I have always loved hand stitching down binding more than any other part of quilt making. I can't really explain why, I just know it's true. One thing is for sure, it means that a quilt is just about done. Spring Clean Up is now done. Binding stitched down and currently displayed on the chest by the front door.
I can't take credit for the quilting on this one. The friend that brought home the KitchenAid mixer earlier in the week, wanted to take Caasi for a test drive. I'm tellin' you, I think I'm on to something here. A friend that will do your errands and your quilting, too, is a friend that you always want to keep close.
In my last post, I teased some fabrics for an upcoming project. Yesterday was the planned start date for The Garden Club Quilt from Country Threads.
When this quilt first became available as a block of the month, I was a brand new quilter with none of the skills or confidence needed to tackle this project. Later the patterns were presented in book form, but I took a pass because I was already struggling to finish two other primitive block of the month quilts. I sort of forgot about about it until I came across the book on a dollar table a couple of months back and shared my triumphant purchase here.
That's when the idea to start the quilt with a few other blogging friends began to form. I can hardly believe that I've actually started. Our little Garden Club has grown now to include Karen, Colleen, Kim, Beth, Yvonne, and Stina. It's easy to see there will lots of inspiration and encouragement.
I have chosen to start at the beginning of the book and work my way through chapter by chapter. I hope to use only fabrics from scraps and stash. After a sluggish start yesterday where I only managed to trace my applique shapes on to freezer paper, I got much more accomplished today.
The applique is prepped for the basket block.
The saw-tooth stars are pieced and just a dab more applique is prepped.
The stripes for the flag are pieced together. That's where I stopped.
The stars for the flag are pieced with templates. Templates are not my strong suit and I plan to paper piece. That's a technique that I'm only slightly better at than template piecing. I'll save that for a day when my brain, my eyes and the coffee are all fresh.
When you get an itch, scratch it!
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