This barn raising setting for the next Quilt of Valor was so interesting with the variety of patriotic prints and mix of colors with a bit of gold. I liked the transition from a light beige to a darker beige background as the blocks go from center to edge. I loaded it longways in order to get the maximum amount of quilting per row.
I folded it up to check the borders. Look at that, perfectly straight! What a joy! I do not know who pieced the top, but she (he?) did a fabulous job.
The pantograph is one I use a lot. It is called Fascination by Lorien Quilting for Willow Leaf Studios, designed by Hermione Agee. The gentle curves go so well with just about every quilt piecing design, and especially on those with lots of hard angles.
I didn’t even audition thread, I knew I wanted to use red from the moment I unwrapped it.
This is Superior thread on top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin. The batting is Warm and Natural cotton.
The quilting went so easy because this quilt was so well pieced and flat, that I finished it in an afternoon. Stitches were perfect without loops or issues.
I hope the service person who receives it loves it as much as I enjoyed quilting it!
I want to get more QOVs done in the coming year, so I have hatched a plan to have friends come over and help me. I will pick up my workhorse Kenmore today from the repair guy. I had cleaned it as best as I could, but there was something just gumming up the gears. Likely it was old grease or something that hardened with lack of use. The hand crank would move but with a lot of drag. With six sewing machines needing to be run regularly to stay in perfect sewing shape, it makes sense to have some sew days and use those machines to get some blocks made. If you have any patriotic orphan blocks sitting around (any size), or you want to make a couple for this project, I’ll take any that you have. Local friends, let’s sew! Out of area friends, let me know and I’ll send you my mailing address.
I have talked on several forums recently about how I do Best Press, buying it by the gallon as I use a lot. The price per ounce is the cheapest this way, plus I dilute it 50% with water so it goes twice as far. It may seem like it is a bit expensive, but if you use a lot it really is the least expensive way to buy it, plus it will qualify for free shipping. Click on my Amazon affiliate link – Best Press Unscented Gallon size.
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