After putting the tumbler on hold to make a t-shirt quilt for my niece, I’m “picking up the pieces”, for lack of a better term, and have progressed significantly!
Isn’t it delightful? I ended up adding FIVE more rows of blue, and two more rows of red and white to get it to the correct size. I wanted something other than just stars for the blue patch, and decided on words from the song “You’re A Grand Old Flag“, written by George M. Cohen and used in the musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy“.
I haven’t ironed down the letters yet, I still have to center it properly and get everything lined up, but it’s turning out exactly as I had hoped. I am lucky to have an architect in the office next door at work, so Howard was kind enough to blow up the PDF I’d created to a 27″ circle and put it on one large sheet of paper for me. Sure saved a lot of taping pages together! It doesn’t look that big in the pic, but the quilt itself is actually 85×63 – big enough for two to cuddle under on the couch 😉
I’ll admit, I really, REALLY wanted to do the applique where the edges are turned under and pressed with starch, then hand-sew each word myself. However, I suck at turning applique under. At least when it comes to words.
This doesn’t look too bad – a few pokies, but that doesn’t look like the word “land” to me. It looks like “lard”. And while they like pork, I don’t think they’ll appreciate “lard that I love” on their quilt! Plus, take a look at the back:
And look at the center of that “d”. Not enough fabric to press under. One wash and that applique would be a hot mess on the quilt. If anyone has and words of wisdom in that department, I’d sure appreciate it!
So, I decided to use Mistyfuse instead, and use a zig-zag stitch around the letters. I’m using Kona Natural for the letters and stars, so I took Peggi’s advice and backed it with a light interfacing to keep the blue background from showing through. Brilliant…it worked!
I’m making this for my cousin, Molly, who is getting married in November. She and her husband-to-be (who is in the army) were transferred to England, and I wanted to make them a quilt that will always remind them that there’s no place like home. She doesn’t read my blog, so I’m not worried about posting about it 🙂 Now, hopefully I can get this finished by the end of October, as their wedding is in November – the weekend after Peggi and I get back from the Houston International Quilt Show. I have a feeling the cost of shipping it “over the pond” after the wedding may rival the national debt.
Ooooh, this is gorgeous! I’ve never been much of a tumbler fan, but this quilt is awesome! And I LOVE the appliqued stars and phrasing. What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to see it after it’s quilted.