Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Work in progress - it's Wednesday.

Little Big George, in progress

Lately, I have been learning to paper piece. Here is my second attempt to finish Big Little George, a small tutorial from Lynne at Lily's Quilts. I hope to finish the centre and outside bits this week - I think I am fine with these selections. The grey fabrics are all beautiful organic cotton from the line Shades of Grey by Daisy Janie and the solids are Kaffe Fassets shot cottons - both are amazing to work with.

I explained my other paper piecing adventures this weekend in posts here and here. I am currently smitten with paper piecing, it seems.

I am also working hard to finish Party Rings, my quilt from the large dresden QAL at Lily's Quilts.

Party Rings, joining the QAYG blocks

These blocks are about 30" square so the quilt is 60" x 90". Each block was done quilt-as-you-go style, with the back fabric in place. I joined the blocks in the method Marci from Marci Girl Designs and I explained during a guest post on Lynne's blog. The joining method results in a smooth seam on the front, the batting sewn together using the sewing machine and hand stitching the back fabrics in place. There are some photographs of doing that with these actual blocks on flickr here.

Although the blocks were big and thus there was some amount of quilt wrangling, it was not hard to join the blocks smoothly and securely.

The benefit is that I was able to do very detailed quilting on each block - something I cannot do with my own sewing machine and a whole quilt. Here is my today's favourite quilted part:

Party Rings, detail

This mosaic of the each block shows off the quilting (I have yet to sew in all the threads, I am still in progress). If you cannot see the quilting, click the picture and then on flickr you can enlarge it on your screen.

Party Rings, quilted blocks, almost done\

I hope to finish the hand sewing of the backing fabric, then decide on binding fabric and attach the binding this week. After all that and after I sew in the threads left from the quilting, it will be all done. I promise to show it off one more time before I give it to my niece.

I am linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, I hope you take the time to see all the excellent work displayed there too.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced