I added the trimmed strips left after squaring up the quilt as a 1-inch unfinished inner border.
Lastly I kept improvising orange blocks for the backing and added a border. I have now pinned the quilt sandwich, trying to keep the front and back lined up. I need to bring my machine in again and will quilt it when I get it back in a week or so. In the meantime, I will layer two potholders, one table mat and this odd shaped piece that I will turn into a rectangular mat for my hutch.
The orange scraps have traveled outside to one of my trees. I noticed this a week ago, but yesterday, I noted that the orange has multiplied. Maybe it’s the heat–it was 99 yesterday and so far, only 96 today. I’m melting. Till next time…
My improv piece is finished. Last chapter, I removed the sequined ball because I just didn’t like it. It will land somewhere else eventually–nothing goes to waste.
I found some bits of green crochet thread I had hand dyed at some point and made a small medallion and beaded it with single seed beads.
Next I added some encrusted beading–my standby of loading three beads at a time close together, knotting after every three groups.
I also took the last piece of useable lily fabric and hand appliqued that in a blank space.
Now to finish the edges–I saw this no-binding binding somewhere but couldn’t find it again so did this from memory. I used a 1-inch strip of fabric the length of each side. Stitch it on with 1/4-inch seam allowance, flip it and stay stitch it in place. I meant for the back side of the fabric to show but put right sides together on the second side. Just a reminder–that you pay for two sides of fabric so you can use either side as you see fit.
Press under 1/4-inch and bring the entire flap to the back; blind hem stitch.
For the bottom edge, I added about 1/2-inch to each end so that I could fold it in and cover up the raw edges on the sides. Note that I trimmed the corner–this gets a little bulky. Blind hem as before.
I still have not decided how I will hang this piece, which is approximately 8.25×8-inches so I decided to make a casing at the top for a dowel or branch or something. I cut this strip at 1-1/2 inches and turned under the short edges so that it was slightly shorter than the top width. Blind stitch the long edge, leaving the short edges open.
Here is the finished piece: Whisper of Lilies.
Give improv piecing a try and then try some different embellishments. When you have a small project, you’re not investing a lot of material or time. If you ruin it, cut it up and make some art pins and abandon them on your favorite walking trail. Check out this Facebook Page:
Someone in town is painting rocks that say “Bella Vista Rocks.” I saw one at the hospital parking lot the other day and left it for someone else to find and enjoy! Why? Because I think the article about this project suggested that the rocks were meant for visitors. I belong to the above group but still haven’t decided what to make and abandon. It’s on my bucket list. My bucket overfloweth.
P.S. I tend to think in cartoons and this was going through my mind yesterday. I’m going to use it as a free-motion quilting exercise and see if it turns into something. One never knows, does one? Have a great weekend.
Yesterday I showed you how I made a wonky churn dash block for a guild challenge. Here’s a little correction: I said I pressed the seams to the blue throughout. Actually when you add the corner half-square triangles, you should press toward them so your seams will nest in the middle. That is if they even meet in the middle. Additionally, if you really want this block to lay flat, you can press seams open as another option.
Today I made another block, starting with a blue center. Make four of each of the following units (bars and half-square triangles):
Trim the seam allowances to reduce bulk:
Do a casual layout of your wonky units:
Sew the units into rows and cut straight edges so you can sew the rows together:
Square up your block. In this case, I made it a rectangle.
As for The Animal Collage Project, for now the hippo is dead. Poor Hippo. I just can’t find the love to get back to this project. Sometimes you just have to set things aside and move on. Hippo for Sale…
I’ll be back after my sweater class on Saturday for an update.
My modern quilt guild has a tiny challenge for the month of March: make a wonky churn dash block. Here is a traditional churn dash block from Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache website. Marcia has a lot of free blocks and step-by-step instructions/patterns on her website; check it out:
We are all using the same colors, deep red and deep blue. No rules for size or fabric, just the two colors. There will be a drawing at our March meeting and some lucky member will go home with all of the blocks. I started with these strips (the remains of my hand dyed turquoise and some sparkly strips from my daughter) and three red blocks:
I cut some wonky triangles from the sparkly fabric:
I sewed the blue triangles to the red squares, not placing them at the halfway point–that way I had enough of the printed fabric for the corner half-square triangles. Trim the seam allowances as you go to reduce bulk. I pressed everything to the red fabric.
Next I started laying out pieces for color placement:
Okay, so here are all the pieces, but is this really going to match up enough to work? Who knows–it’s a crap shoot when you piece on the fly.
Here I put the units together in rows and trimmed straight edges in order to sew the rows together.
I even managed to match up the center seams fairly well. Here is the finished block–I couldn’t quite squeeze 6-1/2 inches out but I think it’s pretty cute. It will lose some points but it has personality. This took me less than hour, start to finish.
If you have some scraps and want to try some improvisational piecing, make your own churn dash–or choose another simple block and PLAY! Be brave and have some fun.
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