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Settling In For The Long Haul

Somehow I always forget it’s not a good idea to quilt a large top when the weather’s hot. All that fabric and batting draped over one’s person doesn’t promote cooling. But, it’s pinned and I’ve begun. The working title is Bumblebee. I mentioned this project a while ago as one I actually followed a pattern on.

Bumblebee pinnedI’m fortunate to have a friend with a very large table and the generosity to share it for pin basting large projects. This top measures 60 inches by 80 inches, which is huge by my standards. I used to work on the floor, but my knees have let me know that’s no longer an option.

I began sewing my stabilizing quilting on a hot Saturday, and plan to peck at it a few lines at a time. My sketchy quilting plan is horizontal and vertical lines that will form a kind of plaid on top of the piecing. Here’s the thread colors I’ve chosen so far. Right now I’m quilting with a winter white thread, and may try a few black/very dark gray lines as well.

Bumblebee threadsThe batting I chose is Quilters Dream poly request loft (the thinnest.) For a lap quilt I like the lightness and suppleness of this batting and it’s very easy to sew on. I realize that I won’t get as much texture with the poly after washing, but the weight trumps appearance for me.

The backing consists of three large hunks of clearance fabric, sewn with the feather panels on the outside. I know the feathers fabric was designed by Lonni Rossi, but can’t recall who did the one with the bitty squares. While they don’t go with the black/white/yellow theme of the top, they do go with each other if you squint.

I have no deadline for this, so it will be my mindless sewing project when it’s cool enough to drape over my shoulder.


Filed under In Process, Modern Quilting

I Can’t Believe I Followed A Pattern

Well, almost. I made it bigger.

I’ve been buying black and white prints for some time, and I was more than ready to use them.  A simple wall hanging pattern, Ladora by Kim Schaefer in her Bright and Bold Cozy Modern Quilts, caught my eye. I thought it would allow the diverse fabric prints to star.

The directions are clear but sparse and I miscounted a few times as I enlarged the wall hanging to a lap quilt. Right now it’s about 80 inches long by 60 inches wide. Here are my miscuts. Somehow I misread 7.5 inches for 6.5 inches, so the pieces were too short.


I have quite a fabric scramble going on – Marcia Derse, aboriginal, home dec, batik, Kona solids, 30s repro, and some scraps from the 1990s.

Black and white meet

Once I’ve sewn the strips together I can figure out how to quilt it. Right now I’m thinking of long straight lines of different color thread to make a plaid. First, however, I have to find enough fabric for a back.


Filed under In Process, Modern Quilting