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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Finish Report! ~ "Fireflies in the Meadow"

I am so excited about this quilt, you guys. :D

This is almost a direct copy of Katie's quilt. When I saw her top, I was completely smitten, and not only did she not mind if I made one, too, she sent me a link of where to find the fabric. The fantastic fabric is from the collection "Wee Wander" by Sarah Jane, and I got it at Hawthorne Threads online. 

This was quilted with my desktop Viking Sapphire. And what else could I use for this quilt, but glow-in-the-dark thread?? It's FANTASTIC! I was quite surprised at how nicely it shows up at night. (I'm still trying to figure out how to get the camera to show that to you.)

I put in a large-scale meander on the center portion, wanting to keep this super snuggly. It's very difficult to keep that nicely spaced on a table-top machine, so I put in some wandering lines with water-soluble markers and white ceramic pencil on the darker blue rows. Here and there, I drew in a firefly.

The border fabric is nothing short of wonderful with the fun scenes of children hunting fireflies at dusk, and brings back memories of magical times playing in clouds of these intriguing insects during childhood trips to my cousins' in Pennsylvania and Aunt in New Jersey, as well as my own children's gleeful amazement running around with jars in hand at Grandma's in Nebraska. We've never lived where they flourish, so it's a rare treat in our own lives. 

The grass and children were quilted with the glow-in-the-dark thread, but I switched to matching blues of 50wt Aurifil for the outer border. Wanting to keep with the more-open scale of the inside, I simply followed logical lines through the different bush and tree areas, and did what I call a "lazy evening air" meander in the sky.

Before I got there, though, I did the kids and the grass. This is what the first pass created:

Isn't she adorable??  You can see that the line of grass is quilted much denser than the rest of the quilt. It didn't look bad at all like this, but it *did* make a collapsing point around the quilt in the narrow gap between the grass and the ditch-stitching around the center. So I made one last pass to put in a line of clover, mushrooms, and fern buds in that gap:

That solved the problem very nicely, and didn't make an unsightly pull in the quilt like I worried before I started that extra fill. I think that's because the outer and inner scales balance each other, and the flannel backing I used gives it enough "oomph" on either side. It was just that narrow fenced-in band that had a problem.

By the way - here's that backing. Isn't it perfect for this quilt?? It's from the Riley Blake "Oh Boy" collection.And those horses are probably my favorite part of the quilt. No, the border is. No, the horses are. . .   ;D (And why are these photos dropping the Lightbox "fixing" I did so you'd see the colors just right? Everything looks a little muddy. It's not at all in real life! That's a beautiful almost-mint green in that flannel.)

I ended up deciding to do something to make my copy a little different from Katie's, so I off-set the picture blocks. The frames, as well as the main binding color, came from the center portion of the double-edged border fabric. Love the fussy cut vignettes!

I used the faux piped binding method on this quilt, more so that I could do it all by machine than for a design decision, but it looks great.

Trimming the edges to do that was a bit of an adventure, though. I had two "helpers" that Would. Not. stop diving into it! (And here you see the colors properly.)

This quilt was my March goal for A Lovely Year of finishes, and it's a WONDER that I got it finished in time with all the wedding prep flooding us right now. I made the top last August. The meadow behind the house was so lush at that time from the summer's record rainfall!

Quilt Stats:

"Fireflies in the Meadow"
              70.5 x 78.5 inches

100% cotton fabrics from the Sarah Jane "Wee Wander" collection
Backing: whole-piece 100% cotton flannel from the Riley Blake "Oh Boy" collection
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly Heirloom batting
Design adapted from Katie Mae Quilts "Catching Fire(flies)" quilt
All construction and table-top free-motion quilting done by Lynette Caulkins
Pieced August 2014, Quilted March 2015 in Monument, Colorado

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Envelope Liners Tutorial (BOMs Away Alt-Activity)


Welcome to the Link-Up for BOMs Away Mondays! 
We'd love to see the BOM you're working on lately. 
This week's link-up is at the bottom of the post.

Wow!  Having a bride in the household really steals away all your time!  ;D  Yet again, I have zero BOM work to share (although the link *is* posted at the bottom of this post.) But I have a tutorial for you that might be handy for a number of situations.

We have unique invitation needs and a tight budget, so we've been making those. They're turning out really neat. Devon wanted Marines Red envelopes, which we found at a great sale price at Hobby Lobby. But they need a little more something for wedding announcements. We're lining them with pretty gold papers. Quilter's tools are Most Excellent for this project!  Here's how it's done:

Our envelopes are the standard U.S. A2 size, which measure 5-3/4 by 4-3/8 inches. They have a straight flap. 

First, find your paper. Card stock isn't a great choice. We wanted to get some thin metallic gold, which we could order online in packs of printable sheets, but we have time issues, so we had to go with the little-bit heavier craft paper we found at the Michael's in the city. Which is actually turning out quite well! You can get 4 liners for this size from each 12x12 sheet of paper.

First, use your mat, rulers, and an older rotary blade to cut the paper into sections that are 5-1/2" by 5-7/8":  [But please note: Our liners cover most of the glue line on the flap. We felt it looks nicer, and as we're sealing the envelopes with gold roses instead of licking the glue, we're not losing "closeability" by doing so in this particular situation. If you want to use the gummed line on your envelope, cut your liner into a 5-1/2" square.]

The slightly longer side is your vertical (unless you went with the square), so pay attention to that in this next step, which is to score your flap fold line. If you don't, your liner will have an ugly, bumpy fold when you close the envelope. To do this, lay your ruler with the bottom of the liner at 4-1/4 + 1/16th on your ruler. A little weird, I know, but you can do it.  :D  

Use something thin, but not sharp, to run the score line: I found that the round end of a paperclip works perfectly! If you don't have one on hand, try the dull backside of a non-pointed dinner knife (NOT a steak knife).  - Don't fold it just yet, though.

Next you want to trim the angles on the edges of the flap portion. For our envelopes, it works perfectly to slant the ruler in just 1/8th inch at the top, to meet the edge down where the score line is. (The score line is running left-to-right in this photo's orientation.) Can you see that super-thin triangular bit I'll cut off? It's not much, but makes the look professional. Check your flap on your ruler to see what kind of slant you need for yours.

Now fold your liner's flap, right sides together:

Apply a short piece of double-sided tape to each flap corner. It is not necessary to use more, and you want the in-the-envelope part to be free to slide as the finished flap is opened an closedd. (You can use glue, but then you have to deal with warping papers and probably need to lay things under books for a while.):

Slip the liner into the envelope, and make sure it's centered side-to-side:

Fold down the liner flap,

Then fold down the envelope flap, making sure it closes nicely, and press the taped areas firmly:

And, Voila!  You have a beautifully lined envelope!

But back to quilting: If you're here for the link-up:

Did any of you guys get some work done on your BOMs?