Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Flaunt - Fruit

And now for something completely different...

You know how it is when you're plugging away on a project and it seems like it's taking forever to make discernible progress? Maybe you just want to shove it aside and move on to something else? Just something for a change of scenery, so to speak?

On Wednesday as I was pulling fabrics for a project, those feelings came over me when I found this "lost" fabric. I remembered buying it, but three weeks ago, after turning my stash upside down, I gave up looking for it. Then, wouldn't you know, I lifted the lid on a bin, picked up a piece of green fabric and voila...there was the lost fabric.

This piece came from Block Party Studios right here in Iowa. The company makes all sorts of word fabrics. This is a Bible verse: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23
Thinking to make a special block, I pulled out my favorite block book. I needed an on-point block center that finished at the odd size of 4-1/2". Nothing suited.
So, I simply used my trusty triangle measurement chart to cut squares that I bisected diagonally to make setting triangles.
Instead of being prudent, and choosing prints matchy-matchy to my home decor, I went on a whim and chose brights.
By Thursday evening, I ended up with this colorful 23" X 27" wall hanging.
Find the fruit prints? Bananas, lemons, raspberries!
I've found that when quilting on a domestic sewing machine, it's way more easy and fun to machine-quilt a small quilt than a big quilt.
I made an unsatisfactory first-time effort to draw the quilting motif on Glad Press 'n Seal and then machine quilt through it. A gummy needle, and Sharpie red ink under the quilting thread doesn't work for me.

Golden Threads paper remains my favorite free-motion quilting product.

Whew. I feel better for getting that change-of-pace project out of my system.


  1. I like it! It looks really great and I love the words and the reminders they bring.

  2. Wow! this little quilt looks great; I like it and you have done it so fast!
    Happy quilting from Switzerland

  3. What exquisite feature fabric! Your wall quilt looks fabulous in those brights, and can I spot some of that extra special purply fabric I have in my flower pincushion? (I just might have a flaunt by next Friday :-)) Maybe...)

  4. What a clever person. Your choice of block and colours bring the whole thing to life.

  5. Beautiful little quilt! Love the bright fabrics you have chosen. I've not seen any fabrics here in OZ with words to be used in blocks like that!


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