My sister drew pictures of everyone in our immediate family and sent them to me so I could trace them with fabric paint. My OMQG guildies were tickled when they saw me use a Crayola light board for a lightbox, but it works really well and is very portable! (I found out about this at ikat bag.)
I used the Thimble Blossoms Round & Round pattern since the circles of stars were perfect for framing my sister’s pictures. I didn’t mean to make it look so allthesamevalue, though! I even took greyscale pictures of my fabric to make sure I had light, medium, and dark values, and I didn’t notice until I was taking these pictures that the stars all kind of blend in with everything. >_< But my sister's drawings make everything better.
I really like how the Round & Round pattern turned out, but I have to say that the instructions are formatted really weirdly! It goes:
- Page 1:
- general instructions, including pretty detailed binding instructions
- large quilt cutting instructions in bullet points
- block assembly
- Page 2:
- block assembly, continued
- finishing instructions – making the quilt sandwich and binding (binding information is spread out over three pages!)
- Page 3:
- layout diagram (why is the layout after the finishing instructions??)
- mini quilt cutting instructions in paragraph format (why aren’t the mini cutting instructions in bullet points like the large quilt cutting instructions??)
- Page 4:
- binding illustration (why is this not on the same page as the finishing instructions?!)
- materials list (why is this on the last page?!?)
I don’t prewash my quilting fabric, and I’ve never made a mostly Essex linen quilt before, so I got nervous when Sarah told me about someone who made a quilt with not-prewashed linen, and then it pulled apart at the seams after the first wash. I didn’t manage to wash the quilt before giving it to my parents, but hopefully it’ll be okay because I quilted around every single seam, and also because I haven’t managed to baste very tightly since I switched from spray to pin basting.
I liked how the quilting looked, except for around the pictures. They got really poofy since I didn’t quilt much in them, but I couldn’t figure out what I should have done. (Plus, it looks worse because of the creases from sitting folded for a while.) I guess I should buy one of those Craftsy quilting classes!