Emerge Circle is a charity group I host under the umbrella of do. Good Stitches created by Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color. Each month a different member of our circle is lead quilter. Lead quilter decides quilt pattern, size, colors, all the details and members of our circle send blocks to the lead quilter. The lead quilter finishes the quilt and gives it to a charity or person of their choosing in need.
Read all of my Emerge Circle posts here.
See all of our quilts and work here.
Such a simple quilt and that’s how I like quilts I plan on donating. All the blocks were made by my bee mates and I just stitched them together, added the border and quilted and bound it. I’m beginning to love the quilting of quilts every bit as much as I’ve always loved the piecing. I find myself reaching and stretching, failing and succeeding, all of it just for the journey of it. It’s been SO MUCH FUN.
Anyway, I’m rambling. Let’s dig in.
So I kept this simple. I asked for 12.5″ sawtooth stars in shades of yellow and gold. I asked for fussy cut centers too, just for the fun of it. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. I was thinking I was going to have sashing between the blocks, but ugh, how I hate working with sashings. Instead, I sewed all the blocks together and then bordered it with a pretty wide border. The border is 6.5″ wide. I’m feeling it made it look a bit more modern. Maybe it’s just me.
None of the piecing took me long. Since all the blocks were sent to me, it only took me an hour or so to get the top completed. I spent the majority of my time on the quilting.
I’ve spent the majority of my journey in quilting not caring for borders on the edge of quilts, but after studying FMQ, I can really see how valuable they can be for adding some extra touches.
On this quilt, I went with orange peel bloom in the center of each of the stars and I did drapes on the star points. For all the background inside the blocks, I used a combination filler of swirls, toothpastes, leaves and a little swirl bloom that I tried out for the first time on this quilt.
On the border is where I had to dig deep. I wanted to do a feather that popped. So I did a half feather around the blocks and then swirls filled the remainder of the border. I’m not sure it’s exactly “correct”, but it was a great learning experience and I just really LOVE how it turned out.
Patchwork + Quilt (a class for learning to quilt)
- Made especially for brand new quilters
- Comes with two quilt patterns: The Good Girl quilt and The Evening Walk quilt (the latter is exclusive to this class)
- You will learn: About sewing machines, how to work a sewing machine, a list of basic supplies, quilters terminology, all basic quilting skills, how to read a quilt pattern, how to make each of the blocks in the sampler quilt, how to cut backing and batting fabric, how to wall baste your quilt, how to meander quilt and how to machine bind a quilt
- Sampler blocks will include skills such as: half square triangles, square in a square blocks, hourglass blocks, flying geese, snowball blocks, log cabins, half rectangle triangles and turning blocks on point.
- There are 24 lessons in this class
- 3 hours worth of video tutorials including video tutorials for every step of the way for the Evening Walk quilt
- Class is set up to come to you by email. Once you purchase, you’ll receive a downloadable PDF where you will click and sign yourself up to the email subscription. Be sure to double opt in to get the classes started (check your spam folder if you don’t receive anything immediately).
- An email will arrive to you every few days on a set schedule, but you can also go at your own pace
Pattern – No pattern. Just 12.5″ sawtooth stars and a 6.5″ border.
Size – 60×60″ throw size
Blocks – 16 blocks
Top Fabrics – Fabrics chosen by other members from their stash. Border is Aerial in blush.
Backing Fabrics – Newsprint by Carrie Bloomston and a few scraps.
Binding – Petit Potpourri in gold
Batting – Warm and Natural batting by the Warm Company
Thread – So Fine by Superior in Blizzard for piecing, Microquilter in baby pink for quilting
Techniques Used – meander quilting, wall basting, and ditch binding.
I know I’ve taken a pretty long break from making FMQ video tutorials, but I plan on getting back to it soon. There were several on this quilt, I’d like to show you. My Bernina (what I use for all my FMQ) is currently getting serviced. It needed a good cleaning.
This quilt is being shipped out to someone I care about that is going through some things. I’m hoping that it will shed a little love.
The quilt is just beautiful. Always amazing how quilt blocks from several quilters are are merged together into one quilt that works together so perfectly. I especially love the backing with the gold strip through it.
Thank you! It’s more fun with lots of quilters joining in. 🙂