Seems I like to make quilt tops and just stop there. I've made five quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted, and what did I do last night? That's right, I started another. Oh well. It happens.
I saw this quilt in the latest edition of Fons and Porters Love of Quilting magazine and I knew I had to make it. It's no secret that I'm a huge Kim Diehl fan! I have all of her books, I watch her videos, stalk her website, you get the idea. Anyway, I was so excited about this quilt that I jumped right in.
I had recently bought a Kim Diehl fat quarter bundle from my friend Melisa at Sweet Home Quilt Co. so I was ready to get started. I bought a couple of yardages for borders as well.
I started with the nine patches, chain piecing made them super quick and easy.
Then I cut all the logs and started chain piecing again...super fast as well.
Before I knew it I had all the blocks done.
Then I started on the applique. I like needle turn but Kim did a little video demo on how she machine appliques so I had to give it a try. I may have used the fabric glue incorrectly at first and had to throw a batch out (but let's not discuss that, okay?) Then I got the hang of ironing the edges to the freezer paper and I was off and running. I placed the pieces and did a tiny buttonhole stitch with invisible thread just like Kim said to do. I found that I improved greatly after some practice, but it was a little "messy" in the beginning.
I'm sure it is entirely due to my skill set (or lack there of) that made the border so tedious. I honestly think it would have been faster to hand applique because all the prep work took me daaaayyyyysssss. But that is probably just me.
I may or may not have cut the border too short, only to be discovered after I appliqued them. Again, not something I want to talk about.
I do like the finished look, but it's not a quilt I would ever enter into a judged show. Too many lessons learned on this one. Still, I am totally in love with Kim's patterns and fabrics, and aspire to achieve her style and grace! A girl can dream!
Enjoy every stitch!