Working down my list, now that my mini-quilt is done, I’ve turned my attention to my New Wave quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson). Although I’ve been gathering the perfect arrangement of fabrics for well over a year, I put this quilt top together in a massive sewing frenzy over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. It was like a blur of thread and bits of fabric.
This one’s all for me-me-me, in all it’s gloriously brown-and-gold 70s-ness. Yum! I’m even using a vintage sheet as the backing. These are totally, completely, not like my normal color choices and maybe that’s why I love it so much. Do you ever find yourself drawn to things that seem wildly un-you and love them double-much for it? I think it’s important to sometimes treat ourselves to something that’s completely out of the ordinary, whether it be fabric choices or a day out. It shakes things up.
Anyway, I pieced the back and basted it shortly after that weekend, but it was put aside for other things until now. Now the quilting’s almost done and I’ve got the binding (HOT pink, baby!) all ready to go.
Expect an FO post on this one soon – I’m actually quite in need of a light quilt for these suddenly hot summer nights, so I’m anxious to get it done!
The next project my hand-sewing pals and I are working on is (yay!) for me! I searched for a looooong time for a pattern I really loved and that would be fun for us to sew by hand. Finally, I came across the appliqued orange peel design, and then in looking for examples, I fell in love with this beautiful mini-quilt made my Paloma from Three Kitchen Fairies and that sealed the deal. And the design happened to work out perfectly with the fabrics I had picked out already, so it was pretty much meant to be.
Sigh. Looking at them just makes me happy. The pile divided freakishly well into soft backgrounds and bright peel fabrics. Let’s just have another look, just ’cause they’re so damn pretty.
I tested out one peel with the freezer paper method: cut a peel template out of freezer paper, iron onto the back of the fabric, cut the fabric with a quarter-inch overlap and then baste it just like it was being paper pieced. Pin and applique that onto the backing fabric and when there’s about an inch left to sew, remove the basting stitches and paper, then finish up the last inch. Voila!
It was so much easier than I expected, and so pleasing to do.
I made up little kits for the hand-stitchers and should get all the blocks back this weekend. Eep! Just the thought of it makes me a little giddy – I can’t wait to play with them!