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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP - Problem-solving Jovial Trees

New work is up at my sewing desk today!  I'm finishing up the Christmas-time backup in my intended schedule with this last holiday top that I want finished this winter.

The Jovial Trees pattern gives you a top with 3D pinwheels and trees that will stand free of the background after quilting. But as I was working on my border, I became concerned that these pockets will prove problematic in a throw-around sofa cuddler. See how big they are? (That's a large Aurifil spool.) All those spots are just begging for a foot to get in there and pull some nasty rips at the corners of the trees.



So I decided to do something about it, but I didn't want to completely negate the extra fabric involved in the construction.

Voila! Cathedral Window "finishing" to the rescue! I simply rolled back the edge with its easy-flowing bias orientation and used a blanket stitch selection to quilt it down like this:




I think you can see that it leaves quite a bit of dimensionality to the trees. They'll look great with those pinwheels, and feet won't accidentally tear the quilt up during everyday snuggling!





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12 comments:

Suz J said...

The trees would probably be fine in a wallhanging situation, but not ideal as a practical item. I think your solution is clever... and actually looks better than the original. Well done!

Cassandra said...

I really like your interpretation of the trees. I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!

Peggyinno said...

You just saved yourself a lots of heartache the first "rip" would have caused! Great save!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Agree, I like them even better now! Visiting from Lets bee social

Kate said...

I like them better now than before! Excellent solution!

LA Paylor said...

I think it's an improvement in the overall look. Good job you
Leeanna at not afraid of color

Dana Gaffney said...

What a great idea! Plus I do think the trees look better, I like the added dimension without the rips, I would probably get my foot caught and end up face down on the floor, LOL.

Lynne said...

A clever solution -- proving that a stitch in time really does save nine!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good decision!!!!!

Debbie said...

You are brilliant! Love the new trees even better!

Lorna McMahon said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Those 3 dimensional elements are so cool! Nice solution.

Teresa in Music City said...

Now that's a great idea!!! I'm making that quilt too - or I should say I have a bag with fabrics and a pattern in it that I call Jovial LOL!!! Actually I do have a few of the trees made but that's about it. I will definitely keep this idea in mind when I do mine :)