Welcome to the last day of the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour hosted by Riley Blake Fabrics! They have two new lines of solids: Confetti Cottons (132 colors) and Crayola Colors (11 basics - you can even buy a crayon-style box of fat quarters!).
When Riley Blake asked me if I would be interested in participating in this tour, I immediately thought of a design I'd had in my sketchbook for quite some time. With the theme being confetti, I asked for a range of colors of the Confetti Cottons.
This is a paper-pieced design that would be a fairly quick quilt to produce had I machine quilted it. As you may know from my last post, I have a collection of Finca No. 8 Perle Cotton so I decided to hand quilt. I matched each solid fabric up with a spool of Perle, set up my new hand quilting frame (my present to myself when Jason finished his eMBA last month) and got quilting.
The wooden EZ3 frame is by The Grace Company, and wow do I wish I'd had it when I was working on the double gauze quilt! My friend Kitty took a video of me hand quilting with my right hand above and left hand below the quilt, adding these scattered rice or confetti-style stitches. It can be viewed on the Hand Stitching CLUB Facebook group that I recently started. If you'd like to join, simply request to be added to the group and I will happily add you!
I've been careful to make sure the back stitches are as consistent and equally spaced as the ones on the front. The background white will also be hand quilted and I will do a faced binding. This pattern will be available once the quilt is completed.
Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the slow stitching process. I will be going on the Slow Stitching Retreat hosted by A Gathering of Stitches in Maine; I believe there are still spots available if you'd like to check it out.
I've also registered for several hand stitching classes at QuiltCon in Savannah. I'm taking Handwork Revisited and Embroidery for Quilts with Heidi Parkes and Improvisational Hand Quilting with Chawne Kimber. So. Excited. Will you be there?
Meanwhile, I'm just taking it one stitch at a time while the kids are at summer camp, we are getting used to Jason's new and improved schedule and we're all enjoying time with family and friends.
June 27: A Bright Corner / Salty Oat
June 28: Trillium Design / Allison Sews
June 29: A Quilter’s Table / Bonjour Quilts
June 30: Euphoria Jessica / Material Girl Quilts
July 1: Samelia’s Mum / Sassafras Lane
July 5: Quilt Matters / During Quiet Time
July 6: Sometimes Crafter / Modern Handcraft
July 7: Orchid Owl Quilts / Piece and Quilt
July 8: Sew Katie Did / Tumbling Blocks / Leigh Laurel Studios
There are some truly fabulous projects on this tour — be sure to hop around and check them out if you haven't already!