First, just let me tell you I'm so jealous of all the quilters who left comments saying they owned and loved their Singer Featherweight machines! I enjoyed all the stories. I'm hinting and hoping Santa may bring me one.....but not a black polka dot one! Why am I the last person to jump on this bandwagon.....I have so much to learn, but thanks to all for all the helpful tips.
Ashcombe is off to the quilter's, so next up is this pattern.
This class was sponsored by The Quilters General Store in Rockford, Illinois.
I was very excited when I learned this was the project the store selected for their class. I liked this pattern as soon as it was revealed in Carrie's booth at Spring Market.
Naturally, the red grabbed my attention right off, but it was the pattern that really appealed to me. I'd not made a quilt that resembled anything like this, a refreshing change of pace, but still somewhat traditional.
I knew immediately that Saltbox Harvest by Deb Strain for Moda was the fabric I wanted to use. Interestingly enough, the majority of the fabric in Carrie's Route 44 is Simple Abundance!
The background fabric was a struggle, I wanted something lighter than the background fabric that came with Saltbox Harvest, so the search was on. After visiting all the quilt shops in my immediate area, I finally decided to drive 90 minutes to a quilt shop that has a huge selection of fabrics.
I couldn't decided between two fabrics so I got them both.
This fabric is called Sprinkles, like cupcake sprinkles, the color is a perfect match with its golds and yellows.
I think it looks more like hay, flying through the air, after an elephant sneeezed.
This was my second choice,
the color is good, but after looking at it for a day or two, the flowers started looking more like stickmen to me, and I just didn't think it had the same feel as Saltbox Harvest.
So I picked the flying hay fabric.
As soon as I saw Route 44 and Saltbox Harvest, I knew I wanted the red penny rug print for my setting triangles. I ordered a fat quarter bundle and 5 yards of the penny rug print.
As soon as the fabric was delivered, I made my sample block...
a little busy, don't you think? I was so disappointed. I just knew that penny rug print was going to be amazing, but instead it turned out to be amazingly busy, too busy.
So I switched to the red polka dot fabric,
a huge improvement. And I do like dots. Look for that penny rug print on the back of this quilt after it's been quilted....I'm bound and determined to use it!
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So here are my two sample blocks of the two blocks required for Route 44.
Susan, at Blackberry Creek Home Arts is hosting a virtual sew along/quilting retreat this week. Click here for details. I always enjoy following the Friday Night Sew Along posts, but am never able to join in the fun because Friday night is date night at my house. So I'm excited to be participating in my first virtual sew along. I think special socks and snacks are in order.
If you would like to join in the fun, it's not too late, just drop Susan a note. I plan to spend my sew along time working on Route 44, there's a great deal of piecing in that project, I think this is a perfect retreat project.