03 August 2010

Slice of Summer

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This Thimbleberry kit was a door  prize that I won at my guild's retreat two years ago. Figuring that it had aged long enough, I put it together at retreat this year. It hung on my design wall during the Quilt of Valor quilts marathon and then it was time to finish this one.

I added hand painted 'seeds' which just seems to complete the quilt. Because I wanted this to be totally washable since this is a table topper, everything is done by machine except the seeds.






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The backing is a soft homespun that washes up beautifully.And here for your enjoyment, is my first attempt at quilting feathers. BTW, I do not have a stitch regulator on my machine.

It is just too cute! On another note, did you know that today is National Watermelon Day? I didn't either but learned about it over at Wednesday's Child.

15 comments:

  1. National Watermelon Day? Well just in time for your quilt! I like the melons and the seeds are the perfect touch.
    I could never get the hang of quilting on the machine, unless it was straight lines. This looks good!
    Vicki

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  2. Paula, Congratulations for taking the plunge into free motion feathers. I love doing them--I have several vintage machines, therefore, no stitch regulator, but my favorite for quilting right now is my 15-88 treadle. There are some pretty good closeups in the following post: http://doraquilts.blogspot.com/2010/07/split-4-patch-and-new-quilting.html
    Warning: they can become a bit addictive.

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  3. Very nice, Paula!! I enjoy all things "Watermelon"!

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  4. I love the watermelons!

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  5. How adorable and the feathers are pretty awsome too!

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  6. It's great and we had watermelon for dinner this evening! How about that? I love the way you are able to post great big pictures, your blog looks great.

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  7. So cute, love the watermelon. You did a great job on the feathers.

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  8. You are a braver woman than I. I still haven't taken the plunge into machine quilting, let alone FMQ. Far too scared!

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  9. Well, Happy belated National Watermelon Day. I didn't know, but I did manage to eat some watermelon on Monday, if that counts. Your quilt and the quilting look wonderful.

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  10. I've never heard of National Watermelon Day but I love your little quilt. You're right, the seeds are a wonderful addition to finalize the quilt. Love the feather quilting...

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  11. It's marvellous...very summery! Love the feathers!
    I always say "I am my own stitch regulator"!

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  12. Oh crumb! Now I've gone and missed Watermelon Day. Hopefully we can celebrate for a week *s*

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  13. First attempt? Dang. Awesome. I'm not surprised though. You do rock!

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  14. Feathers are my favourite quilting design, and not as difficult as they look (would you agree?) Yours are lovely!

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