Here it is, mid February, and I finally got my Babylock machine back from the repair shop and much to my surprise, there were no major problems. Yea..so glad to have my machine back and running again. In it’s absence, I was using my trusty Pfaff; while it does a splendid job, it’s stitching speed is much slower than my Babylock, and when piecing, it’s speed I need!
You’ll be pleased to know the “crazy” quilt is coming along; the top and bottom borders are complete and I now know how I’ll complete the side borders. As I mentioned earlier, I decided to place large cornerstones in all four corners. The picture below shows a completed cornerstone; an appliqued flower on a 11-1/2″ block of black fabric.
Using double sided “Lite” Steam A Seam, I first pressed the steam-a-seam to back side of the flower panel. Then after carefully cutting the flower from the panel, I removed the wax paper backing and pressed it onto the cornerstone fabric. Once this was completed, a satin stitch was used to finish the edges of the flower. These cornerstones are just what the quilt needs! Now you’ll just have to “stay tuned” to see how I finish the side borders of this crazy quilt! Will I add more geese, half-square triangles, pinwheels…or….??
On to my next project, a donation quilt. My quilt group, the “Basket Cases”, decided to provide quilts for one of our local churches that has an orphanage/school in Africa. We found out they were building two additional dorms this year; one for boys and one for girls. Each dorm will have two bedrooms and each bedroom will have two sets of bunk beds. So we decided we would make quilts and a pillowcase for each bed. The only requirement we were given was to use a common fabric or color for the quilts, so they could further use this color to decorate the rooms.
After auditioning several patterns, we finally decided to use the “Take Five – Teacher’s Pet”. This particular pattern utilizes a common fabric in each block, so we choose the following fabrics:
Don’t these fabrics just scream fun!!! I’ll have pictures of all the completed quilts a bit later this spring, along with all the “Basket Cases” that helped in this endeavor. For my quilt, all I have left to do is add the two outer borders and I’m ready to make a sandwich and quilt!
Stay warm my friends in those chilly northern states! Spring is just around the corner….