May 31 12

Repeat Block Tulip Quilt and a Sale

I finally pieced together my 4 large tulip blocks to make  a wall hanging.  Over 50 embroidered quilt blocks stolen from my car, but these 4 blocks survived because they were so large that they had been rolled onto a long cardboard tube and they weren’t in any of my suitcases that were stolen.  I’d been reluctant to finish the wall hanging just because it was kind of a bittersweet memory for me.  Anyway, here’s what they looked  like once I’d pieced them together and they were placed on the floor:

These blocks may look familiar as this is the same tulip block that had been set on point in this other quilt that was stolen:

I really like how this block works well in both settings.  In this “on square” setting, there are large”empty” spaces that are formed where the blocks join, and I think that center space might be a good spot to quilt a pretty feathered wreath.  Not sure yet, but I think half wreaths will work in the 4 side empty spots where the blocks join up.

Here’s a shot of what the backside of this top looks like:

There are a lot of extra “layers” of stuff on these machine embroidered quilt blocks.  This closeup of the backside of one block will probably make this  a bit clearer:

The greyish-white layer that extends over the backside of the entire block is a layer of fusible interfacing.  The reason you see “seams” is because the block is so large that the width of the interfacing doesn’t cover it, so what appears to be a seam is really a point of overlap.  The other areas of a whiter-white are a medium weight cut away stabilizer.  This is a blend of polyester and cellulose and it has a fabric-like drape to it. You’ve got to have a good stabilizer on board when you’re doing this kind of dense stitching.  I’ve stitched a number of machine embroidered applique quilts now, and most of them are larger than this one, but this quilt top weighs a ton more than any quilt top I’ve ever pieced before!  Normally, when I spray baste a quilt together, I don’t have to use any pins, but I did on this one because I thought the weight of the top might cause the layers to come apart.  I’m just at the stage of outlining all the appliques with invisible thread:

I am wondering how people quilt quilts (using sit down/push through machine quilting) who have 2 layers of batting because the weight of this one is already proving to be a nuisance with only 1 layer of batting!  This may take me awhile…

In other news, Nikki has a great sale going on right now.  All retail sales of DVDs and books made by Patsy Thompson Designs are 20% off, and here’s part 2 of her great sale:

If you make a retail purchase of $50 (excluding tax and shipping) you will receive 6 spools of Sulky Solid; three 12 wt. spools and three 30 wt. spools, colors to be chosen by us.  These 6 spools retail for $34.14! If you make a retail purchase of $100 (excluding tax and shipping) you will receive the 6 spools of thread PLUS a $15 gift certificate to our store for your next purchase! Both of these specials (free thread and free gift certificate) are available to any given retail customer only once during the sale.

These sale specials are good through 9 am eastern daylight savings time on June 8, 2012.  To receive the discount, enter “Summer” (without the quotes) in the discount code box during checkout!

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  1. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    Today I started quilting and realized I couldn’t handle it on the desk I use, so I put my machine on my large cutting table. It was so much easier having the table to keep the majority of the quilt on.


  2. SewCalGal Says:

    Beautiful. I think these are actually far btter than your beautiful projects that were stolen. I’m happy to see you are finding strength to go forward. Of course, I wish I lived closer and could stich out with you, but if there is anything I can do to help remotely, just let me know. Love your work.

    Your #1 stalker,


  3. Mamabearme Says:

    I’m new to your Blog, so don’t know who is who. Where would I find Nikki’s shop?

  4. sallybramald Says:

    It must be heartbreaking to do it all again, but I think I like this even more. It is glorious.

  5. Betty Jo Says:

    It’s beautiful. I knew you had some theft…did not realize it was that many blocks. That’s really tough. But you have a wonderful quilt here.