Fifth Finish – Tender Heart
Heavens to Betsi! The comments I have received recently have been OTT with kindness, fanaticism, and sprinkles of love. I’m honoured that you care so much! Trust that I will be replying to each of my loyal fans individually, but sometimes I do fake carpal tunnel syndrome, so give me a few days.
Unless you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, Jennifer over at Ellison Lane is hosting a Modern Mini quilt challenge. The goal is to try something new on a small scale, so you can find out if it works for you. If you were to ask all my previous paramours they would tell you, “Molli doesn’t do small.” There is some truth to that, but for quilting, I decided to make some exceptions.
While I was developing my String Piecing Without a Foundation tutorial (um, hello, it’s totally I hate to iron friendly!) I knew I wanted to take my string block and turn it into something full of modern fabulosity. I started improv-ing, and designing on the fly, which is totally freeing and altogether anxious at the same time. (Ah, I can do whatever I want, but what if I totally fuck it up!?) In the end though, it may be small, but oh so big where it counts! The red-orange tertiary colours and blue tints really leave a girl beggin’ for more!
For a split second, when I decided to quilt the sucker, it was going to be some dense line quilting, as that seems to be what everyone else is doing. And then I was like, “Bitch, please, you are Molli B. Sparkles! You do your own thang.” So I kept on with the improv and did triple line quilting across random sections of the quilt. These lines help reinforce the fractured angles of the strip piecing, and like a crazy woman, are barely holdin’ it all together.
Oh honeypies, there are mistakes! You do not even want to see the back of this quilt! For some reason my machine decided she was gonna get all tense (performance anxiety?), skip stitches, and pull the thread out too soon. Silly me didn’t even look at the back until it was finished. I get it, lesson learned! I wanted to show you this so you know that mistakes happen to the best of us! However, remember, this is a mini quilt, and the point of the exercise was to explore something small, so you can enjoy the benefits of something big.
So on top of all of this, I machine bound a quilt for the first time. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not in love with it. Don’t ask me what tutorial I used because I just made it up as I went along. Yeah, I hear ya, it’ll get better with practice, but it will never disappear completely. It will never be so smooth it’s shiny, and I just don’t think that can be #mollisparklesapproved. With that binding attached, it finished up at about 23.5″ square, on the bigger side of a mini, of course, of course.
But y’all know what? Even with its size, Tenderheart is totally rockin’ out with it! Like seriously, he won’t give it back. (Sharing is caring, my ass!) In honour of him, and a few other creative directions that I’ll let you interpret, I’ve decided to entitle it Tender Heart. Look, but don’t touch, or else you may get Care Bear Stared.