|Winner Gail putting her pocket wallet to use!|
Fiddlesticks is such a cute quilt shop and Cheran Bee, the owner, is a gift to each of us. She really does support whatever project you are making. She honors each finish with such enthusiasm that you can't wait to go back to her shop to pick supplies to start a new project!
Gail's vision was to stitch these fabrics into a background, add some appliqué, quilt/finish it for a friend's anniversary. She liked the look of Jean's curved piecing technique; but, like most of us, making that first cut is the hardest.
|Cutting a gentle curve. . .free form!|
Gail also likes to pin. . .with Jean's technique, you don't need many. Line up the edges to get a start and stitch!
|Lining up the fabrics for stitching|
She pressed after each addition, ooing and aahhing along the way. She kept saying, "I can't believe how pretty that is." And I also heard, "This is fun!"
I agree, fun is IMPORTANT in any part of the process!
|Sometimes something old from the stash can be the perfect|
She was concerned about what she was going to do for a back. As I listened to Gail, I spied a calico in her stash that was begging to come out to play. I laid it with the other fabrics. I said, "What do you think about using this fabric for a back? It comes from the era that you are honoring." She agreed!
|Getting to this point took Gail less than hours!|
She stitched some more. She pressed until she had enough fabrics stitched together for the size of top that she had in mind. Notice how wonky the sides are. This happens when there are sharper curves or multiple curves.
|Holding the ruler next to the edge and |
chalking the line is a quick squaring
If the left overs are 3/4 of an inch or larger, I save them. One never knows where a little pop of interest might be needed in a quilt!
|Using paper is an inexpensive|
method to check scale and
The couple that received this like to geocache and that was the activity that Gail wanted to create in this piece.
|Trees appliquéd with a narrow|
|A case of the template system not|
working well when there are
a lot of tight curves.
That same technique wasn't working for her figures because there were too many sharp points or curved sections. So instead of trying to peel the paper off the fabric all at once, she did the paper removal in small sections and was able to remove the paper template.
|All the appliqué is in place!|
Quilting is my favorite part of the process. Quilting is Gail's least favorite part of the process. She is wise because she recognized this and has a wonderful relationship with a longarm quilter. Gail trusts that the quilting will enhance her project. Quilting by check book allows her to do what she likes to do. . .piece!
So often, people will put the project aside and not finish thinking that they will wait to quilt it when their skills improve. Then, they don't make time to practice. It is hard to improve if you don't plan to practice and then don't follow through with the practice!
|The quilted piece|
This is what the quilter did with the quilting. The gentle lines are a good accent for the piece.
|Close up of the quilting|
Gail is detailed oriented. She even has some special quilting stitches with the male figure which is honing in on the "coordinates" with his GPS.
She told me that the "era" calico wasn't large enough for the back so she chose one of the fabrics that was left from the project.
She faced the piece because she wanted the wall hanging to be more art like.
I like her label!
Gail gave this to the couple and it was appreciated.
I am honored to have been a consultant on this project!