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Heartthrob

Heartthrob

My Heartthrob quilt is finished! I’m so excited about having this quilt done, it was very fun to work on but its even better to use! I had a hard time deciding how to quilt it, I didn’t want to take away from the pattern, and I wanted it to look modern. I found a good tutorial on concentric circle quilting and went to work quilting circles 2″ apart from each other.

Heartthrob

I used an IKEA print for the back and I was only planning on using that fabric alone, but I stared and stared at it for ever looking for a repeat on my two cut pieces and for the life of me could not manage to find one! I pieced some scraps together from the front of the quilt and made a column to join my two backing pieces. I’ll try to get that matching backing pieces thing down in the future 🙂

Heartthrob

I need to get some better pictures of this quilt, but this is what I have for now…these are taken in the shade and I think the colors pop a little more in the sun.
Heartthrob

I did learn a lot in finishing this quilt, for example I ran out of basting spray right at the start of basting, and I don’t own any basting pins…so as an alternative to both of those methods I looked online and found a herringbone quilt basting tutorial  which I decided is a lost art!! I hand basted this entire quilt with normal thread and was surprised at how easy it was and also how much I enjoyed going over my whole quilt by hand before I quilted it. It sure makes spray basting seem miraculously fast, but I don’t really like the chemicals in the spray or how much it costs.  As I used the herringbone method I thought about all the women from history who relied on this method before safety pins were invented, it made me feel self-reliant and resourceful! I probably won’t do it every time, but I’d like to do it for the majority or my quilts going forward 🙂

 

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Deck-ade the halls – Stockings

This is what happens when I’m trying to get something done as fast as possible and skip over the details such as fabric direction, block direction etc.

Here is the improved version, but I had to leave the red fabric upside down as it was already cut and sewn upside down and I really didn’t feel like wasting it by cutting some more.

Deck-ade the halls by Mdcy9