Sunday, October 5, 2014

A peaceful weekend of piecing.

Last weekend I attended a workshop by Nelly Vileikis. The workshop was sponsored by my northern Ohio Star Quilt Guild, in Port Clinton. I learned how to do curved piecing and we made a small Whirligig quilt. I decided to use some fabrics from my Christmas stash for this project. It does not have the high contrast that the pattern does, but I like it anyway. The lighter gold whirligigs will be densely quilted. I may not quilt the red and gold star. It will end up a table topper for my dining room table during Christmas. I am not sure how I will quilt the border.

I like the technique for making the curve, which I think is similar to the orange peel technique.  I plan on using this technique in the future, but rather than fold the triangle back I am going to fold it under and hand stitch it. I think that will have a nicer finished. So all things consider this will be something useable and at least it is not a waste of fabric. I learned something new and had a great time with friends.

Holiday Whirligig
The quilting begins, who knows how it will end up?

My biggest project this weekend was to finish piecing a quilt for a friend's camper. I changed my mind about some of the borders. I decided against a thin brown border. I added the leaves as corners stones on the green nine patch border. I also selected a different fabric for the thin border. It seemed to bring together the colors in the quilt. Finally the darker four inch outer border carries the colors of the panel out.

Nearly finished camping quilt.
As often happens with me. This quilt grew as it went along. I started with a panel and decided to just wing it border by border. I thought it would be small enough to do on my home machine but I am having seconds thoughts about that. I still need to do one small applique'. A nice surprise was finding the perfect wide backing in my stash. Whoo hoo (I don't even remember buying it!)

I love the details in this quilt. Mostly they are happy accidents, as this was a create as you go quilt.

If there is free time this week I hope to start my applique'. Perhaps there will be time to finish the quilting on the table topper? I'd like to have these projects out of the way before Bonnie Hunter's new Mystery! Thanks for checking in.

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