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March 06, 2011


That dragon square is just too adorable....I love the fabric and whole design of the quilt. Fabulous!! Really beautiful CC... ~Joy

You have me beat hands down! You know how I feel about the a....... word. I try to avoid it with all of my heart, but it really makes this quilt!

The technique that you used is called "foundation piecing." It's the basis for crazy quilting, and is similar to paper piecing. It's perfectly fine to leave the sheet there. It adds a layer of stability and warmth. I have a Christmas wallhanging that was done with this technique.

That first row of "trim," the bubbly teal, and the outer strip could be called borders. That tiny strip of yellow is just amazing! Did you sew it between the two borders, or is it a three-dimensional flap? You probably don't know it, but that's VERY difficult to do, and it looks just great!

Have you thought about using something to bond the moons to the corner fabric and then blanket stitching around them? It's possible that your sewing machine has a blanket stitch on it, and you could do it that way. I'd practice first, because turning the corner on the points with the machine will be tricky.

Thanks for taking the time to re-post. I'm really glad to see the second installment on the making of this quilt. NG2 is pretty lucky to have you for a g-g!

Joy--Thank you, dear. Comments like yours make me feel that the project is "worth it"!

Buffy--Thanks for reminding me of the proper terms for foundation piecing and borders: the words had not come to me while inputing the posting. *sigh* The tiny strip of yellow is just like the tiny strip of green in the NG1 quilt - sewn in just like any other border. I had thought about making the narrow strip as a flange on NG1's baby quilt; but, on his quilt, the two inner borders were continuous at the corners, much like binding, and I didn't see an easy way of doing that with a flange. By the time I was at that point on the NG2 quilt, I had forgotten why I hadn't done a flange before so didn't give it a whole lot of consideration. It would have been simple on the NG2 quilt!

Yes, thanks, I've thought of bonding the moons and hand whipping them into place. I don't want to even think about doing moons in the corner by machine - unless - I've thought about cutting more squares of the corner fabrics on which to appliqué moons. Then, I can just press under the edges and top-stitch the squares atop the existing corner squares. (The foundation piecing method that I used meant that one edge of each existing corner square was pressed under and top-stitched on.) The corners lack the old-sheet-backing fabric, anyway, as it made it easier for me to work with the corners.

You are welcome, Buffy, and thanks for the compliment.

Wow !!! What a lot of work. The results are just fabulous. I have never quilted, but my sister does and I can appreciate the effort you must have put into these quilts. Great job and I am sure they will become family heirlooms.

CC, I have moments when I'm blogging when the correct terminology just won't come. I appreciate it when you help me with birdie names and varieties. Who knew there was more than one type of chickadee!? A kinder me would have understood that you knew, and that it doesn't matter what you call them to your non-quilting audience.

I like your idea of removing the corners to change the appliques. It would be SO much easier on your hands, whether you use the machine or not, not to have the weight of the quilt in the way. And I DO like the idea of adding the moons!

That yellow border is a work of art. I bow to you for making that work. I'm adding a flange to a Scraps on a Mission Quilt that I am making. I didn't want to speed through the stitching only to find that the border was wavy and badly done.

Great work, CC!

Darlene--Thank you for the "roses", Darlene. You are very kind.

Buffy--I didn't consider your helping me out with my terminology to be unkind at all, thank you. I would not want to talk down to my readers. They should read the correct terminology at my blog so that they won't look unlearned if they use the terminology elsewhere. It can be embarrassing to pass along information in words that don't conform to standard use.

There was a length of the yellow border that had to be ripped out and redone - for the very reason that you cite. It looks terrible if not at least reasonably well done. (Not that I think NG2 will ever complain.)

As to the moons: I may end up installing only one moon. (I'd hate to confuse NG2 into thinking there is more than one moon in our sky. *laughing*) If so, it will be in the corner above and to the left of the dragon.

Particularly since I don't know what a Mission Quilt is, would you please be sure to post photos?

"Scraps on a Mission" is the name of a group that has been formed by the Empty Nesters at my mother's church. One of the ladies was coming to me for assistance with her quilting. She lives here six months of the year, and in Dallas six months, traveling between two of her sons. It seems in Dallas there is a huge group which makes "angel" quilts, those quilts given to hospitals, or made for children or babies who have to ride in police cars after disasters. She wanted to start a group like that here, and named them "Scraps on a Mission." I offered to cut out kits for the first year for women to sew, and two of my friends donated a huge amount of fabric which I am storing. It wasn't possible to have all the "new" fabric on hand and not want to try some new patterns, so I've put together five lap quilt size or larger tops to get the group started. Today, I am sewing the red flange into the quilt I told you about. Wish me well! *G*

Your quilt is gorgeous! I have a couple my mother made for each of my children. Her vision had become severely impaired so she took one full size quilt top that hadn't been quilted and had some quilters convert it into a couple basically twin size quilts.

Her church group in Ohio continued to support her as they made some baby/children quilts like the "Angels" you describe. Think they were machine stitched, then she was able to participate by colorfully tying them with yarn as I recall.

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