Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lollypop Trees Quilt

Lollypop Trees designed by Kim McLean was a quilt that was screaming at me to be made.  I had collected Kaffe Fassett fabrics for several years.  My daughter particularly likes his style, and she had requested a quilt made from my ever-growing stash.  Along the way, I think she even bought some to add to the pile.  I thought about a few other quilt patterns, but then I saw Lollypop Trees.  That did it!  These quilts that are somewhat daunting when I first begin, go so much better when they are the "screaming at me"  kind.  It is turned edge applique by machine.  I use light weight interfacing to turn the applique and then stitch in place with a machine blindhem stitch using fine silk thread.  It looks as close to hand needleturn applique as a machine can make it!  I love the technique and will be teaching it at the May meeting of Country Patches Quilt Guild.  I machine quilted it with my great Juki Tl98Q and my new favorite thread, Glide from FilTek.  It is very fine and also very strong.  I only remember the thread breaking twice in the whole marathon!  Remarkable!!  I quilted for the better part of 4 days--about 6 hours a day I estimate.  Yes, it was a LOT of work.  It was more fun than I can describe!!  I am very proud of the quilt and of my quilting. Susan loves it--mission accomplished!

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