#8

I quilted another HeartStrings top today #8 of the 10 I’m trying to complete by the end of the month. Quilted with freehand flowers from the Pajama Quilter DVD.

Another backing pieced by Sheree from donated fabric — a big help!
Unfortunately these blocks had a lot of places along the seams where the fabric wasn’t stitched. At first, I thought there were just a couple and placed appliqued hearts over them but I quickly realized there were too many for that solution.

Typically, I’d try to turn a seam allowance under and hand stitch the seam but there was not an option here (and I’m really not sure I would have taken the time due to the number of seams) so I decided I’d just quilt a zig zag back and forth with the quilt on the longarm (remember there’s a muslin foundation here too so there’s a layer between the block and batting).

It’s a very *visible* repair when you’re just looking at it like this but once the top was quilted not nearly so noticeable. It’s a good reminder for all of us making HeartStrings blocks to be diligent about our seam allowances and to check the blocks as we’re pressing for any issues.



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11 thoughts on “#8

  1. We’ve run into that problem, too. Lots of very well intentioned but novice stitchers have been making these blocks. Still, we usually work it out and the finished quilts look great!

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  2. I see that you’re back to a springy pic of Chesty, clipped, for a blog header… He’s so cute, how do you keep from just giving him smooches all the time and spoiling him?

    The freehand flowers look great too. 😉

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  3. Although, I’m sure your band-aid will work just dandy, did you know that Fray Check will act like a glue along the edges? (Last time I checked, JoAnne’s usually sells it.)

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  4. good solution to a common problem with charity quilts -lovely bright fabrics and with the wonderful quilting-you do not notice those fixes.

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  5. What a beautiful blog, I found you via QuiltSue! You’ve got plenty of time to finish your last 2 quilts before the end of May, there’s nothing like a deadline to focus one’s mind :o). I’ve been toying with the idea of the Accucut Go, I’m even more tempted now!

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