Project QUILTING, Season 5, Challenge 5–Grocery Store
Sundays at noon, March 2-9, 2014
- For your inspiration the week, make a trip to the grocery store. It can be a mega-supermarket or a little corner store or even a convenience store. Anyplace where you could buy groceries.
- Choose at least 3 things for inspiration. You can decide how inclusive a “thing” is. For example, a thing could be the produce department, or an apple.
- Be sure to tell us about your inspirations and how they influenced your quilt.
- Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
- Include patchwork.
- Include appliqué.
- Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
- Your project must have a name.
- Please remember that these projects need to be started and FINISHED during the week of the challenge.
It didn’t take long for me to decide what my project would be for this challenge: a set of 3 Broken Herringbone Quilt Block wall-hangings for my little sister’s new home. I’d been wanting to make the Broken Herringbone block because it just looks so fun and fresh, so I used this tutorial from Play Crafts.
From the grocery store I chose these three inspirations, one for each block: Citrus, Berries, and Lettuces.
I really enjoyed making these blocks and even tried one without the sashing to see how it would look. I like it. Don’t know how I will finish it; maybe square it up, or maybe add a border to make it placemat size.
On the backs I added Fast Finish Triangles for easy hanging and used bamboo skewers for the “rod”. These can then hang from push pins, no fuss, no muss. I used some of the scraps to make the Fast Finish Triangles. I learned how to make them from a tutorial on The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative web page here.
Now for a close up of each block…you may notice the stitching isn’t perfect, but then, neither am I. I accidentally attached the binding to the back and brought it to the front for finishing. I used machine stitching for the binding and learned that the best foot to use is one that is for straight stitching and one with a wide opening for zigzag. When I used the straight stitching foot it was easier to control the alignment of the stitches and to avoid bunching and stalling, so my advice is to always use the straight stitching foot for finishing binding.
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I hope you have a blessed day!