The blocks are all done ! The sashings are stitched and the quilt center is finished. Please excuse the photo as the quilt is on my design wall. My sewing space is small and I could not stand back far enough to get a good photo lol.
I am currently working on the applique borders, I have the side border stitched, in the photo below I have them pinned on my design wall against the quilt centre. There is excess binding at the top and bottom so when I add the top and bottom borders I can finish the applique for the corners. Bare with me on that one, all will be revealed when I get to that stage. There will be a final border of the flying geese repeated to finish the quilt.
The final measurement of the quilt is 72 inches x 72 inches.As I have worked on this quilt I have played with different applique techniques, using the glue baste method for the blocks and then washing the blocks before squaring them up to remove all the glue. I am not a fan of using to much glue and struggle with the concept, but in saying that it is an easy method. However for the border I did not want to leave the glue in the applique, as washing the borders separately would not work in this situation. This would mean washing the finished quilt top after it was quilted, which is fine but I was worried about the effect the glue would have. The starch method was a possibility but then there would be starch left in the quilt top and where I live it might attract bugs, so...................... I went back to how I originally learnt to do applique, although I learnt this method as a hand applique method I found it adapted to machine applique easily, with great results. No products are in my applique, and I am a happy girl. I will share these techniques with you soon, I am currently writing a tutorial on how I make my flowers before they are basted onto the quilt top using the latest method. LOL this quilt has taken on a life of it's own. It has my full attention and I am enjoying every minute of it. Read more about the Rambling Ways Quilt Along Rambling Ways Blocks available here Happy Stitching Sharon
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This morning I find myself with too many quilts in progress at one time! They are all at a stage that they can be worked on and I love them all !
The first one is the BOM 2018 which I have almost finished the quilting, I only have the very last border to finish. If you missed this last year, you can find the full pattern for this quilt here.
These are just a few of the things that I got up to in 2018. There is more to come but I am not able to tell you just yet. I will keep you all posted when I am able to spill the beans. Lot's of secret sewing has been going on.
New patterns are coming along, so in the New Year there will be some surprises.
The Full version of the Winterwood Pattern is now available as a full pattern containing everything you need to complete the whole quilt. The Winterwood quilt pattern can be found here containing 71 pages. This is one of my favorite quilts, I loved every minute of making this beautiful quilt. Sometimes everything seems to go along so smoothly when designing and making a quilt, this quilt was one of those times.
It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.
There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles.
Here's how it works.
I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming.