Sunday, July 21, 2013

Okay. I Lied.

So much for writing more often now that I'm retired. Why do I even say those things? I meant well....
I am getting other stuff done.

Here's my latest completed project....It's called Mexican Star - a pattern by Southwind Designs.
I kept seeing this made up at quilt shows and I liked I bought the pattern. That was several years ago. Year after year I would tell my sister I had that pattern whenever we saw it at a quilt show.

Finally she said, "Yes. I think you've mentioned that every year!" Ouch.
Well, today I publicly thank her for that nudge. She got me going.

I started it in January, 2012 while in Arizona with encouragement and some fabric sharing from my friend, Lynn.

I had purchased the background batik early on but choosing the rest of the fabrics was difficult.
I admit to not much liking following complicated directions and diagrams.

This one also involved turning back an edge and topstitching to get that curved look.

I machine quilted it ---stitch, turn, stitch...I am not comfortable with free-motion so this took awhile but I am pleased with it. I used a very light tone variegated aurifil and a nylon mono-filament in some places.
I marked some areas with the turquoise wash-out marker. I was nervous but did soak the whole thing when done to be sure that marker was out.

I put a sleeve on the bottom and inserted a yardstick to help it hang nicely in the changing gallery of my dinette wall.

Have any of you made this one, too? least you have the pattern?