Welcome to TGIFF – Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday! This is an international group so the party begins Thursday at 6 pm EDT and ends at Midnight Saturday, so you have plenty of time to link up a finish. If you want to know more about this, you can read all about TGIFF here. The link-up for this week is at the bottom of my page.
BUT, before we get to my finishes think about signing up to host next year. There are lots of openings, so now is your chance to commit to a finish and blog about it and host a party. If you don’t have a linky account, the host for the month can provide you with a link. Please, sign up for hosting in 2022, the more hosts the more fun the party is!
You may recall that I made a quilt called From My Window..Fairies! a few months ago. I put this in the fall fair at church and a friend bought it for her niece. She requested a second version and I decided to take that on.
This quilt will go to the older sister; auntie thought unicorns might be perfect. I found this fabric and quilt number two was well on its way. If you are curious, it is from 3 Wishes Fabric and is called Celestial Journey – Celestial Unicorn. It is a beautiful print. I decided to keep the quilts similar – both had butterflies and a backing with a stripe – but different in feel (fabric selection) would be a good strategy.
The pattern I used is from 3 Yard Quilts On The Double. It makes a generous lap size quilt and if you follow all the directions you can even get the binding out of the 3 yards. They are fast makes and fun to do. After having made a few of these quilts, I think there is one modification I would make – adding a little more yardage for the piece with the binding (I prefer a double fold). You could probably achieve this without extra yardage by making it shorter by one row, at least in this particular version.
When I make these kinds of quilts, I generally pick a more open quilting pattern, and for this one I choose Butterflies and Loops by Sue Schmieden Designs. It is one of the ones in your Prostitcher library, if you have a HandiQuilter machine.
When I quilt on my Little Foot Frame, the top is floated. It generally works out just fine for me and this was no exception.
The quilting definition is just right – it shows up on the back perfectly but does not overwhelm the front of the quilt. Dream Cotton Select is my preferred batting and I really like the way this looks and I love to purchase it from Lyn at Batting Super Sale*. She always has good prices, sales are frequent and shipping is prompt.
I love the way this one turned out. The unicorns appear in nearly every window. If you are fussy about this, you need a little extra in your feature fabric to make it work, but I was able to get something delightful in nearly every window.
My backing is similar to the one I did for the other quilt. It shares the same center fabric. It is my favorite way to add to backing and generally stays pretty straight. If the quilt moves and you add it to the left or right side, it sometimes gets a little off-kilter.
Unicorns! Outside My Window
42″ x 59″
Quilting Thread: Superior Fantistico Pixie Dust
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Pattern: Louvres from 3 Yard Quilts On The Double
Pantograph: Butterflies and Loops by Sue Schmieden Designs
This is my first commission quilt to finish in 2022. I don’t generally do this, but for some reason, there are 2. The second one is well on its way, borders need to be added and a date booked at the longarm shop. It is too big for my frame without struggling, so I would rather use a larger machine and get it done in a day. Knowing the system on my smaller machine, makes it so much easier when I work on a larger machine.
Reminder: If you have tips and tutorials, the party is still going on until the end of the month. There is a challenge to get something out there, so there are charm packs for some lucky winners. You can find out more about it here.
Now it is your turn to link up your finish for TGIFF. Please link up finished quilts or sewing projects. If you aren’t ready for this week, the party happens every Thursday- Saturday!
Coming Up on the Blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (2/22)