The original post for this quilt was shared on 10/18/17. Since that date I have diligently worked to add the finishing touches. This project was among 15 other candidates awaiting the same outcome. On 9/28/17 I wrote a post announcing that every last one was done!! The accomplishment was definitely reason to celebrate.
Buttons, with it’s very small size of only 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ was very easy to polish off. If you remember, the teal border was already in place. Left on the list of steps to do were:
creating a sandwich,
The first layer of the sandwich is the tiny AQ # 28: Buttons quilt top. Beneath the art quilt is a layer of Warm & Natural batting. Next to that is a piece of white cotton fabric. Taking into consideration the miniature stature of Buttons there wasn’t any need for elaborate quilting. Anything above and beyond the simple straight-line pattern would have been overkill. To make certain the quilting blended with the fabric as much as possible I used a coordinating thread. The quilting took very little time. Just a few zips here and there and it was done. The unfinished edges of the quilt were enveloped in a facing of white fabric. The quilt’s identifying details have been recorded on the back.
This is what AQ # 28: Buttons looked like when it was completed.
I think AQ # 28: Buttons is, “Cute as a button.” 🙂
To sign off without sharing links to the other eleven completed projects would be cruel. 🙂 You will find them listed below.
This quilt began as a piece of home-made fabric. I created the fabric after reading Victoria Findlay Wolfe‘s 15 Minutes of Play. The new material was divided into seven sections. The first four segments were instrumental in creating:
When I first introduced Summer Picnic I talked about the meaning behind the colors, patterns and textures. All of them bundled together helped to create a warm and inviting art piece. There is one element in the quilt that stood out above all the rest and that is the woven strip of fabric near the bottom edge. This strip brought back memories of our family’s summer picnics. Those memories were the inspiration for naming this quilt.
11 of 16
AQ # 27: Summer Picnic is also one of the quilts I recently finished. This project is the 11th of 16 quilts to be revealed. When I first presented this quilt it looked like this.
Before quilting my art piece I sandwiched it with black fusible fleece and a colorful backing.
Finishing the Quilt
Using a color coordinated variegated thread I stitched a geometric pattern with my Pfaff sewing machine in everything except the outer-most border. In that border I used a matching thread to stitch a straight-line pattern.
The outer raw edges were wrapped with a binding created from the same fabric as the backing. AQ # 27: Summer Picnic measures 21 1/2″ x 22 1/2″. On the back, in the bottom right corner, is a label identifying the quilt.
The Other QuiltsAs was mentioned earlier, AQ # 27: Summer Picnic is one of 16 quilts. Four have yet to be revealed. Links to the first ten quilts can be found below:
My personal library is filled with wonderful resources on the subject of improv quilting. Among those amazing books is 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. I’ve read her book from cover to cover multiple times yet each time I open it I learn something new. Given the amount of valuable information available, at my fingertips, I am challenging myself to use this resource as inspiration in 2018.
15 Minutes of Play has at least 32 different potential topics for discussion. With 52 weeks in the year this allows plenty of time to tackle my challenge. My goal is to successfully complete as many of the 32 tasks as possible.