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Monday, October 29, 2012

Quilty Pleasures-Finally a Finish! Dashes and Patches

I hope you folks out there on the East Coast are snugly and safely tucked in with plenty of projects and reading material for the duration of your storm. I think hurricanes and tornadoes are much scarier than earthquakes. In Southern California, we don't know when an earthquake will strike, so blithely go about our lalala lives until it actually happens.

Then we're all, "Earthquake!" Since we moved out to New Mexico, I watch the "Earthquake!" comments from afar on Facebook. First one "Earthquake!", then another, then the comments about how it felt. Then the "Are you okay?" questions start followed by the "Shucks! Weren't nuthin'!" comments. When we lived in SoCal my favorite earthquake times were when talking to a friend on the phone, they would say, "Earthquake! Whoa!" and in a few seconds, I would feel the floor jiggling or rumbling and say, "There it is."

Anyway, hang in there, East Coasters, and be glad you had some lead time to get ready.

I am on a mission to finish the many quilting projects lurking in various containers and bags piled in the sewing room's corners. I love to take classes and start stuff, but then the siren song of another project calls and I cast the current project aside to start something new.

This Dashes and Patches quilt was started in Dimmett, Texas, at the amazing Ogallala Quilt Festival. Ann, who owns Thread Bear in Las Vegas, and I traveled there to view the quilts and to take a couple classes, one which was taught by notable quilter and teacher Yvonna Hayes. The quilt is mostly nine patch and churn dash blocks, but my big old fat quarter pack of Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley fabric didn't allow for all the non-pieced blocks Yvonna had in her pattern, so I had to make some four patch blocks as substitutes.

The contrast is subtle in these fabrics which is just fine with me, since it's going on our bed, shared not only with Tom but also with Ms. Pearl and Miss Bonnie. A light colored quilt just won't work. I tried my Aunt Martha quilt on the bed for a while and it just didn't go well with dog and cat hair.

Below is the back which used fabric from In the Beginning's Chickadee, designed by Julie Paschkis. I used this fabric for two reasons: I loved the brilliant, jewel-like the colors and it's just as gorgeous as the front of the quilt. When I get bored with one side, it can be flipped over.

Note the sides, where I had to add just a smidge because it just wasn't wide enough! Don't you hate when that happens?

Because this quilt will be laundered often, the binding was machine stitched. I tried something new, which was fusible thread in the bobbin when stitching the binding to the back of the quilt. When the binding was brought to the front, I ironed the binding to the fusible thread, eliminating the need for any pins or clips as I top stitched. One caveat: I used the same fusible thread for another quilt binding last night and it wouldn't fuse! The fabric was different, so maybe that was the problem, or maybe since the quilting went right to the edge the thread caused a barrier to proper fusion. I will experiment more with this stuff to see what's up. But it turned out well on this quilt.

Binding front
Here's the back side of the binding. Using this fusible helped to keep the binding in place, so the stitching on the back actually ended up where it should, for the most part.

You also have a close up of that yummy Chickadee fabric, which is still for sale at Thread Bear in Las Vegas, NM.

Binding back

The quilting was done by prize winning quilter Claudette Maitland of the Turquoise Angel Quilt Shop in Angel Fire, NM. It's an all over long arm panto called Fleur de Lis, I think.


  1. beautiful work Brdiget!!

  2. The dashes are dashing..looks comfy and pretty.

  3. Yummy quilts! BTW, where in So Cal did you live before moving to NM? We were near L.A. until '03 when we moved to No. Az... sure don't miss them earthquakes!

  4. Sounds lovely, Bridget! I haven't posted about our comparison to South Pasadena, Ca., but it's along those lines... we're outside of Flagstaff. It's close enough to town to do shopping, get to doctor appts or hospital, but still much more rural than we were used to. I really love it! And we got a great deal on the property... twice as much house as we had in CA, and about 5 times more land, all for less than what we got for the sale of our place in CA. I don't know how anyone can afford to live there anymore, but I'm happy to let them keep tryin'!


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