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.
Sixteen fat quarters cut into 21 pieces plus three yards of background fabric (Kona white) cut into 384 pieces = 720! That doesn’t include the back, boarders or binding!! It will all be worth it, it’s a beautiful pattern and believe it or not, I have fabric left over for pillowS!
This will be the first pattern where I’ve cut out all the pieces before sewing, I usually cut as I go.
Mettler Silk-Finish Thread
Because Aurifil thread isn’t available to me locally, I haven’t won any and and Alex hasn’t sent me some, I’ve decided to use Mettler Silk-Finish cotton thread. It’s a fine, thin, long staple 50wt cotton with a very smooth finish. It will be interesting to see how much lint it produces compared to Aurifil and Gutermann.
DH received a package from Amazon.ca today and he was sweet enough to include a little something for me in his order, Aneela Hoey’s Little Stitches! Yes, I DO have the best hubby in the world! What I didn’t realize about this book is that it has ready-to-use iron-on transfers, AWESOME!!
Quickly editing to add that I’m linking this post up to WIP Wednesday