Here we go again with another Apple Quilt project idea. You will recognize more of that fruit fabric I went crazy buying up a few years back (yes, what was I thinking as there are only so many kitchen table toppers, placemats & pot holders you can make?) I am certainly not going to make a bed quilt covered in fruit & veggies…….midnight snacking might take on a whole new meaning and I certainly do not need to put on any more weight!?
The 5 inch squares were sewed together using a JANOME 1/4 INCH FOOT & STRAIGHT STITCH NEEDLE PLATE. A small yellow border 2 inches wide was added. Then the batting was added to the quilt top. The table topper (for my kitchen table) was not edged with binding. I sometimes find this is not entirely practical for table toppers & runners as it can leave a ridge which can be problematic for glasses & mugs. Instead I used the envelope method laying the backing fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER with the quilt top + batting. The outside edge was trimmed straight and then sewed all the way around leaving about 4 -6 inches open to turn out to the right side. Trim bulk at the corners if desired. The sewn edge does need to be carefully pressed with an iron so that the seam is exactly on the edge – unless you don’t mind seeing the other side showing. Once the pressing is complete, I like to add a top stitching about 1/4 inch from the edge. The opening should be taken care of by this top stitching but may be hand sewed with slip stitching as well if desired.
With this method of backing & edging a quilt, the quilting cannot be done until AFTER the above step. In this project, I chose to use a satin decorative serpentine stitch in the ditch with a fresh lime green rayon thread. In addition, I also sewed a straight stitch 1/4 inch inside each square. Quilting in the border was 2 more rows of straight stitching parallel to the top stitching.
Did you notice more of those creases in these quilts …..caused by improper storage? It is just being too busy on my part: I have so many quilted projects made over the years and they tend to get folded up & piled on shelves in my basement. The weight of the quilts is not good! So here are some tips for “do as I say & not as I do”!
- Larger bed quilts & wall hangings can be laid flat on a bed in a spare room…..a queen or king size bed is best. Just lay them one on top of the other. As they will be flat, creases will not form. I saw this on an online Quilting program and thought it was very clever. However, if your “spare” bedroom is being used as a sewing room or the birdies have not flown the nest yet, then try #2 or #3.
- Pool noodles make great cores for rolling a quilt (or an empty fashion fabric roll will work too). You can join noodles together with duct tape if you need longer lengths. Roll the quilt firmly and smoothly on a flat surface & then tie onto the noodle with strips of fabric (left-over jelly roll strips?) These can be laid flat on a closet floor or shelf after rolling or stood up inside a closet. If you wish, you can cover each roll or put several rolls into a bag. NOT a plastic bag…you would need to make a long skinny bag from fabric (old sheets would be perfect for this). Storing in plastic is considered by many not to be a good idea.
- If you really have no choice but to fold up quilts not in use, then do not fold in half & half again. That is a common fold & each time the same spots on the quilt will take the fold. But if you fold in 1/3’s this is less likely to occur and so creases may not become semi-permanent.
- Alternatively, you could actually use the quilt or loan it to someone you trust. Or give it away to someone who you love and/or who deserves it