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The finished Pear Quilt

It's finished, it's finished!! I'm really happy with how it came out too...I think it's a good companion piece for the Tomato Quilt. I got the edging finished by hand, with an embroidery floss blanket stitch over top of the machine zig zag, and large seed beads.

Now that I've finished a second one of these, I feel like I've worked out some of the kinks in my process. Below, I've listed the steps that I took. No measurements or exact details, because these quilts are springing from my own warped brain. If you want guidance beyond this simple 1...2...3, I suggest that you take a class with Jane Sassaman. I have not ended up following her methods completely, but that's my fault, not hers :-)

1. Sketch.

2. Create paper pattern, including margins where needed.

3. Trace onto sticky side of interfacing (this will create a fabric piece the same orientation as
the pattern). Trace onto non-sticky side to reverse the pattern.

4. Rough cut out the interfacing and iron interfacing pieces to wrong side of fabrics.

5. Cut out pieces on the lines, including margins where needed.

6. Pin pieces together and blanket stitch small details to larger pieces.

7. Pin and blanket stitch pieces to background.

8. Add embroidery details.

9. Sketch background shape.

10. Add bead clusters in empty spaces.

11. Cut out top and make "quilt sandwich". Cut cotton batting and backing bigger than the top.

12. Quilt by machine around largest shapes.

13. Pin outside edge and run a long straight stitch around edge through all layers.

14. Cut edges even and run zig zag stitch around outside several times through all layers.

15. Add blanket stitch all around the outside, picking up a large seed bead with each stitch.
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Lins Artyblobs said…
Lovely quilt. I've enjoyed watching you make it, thanks for sharing.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you so much, Lin! I hope everyone clicks on your link and enjoys looking at *your* gorgeous applique work!
Limarea said…
It's really really nice! And the colors are so beautiful :)
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Limar! I like the way the colors turned out too :-)
That's gorgeous, Cyndi! and I love the tomato quilt, too! Looking forward to seeing what's next in the series!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Noreen!
It's beautiful! And your detail work is simply flawless.

I hope it and its companion find a good home where they will be appropriately appreciated ;-)
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Eileen :-) I'm running out of wall space, but these are kind of small...maybe they'll still fit. Or else I'll have to start "rotating the collection" lol!