Parcheesie sashed!

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On the fence.

The neighbor’s clothesline.

In the house.

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!

Today I’m linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Parcheesie: Blocks Complete!!

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Parcheesie quilt blocks – Aqua

Parcheesie quilt blocks – Yellow

Parcheesie quilt blocks – Red(ish)

Parcheesie quilt bocks – Green

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.

You can see April’s original Parcheesie quilt here.

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’s Kimono Silk and So Fine threads on their way to me, hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.

Which thread do you use??

Linking up to:

Sew Happy Geek

Parcheesie: 1 block down, 15 to go

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.

Hope you’re having a great weekend too!

Parcheesie in progress

16-patch in progress

16-patch blocks done!

25 more corner blocks to go.

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.

Earlier this week I was contacted by the Education and Events Manager at Juki America Inc., they’d like to feature me in one of their Newsletters! I’d love to get my hands on one of their domestic quilting machines in the TL line!

Also this week, my triple-zipper bag was featured on A Quilter’s Table with other wonderful triple-zip pouches. It’s been a great week and it’s not even over yet!

P.S., I’m linking up with TGIFF because although this quilt top isn’t finished, the 16-patch blocks are done and tomorrow, the corner blocks will be finished too! 😀

Cutting the (Par)cheesie

Flora by Lauren & Jessie Jung

Cutting Parcheesie

I spent the entire day cutting my stash of Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda to make a Parcheesie quilt, pattern by April of Prairie Grass Patterns. This pattern involves a lot of cutting and finishes at 86″ x 86″, the largest quilt I’ve made to date!

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 cotton thread

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