The birth of a new quilt
is always an exciting time.
This new quilt, Pamplemousse Rose (Pink Grapefruit), was conceived during a trip to San Diego last February and was inspired by Toes in the Sand by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. You can see a unique view of her below, in which her back is hanging down to the left and her top is hanging behind the bar on the long-arm machine to the right, with a peek of the machine from underneath. A capture of the true labor- and now, after ten months gestation- she has arrived.
The fascinating effect of the chosen background fabric, which reads as an orange polka dot camouflage with lacy overlay, was quite a surprise and has drawn many a quilter in for a closer look.
Big thanks to Betsy Dorr of Quilt Essentials in Auburn, Maine, for her brave and bold guidance towards even auditioning this wonky and working able choice.
I had a delightful time varying my quilting stitches, but did choose a dragon fern repeat for the background blocks as seen above. I especially liked the look of the swirl with a hook.
Kudos to Angela Walters for her book, Free-Motion Quilting, which detailed the approach to this fun look.
I prefer to machine sew my bindings and you can see here, I’ve rigged up my ironing board next to my little sewing table, to extend the support for the quilt while I work on the binding. I sew the binding first to the back, press it towards the front and then using a decorative stitch, attach the front of the binding to the front of the quilt. I find it wears well, looks tight and clean and has a sturdy feel.