Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Red White and Blue

I don't appliqué. I think, though, by hand quilting this smaller quilt at the soccer games, it sparked my interest in doing more hand sewing.

I wanted to make a quilt design that used only fat quarters. I've been brewing up the idea since this summer. I know I drafted up some of the first sketches over the summer, during our big move. The design changed a bit, as they usually do.

I'm excited to report, the quilt does use 14 fat quarters (9 red and 5 blue), + about 1/2 yard of white fabric for the border. I am also glad to report that I purchased all fat quarters from from Joann's when they had their big sale for Columbus Day... or maybe it was Labor Day...

Click on it, and I think you'll see it larger. I love how it turned out. I'd like to author the pattern for it. Of course, if I want to sell that pattern to Quilt Shops, I'll have to remake the whole thing using Quilt $hop fabrics. (Funny how that works, right?)

The size is about 46" x 72". Its a good lap size, but not quite a twin. I'm going to be binding it in dark blue.

So I don't hand appliqué circles... but I went ahead an did it. It definitely turned out better than if I would have tried to make smooth circle stitching lines with my sewing machine. OH- and I used a variation of Anna Maria Horner's Circle pressing technique, too. I didn't use foil, though. I used a gathered piece of broadcloth... which I should have grabbed a photo of-

The quilt is Red White and Blue, but its just a coincidence that I finished up the top on Election Day. I suppose its still significant, though. Here's to America! Cheers. ~jen~

ps- This quilt doesn't have a good name. If you think of something, please let me know in the comments section. =)


Rhonda said...

When I look at the quilt, my first thought for a name is "Circles Great Escape," because the circles are sort of clumped together but starting to separate. Weird but that's what came to mind.

Leigh said...

Love it!!!

HorribleLicensePlates said...

Oh my gosh, I love that quilt. It's amazing!!!