I printed up some background fabric (please test any new technique you decide to use before it is too late). I will touch on that later. I had approval from the powers at Road to use their logo, so I did. I also used a small version of my Hayes Stack as well as some Downton Abbey words. Since my classes will be Downton Abbey Mysteries, I thought that was appropriate. I framed and backed the 36” x 36” quilt with batik. Why? Cuz I love batik!
I found a block that has been referred to as The Road to California block. I pieced the background with four of these blocks, using my printed fabrics.
Then, I quilted it! Bound it! And….. washed it! Yikes! That printed (untested) fabric faded really bad. Here is the fabric before washing.Well, I waited to long to start this project, so there was no starting over. I decided I just needed to go with it.
Here it as after washing.And a close up! Yep, it faded! Once I had come to terms with the aged look of my quilt, I fell in love with it.Now I needed to get the logo on the quilt. I enlarged my logo to be about 24” tall.I painted the needle so it would have a shadow on one edge.I traced the Hayes Stack shapes onto a bright yellow fabric and located my trusty glue stick.I tried gluing down the bottom shape and adding some netting. I wasn’t sure at this point that my idea was going to work. But, I pressed on.I stitched the thing into submission.I added the needle and stitched that down too.Then, I couched black yarn around each shape to enhance to outline. I love couching on the Bernina. I used the #43 foot and some clear thread. That was the easiest and best part for me.May I present you with the Needle in a Hayes Stack App Quilt.
I drove to Ontario, CA and delivered this on the day it was due. Not a moment to spare. Do work for deadlines? I sure seem to. Well, I am happy with the end product. Look for it at Road. Look for me too!
Blog at you later,