Well, the weather man says it will be in the air by this evening. I keep checking outside – still pretty humid, although, not as hot as it was over the weekend. So, in Florida, we do our Fall cleaning in the air conditioned comfort of our homes.

Last night I finished the rag quilt I’ve been working on for weeks. When it was finally complete, I needed to clean my sewing room – there was thread all over the floor. Then I started organizing my table tops and counters to get ready for a new project. That lead to dusting and scrubbing and vacuuming… it’s getting there. I’m almost ready to start a new project.

Before I start something new, I want to post photos of this challenging little quilt that will be sent up to FAWN in the historical district of Sanford so someone can make it their own! As much as I love it, I can’t possibly find a use for all of the quilts I want to create.

For those of you that quilt, I thought it might be fun to show some of the steps in putting together this quilt. It’s a different approach than “normal” quilting. In some ways it was easier, but in others it was much more time consuming. Not sure if I’ll tackle this style again for a while – except for maybe a pillow – something much smaller.

“Sweet Annie”, this quilt’s name. It’s from the book “Cut, Sew, Quilt as you go.” The first page reads: “Looking for a fast and fun quilting project? Our wonderfully cozy lap quilts and throws with ragged, exposed seams are just what you’ve been waiting for! They’re a cinch to make using our easy techniques for frayed-edge patchwork and simple machine applique.”

“Just cut, sew and quilt one section at a time and clip the exposed seams as you go. Then machine wash your finished quilt and tumble it dry to create the soft, fluffy three-dimensional texture. The more you wash, the softer the seams become.”

Sounds like fun, right? I guess it was, but I got board with the layering of each piece with quilter’s spray adhesive – no pinning, but lots of spray adhesive. Not crazy about the mess, the fumes, and the cost of the spray. There is no batting in these quilts. You layer like this: one piece of fabric face down, one piece of osnaburg, and one piece of fabric face up – with spray adhesive between each layer – you end up with a small layered piece to applique and quilt. You do this with each piece, before you piece them together. I didn’t photo the assembly line of spray basting the layers together, but here’s a picture of some of the pieces before they became a quilt:


Each of these little pieces are layered as described. These smaller pieces did not need quilting or applique, they just were sewn together in strips to make sashings:


The clipping of the seams comes after you start assembling the quilt. This particular quilt pattern has applique in the main blocks. By appliqueing and quilting each block before assembling into a larger piece, it was easier to handle under the machine needle. Next picture shows the larger blocks being assembled to the sashings. You can see the clipped seams here.100_4664100_4660100_4659And here’s the finished project – after machine washing and tumble drying with tennis balls. Nice look, I think. But, as I said, a tedious project over all. Hope you enjoy it. You can see it at FAWN in downtown, historical Sanford, Florida.100_4671100_4675

Well, I’m going to check on the weather to see if the cool air has arrived yet! 🙂