Happy Canada Day! Joyeuse fête du Canada!
I'm not making anything especially patriotic this week, but I am celebrating! Why? I'm finally caught up on my Technicolor Galaxy BOM!
Last week, I got the Arrow Head blocks pieced. The instructions called for a background that was all one low volume print, but I thought it might look a little odd mixed in with all those pieced backgrounds. I went out on a limb and made a scrappy background.
Once I got my backgrounds done, these blocks came together quickly. The arrow heads are held in place using fusible web and then appliquéd. Yup. I said appliqué. Not my favourite technique, but I got 'er done. Instead of using a straight stitch or a tiny zigzag like in the past, I opted to use a blanket stitch. I know. Fancy stuff, huh?
With all my blocks sandwiched and ready to quilt, I headed off to Saturday's MMQG Sew In
. I find it tough to all out quilt when DT are napping, so I save it for Sew In. First up, the Scattered Geese blocks! I echo quilted the geese and then added a little detail in the triangles.
Then Arrowheads... I added a little definition to the arrow head and did some back and forth FMQ in the backgrounds.
And lastly, the Piano Keys. The coloured keys got diagonal lines and then I did a little echo quilting in the low volume sections.
This blue block gave me such stress... but now I love it!
Even the backing fabrics make me pretty danged happy. And this is just the Piano Keys!
I'm linking up today with The Needle and Thread Network
(since it's Canada Day!) and (of course) Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Here's my progress to date... pieced and quilted! And today, the July lesson goes live. Bring on the Orange Peels! I'm ready for 'em!
I think you made the right call in using a scrappy background for your Arrow Head blocks and the blanket stitch looks fantastic. I have really been enjoying watching your progress on this each week. Your design wall shot is my fave! Happy Canada Day, eh!ReplyDelete
Wow, this quilt is amazing, great pics and fantastic applique work there, well done! I'm intrigued to see how you're going to join your QAYG pieces....ReplyDelete
Happy Canada Day!ReplyDelete
What a terrific project!
You are making unbelievable progress! It looks incredible. I love your quilting choices!ReplyDelete
I've enjoyed watching the progress on so many versions of this quilt. Nice choice with the LV mixed background. I'm not the biggest fan of applique either, but opt for freezer paper when possible. The way you are quilting this gives a beginner quilter like me some ideas!ReplyDelete
Greetings from Germany and happy Canada Day!
It is looking so beautiful, Jenn - congratulations on being so caught up! :)ReplyDelete
Love love love!! I have fallen off the wagon...for the past 4 months! With the July block ready to hit, I'm taking a day or two and getting caught up. Do you find it hard to pull it out every month?ReplyDelete
That is a stunning quilt. I love the scrappy low volume background, and the border is so interesting! Great quilt!ReplyDelete
Happy Canada Day. I bet this quilt will make you just bust out into song! :)ReplyDelete
You made some great choices and this is looking awesome.ReplyDelete
I agree with the scrappy background, it would have stood out quite a bit otherwise I think. :o) You've done awesome at catching up and it is coming along beautifully! I also love the quilting you've done... you sure are keeping busy! I hope to catch up like you!ReplyDelete
Congrats!!! for catching up. It looks awesome. Scrappy for the arrow background was a good call.ReplyDelete
Great call using the scrappy background instead, it looks awesome! And oh my goodness, your progress shot makes me swoon! It keeps getting better, can't wait to see how the orange peels fit in! :DReplyDelete
Oh, yes, going scrappy with the low volume was the way to go! Okay, and now I am as intrigued by the back of your quilt as I am by the front.ReplyDelete
Jenn, it is looking superb!ReplyDelete
Looks amazing, Jenn!ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting your progress to TN&TN!
First time I've seen this project, it is amazing. Congratulations on your persevance.ReplyDelete
I love to see the process of making this quilt. It will be amazing!ReplyDelete
I love how this is coming together. It makes me wish I were doing the quilt-along!ReplyDelete