Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
42 x 60
It's a finish ready for giving or gifting!
I took advantage of yesterday's warmer temperatures that melted most of the recent snow and ice to take pictures outside. And today it is about 45 degrees F colder!!!
I modified a free Katie Blakelsey (Swim Bike Quilt) pattern she calls Star Bright. I used 6.5 inch squares instead of 6 inch and I made the HST star points my own way.
I have a milk crate of "chunk scraps" (scraps greater than 6 inch width of fabric and less than a fat quarter) and picked out some yellow, gray, and purple scraps to use. I've always wanted to try that color scheme.
My main machine quit sewing again and is in for repairs. I'm thankful I have a backup machine to use in the meantime. I just quilted some straight lines at irregular intervals but sure had a lot of thread breakage which left me with lots of knots to bury because sometimes I don't see well enough to match up the end and beginning of the lines. And, of course, the sewing machine light had to burn out in the middle of quilting which did not help. I also think this sewing machine does not like cross wound thread. Even with a walking foot I had some shirring mostly at the same spot where I had most of the broken threads - of course that was right in the middle of the yellow gingham star.
I used a very soft sheet on the back and I think the front shrunk more than the back which caused all this shirring after the quilt was washed because it wasn't there before washing! I've used sheets lots of times for backings but I've never done straight line quilting on those. Maybe it's because I did not have front and back lined up on the straight of grain? And maybe that's why I had thread breakage problems in places? Well, it doesn't affect the comfort or warmth of the quilt. That sheet is soft!
On to the next!