Today's Quilter : 2020-10-29

The Grape Thieves L Project : 60 : 60

The Grape Thieves L Project

the grape thieves l PROJECT strips before moving on to the side edges. Fi kept her leaves inside the border seams, but let them spill into the borders if you like. When you come to stitch them, go around the outside a couple of times, then you can stitch veins if you want a bit more texture. Just stitch up into each lobe of the leaf then backtrack to the centre until you’ve done all the veins. 62 Finally, if you want, add a little extra stitch to the birds’ eyes and beaks. Male blackbirds have orangey-yellow rings around their eyes and the same colour beaks so use straight stitch to fill them in. Keep the beaks thin and sharp for blackbirds; crows and rooks will have thicker, darker beaks and dark eyes. Quilting and finishing 63 Give the top a good press before layering it up for quilting. Layer with batting and backing fabric and tack/ baste with pins, thread or basting spray. 64 There are lots of options for quilting – Fi’s has an overall long- arm design of sketchy leaves and loops, which would be easy to reproduce if you like free machine quilting. If you prefer straight lines with a walking foot, a traditiona­l diagonal grid would be very appropriat­e. Hand- quilters might like to echo the appliqué shapes and fill in with a grid behind them. Take your time deciding and try out a few ideas on paper if you need to. Fi recommends avoiding quilting that intersects the pieced joins where there are thick layers of fabric. This beautiful Morris masterpiec­e is sure to become a family heirloom – so make sure you label it with your own unique message 65 To bind with a double-fold binding, stitch the strips of binding fabric together end-to- end, either with a straight or angled seam. Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and use this to bind by hand or machine. For handfinish­ed binding, machine stitch to the front and then blind hem the fold to the back. For machine-finished binding, machine stitch to the back and then top- stitch the fold to the front of the quilt. Meet the designer Fi Bowman is a designer, maker and artist who loves two things: playing with multiple blocks to create a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts, and making deceptivel­y complex patterns using simple basic techniques that are easily mastered. When she’s not designing quilts she can be found sketchbook­ing, embroideri­ng, gardening, changing her hair colour and helping Bramble Patch with their website, social media and marketing. www.fibowman.com @ fibowman 60 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquil­ter

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