I initially had a completely different design all mapped
out. Which is surprising that things
changed along the way, as I spent a good amount of time drafting out different
ideas before settling on a particular favourite. But when it came time to actually start
cutting the Riley Blake Designs Sashing Stash fabric, inspiration hit and I just had to go with it!
are. I mean there is a little less
cutting and piecing to get the flowers put together, but what I hadn’t factored
in was the fact there would be even more “Y” seams than with the traditional
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“Y” seam, they are time consuming to pull together. And with these little jewels, a ¼” from the
top of each petal needs to be left unsewn; which I only realised after I had
started sewing them together! And it also meant a lot of measuring and precise
sewing. AKA chain piecing becomes limited.
And I do love me some chain piecing!
worry when buying specialty rulers that I’ll use them once and never touch it
again! If you need some quick tips on how to use this ruler, check out my
I love how the geometric nature of the Riley Blake Designs prints really pop in this
design. Plus, I just love a black and
Once I had the jewel flowers stitched together, I decided to
pull everything together by surrounding the flowers with black and white
decided to scale back on the size of the finished quilt and opted for a table
runner instead. With a huge bolt of Kona Cotton in white in hand, I decided to
keep with the black and white theme and lay the panel on a white background.
hopefully speed things up, I marked all of my ¼” lines. My Pilot Frixion pen was
perfect for the white fabric, but wasn’t showing up on the black. I was really
happy when I found a blue pencil that
worked perfectly for the job!
Even with scaling back on size, this project stalled a
little (or quite awhile) at the hand needle turn appliqué stage! I quite enjoy
hand sewing work, but hand needle turning every little edge of the hexies was
kind of painful to me. It was slow going and fiddly. Not my idea of fun!
Towards the end, I decided to flip each ¼” seam under and pin it in place. This
made the hand appliqué work a little quicker and more straightforward, which
was much more enjoyable to me.
felt a huge sense of relief! Like I had overcome a huge hurdle in the quilting
journey and it felt wonderful to be past that stage!
through how I wanted to quilt her. I had originally planned on using white
thread with a few shots of a bold colour, like red. But once I got started
quilting, I was concerned the red would take away from the black and white
theme and so I stuck with my trusty Aurifil Thread in white.
started off with diagonal straight lines in the central hexie panel, which
created a quilted diamond pattern that is super pretty. For the negative space
at either end of the panels I opted for narrow parallel straight lines running
perpendicular to the hexies. I love how this approach added visual interest and
some yummy quilted texture. I absolutely love the look from the back too!
be the perfect solution. And was it ever! I love how much contrast it adds to
the final quilt.
that it CAN be used as a table runner! Everyone is so concerned about it
getting stained, they’re reluctant to put her to good use. Do you worry about
using your quilty projects? Especially ones that have a higher likelihood of
used and if it gets stained, it gets stained. What are your thoughts?
happy I kept at it and finished her off. I learned so much during this quilting
it’s good to go with it.
without a pattern. I love making it up as I go along. This proves much more
time consuming as I mull my options, but I just adore thinking through the
that was a challenge to get through. She’s been sitting on my Finish-A-Longlist since Q2 2016!
Wow, that’s a long time in the making! I think this little pretty will hold a
special place in my heart because of that.
and should be used 😉
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