Why do I do this???? I tend to assume you’ve all been following Country Threads for years and probably remember the summer I made Back on the Farm designed by McKenna Ryan.Continue reading
Let me be very clear on this – I am not a lover of appliqué! Probably because I’m not very good at it but this farm quilt spoke to me after we saw the original at Quilt Market many years ago.
Here are the 9 separate patterns and sections.
Each section can be part of one glorious quilt or it can stand alone as a wall quilt.
Here is how the pattern is presented for fusible appliqué. Lots of tiny pieces, hundreds of tiny pieces!
The pieces cover both sides of the large newsprint type paper. She recommends an appliqué sheet which I remember as being indispensable.
The pieces are fused only and then she stitched around each piece with invisible thread as she machine quilted it as a whole quilt. I didn’t even know how to thread the longarm machine at that point and I believe it would take a master longarmer to quilt this nicely. Quilting stitches would be around the fused pieces through backing and batting. Lots of stitching. Since that was totally out of the realm of possibility for me I quilted each section with invisible thread and a crosshatch design. Then I joined each section together as a quilt as you go project would be joined.
Which means this — as an “art” quilt, it will never be washed and when I store it, I roll it around a padded piece of PVC pipe. If any of the little pieces start to peel up, I glue them down with fabric glue.
Here’s a close up of my quilting which is a far cry from the original but I loved the quilt so much that I just had to make it in whatever method I could handle.
I also made these two single sections from another series called Storybook Farm. They hang in my front entry.
I went to her website www.mckennaryan.com and the entire set of Back on the Farm sections are on sale for about half price. Looks like she’s going to discontinue the project so if you love the Farm Quilt, act now!
Remember my Kaffe Fassett project? Finally got the blank squares cut and up on the wall. As soon as I am happy with the arrangement I’ll sew it together.
And the original Louise and Friends quilt hangs in the quilt shop. If you’d like to order this pattern, it will be $10 which also includes postage.
Here’s Rita’s Harvey, dressed in his formal duds!
I went to Novel Idea this morning at the library which is prompting me to post our list of books from March. I will put it in a separate post so it’s easy to print off.