I finally finished the back to Baby Shoofly #2. This quilt back is an improvisational pieced back adapted from a design by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr called Just Passing Through, published in the #4 issue of Modern Quilts Illustrated. The piecing in this quilt intrigued me, so I thought I would give it a try. I started out thinking that this would be very laborious with the 1/2″ finished strips of fabric, however, I was surprised to find that the improvisational blocks were very addictive, I could not stop making them. I love the instructions in Modern Quilts Illustrated. Bill does a great job with graphics that tell the whole story of how to make the quilt, not a lot of written instructions. I am very visual, so this works for me. I’m not really one to read directions, I just dive right in. I cut all the strips with my 1″ strip die from Sizzix. It was a quick, easy and accurate process. After purchasing the magenta fabric I pondered the thought of the color bleeding on to the white quilt top. I washed the fabric with a Shout Color Catcher and the color catcher came out pink. I next washed with another Shout Color Catcher and some older white/off white dish towels. The color catcher came out pink again, but the towels were not fazed. How do they do that?
My Bernina 830 is fixed (needed a new pressure foot sensor) so I am headed up to Jacksonville (FL) today to retrieve her from Paula’s Fine Fabrics, my Bernina dealer. I hope to play more with some PaintWorks designs when I get her back so I can make a label for a quilt I am entering into a show in Gainesville (FL). I have two weeks to get it ready.