This past weekend was spent in Quebec City with some old friends. I laugh
when I say those words because I do not feel “old.”
We had a great time of eating, talking, walking (25 km in 2 days), and just sight seeing.
If you ever have the chance to visit, I suggest you do it. Lots to see, lots of history, and lots to eat.
Several years ago, I bought an ABC panel from Lens Mills. As usual, I cut it up and sewed it back
together. I wanted to make a twin size quilt so the panel wasn’t big enough so I had to
figure out how to enlarge it.
All the pictures were cut with a Scan and Cut machine. Then I wanted to add borders
to make it bigger. For several weeks, I wrestled with how to create the borders. Eventually,
the ABC song rang in my head so I thought I would add that. Large solid cream borders
were added to match the cream on the panels. Then I cut the words out using the Scan and
Cut machine once again.
I stitched around the letters with a red polyester thread. If you look closely at the quilt,
it seems really stiff. It is. The fabric was really thin so I added a layer of stabilizer to make it
more durable but it does make it stiff. I am sure that washing will help to soften it up.
The stitching plan was to make each picture a bit more interesting by adding some
fun details to them. For instance, the whale received some waves and water to frolic in while
the zebra got some trees and sun to bask in. It was alot of fun deciding what to stitch in each
The outside border received lots of bubbles due to so many straight lines in the rest of the
quilt. I also outlined the letters so that they stood out a little more.
The backing of the quilt. I ran out of fabric so I improvised by adding another piece of white
fabric to the backing.
I also picked up this backing fabric from Lens Mills. It has boys and girls playing on it while there
are letters all over it as well.
More of the backing.
The quilt is twin size so it is a bit large. Alot of fun to complete and onto the next project,
my carrots. I am determined to complete them so that I can start a new project. Maybe I
will show you what it is next week. Have a great week.
Linking up the The Needle and Thread Network.