|Vintage Rouge BOM|
This is my Vintage Rouge BOM. I recently described it as the pinnacle of my quilting career thus far. It's so fabulous and I learned so much in the progress! I wish I had been already blogging when I made this so I could share each month with you but with the new one I will! I do want to touch on some of the things I learned though. I tried to English paper pieced the Dresden plates as the instructions said, but that just did not work for me! In fact I had stopped working on this for a few months because I was so frustrated at not being able to get the Dresden plates right, and there are a total of 9 in this quilt including the super intricate one in the middle. I finally found alternative instructions online where I used a add-a quarter ruler to cut out each section cut a templar template, used sizing and my iron to from the top point, sewed down the sides to connect them and then machine appliqueing them down with clear thread really quick before the points can come up. Sound confusing? Yeah, so here's the link for the way that I did my Dresden plates, it has pictures from marcus brothers
Once I got that sorted out I was doing better! The words in the four blocks between the Dresden out only the second hand applique I've ever done, but they turned out really well. For the berries I used the Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles. I love the way the outer poinsettia branches come together to make a circle that in-compasses the whole center!
|Vintage Rouge in progress|
After all the struggling this was the point I got to where I was like "OMG! I'm really going to get things thing done!" I also wanted to mention that the people at Keepsake Quilting are so helpful and kind! Because of all my errors with the Dresden plates I ran out of the striped fabric...twice! Both times I call the 1-800 number and asked for them to send me more, and they did! Completely without charge! No shipping, no nothing. They just asked me how much I needed, and it came in the mail in a few days! Now that is customer service to brag about!
|Close up of machine quilting|
I wanted to show you a close up of the quilting because it is so amazing. A women in my guild named Maria OHaver has a quilting business called Pangor quilts. She has done all on my quilts that needed more than stitch in the ditch and she always does a fabulous job. She has an automated machine, so it's perfect every time! She also does free motion as well. Like I said yesterday, I'm trying to get into doing my own quilting on my home machine! I'd really like to have more of my quilts be mine from start to finish.