This week is focused on the centerpiece–whether pieced or panel. I’ve gone with an appliqué panel. My pieces are fused down and I’ve decided to do a zig-zag around the raw edges instead of hand embroidery. Come January, I hope to have time to sit and do some handwork over the whole thing. Maybe hand quilt it? We’ll see! Wouldn’t that be a cozy winter project!
In two weeks (on September 26th) we’ll be talking about the first few borders. I have my pieces cut!
Make today wonderful. Even if all you can muster is a smile at a stranger.
“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
Ok, that’s not really what anyone calls her. Except me. I’m not even sure she’ll like that. You might know her as Jen of Patterns By Jen.
She’s running a quilt along for her Border Quilt pattern starting in a couple of weeks, and she’s posting interviews with some of the bloggers joining in (she asked some fun questions!). Check out the details on her website and come join us!
I mostly make my own patterns, so I’m going to enjoy letting her do the math for me on this one! She’s done such a wonderful job writing this up that I feel a little like I’m on a vacation with it. I can just sit back and enjoy it in between all the hectic-ness that is going on behind the scenes at The District right now.
I’ve chosen to make an applique and embroidery panel for the center of mine. You can piece yours like the pattern calls for, or you could use some fabulous large print for the center!
Here’s the rest of my pull. Ohhhhh, yuummmy! (Of course, I also just pulled out a polka dot to go in here because I can’t leave well enough alone.)
We like to use mostly cloth napkins around our house. Not because we’re posh (Duchess Meghan hasn’t returned my call), but because we like the reduce and reuse economical and ecological factors.
You could probably have a set of these ready for your dinner party tonight.
Cut some fabric into squares. I used my 12-1/2″ square ruler. Go bigger if you want! 15-20″ square would be nice, too!
For pressing your seam allowances, mark a 3/8″ line on one side and a 1/2″ line on the other side of a piece of cardstock (or a file folder–just something thin, non-flammable, and non-melty). If you don’t need this to fold and press your seams, by all means skip it. I won’t tell.
Now, on two opposing sides of each napkin, press once up to the 3/8″ mark, then fold over and press up to the 1/2″ mark. The raw edge should be inside the fold. Don’t do all four sides yet. Only do these two opposing sides.
Topstitch these two sides of each napkin. Get close to the lip of the fold with your stitches (you don’t want a sloppy, flappy flange sort of thing happening). Don’t worry about backstitching at the end or beginning.
Once those two sides are sewn down, repeat the folding and pressing (3/8″ then 1/2″) on the other two sides of each napkin. DO backstitch at the beginning and end of these.
If you pre-washed your fabric, you can use these straight away! If you didn’t, be sure to wash them before you use them to get the chemicals out.
I guess I need to get on and make the ones for my Mom that I promised her about two years ago….
And, yes, I know I ended that title with a preposition. Sometimes rules need to be broken. 😉
The quilt on our bed came from Overstock(dot)com. Why? Because (a) I bought it before I became a quilter, (b) I haven’t had the time/energy/compulsion to make a king-sized quilt for our bed yet, and (c) What? I’m supposed to sleep under just a sheet?
I will someday make a king-sized quilt for our bed, but that day is not today. It isn’t tomorrow, either. I’m busy with other projects. This isn’t super high on my priority list.
Plus, this one is pretty cozy, if a little bland to look at.
The Liberty Quilt is nearly finished. It’s been a massive labor of love, lessons, and finding freedom. I look forward to sharing more about it with you.
I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
Catch me hanging out in the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival Houston in November! If you’re attending Festival, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!