Spring Bouquet Quilt Top Complete
After seven months, almost to the day, I’ve finished “Spring Bouquet”.
It seems appropriate somehow that I reached the milestone in spring. It’s still chilly and not much has started sprouting in our neck of the woods but the sun does seem to be doing its best to sneak through and yesterday, I got into the garden and started to dig and plan. Maybe in a few months, this is what it will look like? Alive and bursting with colour.
My thoughts on the pattern: Very doable. Even though this was my first applique project (yes, really!), I found the process very straight forward. I think that anyone with a bit of staying power and moderate sewing skills could tackle this project and find success. For folks with still developing skills, the pre-cut, pre-fused options would offer a reasonable shortcut.
The pattern pieces were complete and instructions for the applique and the layout were straight forward. I would have liked a centre mark on the applique guides – although it’s fairly easy to find the centre of a symmetrical layout, the assymmetrical ones were a little fussier.
The background fabric must be cut larger than the 16 1/2″ the pattern recommends. Whether you use needleturn or fusible web, the stitching process means a lot of handling for each block. I cut my blocks 17″ and then trimmed them. I was very glad I did, otherwise I know my quilt top would have been quite cock-eyed.
My only beef with the pattern came right at the end. The cutting directions for the pieced 3/4″ border were very brief. I wanted a continuous pattern, like the sample quilt. Dusted off my math skills, and calculated that 12 blocks of 22 colours would fit perfectly into 264 blocks. OK, so off I go, cutting 22 strips of cream and 22 strips of batik. Piece strip the pairs, cut them apart. Sew them into long chains, making two pair of the final four patch separately so I can attach them in the corners, only to discover that I would have needed to mirror half of the long chains if I wanted the four patch pattern to work out evenly at the corners….
I know it’s a minor thing and I like the workaround I came up with. I inserted 4 2″ patches into the corners and it looks very nice but if something requires specialized knowledge or an extra step, I think it should be spelled out in the directions and these weren’t. Maybe it’s something ‘quilters’ know and just assume everyone else would know how to make a continuous four patch border but I’m a garment sewer and you know what they say about assuming….
Now that it’s done and scheduled to head to my long arm quilter’s this week, I’m hoping to turn my attention to some garment sewing for spring. I still want to finish up the embroidered coat I started last winter and I’ve got a couple of fun vintage patterns that I’m itching to try.