I like the pattern on one of Quilt Story's quilts which I thought would be perfect to show off the beautiful warm and rich colour prints of this line. My HST blocks are slightly smaller than their's, measuring a 4 1/2" finished each and I did a 12 x 16 blocks layout.
Prior to starting this project, I did mention about my worries dealing with voile to the members of the flickr group. One of them suggested using thangles, a very useful tip, unfortunately, delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to reach here and I didn't want to wait as I was really excited on starting immediately! The next suggestion made was using spray starch, and THAT I do have! So I've sprayed, ironed and it did help to stiften the light weight fabric a little but it was still slippery to work with. I've had my share with the seam reaper when I was piecing these blocks, my points didn't match up most of the time!!! It took me almost a week and a half to get this top done, stopping and putting it aside whenever I got frustrated with it.
If you have worked with voile before, feel free to leave a comment on how you have pieced yours. I can't blame the fabrics used though - it is my 'precious' after all, maybe it's just my lack of experience in piecing HSTs... As frustrating as it was dealing with voile, I simply love the super softness of this fabric and would definitely use it again!
Well anyways... my 'precious' top is finished, it has it's imperfections but I've moved on.... and here is what I've done so far. I've pieced the backing with scraps I have left from the front.
I've basted and started on hand quilting using white embroidery floss. I have not decided on the binding yet, probably I'll play around with whatever I have leftover.
It is still not too late to join in the quilt along. The only rule is to use up your 'precious' fabric, the item you sew is irrelevant ( bag, apron, pillow, quilt, etc ) and the fabrics need not be old, popular, or out of print. It runs till mid August with prizes to be won every 15th of May, June, July and August. Click here and it will take you to the Flickr group.
NOTE: Thank you for all the votes for my quilt over at the Quilting Gallery! It won 2nd place! I appreciate all the comments and emails received over the weekend, I'm truly grateful for all your support! xoxo
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