Yesterday morning I basted my Modern Mabel quilt top with both 505 basting spray and pins then started hand quilting in the afternoon. My stitches aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be! The circles are what was quilted on the original quilt and I’m also stitching around the stars. I love the process!
I really love how this quilt has come together, it’s a very simple layout and the hand stitching will be very simple as well. Each of my blocks finish at 10″ with 4″ sashing on each side, the final dimensions for this quilt are 60″ wide by 74″ long, a great size for a twin bed or lap quilt. I have to thank Sharon Schamber for teaching me a whole new way of accurate piecing, I used this video to create the stars and my Grandmother’s quilt for inspiration. If you’re interested in trying a y-seam star, you don’t need a lot of fabric and if you’ve done some garment sewing, it’s not difficult at all.
I’m not sure what my next project will be but I have to quilt some quilts before I make another quilt top!
I have a few ideas for my next quilt top, last weekend I signed up for the Craftsy class, Scrap Quilting: Big Techniques From Small Scraps taught by Australian quilter Sarah Fielke. She demonstrates a technique I’d never heard of before called Step Down Piecing which looks like fun.
Another pattern I’m really attracted to is “Snow Crystals” I discovered in the book “Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4“.
Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4
This is an excellent book if you’re looking for a real challenge and where I found this block. I’ve since ordered Vol.s 2 and 3 as well. Volume 4 focuses on sewing hexagons, stars and diamonds. It was a complete fluke that I found this book, it was recommended by Amazon for me. Be forewarned, this book does not hold your hand step-by-step but there are a lot of great patterns I’ve wanted to try for awhile. I’m looking forward to building my quilting skills!