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.
Today I’m pleased to introduce Sharon Gallegos from Midlothian, Virginia.
Sharon sewed with Back to School fabrics from Timeless Treasures. Her finished quilt is below.
The light green fabric and the blue accents make the black fabrics sparkle. This is just the effect you want when you use black with lighter colors. It looks great! Notice how carefully Sharon placed all of the blue patches—every one has its stripes oriented the same as the others. As we all know, stripes can be tricky. And see the fussy cutting in the top right block? The middle block in the second row is fussy cut, too. Nice work, Sharon!
I asked Sharon if she’d share some thoughts with QP readers.
I was so excited to be one of the quilters chosen for this project. I could hardly wait to see what fabrics I would receive. Within five minutes of receiving the fabrics I was busy cutting. I love working with brights and novelty fabrics. My fabrics actually had a school theme and I loved the bright colors on the black background.
I had to pay particular attention when cutting the directional fabrics. I did have to “unsew” a couple of times.
I didn’t spend nearly as much time piecing the top as I spent quilting it. I chose a variegated thread from Superior Threads that complemented the colors in the fabrics for quilting. I quilted each Snowball block with a different design. It was all done on a domestic machine and I spent a couple of weeks just on the quilting.
I feared running out of the variegated thread because it was not available locally. Fortunately, I was able to finish the quilting with less than three yards left on the spool. That was almost too close for comfort!
There are opportunities to change the look of this quilt by using a variety of fabrics. It could easily be made as a scrappy version with fabrics from your “stash.”
On behalf of Quiltmaker and Timeless Treasures, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Sharon Gallegos for a job well done. We really appreciate you!
To reinforce my appreciation for Sharon’s efforts, please leave her a thank-you message in the comments below. Thanks!