Monday, February 7, 2011
NOT Watching the Super Bowl....
From the little charms I cut a 1/4 circle (radius 2.5") From the white muslin Gilbert cut 42 3.5" squares. I then raw edge appliqued the 1/4 circle about 3/8" from the rounded edge onto the white squares, lining up the corners. This gave the appearance of a Drunkard's Path square without the difficulty of piecing tiny round edges.
Next - I sewed the blocks into a grid - randomly placing the colors and clipped the raw edges. Ruffling the edges with my fingers gave them the nubby look that you see in the picture.
I added a 3.5" white border and then took my top downstairs to fluff it while NOT watching the Super Bowl.
I fluffed by brushing the curved edges in a circular motion until they began to fray. Once the job was started, more progress was made by using brush with it's bristles lying parallel to the quilt top and stroking at right angle to the curve. Spritzing the edges with a little water helped to loosen threads I wanted to remove.
During the process I learned a few things...
1) Never ever do this job while wearing a black t-shirt.
2) You need to clean the tooth brush every so often by brushing them with your fingers and pulling out the larger bits.
3) The job is rediculously messy...not as messy as the ticker tape down pour at the end of the game...more like washing kleenex with your jeans...and kind of fun.
4) Dust busters tickle!
In the end each of the 42 blocks had a nice fuzzy rim to it.
Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.