Tuesday, January 7, 2014

News for Brioche & Baguette and meeting the Riley Blake challenge

Marny here…
 My Riley Blake challenge 2013 project, more below
Temperature seen on my favorite weather site Monday 1/6/13

Really cold temperatures make for good sewing weather in Ames!  Looking at the map nationwide it seems that many of you might be staying busy indoors.  North of us, people are taking special precautions just to get the newspaper off their driveways. -23 in Minneapolis.  The windchills predicted are scary. 

Screenshot of the Jolly Jabber blog from the Fat Quarter Shop.

We received an email this week from the Fat Quarter Shop that warms us up just to think about it.  Our pattern, Brioche & Baguette, is being featured as their January 2014 pattern of the month.  It is 20% off all month.  Take a look.  Enjoy getting lost in their expansive collection of fabric.  Exploring their site is a great way to pass some time on a cold day. 

Now back to the pillow…

I started my Riley Blake challenge project some time ago.  The Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild is a participant and I said yes thinking oodles of time stretched before me and surely there would be plenty of opportunity to get it done.  The deadline is just over a week away, and other projects take precedent between now and then, so today was the day to complete my pillow.    
Our rules and the Riley Blake deadline.  I think ours is January 16th while the overall deadline is in February.  
I actually got the top pieced and quilted in the first session of sewing.  The "discordant" set of fat eighths handed me needed a structure to be set against.  A plummy dark gray (part of the challenge) and a putty gray (added solid) make up the background.  I like the quilting.  To the right of the Riley Blake fabrics on the right side of the pillow and to the left of the fabric strips on the left side of the pillow.  Note the center strip has stitching on either side.  I think it helps with the overall balance of the design to work out from the center with symmetrical stitching lines. 

Remaining fabric stitched into the left half of the back.  The yellow polka dot fabric has a finished edge. (¼" folded over, pressed, folded over again, pressed and stitched)
Right half of the back.  Again, the yellow fabric has a finished edge as above.
The right half of the back overlapped over the right half.  Mine is overlapped about three inches.  
The quilted front of the pillow, face down (right sides together) on the overlapped back halves and pinned into place.  
Stitch all the way around the pillow.  This photo shows the pillow being turned right side out.

Happy sewing in the New Year to you all! (and stay warm and safe!)

Till Tuesday

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