Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

Finally finished this queen size named "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden".  It is a modified "Garden Maze" pattern.  The original block pattern called for a 7" block in the center, but this fabric's motif was large so I changed the dimensions to accommodate these gorgeous roses.  This was my first attempt at a pantograph, which is a uniform pattern from one edge of the quilt to the other.  It takes a lot longer than free motion quilting because 1) you quilt from the backside of the machine and have to look at the pattern instead of the quilt and 2) after you finish each row, you have to line up the next row so it is of equal distance to avoid large spaces between the rows and to avoid sewing over the previous row.  It takes uninterrupted concentration, of which I have little!  I had a couple of "oops" show up on the back so I decorated the back with embroidered rose applique patches. 

At this point, I have a number of projects in various stages:  a Red/White/Blue ready for borders and a Purple in piecing stage, both for Virg to use as fundraisers this summer; the Pink Sampler is ready for quilting, but I haven't decided on a backing fabric yet; a Block of the Month (12 blocks) waiting to be sashed together; a Stonehenge kit beckoning me to cut; and I have a 'landscape' quilt on my ToDoList.  Sew many quilts and sew little time!

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