Last month I attended a course about foundation paper-piecing at Cotton & Color. Although FPP is not new to me, there are always new tricks and tips to be learnt, and I really profited from that class.
So, in order to put the new techniques into practice, I tackled a pattern that had been on my to-do list for some time now, and that turned to be the perfect birthday gift for my brother. On this one I used a non-woven interfacing as a foundation, which tore away rather easily afterwards (I know I could’ve left that, but the idea was to try new things). Also, I used glue to keep the first piece into place, instead of pining it… I must admit that these past weeks I’m using glue more than I have done before, and with great results, so I should revisit my own opinions about that…
For the quilting, I decided to play with the diagonals of the succulent plant and quilt a 45º grid following them, but excluding the border. It just seemed the right choice and I really like the contrast the quilting gives between the block and the border.
I reinforced the backing of the pillow envelope with heavy stabiliser, which helps to give some structure to the pillow.
Project: Pillow envelope
Size: 40 x 40.5 cm / 15 1/2″ x 16″
Date: May 2017
Pattern: Fröliche Kakten, by Amanda Castor, published on Simply Kreativ Patchwork + Quilting nº 8 (German edition).
Top fabric: L’s modern basics, Lecien
Mod Basics 3, Birch Fabrics
Cookie Book, by Kim Knight, Cotton+Steel
Grunge, by Basic Grey, Moda Fabrics
Modern Background Ink, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Bluebird, by A. Marcelle Abegg, Cotton+Steel
Background fabric: Bella Solids White 98, Moda Fabrics
Border: Hey Dot!, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Batting: Thermolam TP971 Fusible, Pellon
Quilting: machine-quilted, Isacord Thread 40, col. 0010
Well, this one was difficult! I hope that the habit of sewing a second version of the same block ends with this one… The third star of the Star Sampler quilt-along (by Amanda Rolfe at 3and3quarters) called for snow-ball cornered units, and honestly, I’m finding myself unable to master them. I tried several methods and there was no way I had a unit that would measure what it was supposed to, and the resulting block was a ½” short, and totally unsquared.
So, I changed gears and built this one from square-in-square units. It took some maths and trial-and-error test blocks to get the measurements, but what a difference! A squared, 12 ½” block with the points where they are supposed to be! (and yes, with the help of the seam-ripper along the way…).
I love those X on the green background… It looks like a field of little stars!
Let’s start something new! Amanda of 3and3quarters is organising a quilt along featuring 12 different star designs. I love Amanda’s tutorials and videos, so the moment she announced she was planing a QAL I knew this would be on my table right away, despite all the other projects running along.
After working mostly monochrome with the Splendid Sampler™’s blocks, I wanted something completely different for this project. Also, I was decided not to use a set collection. And truth is, this is absolutely outside my comfort zone. It’s really comfortable to work with collections, and it’s really overwhelming to step outside them.
So, talking fabric. My basic fabric to build this palette is this print from the Flow collection, by Brigitte Heitland (Zen Chic). I just love it! But I don’t see it as a part of any block, so in my head this fabric is intended for the binding. I don’t know how crazy it is to build a whole quilt’s colour scheme from the binding, but anyway… This fabric contains all the colours that should be on the quilt, so from this point forward it was all a matter of spending time in the quilt shop browsing through bolts and bolts of fabric and discussing it with the staff, which were of wonderful and invaluable help. Finally, most of the prints belong to different collections either by to Zen Chic, or to Cotton+Steel.
From left to right, the fabrics are:
- Mochi, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
- Mod Basics 3, Birch Fabrics (this fabric is made of organic cotton)
- Flow (teal), by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
- Macrame, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
- For you, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
- Cookie Book, by Kimberly Knight, Cotton+Steel
- Flow (orange), by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
- August, by Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel*
- Melodies, by Sarah Campbell, Michael Miller Fabrics
- Mochi, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
- XOXO (Cotton+Steel Basics), by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
- Homebody, by Kimberly Knight, Cotton+Steel
- Flow (graphite), by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics (binding fabric)
- 1000 Colors Collection (pink 716), Lecien
- Painter’s Canvas (orange), Michael Miller Fabrics
- Cotton Couture (Isle), Michael Miller Fabrics
* When I picked this fabric, I didn’t notice it’s lawn. I found Cotton+Steel have some useful tips on working with lawn on their blog.
The background will be a light grey – Lecien 1000 Colours Collection (501)-.
The QAL is scheduled to begin next Thursday, 22th. Time enough to wash all the fabric and start starching… I have found it’s absolutely worth it, and it turns out, it’s basic when working with different fabric weights!