The Raspberry Cordial Quilt is finished!
This is a lap-size quilt made with leftovers from Unca Ray's Red Barn Quilt.
After I finished it, I liked it so much I decided to make a smaller one for me.
Detail of the of the blocks and the quilting.
Since this was a smaller quilt, I did the quilting on my little domestic home sewing machine (as opposed to the Tin Lizzie long arm down at It's Sew Rite). I tried marking the quilt sandwich with a chalk duster and a stencil. It looked that that would be just the thing :
First, I traced the pantograph pattern onto freezer paper.
Then I "dry-stitched" the paper with no thread in the machine.
This served 2 purposes : A) It helped me learn the pattern and get it into muscle memory.
B) It served to punch holes into the paper to make it a suitable stencil :
Then I used the Quilt Pounce to chalk the stencil design onto the quilt top.
The first pass seemed to work pretty well. I was able to see the pattern for free-motionstitching as it was chalked onto the quilt top. However, by the 2nd pass, much of the chalk had disappeared, or rather gone up into the air. I could feel it in my lungs, and could no longer see it on the quilt top.
For the 2nd and 3rd passes, there were many places I had to re-chalk the pattern with a chalk marker at the sewing machine. By the 4th pass, I was just making it up as I went along. Marking this way would have worked better on a smaller project, I think. Marking is always a pain int he patootie. That's why the free-motion designs have such an appeal.
Here's the message I found in a Dove Chocolate the day I finished this quilt.
This just make me smile big-time! ;-)
Pattern : Band Together by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. This pattern appeared in the Feb 2010 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
Batting : Hobbs 80/20 Cotton Poly Black Heirloom Batting
Pantograph : "Wind Water" Pantograph by Kathie James.