Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pattern Testing--Snow Friends and Give Away Winner


Several months ago I volunteered to pattern test for Leanne at Devoted Quilter.  She had recently written a pattern for the cutest little group of snowpeople.  How could I say no to those faces??  Plus it would give me a chance to try out some new applique skills.


After purchasing some yardage of what I thought was a perfect background choice (the blue fabric with the swirly snow and silver flakes) I went through my stash to pull just the right prints to dress my little snow family.


Just look at this happy couple.

The pattern went together very quickly.  All of the snowmen are pieced either using the stitch and flip or slice and stitch methods and their noses and eyes are appliqued on.  Everything went smooth until I got to the lettering.  That was 100% me not the pattern.  I was stressing so hard about not misspelling a word, that...


Proof that sometimes we bring about what we think about.  I kept thinking something didn't look quite right.  Thanks to the Crafted Applique method by Lara at Buzzin Bumble, I was able to peal those letters back off, arrange them in the correct order and be on my merry way.

I chose to quilt this wall hanging with an all over edge to edge loop design.  Man, I had forgotten how gratifying this type of quilting can be.  For my thread choice, are you setting down for this one, I decided to try something new.  I opted for a spool of Isacord thread in a variegated blue and white.


 I have to say I was quite impressed how the polyester thread glides across the surface of the quilt.  A LQS about 40 minutes from us carries Isacord thread in just about every color imaginable.  I'm thinking I may have to grab a few more spools the next time I'm in the area.

Which brings me to the head banging portion of this post...the binding.  I decided on a flanged binding (of course) and chose a wonderful red with poinsettias for the main binding and a white with gold metallic stars for the flange.  I figured this color combination would really set this piece off and frame it nicely.  I also took pictures for a tutorial I will share later this week about attaching the tails when you work with the flanged binding.


Have you spotted my mistake yet?  I made good time sewing around the quilt, looking at those snowman and enjoying the look of the thread on the quilt top.  Those thoughts should have been my first signal that something was wrong.


 I sewed it to the wrong flipping side of the quilt!!!!

At this point, I could have ripped everything off the quilt and started over, but my tails were already attached and looking pretty awesome, so I did not.  I'm just calling this one a reversible quilt.  Sometimes you just have to laugh at your mistake.  Hey, maybe this can start a new trend in quilting...although I'm going to guess not.


The exciting news about this quilt pattern, is that today is its release date.  If you would like to pick up a copy of this extremely cute and festive pattern, hop over to Devoted Quilter and learn more about the details.  These little snowmen would look great on any of your winter projects and would make a great gift.


A big thanks to Leanne for giving me the opportunity to test this pattern, I had so much fun bringing each one to life.

Finishing up Snow Friends is the second finish from my 4th Quarter Goal list.  So two down twelve more to go.

Also, it is time to announce the winners of my give away from the Autumn Abundance Hop.  Using the random number generator on my phone for the prize of the 5" Windfall charms the winner was comment number...


117. ckrut--"One of my favorite things about fall is the changing color of the leaves.  Love all the reds, oranges and yellows!

And the winner of the 6 fall inspired fat quarters from my stash was...


77.  Connie Cain--Love your quilt!!  The quilting on it is beautiful!  I like the cooler weather and the rain. :)

Congratulations to both winners!  I have sent emails out to both.  And a huge thank you to everyone that stopped by and visited during the Autumn Abundance Blog Hop.


Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social.

15 comments:

Janice Holton said...

Just so you know, it took me quite a while to figure out what was wrong! So if it isn't an obvious glaring thing, is it really? Wrong, I mean? Nawww! Design choice! Hee! Hee! Wonderful snow family ya got there!

Stitchin At Home said...

Cute as a button! Isn't it nice when you try a different thread and it works great.

KaHolly said...

What a cute design! Sorry you sewed the binding on backwards! Like you said, it just makes the pretty back more appealing! XO

Lisa J. said...

That's really funny that you put the binding on the wrong side. Oh well it still looks good. It's a sweet quilt.

Leanne Parsons said...

It looks fantastic, Tish! I really love the red binding on it, so even without the flange it looks good :) I giggled at your misspelled word...I remember seeing that on IG when you did it. So glad it was a quick and easy fix. Thanks for testing the pattern for me!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Your snowman are adorable. The binding just adds some character LOL I need to try this binding technique.

Nancy J said...

lovely fabrics for the background and snowmen, glad the applique lettering was so easy to fix, and a flange binding, well, it will be as good on the back when the quilt is flipped over.I think you did use that word " Flipping". Congrats to the winners, I am sure they will be so pleased with their goodies.

Paige said...

All of your snow people have such great personalities! Reversible is good! I wouldn't have taken that out either, it's too nice! Great job!

Vicki in MN said...

I rather like the red binding anyway;-) You have one really adorable winter quilt all ready for the season.

Sharon Denney Parcel said...

Snowmen are my favorite...this quilt is so cute! Great job, Tish!

ckrut said...

I am thrilled to be one of the winners! Love these snowmen and the red binding. I like the back side too!

Preeti Harris said...

Love the snowmen. It is kinda summer-like weather here, so the snowmen are almost teasing me. What mistake? I saw nothing.
Hugs,
Preeti.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I love your swon men ! If I'm looking at your photos right , I always sew my binding to the front then flip to the back

Cheryl said...

What a cute finish and great pattern! I have used and enjoy Isocord to quilt with also.

Lorna McMahon said...

You have certainly made great progress on so many beautiful projects, Tish. My fave is the snow family!

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