Cheri Payne posted patterns for Everyday Patchwork a few years ago and I decided to make one. It's a sampler quilt with appliques across the top and at the bottom corners, very appealing to me. I put in the last stitches of my version of the quilt top yesterday.
One of the challenges with the applique was that Cheri posted the patterns as an image and didn't give a size gauge. I printed the photo but the appliques were too small. I cropped the image and printed it again and decided it was close enough.
The other challenge with the appliques was trying to decide how to stitch them. I turned the edges of the pieces to do my normal method of applique (so they weren't raw edges) and then looked at a close up of Cheri's stitching. It looked to me like hers are raw-edge applique stitched with an overcast stitch perpendicular to the applique. I couldn't decide whether she used a single thread or a double. (Click on the photo below and it will enlarge in a new tab to show details.)
I left my edges turned under and began with two strands of thread, then looked at the photo again and decided she used a single strand of thread. I used both on different pieces. (And it looks like Cheri may have done the same. I still can't decide.)
In the end, I don't know how this method of applique will hold up through washings and dryings since there's no stabilizer on the backs of the pieces. I don't know whether I'll be happy to have used it or wish I'd used the less visible stitches I usually use for applique. I will say stitching these went faster.
This is my finished quilt top. If you compare it to Cheri's you'll notice that I added two more rows of blocks to make a quilt that covers a body for a nap with enough length to tuck in under one's feet. (What's a nap without having your feet tucked in?)
At right are several of my favorite blocks. The first is a very scrappy Maple Star. I'm not sure the names of the others.
Getting this top to completion was my One Monthly Goal for July. I'm thrilled to have it finished so early in the month. Linking to One Monthly Goal July Finish Link-up at Elm Street Quilts.
I'm also linking this post to
> Put Your Foot Down at For the love of geese
> Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
> Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More
> TGIFF at Quilting Gail
> Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
> Off the Wall Friday at Nina Marie's blog
Thanks for hosting, ladies.