Posts Tagged ‘Reversible Piecing Technique’

The Bubble Quilt – Complete!

I finished! Yippee! Not only finished but I flew it across the country, wrapped it up in pretty paper and hand delivered it to my precious niece, Christin Morrow. I have to say, I’m quite proud of myself because there’s something you don’t know about me. I finish 95% of the projects I have to do for work but only a measly 20% of projects I want to make for loved ones. Geesh, something’s wrong with that picture. That will have to be my resolution for 2012.

When I do get the opportunity to make something for someone I absolutely love the process because I get to focus on the recipient. During the Bubble Quilt, I added a dash of purple fabrics because Christin loved purple during her childhood. I thought of the days we spent splashing in the ocean and playing in the sand and picked fabrics with watery themes. I thought of how she has grown into a beautiful young woman – a very smart young woman and worried that the quilt would live up to her adult standards. But mostly I thought of the joy she is about to experience with the birth of her new child in a few months.

I got to spend the whole weekend with Christin and her husband, Tom, at her parents’ home (my oldest sister, Mary Pat and her husband Aldo). There were a bunch of us as their family keeps growing. Now there’s a new fiancé (to daughter Kim), a sweet boyfriend (to daughter Regina) and a dog (a first in that family).

If a reunion like that was at the end of every project on my list, I think I would complete them all. Here’s a quick look at the mom-to-be, four of my five sisters and my dear mom at the baby shower.

Christin Morrow, Liz Scully, Mary Pat Palombo, Betty Ward (seated), Theresa Ward Murray, Marie Zinno and me.

But enough of the celebration. Let’s take a look at the quilt!

Here’s a bit of the process. I worked on quilt sandwich strips of white fabric/batting/backing adding circles spaced 1 ½” apart. Then, I auditioned the strips on the design wall. I wanted to space the darker value circles evenly across the quilt.

After a little rearranging, I taped a piece of painter’s tape to each strip and numbered them. Numbering the strips saves confusion later on if the strips get out of order. I also placed the tape at the top of each strip so I would know what end was up.

Then it was time to piece. The reversible piecing technique is fast and manageable. I built the quilt in segments then seamed the two larger segments together. It was less fabric to wrestle under the needle.

And oh yes, I bound the quilt – in the traditional method. If you’ve attended one of my seminars then you know how I often cheat on binding. Sometimes I fuse the binding to the quilt. But not the Bubble Quilt, I went the extra length and did it the right way.

Next week – Handbags! Finally, it’s time reveal all those handbags Nancy Zieman and I made this summer. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you get first notice on new posts.

Happy Stitching!

Here’s your assignment this week:

This week’s blog discussion is sponsored by our friends from All About Blanks. I would really like to know how many of you prefer books or ebooks when it comes to embroidery/sewing/quilting titles. So tell me your preference and you’ll be in the drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from All About Blanks.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Tell us what types of quilts inspire you the most-modern, traditional, realistic scenes, art deco… We’ll do our best to take photos while at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and share them with you when we return.  One random comment will be drawn for a chance to win Machine Embroidered Quilting and Applique by Eileen Roche!

The winner is…Mary Haggenmaker!  Her comment below was randomly chosen as this week’s winner.  Congratulations Mary!

“I’m gonna get there..eventually I hope, making a quilt that is.  These old bones of mine aren’t up to all the travel.  I sure would be happy to see you come to Southern Maryland or even Northern Virginia. In the meantime I just sort of plod along doing the best I can with the books and designs I have accumulated.  I am taking  my trial stitchouts that turn out okay and put them together to eventually have a quilt of my efforts.” – Mary Haggenmaker


Thank goodness! There’s always more than one right way to create!

Don’t you just love how diverse our world is? We see diversity everywhere we look – even in our embroidery studios.

There is always more than one way to accomplish something in the embroidery studio. Really, the more you learn, the more options you realize you have. For instance, I love to use my embroidery machine to quilt. And I came up with a way to do it that really turns traditional techniques upside down. But the HoopSisters take a totally different approach to quilting with an embroidery machine. Who’s right? There is no right, there are just choices! There’s my Stipple method and their Embroidablock technique. And we’re not the only ones using our embroidery machines to quilt. But let’s take a look at HoopSisters technique.

You’ll start with Battilizer – a mix of stabilizer and batting. Perfect for high-stitch count designs that need a little softness built-in. Stitching on this combination gives the finished block a lush and lofty texture while the stabilizer part adds a strong foundation for the numerous stitched details in every HoopSisters quilt block.

HoopSisters blocks feature embroidery-rich designs where the thread is the star.

Fabrics are added in the hoop with a flip-and-fold method. Unlike my Stipple method where the appliqué fabrics take center stage and raw edge appliqué runs rampant.

HoopSisters flip-and-fold method

Stipple method featuring raw edge appliqué

HoopSisters techniques include a reversible piecing technique that is practically invisible while my reversible piecing technique adds to the overall quilt layout.

HoopSisters Reversible Piecing Technique:

Eileen’s Reversible Piecing Technique:

Lynda Remmers and Annie Moody (yes, they really are sisters) are giving one lucky winner a roll of Battilizer, the Twists and Turns Quilt CD and the EmbroidaBlock Trimmer by George.


If you win this fabulous bundle of prizes you too can make your own pillows!
(Or even a quilt or wall hanging!)

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell us if you have a treasured quilt you made for a family member or perhaps you have a quilt your own mother made you that you have kept over the years. Tell us about the colors, the style and what makes the quilt so special. Share your quilting story with us and you could be this week’s HoopSisters winner!

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

Who wants a free subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine?  Just leave a comment telling us what you’re making for holiday gifts this year.  Do you have a regular go-to gift or does everyone receive something different?

Congratulations to Sara for submitting her comment!  Her comment was randomly chosen as this week’s winner.  Her comment is below:

“I love the idea of inserting a zipper with my emb machine. Somebody is very smart to figure this one out. I love your magazine have been trying t0 get the current copy at the local book store but they have not had it the last two times I have been there, hopefully this week. I was told that it might be in the second week of Sept or later. What a disappointment I cannot wait to get it. I cannot afford to buy a subscription at this time maybe I will get one for Christmas. I plan on making my granddaughters hooded bath towels for Christmas.” – Sara

Congrats Sara!


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