Monday, March 18, 2013

New Project--Glory Days

Posted by: Nancy Rink
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This project called Glory Days has been in the planning stages for what seems like forever. I sure love the classic red and blue color story.  Why I don't work more with these colors is a question I am asking myself, because I sure like the crisp look.  Gallery in Red and Blue by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics is the fabric collection I am using.

And yes, I am somewhat "old school". I use a notebook and write down my cutting, measurements, notes, etc. as I work.  I have an IPad I purchased with the intention of modernizing my process . . .  well, you can see how that is working.
Here is another look . . .

The quilt will have a center of repeating blocks and an applique border.  I'll post more pictures when I get there

Glory Days Finished

Yippee! Glory Days is finally finished.  The pattern jackets arrived from the printer, we assembled the patterns and have begun shipping them to shops.  They will also be available through United Notions.

The quilt shown is 88" x 88" and features easy piecing using stitch-and-flip techniques.  The applique shapes are relatively large and simple, so believe it or not, the borders come together rather quickly.  The freezer paper and starch technique is the applique method I used to prepare my patches.  Then, using dabs of glue, the patches were basted to the borders. A narrow zigzag stitch using monofilament thread secures the applique in place.  Once all the applique was complete, I cut away the background from behind the patches and removed the freezer paper.

As far as the quilting goes, I didn't do anything too fancy.  A medium stipple fills all of the light background areas and I quilted a flower motif in the star centers. A diagonal line was stitched through the navy plaid and navy paisley squares.  A cable feather fills the inner and outer borders. Oh, and I did stitch a vein down the center of the leaves.

Gallery in Red & Blue by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics is the featured fabric collection. The pattern includes instructions for the quilt shown and for a 106" x 106" version which has an outer border featuring the large floral from the fabric collection