Now Hold Your Horses!

Now Hold Your Horses!

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Kathy's quilt
Kathy’s quilt

If you have horses, you know that horses eat a lot and, therefore, cost a lot to keep. Not so with these horses! They may be bucking, but they don’t need feed. 😉 Turning the center squared so they would be more of a diamond shape was my husband’s idea, as was the trapunto. This was a nice opportunity to learn that technique! The center squares are appliqued.

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Center diamond

 

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As I was trying to decide what pattern to make, I stumbled across Youtube video tutorials by Amanda Rolfe, a young lady, who lives in Sydney, Australia. Her Mill Wheel tutorial is what I chose, but because I have this thing about not following instructions to a T… and I like to change things up a bit, I did alter the block to my liking. I think it still came out lovely.

My friend, whose favors the color red, seemed to be pleased with her surprise quilt. I grabbed all the fabrics from my stash, and was happy to make them work.

 

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Here is a view of one of the blocks and some border on the back.

 

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I am really loving these leaves. They are a combination template and free motion quilted.

 

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I have to hand it to my photographer. She went out of her way to get some of these shots! It’s been brutally cold here in Montana lately.

I haven’t decided which part of quilting I enjoy the most… deciding what to make, learning how to make it, choosing fabrics, piecing, or free motion quilting (FMQ), but I do know that binding has been the most difficult part for me to learn yet. However, with each quilt, the bindings do seem to be improving and I think I have started to pin down (pun intended ;)) a technique that is working well for me.

 

Coming up: Laurel’s stained glass quilt.

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

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