Sunday, May 8, 2016

In the breeze

   Name: In the Breeze
Design: St. Louis 16 Patch (tutorial at Sew with Sass)
Size: 56" by 68"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in off white, cross hatch on the light coloured squares 
Fabric:  Various prints in orange, blue and green and low volume background fabrics
Binding and Backing:  Turquoise Moda Marbles from forever ago and the back was put together by one of the FVMQG members from donated fabric.

 So this is the last of the quilts I made for the Syrian Refugee families that have settled in our area.  My quilt guild, the Fraser Valley Modern Guild has made at least 40 or more quilts. We will have a final tally at our next meeting.  It is pretty awesome.  And many of the quilters are making quilts for a new hospice home as well.  Never mind all the burn camp pillowcases we are churning out.  It is pretty amazing to be part of such a giving group.

Back to the quilt.  I finished it yesterday.  I quilted it just on the lighter coloured squares with a cross hatch.  I keep wanting to say hashtag for some reason.  Anyway, the quilting shows up very nicely on the back.  I did not mark the lines at all as I find you can aim for the corner and your lines stay really straight.  I was really conflicted about the binding.  I kept auditioning various prints and nothing spoke to me and then I realized that this turquoise Moda Marbles fabric that I have had FOR-ever was the thing.  I just love it!  and I machine stitched the binding.  EEEK.  It turned out pretty well.  This is my second machine stitched binding so I am now convinced that it does get better!  I just used straight stitch.  I confess that I did have to do over a few spots but not too shabby!

It was sunny and quite breezy when I took the pictures so I really wanted to get a picture of the quilt in flight.  With the glorious azaleas in the background too.  If you have not made a ST. Louis 16 patch before, give it a try.  The tutorial is here.  Just a fabulous way to mix up a bunch of prints and get a quilt top very quickly which makes it my go to for a donation quilt.  Happy Mother's Day!