz the total equals the same for all. If this is too confusing, let me know and I will try for a diagram. The floral “windows” I just inserted where I wanted them as I sewed the strips together.
The backing is pieced and straight……easily done with Sharon Schamber’s method of basting the layers together. If you are unfamiliar with this method, wander over to her YouTube tutorial and have a peak….I’ll wait………… It’s the only way I layer and the grain-lines are “spot on” with each other and allow for the pieced backing to be straight, also.
The fabrics purchased from Annie were “Sausalito Cottage” by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods.com. The green background is from Connecting Threads and is “Sapling” from their Mirage line of Quilters’ Basics. The small floral (strips) is “Cho-Cho no Sanpomichi” by Kumiko Sudo for In The Beginning Fabrics (2007). The batting is Hobbs 80/20 (cotton/poly).
The threads I used are: Sulky Viscose rayon (on right), 40 wt, color #1047. Love the shine!!!!!! For the trapunto effect in the large floral block inserts, I outline stitched the flowers with Wonderfil Invisafil, 100 wt, color #727. In the bobbin, once again, it was Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.
Next time, a fun trip to another friend’s quilt shop a bit closer to home! Til then, take care, my friends, and may the Lord smile upon you………………………………….