Sunday, May 19, 2013
Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013
Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy.
For this season's entry I would like to enter my Good Folks Orange Peel quilt in the bed quilt category. Since I started quilting about seven years ago, I have not been able to let go of the practical side of my nature in that I tend to focus on making quilts with the intention of one day being used on a bed. I have made many bed quilts, enough to fill an entire large castle should I one day live in one, but I just can't seem to stop. I may also have chosen to enter my quilt in the bed quilt category simple because if you happen to nominate me for the prize, I would be completely thrilled to win Amy's book "Modern Neutrals", which I've been anticipating as soon as I first saw the cover of the book!
This quilt is King size measuring 104" x 104" square. It is made up of one of my most treasured fabric collections, Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner mixed with one of my favorite neutral solids Kona "Stone" by Robert Kaufman.
I used an applique method which involves using fusible interfacing, sewing the fabric directly onto it, turning it inside out and fusing it down onto the background fabric. I used a monofilament thread by Superior to applique the peels down to the background.
For the quilting I used my Gammill long arm machine and free motion quilted simple back and forth quilting between the Orange Peels to make them stand out as much as possible. This was a fun experiment for me as I generally do computerized quilting on my machine, but I like experimenting with my own quilts and trying out my free motion skills.
This quilt has been one of my all time favorite finished quilts and I am excited to share it here with you!