Hello! Summer is not quilting season. As much as I had dreams of tackling many, many sewing projects this summer it just didn’t happen. Between vacation, weekend events and visitors I hardly found any time to just sit and sew.
The good news is my mind is swirling with ideas! I have fabric en route for some new projects and I have been stockpiling resources for the things I want to do this fall.
Last weekend it really started to feel like fall around here, the temperature started dropping at night and a jacket is required in the mornings. And suddenly I felt like sewing. I wanted a quick project though, something I could tackle in one day just to get back into the swing of things.
It was really easy! Just use the full width of fabric, some simple piecing on the front, a one piece back, and some machine tacking to hold the layers together, finish with hand binding and that’s it!
Here is the front:
I used some Hope Valley leftover and a Citron Michael Miller for the accent and binding.
Here is more detail on the front:
On the back I used some Alexander Henry Witchy Stitchy Owls from the big owl quilt I did a few months ago.
Here is a portion of the back, complete with label:
I had to mess around with the machine tacking quite a bit. The Janome Horizon doesn’t allow you to reduce the stich length to zero on any of the zig zag stitches (that I could find), so the first pass I did just 4 or 5 stitches every 6 inches at the shortest stitch length (0.2), it looked great, until I washed the finished product and most were coming undone. So I had to go back over every single tack and so the same thing, and then backstitch a few stitches as well.
Here you can see the tack on the back, it’s a bit bulkier than I had intended (it’s in the center of the image):
Overall it turned out decently. It took about 4 hours to cut, sew and tack the quilt and then about another 4 hours to do the binding (including the hand stitching). It is easily a one day project if you don’t have any distractions.