Things have been hoping around here! Since Gigi came into my life I am torn between piecing, knitting, and quilting! OK, wait, I have always been torn between the three, but now I am even more drawn to the quilting since it is such a slog to run things through my domestic. But there will still be small things I will likely run under the Janome, much easier to do that than try to get a small piece mounted on Gigi’s frame.
So, the other day as I was working on some charity quilts I decided to try a smaller piece on Gigi. I have made some leaders to attach things to, a tube that goes on the back bar and flat panels that I can pin from the sides. I could grab some clamps, but these have worked just fine, so I will hang with them for now. The piece I wanted to quilt is a runner I made from a kit I got at Quilts Plus.
I pieced this while hanging out at my parent’s house one weekend. It’s called Ripple. This pattern is perfect for those larger scale prints that you just can’t bear to cut up into small pieces! I thought the Kaffe fabrics and the lovely lemon lime were the perfect combo for a Spring accent. This piece takes no time at all to construct. I decided that putting it on the frame side to side would be a challenge, so I put it on perpendicular to the frame. This made for the perfect “frame” to do each block individually.
I knew I wanted to do swirls in the agate cross section print, decided diagonals in the lemon-lime would suffice, and then doodled around the motifs in the floral print. You can see the stitching on the back better than from the front. I tried pebbles for the first time, to fill in around those agates. I need a LOT more practice on these! LOL. I would forget the way I needed to go, maybe I was dizzy?
In no time it was done and I was off to my monthly Quilt Therapy at Quilts Plus, where I was able to find the same backing material to use for the binding. A morning sewing session on Tuesday yielded a sewn on binding and into the wash it went. Now it’s ready for Spring, if it ever comes back!