I’m ecstatic that I’ve finally sashed this quilt and it has a home with my Mom! This is one of my absolute favorite quilts and certainly most ambitious, each block consists of 72 pieces not including the pieced sashing but it’s so worth it!
In fact I love it so much, I may actually make another setting the blocks on point.
Because I love this pattern so much I didn’t want to distract from it by using a quilting pattern so I simply stitched in the ditch using Superioir Threads Kimono Silk. I used Sharon Schambers’ You Tube tutorial for binding.
If you’re looking for a challenge, I encourage you to try this pattern, satisfaction guaranteed! Purchase the pattern here: Prairie Grass Patterns.
I’m going to continue binding my Modern Mabel quilt today, happy Friday and have a great weekend and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday!!
With 61 individual pieces for each block, it takes about an hour to put one together. I’m really looking forward to seeing this quilt complete!
Juki TL-2000Qi was shipped yesterday, it’s supposed to be here in approximately 10 days! However, The Grace Companywill not ship the Start-Right frame to Canada (but they’ll ship it cross country to CA??) due to shipping costs and the possibility of damage. Again, they’ll ship it from one end of the U.S. to the other but not to Canada? In any case, I’ve been upgraded to the Gracie Queen frame. The bars are aluminum and the frame itself is wood. The carriage has foam handles in both front and back, slightly better than the carriage on the Start-Right. The Gracie Queen is also more expensive than the Start-Right but KathyQuilts.com will be absorbing the difference (thank you!).
Since I still have time, I thought I’d start another, more intricate quilt. Sometimes sewing squares gets a bit boring. Enter “Star Blossoms” by Bonnie Olaveson of the fabulous Bonnie & Camille team. However, I’ll be using Flora fabric by Lauren + Jessi Jung. Gee, lots of Mother and daughter teams!
This is going to be another one of those quilts that takes a few days just to cut the fabric, so many little pieces not quite as many as my beloved Parcheesie quilt!
I love this quilt even more after being sashed and the top is not yet finished! I struggled to find a place to hang the quilt for photos, I didn’t have anyone around to help and wasn’t able to find a place high enough to hang!
I have yet to add two borders. I wasn’t able to find the Flora print I wanted, as the pattern suggests so chose three prints from Birds and Berries — two for the sashing and one for the backing.
I now have two quilts to add borders to and sash, still waiting for the fabric for both! I can’t believe my Parcheesie quilt is pieced and I still don’t have my Spa backing yet! WTF Canada Post & USPS?! Ah well, I need a break anyway AND I’d like to use Superior Thread’s Kimono silk on both, can’t wait!
Although it seemed like forever, I really enjoyed putting these blocks together, the seams nested beautifully and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The next step is to create the scrappy sashing which will be 2″ x 2″ blocks sewn together using 2 1/2″ strips, there are also two borders on this quilt. I’ve ordered the fabric to finish this quilt so there won’t be any delays. I still haven’t received the backing fabric for my Fleurs Bleu quilt which I ordered awhile ago.
As mentioned at the beginning of this project, I was going to use Mettler 50wt thread but I instantly found it too thick, like Gutermann so I switched back to Aurifil. I have some Superior Thread’sKimono Silk and So Fine threads on their way to me, hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.
I love this block and am so glad I decided to make this quilt. I think it’s going to be a keeper, especially because of all the work that’s going into it. It’s also been fun working with Lauren + Jessi Jung’s fabric, “Flora”, there’s so much detail and I love the little bunnies, humming birds and snails in the print. Is my block Perfect? No, it’s just part of being human. 😀
I noticed that I’m amassing quite the collection of irons, dead and alive. I actually threw one out that I’d purchased at a garage sale because I dropped it and one of the buttons broke. From left to right:
T-Fal Ultraglide: Heats up fast but leaks everywhere.
Reliable Velocity replacement #2: Long heat-up time, leaks badly (#1 leaked as well).
Reliable Velocity replacement #3: Long heat-up time, very loud boiler, sole plate dented when received.
Elna Press 1004: Heats up fast, presses like a dream, great for a final press on blocks and fusing stabilizer/interfacing. Purchased second hand on Kijiji, works like a dream.
Then of course there’s my DeLonghi, everything is still okay, takes awhile to heat up, holds 3 cups of water and lasts forever. Since purchase I’ve only filled it up twice because I don’t have to use the steam all the time. I always turn off and unplug my irons when not in use and use reverse osmosis water. Distilled water is also good.
I really enjoyed working on my Parcheesie quilt top today. I thought those tiny 1″ 16-patch blocks would drive me crazy but I really had fun, especially since all my seams matched! In one recent Craftsy class, the teacher pressed her seams open. I would never have been able to match my seams if I’d done it that way. I pressed them to one side, as traditional quilters do, and they snugged beautifully. I really love the corner blocks too, they’re essentially a type of log cabin.