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 nine women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.
Meet Jeannie Rasmussen from Plymouth, Nebraska.
Jeannie sewed with Florence fabrics by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit. Her completed Playground is shown below.
I’m a big fan of this quilt with its fiery energy and vintage-look fabrics. Jeannie arranged the blocks in a pleasing way, which isn’t easy when the low-contrast blocks are numerous. The whole thing is flat and smooth. Beautiful work!
I asked Jeannie to share some thoughts with QP readers.
I’ve been quilting for almost 35 years. When I saw the invitation for the BTS project on Facebook, I was certain they would get hundreds of applications and that I’d never be chosen, but I decided to go for it.
I was thrilled beyond words to get Diane’s email offering me a spot on the team. It arrived the same day I took time off work to go to Omaha with my hubby, attended a seminar on longarm quilting, and played with some very cool new machines. How could a day get any better?
My initial excitement only grew as the Facebook group was started and I met the other ladies across the US and Canada.
I am not usually a fast piecer. But the pattern was so easy to follow and the blocks so simple to construct that I had no trouble getting the entire top put together in just a couple days. The Denyse Schmidt fabrics from FreeSpirit are so lively and fun and are perfect for a pattern named Playground. I envisioned merry-go-rounds in the circular blocks and though all the BTS quilts are beautiful, I think my fabrics made for one of the most energetic Playgrounds.
As I worked on the top I tried to be careful and do my very best work but found I needed work on my Stitch & Flip. I had a little trouble getting the corners to come out square. I was extra vigilant in using a scant 1/4″ seam, so the blocks would not be undersize, and wouldn’t you know most of them came out a little oversize? But it all seems to have worked out.
I have not made many tops where the blocks are on point, so trimming the sides caused me the most worry. Since they were on the bias I was afraid they would stretch once trimmed and I confessed my fear to my best quilty friend Karla. But she reminded me of my other good friend, Spray Starch, and assured me I could do this.
I made sure the edges were well starched and stay-stitched, took a deep breath, and just did it. I did lose a tiny bit of one or two points when I put on the first border but I had no problem with stretching.
For quilting I used Connecting Threads Essential Cotton in Coral Reef and I like the way it blended in with all the fabrics. I made the whole quilt, start to finish, in two weeks and sent her off to Quiltmaker for photos. She will be back soon and I will get to enjoy her and remember this project the rest of my life.
I have been a Quiltmaker subscriber for many years and have boxes of patterns I’ve saved. God willing I’ll live long enough to make them all some day. I especially appreciate that Quiltmaker is no longer just a periodical I get six times a year, read, re-read, and then read again before filing it away. With all the patterns, video tutorials and information available on their website and blog, it’s become part of my daily quilting life. I can’t thank them enough.
On behalf of Quiltmaker and FreeSpirit, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Jeannie Rasmussen for a job well done. We really appreciate you!
To reinforce my appreciation for Jeannie’s efforts, please leave her a thank-you message in the comments below. Thanks!