I finished a quilt that I have been working on for the last 11 months. Yeah! I saw it last year at the Minnesota quilt show in the Fiberworks Quilt Shop booth. I debated for quite a while over if I should buy the pattern and kit. I don’t usually buy kits or do quilts with lots of applique – this quilt has a ton! I wasn’t sure if I would really stick with it to finish it, but the design and the fabrics were so pretty. Now, I’m happy to say I actually finished it and it’s hanging in my stairway. It’s called Garden Party.
I don’t have a great spot to hang it for a photos, so my only option was to lay it out on the grass. It doesn’t look as pretty as it could, but this will have to do. Even though my photos don’t do it justice, I hope you can see all the pretty prints that were in the kit. I took a photo of the ones that were included in mine. In addition to those print, there were 6 background prints and several text prints for the sashing. I didn’t have any similar prints in my stash.
The quilt is done with fusible machine applique. I used the blanket stitch in combination with a small zig zag. I think it took 2-3 hours to trace, cut and stitch down each block. At that point, I didn’t have all the small heart-shaped petals on the flower stems yet. I decided to stitch them down during the machine quilting process. I don’t like it as well, but I was just wanting to get it finished.
For the machine quilting, I chose to do a lot of pebble quilting (which was no fun at all – I hate doing it!) and some easier (and much more fun) stitching in the flower petals. If you look closely, you will see words quilted in some of the petals.
In this block, I stitched my boy’s names. My photo isn’t very good, so you have to look hard to see them (lower left corner)
In this block, I stitched the name of my newest book “Joyful Stitcher. This quilt was part of the reason why I was so inspired to do a book on applique, so I thought it was fitting to include those words.
My lessons learned from this quilt –
I’m really struggling with the fusible products on the market right now. In the past, I have always used Heat’n’Bond light, but I can’t seem to get it to stick at all anymore. I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong with it. I think it works a little better when it’s a new roll, but not much. I also tried Steam a Seam 2 and I thought the fabric frayed so badly with it. I also had trouble with the glue sticking to the paper layer that I hadn’t traced my pattern on (but only part of the time, so I wasn’t tracing it to the wrong side). I’m curious if anyone would like to share their opinions on their favorite fusible?
Secondly, I discovered a new thread for doing the applique – Sulky Blendables. I got this multi pack (though the spools in the photo might not be exactly what was in that pack). I liked the weight and the fact that the thread is variegated.
If you are interested in this design, you can find the pattern here and the kit here.