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Yay for some Spring Feels…and half 3 of the sewalong

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Hey buddies, 

Regardless that we’re nonetheless coping with some snowbanks and chilly temps right here in central Pennsylvania, each now and again there’s a good sunshiny, warmish day, which guarantees the upcoming arrival of Spring. I can simply odor it already, are you able to? I’ve to confess that I’ve been eyeing the bottom round our Maple timber, the place hubby and I planted a lot of bulbs final Fall, hoping to spy these first little pointy inexperienced bits, however nothing to this point. However I am satisfied that our decorative pear tree and dogwood timber have buds! And in our storage we have already got the wooden for the brand new backyard beds that hubby will construct me, in a sunnier spot in our yard this time round, simply as quickly as the bottom thaws and we are able to set up them with out slipping and sliding within the mud. I’m prepared for Spring! How about you?

( picture through Pixabay)

In fact the wonderful thing about Winter climate is that I’ve an ideal excuse to hibernate inside and work on quilty stuff, and that’s what I’ve been doing…

Listed below are some photographs of tasks I’m working/have labored on these previous few weeks. ( In order for you any extra data on any of those tasks, use the arrows on the backside of the submit to scroll again via earlier posts and you’ll find all of them there).

(Journaling 2022 with embroidery)



                            ( Completely satisfied Villages quilts)

( child quilt~another choice from the sewalong)


                               ( Christmas quilt)

                              ( pink and white quilt)

               ( Basket quilt blocks from an Edyta Sitar sample)

( winter quilt utilizing Accuquilt dies)

After which in fact there may be our February sewalong, which is nearly at it is finish ( though if you wish to take part it’s not too late…simply take a look at the earlier 2 weblog posts right here and right here for all the data!).
I made a decision to make simply 6 blocks at 8.5 inches massive  to make a bit of desk runner. Within the unique design, Lori Holt appliqued hearts to the facilities of all her blocks: 


( picture through Lori Holt)

 I did not wish to use hearts on mine as a result of the hearts could be going through the other way up when used as a desk runner, relying on orientation, so I made a decision to make use of Daisies as an alternative. 



 However once I laid out the daisies on every block I did not like them so determined to scatter them all around the quilt, somewhat than one per block, extra like this:

I feel it is extremely essential to mess around with numerous points of your quilt, till it offers you a cheerful feeling! You’ve a number of choices to your applique ( when you select to do any that’s!). You should use fusible net like I did, or you should utilize needleturn applique. For those who do not take care of needleturn, there may be one other nice technique, the place you sew two ( easy!) shapes collectively RST, then minimize a slit in a single, flip the complete form proper aspect out, after which sew down by hand or machine. I actually take pleasure in that technique, however  the daisy form wouldn’t be the best form to do this with, and fusible net is a lot sooner!

For these of you who’re new to quilting and/or fusible net, here’s a fast little tutorial: 

Begin by tracing your shapes onto the paper aspect of the fusible ( I like utilizing this model ( click on)

Subsequent, minimize out your shapes very roughly and lay them on the BACK of your chosen material. 


Following the producer’s directions, fuse your shapes to your material, let cool, after which minimize these shapes out precisely on the traces. 

Then fuse your shapes to the entrance of your blocks, once more, following the directions offered by the producer. You’ll need to stitch your appliques down as a result of they will not arise very effectively to washing with out that little step. In case you are not planning on washing your venture, you may be capable of get away with no stitching, however I am unable to assure it is going to by no means let unfastened… I’ll suggest that you just add appliques to EACH block earlier than stitching your blocks collectively ( particularly if you’re making a BIG quilt) as a result of it will likely be a lot simpler to work per block, somewhat than with the complete quilt! ( on mine that clearly wasn’t doable as a result of a few of my daisies went on the seams of blocks, however my quilt is small and nonetheless simply maneuverable).

After I fused my daisies, I wanted to resolve how you can fasten them down…and once more, needed to resolve what would make ME joyful…and that was “sketching” round every petal and the middle with black thread to essentially make these daisies stand out on that very busy background. 



 

Are you able to see what a HUGE distinction it makes once you try this? I’m now fortunately stitching round every daisy with black thread! Another choices are to make use of a blanket sew or zig zag, or no matter fancy sew your machine has. By the way in which, in case you might want to have that daisy form, it’s from a set of templates by Lori Holt known as Prim, which you could find by clicking right here ( click on).

After you add your applique ( or not), sew your blocks collectively, add a border ( or not), layer, and quilt your work. Due to the numerous, many seams in these blocks I’m going to counsel machine quilting, however once more, YOUR quilt, YOUR choice :). 

Subsequent week I’m hoping to share my completed quilt, and am hoping to see a few of your works in progress as effectively, both within the FB group, or you may ship me an electronic mail ( the contact data is within the sidebar~do not see a sidebar? Be sure to are viewing this submit in a browser window by clicking on the title).

So to sum up this week’s sew alongside directions:

Proceed stitching your blocks

Add applique

Sew your quilt high collectively ….

And when you get this far, go forward and…

Layer and quilt your quilt

Bind

Add a label 😉

And earlier than I log off, may I ask you to do me a favor?  Depart a remark proper right here on this submit in order that I can see if feedback are actually working. Thanks a lot!

Till subsequent time~ joyful creating!

Monique

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