This is Patti’s Urban Winter quilt and the pattern is by Sew Kind of Wonderful using the Quick Curve Ruler. Patti had a wonderful story to go along with this quilt as it has a special meaning to her. She was on a Balkan river cruise and she meet a woman from Toronto who knew of a family who did indigo dyeing with dyes that have been used for generations in that Hungarian region. They took a city tram underground and a train from Budapest to a small village and found the shop. Patti bought fat quarters of each design in their hand dyed collection. She carried it all the way through the 7 other countries on their trip on her carry on luggage! I think all of us quilters can related to finding that special fabric that is worth filling our luggage and hauling around until we get home! And what a wonderful reminder of an amazing trip.
Now to talk about the quilting! I came up with a few designs and let Patti pick, she liked the simplicity of the feather wreath so we went with that one! I also did a feather motif in the navy curved piece and did loops in the square design. All the elements are stitched on the ditch and I used white So Fine thread on top and white Bottom Line on the back in the white fabrics. In the navy fabrics I used Navy So Fine on top and Navy Bottom Line on the back.
I love the texture of the quilting on this quilt at shows up using Quilters Dream Blend batting.
I shared this next quilting tip on Instagram and was surprized at how many quilters didn’t know about this trick! If you have a black light on your longarm, all APQS Millenniums have them, you can use it to see Pounce chalk on white fabric! I wanted to use a stencil as a guide for my wreath but didn’t want to using a marking pen, that takes forever! So I used the Pounce, turned on my black light and voila…I can see the white chalk on the fabric. You might notice that the stencil and the finished wreath are quite different, that is because I wanted to quilt open feathers and just used the stencil as a guide, really helps getting those inside feathers even!
This week I also made myself a design wall for the studio. I bought 2 – 4x8 sheet of insulation board and covered them each with one twin batt of Dream Poly.
I hot glued the edge of the batting to the back of the boards after pinning the batting in place, making sure the batting on the front was nice and smooth.
Once the glue was dry I discovered that the two boards fit perfectly in my nook where I just put in my cutting area. Just need to make a few larger bean bags to place on the floor so they don’t slip forward! I tested it out by laying out my Scrappy City Slicker quilt and next thing I know I had the top sewn together! Hope to quilt that one over my Christmas break!