Well, at least the eggs are. I happened upon this adorable pattern while searching for egg shapes to use for a mini quilt. I knew I would be changing it up a bit to just use eggs for the center panel in place of the wording. But I didn’t want plain eggs so I did a bit of string sewing. This was a great way to use up some scraps along with the squares I pieced for the borders.
The Easter Egg Stages
Once I returned from the cruise it was time to back and quilt the top and apply the eggs. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pre-quilt and then apply the eggs or vice-versa. I ended up applying the eggs to the quilt top around the edges and then quilting the background. I didn’t want the area under each egg to be flattened by the quilting. Once the background was done I finished off the squares with diagonal lines to create a chevron feel. I didn’t want just straight lines in a horizontal plane, I wanted more movement with the lines.
And now it’s all done and I can say that it is pretty much exactly as I envisioned.
And just because I still had it in mind to do a patchwork egg, which started the whole search for an egg shape, I whipped out a little mini that will hang next to my back door. I took scraps and cut them down to 2″ squares and then sewed them into a 4×5 grid. Then I traced the egg onto the panel. I also traced the egg shape onto fusible interfacing and sewed the egg shape to the interfacing. I used The Crafty Quilter’s method for appliquéing the piece.
For this one I decided to pre-quilt the piece and then apply the egg. I sewed the egg on with a scant 1/8″ line and then echoed the line on the background, a scant 1/8″ from the edge. I found the perfect striped scraps for the binding and in no time I had another piece ready for decorating the Easter Season.