Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the eight women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during the QM Back to School Party.
Today I’m pleased to present Terri Vanden Bosch from Rock Valley, Iowa.
Terri sewed with fabrics from the line A Year to Crow About by Jacqueline Paton for Red Rooster Fabrics.
Terri’s finished quilt is below.
This is a great casual piece that seems to have a calming effect. The cool blue is a nice contrast to the other warmer fabrics. Terri’s feather quilting shows up beautifully!
Terri penned a few thoughts for QP readers:
What a great experience this has been. The best part was the anticipation of what fabric I would be working with.
The worst part was having my longarm go out of commission for a week right when I needed to quilt it. The needle fell out of the needle bar and raised a lot of havoc in the bobbin basket and timing area—so a road trip to Carroll, Iowa was necessary—where they fixed it while I waited.
To treat myself on the three-hour trip home I had my own little shop hop across Iowa, stopping at five quilt shops along the way. See my “Quilting Interrupted” blog post.
I went with an easy alternating feather in each block. Just chalk a line corner to corner in each block, then feather up the line to the next block; down that block to the next, and so on. This quilts up fast and really gives a custom look for an easy time of quilting.
I used a golden brown Glide thread–gives a lovely sheen and shows up in most of the blocks nicely.
I strip pieced the multiple squared area for most of the blocks. I’m not sure if it was faster—but I did use the leftover strip units to play with the 15 degree wedge ruler from Creative Grids. Just above you can see the result. First time I tried it and it was quite fun.
On behalf of Quiltmaker and Red Rooster Fabrics, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Terri Vanden Bosch for a job well done. We really appreciate you!