Chicas! Here we are again celebrating the release of a Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone quilt. This is version two, comprised of the remainder of the broken herringbone blocks (tutorial
) contributed by Australian Rainbow Bee #1. I outlined the full sequence of events last Friday
during the debut of version one, so I want to spend some time this week discussing what I learned from their creation. Read on.
Bees are funny creatures. What you want, is not always what you get. My version of 12.5″ is not the same as everyone else’s. But really, I already knew that.
I like rainbows for a lot of situations: babies, parades, flags, but not in my own version of this quilt. When I start assembling mine, you’ll see it is toned down. Hey! That doesn’t mean I am toned down, just that my colour selection is a bit more discerning. Yeah, and that sashing is gonna lose some weight.
My favorite parts of the quilt process are the fabric selection, design, and quilt composition. The sewing is just something that has to be done, and I’d gladly have a studio of assistants to complete that for me. I don’t feel guilty about this, instead, rather liberated by its honesty. If I don a white wig and start calling myself Andy, get worried.
Quilting on a domestic machine is hard work, and I don’t necessarily enjoy the process, but I love the outcome. That being said, I became severely familiar with back stitching, and I’d never known about it before these quilts. My Pfaff machine (aka my MILs Pfaff machine) loves Aurifil thread. The lint that is left behind is so fine, few and far between it’s like the fur from a dust bunny’s ass.
Joining my binding ends had me in a fit, until a clever quilty friend sent me to the Canoe Ridge Creations tutorial
. Er, except it had me sew my joined binding seam in the opposite direction as the rest of the seams in my binding. (Totally my fault, but just be aware!)
I love putting notches in binding. So much so, that for now I’m making it my trademark (patent pending). They’ll no longer be known as notches (so common), but as flecks of glitter left behind.
Red fabric has major potential to run. Use Colour Catchers liberally, even if you have to tape those suckers to the front of your quilt.
I need to figure out a labelling system I like. I once thought I liked the Sharpie Stained hand-written solution, but I’ve changed my mind. For me, it looks a bit too crafty (the irony, I know). I want Molli Sparkles tags (similar to what Hilltop House Creative Works
) and now I must get.
I learned a lot, no? I need you to know that I’m still learning so much with every project (every step in life really!) and my hope is that some of these insights might help you as well. I think I could be considered an expert on this block, and I am thinking of hosting a QAL (quilt along), so raise your hand if you’re interested!
Some quick quilt facts:
Size: 44″ square
Blocks: eight by bee mates, the ice blue one by Molli Sparkles
Sashing size: 2.25″ finished
Quilting: outline quilting with Aurifil
Binding: machine/hand stitched
Backing: green Denyse Schmidt to protect against grass stains
Label: portion of a herringbone block on back
Favourite Part: the two white notches in the binding
Find yourself. Love yourself. Be yourself.