Back in October 2020, I took a class with Mary Elizabeth Kinch. She loves to make big quilts with small pieces, but this class was for a small sampler quilt of four blocks with a border and sashing. The pattern is called "Summerhill Quilt". I had it all pieced, including the borders within a couple of weeks of the class. I used colourful solid scraps from my scrap bin and some Essex Linen to make this quilt. Several months ago, I pin basted the quilt and then it sat. I looked at it often, trying to figure out how I was going to quilt it--Overall texture OR custom quilted with my walking foot. This week, I finally decided on custom quilting with my walking foot. This is the first block that I quilted. Each square is 1".
I worked on it for several hours every day this week and today, I finished the quilting! I will show close ups of the rest of the blocks when I reveal the whole quilt next week. I used Aurifil 28 wt turquoise thread for the quilting. This picture shows the centre of the quilt.
When the quilting was done, I trimmed it and tried various colours for the sashing--turquoise, three shades of green and magenta. In the end, magenta was chosen. I started hand sewing the binding tonight and will continue working on it tomorrow for my Slow Sunday Stitching.
When I was not quilting, I managed to get all of my bonus HST's trimmed. Now, they are waiting on my ironing board to be pressed. They are 1.5" square and will finish at 1" in the quilt. Once they are pressed, I will play with a layout on my design wall.
A "squirrel" ran through my sewing room this week when I saw a free heart quilt pattern by Modern Handcraft called "Big Love" on Instagram. I have had these fabrics in my stash for years and had not been able to find the perfect project for them until now. I scaled the pattern down to make a wall hanging.
The plan is to quilt this one over the next few days and hang it up for the month of February for Valentine's Day. I will be piecing the back with fabric from my stash.
My husband and I went for a hike at a local conservation area on Thursday afternoon. It was cold but there was no wind and the sun was shining! Perfect day for a walk in the woods!
I will link up with Kathy in the morning.