WIP Wednesday-Turning the Corner

Happy Hump Day everyone! As you can see, I am still experimenting with chevrons. I made these blocks pretty darn small -3-1/2” x 6” (unfinished). This translates to a LONG project if I use these blocks for the entire quilt. So…I revised my plan. I am just going to use these blocks for a border, put a “whole cloth” piece as the main part of the quilt and applique the child’s name on the quilt. I got my inspiration from a Moda Bake Shop pattern by Melissa Mortenson. Anyway, in order to get the border to come out correctly, I decided to make the quilt in reverse order and make the border first, and then cut the “whole cloth” piece to fit the border. In fact, I will cut the “whole cloth” piece much larger than I expect it to be, in case I mess up with the machine applique. Many years of experience have taught me to anticipate the errors. The photos show the various option I came up with to “turn the corner” of the border. I believe I like option 3 the best, what do you think? This is a quilt for my youngest grandson made with Robert Kaufman Dr. Seuss fabric. It is very bright and cheerful in primary colors. I had to order the fabric for the back and “whole cloth” center, so I may have to put this back on hold while waiting for the fabric to arrive. However, it will take a few more days to finish up the border.

I finally finished the labeling on the Winter Palace quilt. I machine embroidered on the front of the quilt for a tone-on-tone effect. I didn’t want it to stand out too much. The jury is still out on this particular method. I think if I do this again, I will do the embroidery on the top before the quilt is sandwiched and quilted.

I sewed a few hanging sleeves on a couple of quilts that I need to photograph for my Quilt Gallery page. While I was at it I decided to make a tutorial of the process. You know what they say about teaching? You REALLY learn a topic when you have to teach it. In the past I have always purchased pre-made sleeves (always wanting to save time) and this time I decided to make them myself. You need a pleat in the sleeve to make room for the hanging rod. Check out the tutorial. I hope someone finds it helpful.

Still no progress on the pin cushion or additional dog beds. Don’t forget to check out the other WIPs over at Freshly Pieced.

Happy Wednesday ~ Lora

5 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday-Turning the Corner

  1. Lovin’ the chevron quilt! Can’t wait to see it finished. Your tutorial for the sleeve is great! Maybe you’d like to teach us at GMQ how to make it in a workshop? Let me know! Keep up the awesome work. Your stuff is so professional and perfect! :o)

  2. I love the black and white for the chevron…makes all of the colors pop! I agree…I like the third corner the best. This will really be a neat quilt when finished. The whole cloth center might be just what’s needed. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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