20 patch

Today I have another older quilt that I finally finished up! I made this one last December, so definitely not the oldest unfinished quilt in my closet.

I decided to finish it after finding a large cut of fabric that I thought would work for backing. Additionally, I thought it would be a perfect one to try out another quilting design from Jacquie’s book, Walk.

I decided to use this Stem design, which I love. I’ve quilted other quilts using this design in the past, though only as a free motion design. Here’s a quilt I made years ago using a similar quilting design. You can see that quilting this one the way I did gives you a vertical line connecting the petals.

This time I followed Jacquie’s instructions to quilt it using my walking foot, which results in a similar design but without the vertical lines (of course you could easily add the lines at the end if you prefer that look). It’s kind of a toss up as to which was easier to quilt – with the free motion foot it’s easier to maneuver the quilt, but often I find that my stitches aren’t as even as I’d like. It was harder to maneuver a quilt this size using my walking foot, especially when I reached the center of the quilt, but I loved that this design was possible without having to switch to the free motion foot (yes, call me lazy!)

I still don’t know if a 20 patch block is a thing, but I sure like it! I always love pairing fabrics, and it was fun to pull random pieces from my stash and see them all together in this colorful quilt.

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a reject project turned quilt.

 

Ha! I’m sure I’m not the only one to have an idea, start making it, and discover you dislike it. That’s pretty much what happened here.

I started this one a while back, and in fact I can’t even remember what my original plan was with these blocks (this was not it). It wasn’t good, so it was turned into this, which is also not good, but for some reason I couldn’t let it go and actually pieced a backing (which I do like!), and even basted it.

It sat in a pile for a long time because I didn’t really want to put in the time to quilt something I didn’t care for, but then I discovered that I had used a lot of my larger quilting safety pins to baste it and I kind of wanted them back. So you see, I had to finish it!

In the meantime, I received Jacquie Gering’s¬†amazing book, Walk, from Lucky Spool (thank you!), and I couldn’t stop looking at all the great quilting designs she shows. I’ve been tired of just straight lines, but for some reason hadn’t even considered that I could change it up and create such fun designs with my walking foot.

This quilt seemed like the perfect quilt to practice on. I chose Jacquie’s Orange Peel design, mainly because this quilt was made up of the same sized squares and therefore required minimal marking. I’m so happy to say that it was so fun, and dare I say easy? to quilt that I can’t wait to try out another design on a quilt I like a bit better! (In fact, since quilting this one, I’ve used two other designs from this book to quilt two other quilts which I’ll show you soon!).

As far as this one goes, I’m not really sure what its fate will be. Perhaps a donation, or perhaps one of the kids will snag it for fort building. I’m just happy it’s finished and that I have my quilting pins back!

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deja vu?

I mentioned that I immediately made a second quilt in this same design, right? I had such fun putting that last one together that I decided I should really see how it looked in Rifle Paper co’s newest line, Menagerie.

This one has a different feel with these darker colors, and I think it’s quite perfect for Fall. My sister took one look at it and said it made her feel sad, but I don’t see that at all. (What does she know, really?!) I love the florals on the darker backgrounds and really enjoy the addition of the gold metallics in many of the fabrics.

This time I added some extra triangles to a few of the hst blocks, giving me a chance to mix and match the fabrics even more and giving it a bit of extra interest.

We took this quilt top across the lake to my favorite little town, Essex, NY, and found this beautiful barn for photos. The kids got a trip to the playground and an ice cream cone, so everyone was happy (aside from Morgan, perhaps, who just ended up with sore arms from having to hold this quilt up for so long!)

I’ve already made a backing for this one, and hope to start quilting it soon, so hopefully I’ll have finished photos before too long!

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