When I worked at the local quilt shop
customers would come in and
ask for many things all
beginning with the letter "B".
It actually confused some quilters
with so many B words.
Were they looking for
Over the past couple of weeks,
I've been working on
" B's to the 5th power!"
But let's back up just a bit.
Over the past year, like many others,
I studied fabrics
from Barbara Brackman's
"Stars in a Time Warp".
I completed 72 sawtooth star blocks
and decided to set them in a
I chose a center block from
Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler.
I hand pieced the block and
then added Broderie Perse applique
to the corners and
then a narrow border print to frame
Instead of needle turning the appliques
I fused the pieces and cut them out exactly and
finished the edges with a buttonhole stitch.
I found it pretty challenging keeping the stitches an
even depth and an even width apart.
I wasn't sure how close to make the stitches because
I didn't want it to look like a satin stitch.
So I did my own thing.
Then came the B-words, Borders
This is a French General border print
and I only had 2 yards. The mitered
corners came out perfectly, but I didn't
have enough to really fiddle with
the corner design.
All four corners are the same,
but don't quite have the "
While I was looking
in my resource piles, I discovered
a great piece for the Backing.
It's rather plain,
but it's a great piece of reproduction fabric
that's almost vintage a second time around.
Does anyone remember that line?
Add a leftover piece of the border print
and now it's the perfect size.
Next comes Batting.
I was feeling so proud of my make-do attitude.
I fused 5 narrow strips of batting together
using a light weight fusible interfacing.
that I cut 2 inches wide.
Five pieces out of the closet and
now a piece ready for Basting.
I'm planning on machine quilting this
myself, so it might take a while to get done.
But in the mean time I
worked on the last B-word,
It's ready whenever I am.
Just wanted to send a big thank you
to Barbara Brackman for
sharing her wealth of knowledge
with so many.
Just realized I could say B's to the 7th power...
Sorry, I can get carried away!
Check out my recent post
"Let's Hear It For The Stash"
to see is quilt finished.
Until Next Time-