Projects of the secret kind continue to come together in my little “elf” studio. Although time seems to be in less than sufficient supply (or, maybe, it’s energy….mine!), I am finishing a large-ish wall hanging for a friend. Begun years ago, it will make the perfect appearance after a little handwork completes it. The pattern was originally found in “Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine”, 1991. When given to me to quilt/finish, the center portion (window) was done but the outer border and star were missing. Raiding my stash produced the perfect border material and a small piece of gold “Radiance” fabric was ideal for the star!
The magazine directions had 2 versions: paper pieced and templates. This one was paper pieced. The challenge with this ‘simple’ quilt stitching is avoiding the fabric bias stretch/”creeping” that comes with those diagonal lines. On a “sit-down” machine (HQ Sweet 16), this stitching is achieved well with the use of the “Line Tamer” ruler which helps to stabilize the sandwich, minimizing puckers/folds. Very effective, I think.
Thread: (top) Superior’s Variegated Gold metallic, #02 (my “go-to’ metallic!) (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20)