Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Pixie Churns baby quilt
This wee little baby quilt (35" square) is a mass of color and silky softness, made with scraps of Anna Maria Horner voile. In the making, I confess to have doubted that all this saturated color was going to work on small scale... but that was viewed on my black work table. As soon as I dropped the quilt top on the floor, the warm honey hues made it sing. Isn't it amazing how much one color effects another? Sometimes it's all about context.
I designed this Pixie Churns baby quilt for the Precise Piecing portion of the Penny Sampler class, a part of the class when we'll focus on honing our ability to sew small, often traditional blocks with accuracy. We're working all the way down to 3" finished churns in this project!
It's a great one for a collection of special scraps leftover from a pet project. I'm glad my patchwork curtain scraps found a forever home so quickly! And, yes, pairing the muslin with the voile seemed to work quite nicely.
I quilted with loopy free motion quilting traveling in rows across the work. Loopy rows were my first success with free motion quilting. I totally recommend it for getting your feet wet. You have to start somewhere to make progress! Working on a baby quilt is a great choice, since it'll be so easy to maneuver.
A yard of Willow Vine and Leaf from Shelburne Falls for backing and Kona Oyster for binding, finished us off. Even with a quilting cotton backing, this quilt has a lovely drape. I just hope it'll be durable too!
Registration for the Penny Sampler class opens on July 22nd, about a month away. I'll be dropping in project previews throughout the next few weeks as I finish them up. Hmm.... so how about tomorrow I sketch out the class design so you can start seeing how all this fits together? Yes, let's! See you then!!
p.s. You can find a nice selection of Anna Maria Horner voiles at these shops: Pink Chalk Fabrics, Fabricworm, and Lark Cottons.