I joined a new branch of the CWA late last year and have been getting to know a number of ladies during this year. Well as with the preschool that Matthew attends I have donated some time and made a quilt for our branch to raffle at the Spence Community Fair this coming weekend. If you've read earlier posts you'll see the yellow and black quilt I made for the preschool, which incidentally raised over one thousand dollars, not bad really. The winners were very happy.
Any way I used the same pattern for this quilt but very different fabric.
As with most sewers you can see my messy sewing/quilting area at the sides of the picture.
The daisy print is so bright and fresh I've called this quilt 'Welcome Spring'.
I am so pleased to be seeing some daffodils blooming and my fruit trees blossoming, Canberra winter seems quite long and we are pleased to know Spring is here, or soon will be. It didn't feel like it today
I used a pantograph to quilt the border of this quilt and then a small section to place the design in the nine patch blocks.
This did mean more stops and starts with the quilting but as there are only 16 blocks it worked out well.
How did she get the pattern on the blocks so neatly you may ask. Here's my method for that;
I traced the portion of the design I wanted, then drew up an 8" square as per the block, trimmed my tracing to fit in the square and moved it around until it fit centrally, then taped it in place.
This is the panto pattern I traced from and used for the border, its called 'Shasta'.
Then I used the laser light on the machine to match up the points of the block with the points of the made up template, this way I can use the laser and know I'll stay within the block.
That reddish dot on the corner is my laser light matching a corner to the same corner on a block of the quilt top.
The template is placed on the table of my machine as I would for any pantograph pattern.
This is also a first for me, using just a portion of a pattern within a block. I am enjoying testing out ideas like this to make sure they work.
I'll let you know how this quilt raffle goes as well. Next post - some customer quilts!