April is starting out better for getting some quality quilting time in, and I have enjoyed that. Sewing has always been my therapy and stress reliever, so it was good for me to be able to spend some time at the machine. I had to miss the day retreats at the guild last week, three day-long sewing days where you can sew with friends, then leave your machine and go home to have dinner and sleep. It’s the first one I’ve missed in several years, but couldn’t be helped. I hate that I missed that time with one of my dearest friends who is moving away in June. I’ll just have to have her over for a sew day here, then make her a nice lunch. Back to the sewing, I finished up the Quilt of Valor. When I last talked about this quilt, it was on the longarm and I had sewn one pantograph row.
The pantograph is called Blue Star from Urban Elementz.
I finished the quilting, then did a machine binding with the leftovers from the backing.
All done, and ready for the label.
The backing I used was a wide back fabric, and I had a lot left at the bottom when I finished quilting the QOV. I have several of the adorable Hungry Animal Alphabet panels, and two of them fit nicely in that space that was left. So, I could use up the balance of the backing without having to load it again. I placed the panels close to the QOV, changed the pantograph to a cloud one, and stitched the edges on both.
I used the same white Glide thread for these, quilting all the way across to get both on one pass. You all know how obsessed I am with this adorable panel. I just love looking for the items starting with the letter in each box. Oh, look, a pig in pajamas with a parrot buddy is eating pancakes, and the vultures have umbrellas, eating vegetables on the veranda.
The flamingos have fish, and the jaguar has jam. Can you see more F and J words? I get so distracted by these, LOL!
When the quilting was done, I carefully cut apart the quilts, trimming up as I went.
With the remains of the backing, I made more binding for one of these quilts and attached it by machine.
So, one all done.
The binding color goes well with the panel, and matches the back.
For the second panel, I used the trimmings of the green check. I had trimmed this off both panels before quilting, and it was just enough to go all the way around. Both of these will be for sale at the Garden of Quilts show in our longarm booth during my work hours. If they don’t sell there, I’ll have them as part of my sample sale planned for late May.
I had counted the wide backing in for Stashbusters at 7 yards. When I was done with all three quilts, I had less than a fat quarter left. Whoopee, nice fabric out totals for April so far, and I have more to go!
What did you work on this week?
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