Joan from Moosestash Quilting announced the “Fairy Tales Blog Hop” a few months ago and I eagerly hopped aboard knowing that a great quilt project would come to mind. Well, the muse eluded me for weeks on end; I just couldn’t come up with anything. Joan spoke about quilting Fairy Tales and now that I think of it I should have done the fabric stash organization as my fairy tale, but alas, I just thought of it – a fairy tale of organized fabric! My fabric stash did come to the rescue and is part of the answer to what is Kathleen making for the hop.
I began looking at blocks in Electric Quilt and Block Base +. I found a block that I loved, called “The Castle Wall”, that was published in 1931 in the Kansas City Star. It had all the beauty of a castle: the octagon shape for the courtyard, the squares for the battlement and the diamonds for the turrets. Now that some preliminary decisions are made, I am off to build my castle wall.
I remembered I won this beautiful fabric from Bernie, of Needle and Foot, in one of her contests. [By the way, Bernie is closing her shop so stop by and help her retire sooner – I may be going back for more!]. The fabric is from Maureen Cracknell’s Mystical Land and fits the ticket with its unicorns, hummingbirds, stars, bears, owls, and moons. I am making my mystical castle, maybe in the mists of Avalon, a story that gripped my imagination when I read it years ago.
Now, the real trick was piecing this lovely block. I went to my friendly Electric Quilt 8 and got to work, but in the end I printed the templates from Block Base +. Why you ask? Simple – there were more options in the updated version of BlockBase +. I print the templates without seams on freezer paper, in lieu of making templates and tracing. I trim the 1/4″ around the blocks then, begin the tedious task of sewing, starting and stopping for each seam. Fairy tale #2 in this would be that I finished 3 or 4 blocks and made the table runner I was thinking of, but time was not on my side, so I came up with a nice little wall hanging.
For those of you who are curious about this technique. The slide show goes through the steps. It is isn’t hard, but tedious. The first time I used this was when I was teaching a class and the student spoke English, but had a quilt in a tiny book in Swedish and we could only do it from the diagrams. She wanted to make it on the machine and this was the easiest way we could make the templates!
I stopped to admire my work and realize I could have paid more attention to which corners I placed the setting triangles on. Because I didn’t I was now faced with putting the square on point if I wanted it to work out.
I guess this another installment of “the block tells you what it wants to be”. I was pleased with the decision and checked to see how the fabric would work. I first added a border of pink to make it float, and then I added the setting triangles.
Then I made a backing, with the leftover pieces, saving the leftover purple for the binding. I must say, I used almost all of the fabric for this little quilt. I squared the quilt before putting on the frame. The ruler I had was a 9 1/2″ square, but, I knew if I put the diagonal line on the triangle edges, I would get a better cut. If I am thinking ahead (and I was) I make those triangles oversized so I can trim. Butting the edge of a smaller ruler next the triangle, allowed me to make one long cut.
Now on to the quilting decisions.
I decided on a pattern called Denali from Anne Bright that is on the HandiQuilter ProStitcher Library. We have been to Denali, and it is magical, so it seemed fitting for this quilt. That being said, I loved the design, but I wasn’t really sure about the triangles and setting it into them. It worked. I did the 4 setting triangles and then divided the square into a top/bottom triangle. It worked, with a minor glitch. You may notice that the additional tab is off center, that is because it probably needs only one nail to hold up the dowel, so I though about it!
I wanted to use up the fabric on this piece, so I made a back with leftover bits. I loved that teal fabric and although I could have saved it, it felt like it belonged on the back of the quilt.
Be sure to check out the other blogs – I am sure there are some terrific ideas out there. And come back tomorrow, if you can, for my tips and tutorials blog!
Fabric Line: Art Gallery Fabric, Mystical Land, by Maureen Cracknell
Pantographs: Denali and Denali Double by Anne Bright
Quilting Thread: Navy and Grey Glide and DecoBob Gray (bobbin)
Coming Up on the Blog:
12″ House Block/s
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd! – 6/22
OMG – will I finish????