Thursday, May 26, 2016

Buoyant Blossoms BOM: Basket of Tulips Appliqué

Block of the Month for June 2016 --
Basket of Tulips Appliqué
(269 pieces)

This is the center block for either the wall-hanging or the personal-throw-sized quilt, and it measures 26.5".  Finished wall-hanging size will be 55" x 55", and throw size will be 53.5" x 71.5".

If it looks too complicated, you may substitute some of the other blocks instead.  Try reversing the patterns to create new looks.

Basket of Tulips pattern will be free for one month.

Download from Scribd by clicking the down arrow above, then following instructions at the Scribd website.  You may also download it from Craftsy or Etsy:

Pineapples & Pinwheels Table Topper Pattern

I got better pictures of the table topper outside today.  Natural lighting is almost always better.  I also uploaded the patterns to my Etsy and Craftsy stores.  Links below pictures.

Pattern including color variation can be purchased here:

or here:

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pineapples and Pinwheels Table Topper Finished

I’ve just finished the table topper that is to be a wedding gift for our daughter-in-law’s sister, who is getting married next Sunday.  I took pictures... and noticed as I was smoothing it out that I’d totally missed a little section of feathered leaves in the pantograph.  So I put it back on the frame, fired up the HQ16, moved the panto into place, and finished the design.

I still need to steam the inside corners (i.e., ‘smoosh them down flat’) and sew my tag on the back.  The box of Color Catchers arrived in the mail; I’ll tuck that in with the gift, along with washing and drying instructions.

As I type, it’s 1:00 in the morning – and there is a mockingbird out in our trees somewhere singing his heart out.  He goes through a repertoire that imitates every bird common to the area – robins, English sparrows, cardinals, house finches, goldfinches, blue jays, orioles, wood thrushes, brown thrashers, etc. – and adds numerous tunes of his own.  Quite the songster he is!

Here are the pictures; can you see the missing-feathers spot?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Quilting the Pineapples and Pinwheels Table Topper

I've almost reached the halfway point.  I'm using a pantograph called Feathered Leaf, by Jodi Beamish.

Here is the top as I was putting it together:

The muslin triangles around the edges are only being attached to aid in the loading of the quilt on the quilting frame.  I will remove them when quilting is completed.

Here it is on my quilting frame: