Monday, January 28, 2013

Periwinkle blue; a quilt in the making

Believe it or not, this is an entire quilt. I will call it Periwinkle blue after my favorite crayon color and song by Doris Day on an album my father used to enjoy.

I started this project a year ago and thanks to two Craftsy classes, I'm hoping it turns into more than just a pile of purple.

The first, a block-of-the-month class was taught by Amy Gibson. The quilting will all be done on my little inexpensive Jenome sewing machine, using a skill I haven't yet perfected. I have high hopes however, due to the Craftsy Class on free motion quilting  exquisitely taught, by Leah Day. I just completed it.

I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating that Leah Day is an amazing quilter. She is to machine quilting what Jinny Beyer or Alex Anderson are to hand quilting. All three are absolute heroines as far as I'm concerned. While I'm name-dropping, I cannot say enough about Amy Gibson either. She has to be the sweetest human being on the planet, and she quilts. Beautiful quilting is only one of her many attributes.

This project will be my very first use of the 'quilt as you go' technique, whereby the blocks will each be quilted individually before being sewn together rather than the traditional method of stitching the blocks together  and then quilting the entire piece. This quilt will be a reversible, purple quilt, which I'm planning to fall in love with. Purple with all its values and shades was my favorite color, even before pink.

This above stack contains 20 squares of batting, (the bottom white layer), 20 different background squares, which are all different values and patterns of purple, followed by lavender border strips, which I will sew onto the original blocks. Finally, there are 20 different sampler blocks representing a year in the making. The purple fabric will be the binding, though I haven't cut it yet. That's it! I'm anxious to get started. I plan to practice the pattern for each block before I begin. I haven't decided yet if I am going to buy a shade of purple thread or use the silver/white thread I already have. I am leaning toward the latter. Wish me luck!

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