May 03 09

Tying Up Loose Ends

Remember this quilt? I’ve been working to finish up a number of small projects and this one was first up. That first photo was before it was hyperquilted; here’s a closeup of what it looks like hyperquilted:

The next part of the process was to color in all the flowers and I did that using Prismacolor Pencils. I used very soft, pastel colors because this is for a baby and it just seemed like pastels were in order. None of my closeups of colored in flowers came out great, but here’s one to give you an idea:

Here’s a bit larger shot of the quilt; I still have to color in about 10 flowers near the bottom:

Once I’m done coloring it in, I will paint textile medium on the flowers to really set those colors permanently. On the advice of a friend, I will wait for 1 month after applying the textile medium before I wash this baby. Hopefully, this will avoid any bleeding of colors…we’ll see!

I also need to get a bunch of dreden plate blocks finished up. I’ve got a lot of them appliqued, but they don’t have the center section yet:

(I’m not a yellow person, but I sure do like the way yellow and blue and yellow and purple go together)! To make a nice circle to be appliqued onto the center, I start out by drawing my circles onto interfacing:

After cutting them out, I sew each interfacing circle onto the fabric that will become the center:

After trimming away all the excess fabric outside the seam, I cut a slit in the center of the interfacing and use that entrance point to turn the circle inside out:

Once I’ve ironed that baby so the edges are nice and clean, it can be appliqued onto that center section. Here, it’s just sitting on top of its future home:

I’ll write a more “newsy” post later. I’ve got a lot going on right now and wanted to get something up so you wouldn’t think I’d dropped off the face of the earth!


  1. Shelley C Says:

    THat baby quilt is lovely! Love the freemotion quilting on it…I keep trying…sigh….it’ll come someday (won’t it?) Nice technique with the coloring pencils. Anxious to hear how permanent it actually is and how long it’ll hold up to washings?

  2. Marti Says:

    I love the blue and yellow/orange together. I can’t wait to see it completed.

  3. Alice (BCQuilter) Says:


    What a wonderful technique, with regards to the baby quilt. It is a beautiful piece.

    Isn’t it great when colours surprise you? Your dresden plate looks great.


  4. Tina Says:

    I love the prismcolor pencil technique-do keep us updated on how it works with relation to the top-coat you spoke of-I am interested in what you use and how it lasts on the quilt. I assume that it is not toxic at all and will last through many washings.

    thanks, Tina