Monday, September 4, 2017

A Finish -- Smorgasblocks Sampler!!

I love to cross items off a list -- don't you!!
Quilting my Smorgasblocks Sampler provided lots of good breaks this past week from the annoying task of sanding woodwork (now finished) and painting (75% finished).
Two years ago, I used Baptist Fan to quilt three scrappy quilts for my three children made with heirloom blocks from their great-grandmother.
I shared how I moved through the design in this POST.
This little tool set I shared a couple weeks ago inspired me to use that quilting pattern again!
These are Ruler Foot Echo Guide disks, made by the Sew Steady folks (they make those wonderful Dream Tables that fit on any sewing machine) to be used with the Westalee domestic machine ruler feet -- they slip around the presser foot so you can follow along a ruler edge 1/2", 3/4", or 1" away. 
Happily they fit on the new APQS George ruler follower presser foot, too!!
In my Baptist Fan post from 2014, I illustrate the stitching path I found easiest to use.
With one of these ruler foot echo guide disks, it was even easier!!
I used the 1" disk and echo stitched along the previous arc.
I love how smooth (most of) the arcs look.
No marking necessary!!
It took eight 45 minute work sessions to complete the quilting.
Ready to trim and bind!
This is my favorite block in the quilt!
I discovered I have an alarming quantity of the yellow print I used in it -- 4 yards in three cuts?!?
Apparently, I really loved it or was afraid of running out of it?
Perfect binding!!
I even remembered to sign the quilt as I finished up the quilting.
The finished quilt!
#4 on my third quarter list for the 2017 Finish-A-Long!!
(It's windy here today.)
It's easier to see the old-fashioned quality of the Baptist Fan quilting on the back!
Doesn't it look cozy?
That was so easy, I might just quilt everything I touch with Baptist Fan!?!
I'm planning to give this quilt to a special person (must not change my mind).
Next up for a date with my APQS George -- a baby quilt!
I'm thinking a smaller scale Baptist Fan using the 3/4" disc!!

Hope your September is off to a great start!!

9/26/2017 - linking up to the 3rd quarter 2017 Finish A Long!!


  1. I love Baptist Fan too! Pretty quilt. Love the fabric on the back.

  2. Lovely fresh, modern quilt. How cool are those quilting templates. Can one buy just one?

  3. I have a set of those circle templates, and never really knew what to do with them, thank you for the lesson!!

  4. Beautiful blocks and wonderful Baptist Fans. One of my favorites. Several people are using them this year. I need to give them a try again on my home machine. Thanks.

  5. What a stunner! I loooove sampler quilts and yours is made extra special by the beautiful quilting - very good to know about those little discs. I may have to look into the foot for my Juki so I can try some ruler work.

    On behalf of the Finish A Long global hosts, thank you for linking up and sharing!

  6. Beautiful quilting, and a clever little quilting tool. Well done on your Q3 finish.