Every year my guild, the Maple Leaf quilters, donates a hand quilted quilt to the Michiana Mennonite Relief sale which held the 4th Saturday of September.
Elaine and Lynn designed the quilt for the for the 2020. Guild members either pieced 9 patch blocks or EPP'd the hexden flowers. Remember those flowers I made last summer? This is the quilt they were for.
I personally think this is an absolutely gorgeous quilt but then I'm partial to blues. The background fabric is very soft gray.
I don't have any pictures of the whole quilt. Since this wasn't my quilt, I didn't feel right about hanging it on the clothesline, especially with all the mega snow on the ground! This is a king sized quilt.
I was asked to mark the quilt. I took pictures as I marked in case anyone wants to know what I did or what I was thinking.
This is the center of the quilt. I marked the white squares diagonally both ways which should make the blue blocks puff nicely. The diagonal lines flow through the first applique border into the next section of squares.
I marked with a light gray pencil just dark enough to see but you have to look closely.
For the next border, I marked the background with a cable stencil.
First I mark each corner of the border but I left part of the ends off so I could run the rest of the cable into the curves.
A picture of the corner.
All the applique will be stitched in the ditch.
The cable is just to flatten the back ground fabric and highlight the applique.
For the straight part of the border, I measured how many times the stencil would fit in the length. I marked this with yellow headed pins. They're there in the picture but kind of hard to see.
I chose the center oval as my repeat. When I see how much border is left, I slightly move the stencil to add length, adding the additional space in the center of the ovals. (When marking other quilts, sometimes you need to shorten the cables. I do it the same way, shorten a little and it works fine.)
I don't know if that makes any sense to you. I guess it's just one of those things you need to see.
Next is another section with squares and again I marked the white squares diagonally both ways.
For the outside border I used a Baptist Fan design.
Again, I mark the corners first then slide the stencil over to the right since I'm right handed.
This stencil was different than my other Baptist Fan stencils, it didn't have the whole next section. I had to move the stencil every time. So I counted in 5 curves and put that line on the line of the marked curves then marked. This means you won't have the tiniest curves.
Here are some other pictures of the quilt.
Just want to give you a heads up, I won't be posting again until sometime the first week of December, maybe the 5th. We will have a full house this week for Thanksgiving and beyond. I also need to gather my thoughts to write about my retreat projects.
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