I am working on several things now that I just cannot show on the blog yet, Scrap Dance Square Dance is one! I have it about half done, and had to pack it up for a while as I cannot let anyone see it. The other thing taking up almost my entire sewing space right now are the bits and pieces for the three California Thomas Fire Quilts. I am preparing things for the sewing day which will be next week. I actually did this quilt a couple of months ago, but with the Be My Neighbor Quilt going at the same time, I haven’t had a chance to show this one. So I saved it, and now’s the time to show it. This was a charity quilt pieced in really bright and cheerful colors surrounding a floral panel. It was a mix of batiks and traditional cotton quilting fabrics, so vibrant. I spread it out on the backing and batting provided to check the size. That part looked good.
But as I started loading the backing, I noticed this. The backing seam was not even a 1/4-inch. My guess is that the selvedge edges were trimmed off after the seam was sewn, but the piecer didn’t make the seam deep enough.
So, I did something I usually would not do. I had more than ample fabric top to bottom, so I re-sewed the seam at one inch deep. This is the best seam size for a backing on the longarm. It is more stable than a shallow seam, less prone to pop open.
Then I trimmed off the original seam to avoid having to rip it out.
The seam is pressed open. The picture is dark, but looking closely you can see the ample allowance now.
Loading it on longarm with Warm and Natural batting, I checked the top to make sure it was square and the borders were done right.
The colors were so bright, I thought this would be a good time to use this bright variegated King Tut thread. It is rare that I have a quilt with all these colors, and I love this thread.
Now, which panto to choose? Leaves seemed like a good choice with the flowers, and these are my favorite two. I picked the one on the right for its density and detail. The maple leaves just seem to go well with oranges and reds on the panel, and also seemed to fit better with the thread colors.
This is Maple Dance designed by Karen Thompson for Intelligent Quilting.
Isn’t it wonderful with that variegated thread?
The stitching blends with every color on the quilt.
I did run into one small problem. Seams on the edge not stay stitched often come apart in the process of longarming. Luckily I saw this as I advanced the quilt, and before I had stitched the edge down.
Pinned in place with a large corsage pin….
it is stabilized on the edge, then slightly in the seam to hold it closed. When the quilting is complete, this will not be noticeable at all.
More quilting, the thread blends in the yellow and the green and the orange.
It blends on the batik border, and in the blue too.
It added a nice texture to the panel, without overpowering the nice print detail in the corners.
The back side has nice texture too, as I used a solid red color Bottom Line in the bobbin.
All done, and returned to the maker.
Do you like bright fabrics or more traditional colors?
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