Just in case you are not familiar with traveling quilts here is the idea: Each member of your group creates a starter block and usually writes a journal with details, theme and style they would like their quilt to end up. You send your starter block to another member in your group (usually there is a list, and you send it to the next lady on the list), they have a month to add on to your starter block and get your quilt going. Then, they send it to the next woman on the list and so on and so on until your quilt arrives back to you. In the meantime, as your quilt is traveling to each member of your group, their quilts are as well, so you will be adding to their quilts.
We have 10 women in our group. That means that 9 ladies besides me will be working on my quilt and I will be working on 9 different quilts. All themed.
If you have been following along with my Stories on Instagram then you’ve seen me each day hand appliqueing my pebbles to Nicole’s quilt. It took a really long time and most of it was done poolside. It’s been 90 degrees here, so a lot of stitch down a pebble, jump in pool, stitch down pebble, jump in pool. You get the picture. And a few of those days, I put all my tools on a float and just stood in the pool and stitched. It might have been a funny sight to see.
Many have asked me about the bias tape letters that I got here, and I did try to make a video, but all went wrong with it. There is a class on Craftsy here by Sarah Fielke that not only shows how to write those letters with the tape and iron, but also how to needle turn applique. It’s been my very favorite class I’ve ever taken on Craftsy and I’ve used these skills several times for Wandering Quilt. I cannot say enough good things about the class.
Time for close ups….
I started this quilt off by cutting a bunch of 4.5″ strips of low volume prints in different lengths and pieced them together randomly in short pieces. That way I could do all my hand appliqueing and drag it all every where I went. Then I pieced all my strips together for the sides and top before adding it to the main part of the quilt top.
Look at that little swimming man! You see, that’s how you know I really like you, when I dig deep into my Heather Ross stash and part with some out of print fabrics for you. 😉
Because I know that y’all know that I don’t normally part with it except for particular occasions. I confess, I’m a hoarder.
The other day, I was cutting up some fabrics for a quilt and saw something sticking out of my HR basket that was perfect for this other quilt I was working on. I unfolded it, petted it, sighed and then said to myself, “No, no, no.” I then quickly folded it back and stuffed it back into it’s basket (that was a total hoarder reaction! it’s okay to call me out on it). It’s special you see. It means a bunch to me.
This quilt actually already had quite a bit of HR in it upon it’s arrival and the pieces I had just fit perfectly. Plus, Nicole is pretty great. Plus, plus, I only had to cut smidgens for the pebbles. That made it easier (although I also included some in the low volume border) to part with. Hehehe.
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