Most quilters have a project that they pick up and put down several times. This is one of those. Not because it was hard. In fact, it was easy! Other priorities in life just kept putting it on the back burner. I have made a goal for myself to reduce the number of UFOs sitting in my studio. You notice that I didn’t commit to NO UFOs…
Fall Framed really was an easy quilt to piece with the beautiful Timeless Treasures “Autumn Symphony” collection. The frame is really quite simple, just watch your seam allowances and measure a few times to ensure your corner blocks are the same width as your frame strips. I was able to get the top sewn in a day.
A few days later, I used my Cricut to cut out the maple leaf appliques. If you haven’t used a Cricut before, it make fusible applique so easy! Simply apply the fusible to the back of your fabric. Load it onto the mat. Upload and size your image. Put the mat in the machine and let it cut! After fusing the appliques to the quilt top, I secured them in place with a blanket stitch using Sulky Rayon Thread. At the same time, I added a little embellishment with veins in the leaves. Those touches really made the leaves much more interesting.
Yesterday, I reserved the day on my schedule to complete the quilting and bind it. From how I just wrote this, you would think that the quilting part is the druggery. In actuality, once I decide on the quilting, I really enjoy doing it. Sometimes, it just takes me a while to think of the how I want to quilt it…. Too many options to choose from!
The quilting was very simple and completed quickly on my longarm. The woodgrain is imitated on the frame. Panel designs are outlined. The rest is stippled. For the first time, I used Fat Quarter Shop‘s Happy Cloud 50/50 cotton/bamboo batting. It is silky soft. I used two layers so the unquilted areas would really pop.
Finally, my friend Linda gave me a great tip on a binding technique, which made the binding MUCH easier than the method I had been taught decades ago. I will share that tip in another blog, with photos. Thank you Linda!!
Last night, I put the final stitches on Fall Framed (I am not counting a sleeve and label). Eventually, I will add the sleeve and label…. Those sometimes take me a while
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