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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. I am a longarm quilter who can work for you. I enjoy any style, from pantographs to all-over to full custom, ranging from traditional to modern. I love bringing vintage tops to life and am willing to work with a challenging quilt top. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Monday, September 30, 2013

September NewFO Report - Climbing Lanterns

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Love Barbara's NewFO parties each month, and they're really helping me get these kits pulled out of stone-cold status and on their way to becoming quilts before my youngest is out of high school.  ;D  Lots of other fun projects emerging, so take a fun breakfast stroll through the other links.

This was a fun Fall-ish project to pull out of deep storage NETYs (Never Even Touched Yet) and get into the mix.

"Climbing Lanterns" is a kit I'd bought who-knows-when at whatever sale that snagged me. The pattern is by Marinda Stewart, and it uses the Laura Gunn "Lantern Bloom" fabric collection.

The quilt is a background of nice earthy colors patched together in 6 inch patches with a woody print appliqued over in a tree form.  It has a fun 3-D component, which is what those pieces in the first photo are for. You make a couple folds and straight-stitch those, do some gathering stitches, put in some fiber-fill puffing, and stitch them down onto the quilt hanging from the branches. That will be fun to do.  :)

I'm seeing if I can successfully adapt the back-basting method I use for hand applique to machine applique. So far so good. I drew out the tree on the back of the background. Laid the tree fabric front-side-down on the floor, then laid the background front-side-down on top of that and pinned it well. I put my machine on the largest stitch it will do, lowered the tension significantly, and with the pinned layers upside-down so I could see my pencil lines, I stitched over those. Got some thread bloopies from the super-loosened tension, but that won't matter one bit.

I cut about 1/4" away from the stitching, and with the quilt top-side-up in the machine, I'll be taking out those basting stitches a stretch at a time, turning under the edge, and real-stitching the edge down. Maybe with the teeny-tiny blanket stitch I favor, or maybe I'll try that "invisible" machine stitching I remember seeing something about online if I can find that again. 

Not sure yet if I'll attach the 3D lantern blooms before or after I do the quilting. But this is a really nice little quilt (a good small sofa size) in real life.

Here's my backing fabric that I got at the time (glad I did, as the collection is too old to find anymore):

This is the binding fabric that came in the kit. I'm not digging it for this quilt. I'm relishing a knife-edge finish, instead. But won't this fabric be a great addition to my small-yardages stash?  :D  

I don't think I'm going to store this project away just yet - I'll keep it out in case I ever have sewing moments available in October after doing my daily anniversary quilt sewing.  :)

Oh!!!!!   And I want to journal this:

HAHAHA!~! Nothing like Nature and a kiddo to break your snarky mood. A little walking after dropping the girls off at the school, and a gorgeous fox dashes across the road 20 feet ahead. Around the corner, as I'm passing a mom with a toddler in a stroller, *another* fox sprints full-out across us not 10 feet ahead, chased by a madly screaming magpie. The kid has the most astonished look I've ever seen on her face, and in that stuttering way they have, yells out:

"Dat kitty.... Dat doggy.... Dat kitty......... Dat Kitty-Doggie is in touble! Dat birdie will SPANK him!" lolol


  1. I'm really interested in how your machine applique turns out. Keep us posted. Great NYET!

  2. What a fun project... and I just adore foxes! I haven't seen one cross my yard yet this year. Funny story.

  3. Love the three dimensional tree quilt, and REALLY love the backing fabric. That is so cute what the kid said!

  4. Cool! I'm really trying to find a happy place for machine applique and have to to find the perfect method. This catches my attention for sure, I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I like the Backing fabric you found. It's perfect! Crazy Foxes. No wonder I see roadkill when I'm driving. Hope you continue to get more finishes out of your NETY pile.

  6. Really love the Climbing Lanterns quilt! And that is such a great photo of the fox! (or kitty, or doggy.......)

  7. This is going to be a great quilt - very neat! Isn't it fun to come across a beautiful fox?! ~Jeanne

  8. Your Climbing Lanterns quilt looks like it's going to turn out really pretty. I don't understand all those applique things you talked about, but I have never appliqued myself. But, it always look so pretty!

  9. Love your Climbing Lanterns, very pretty.

    Kids say the cutest things, loved that comment.

  10. What an unusual kit - looks gorgeous, and look forward to seeing it on the finish pile sooner rather than later. Do you think that kid has watched too much Tweety and Sylvester?? Otherwise, I wonder who the birdie was??

  11. I guess that makes you a "foxy lady", huh? Love your lanterns. The backing fabric is perfect. Great work.


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