I used a couple of charm packs of Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts. Sidenote: I was so sad to discover that none of my usual local shops even carried pre-cuts for this cute collection. Luckily, I was able to find a good deal online at Fat Quarter Shop. If y'all don't follow them on Twitter or Facebook, there's no time like the present to start. Every Wednesday, they usually discount an entire collection 40%. But you have to be a fan on fb or twitter to get the coupon code. They don't pay me or send me free loot to wax poetic about them. It just spills over naturally.
Anyways, back to Joy Luck... I loved the stacked coins look of this quilt, but the flying geese points on all the ends are a great alternative to the traditional stacked coins quilt pattern - see here here and here for some cute examples of the traditional pattern.
For the quilting, I stippled pretty tightly in the cream background, stitched in the ditch around all the pointed coins, then added a decorative loop in all the coins because they needed an extra somethin-somethin. I think my stitching in the ditch skills are ever so gradually improving. Like any quilting design where I'm machine-quilting and following a line, I think my accuracy improves when I keep my eyes about 6-8 stitches ahead of my needle. To be profound about it, it's better if I keep my eyes focused on where I'm going, instead of getting caught up in where I am.
As usual, the pieced border was the bane of my existence while I was making it, but once I actually attached the border, I was glad I took the time and effort to make it. I love a good tiny rail fence border. Check out this blast from my past for another mini-rail fence pattern.
It wouldn't be too difficult to make this quilt from a jelly roll, if you wanted lots more coins or to double the size of the coins and make it from a layer cake. Also, if you have lots of scrappy charm squares (looking around guiltily), this pattern would be an awesome scrap-buster.
Started: July 2010
Finished: August 2010
Collection: Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts
For those of you who came here for the food, here's what we're eating this week:
- Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells, Homemade French Bread
- Butternut Squash Soup, Homemade French Bread
- Homemade Bean and Cheese Taquitos, Mexican Rice, Avocado Slices
- Foster's Macaroni and Cheese (a "low fat" version without the cream cheese or sour cream), Steamed Broccoli
- Breakfast for Dinner - Homemade Egg McMuffins, Tater Tots, Fruit
- Roasted Red Pepper Risotto, Homemade French Bread
Finally, jaybird is running a super-cute giveaway this week, until Thursday night! Take a look at the details page to see how to enter to win some daisied and dotted loot, among other things.