The beginning of every month brings with it a giddy anticipation for me. I know that Lynette Jensen is going to share her creative thoughts and inspiration for that month’s project from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! It’s really exciting to hear from the designer herself, especially someone as well-versed and well-known in quilting as Lynette. Aren’t we lucky?!
Garden Vine is the project of the month for August. If you like wall hanging quilts or table toppers, you’ll love this quilt! Here’s what Lynette has to say about it:
The summer is far from over and my garden continues to be an inspiration and a pleasure both for my life and my quilt and fabric designs. I spend a lot of time each week working in the garden. Sometimes it involves big maintenance tasks, and other times just “fussing” by rearranging pots and grouping with fun garden accessories. I seem to go through the same process in the garden as I do in my sewing room. Sometimes, I tackle a big project and other times, I am sorting through my fabric and coming up with new groupings for small projects that will not take much time to make. I think many quilters make small quilts in between the big ones for that quick satisfaction of making something pretty in a small amount of time.
The August project of the month, Garden Vine, is exactly that kind of project. It is only 36″ square – the perfect wall quilt pattern or table quilt pattern. It can also be made with or without the appliqué, or made with all scraps for your second version of this design. This would produce a whole new look and not resemble the original quilt. I think it is always fun to have a pattern work for you in vastly different ways. The piecing in this project is very simple. In this quilt, the appliqué is the “star of the show.”
Now, I know many of you might think appliqué is not your thing, but using the easy techniques in this pattern will give you the look you can only get from appliqué without tedious hours of hand stitching. All the appliqué shapes, including the vine, are machine stitched. If you would like to add decorative stitches to your appliqué, you can also use the blanket stitch on the edges of the flowers and leaves and add the herringbone stitch on the stems. Instructions and diagrams are included in the pattern for these stitches. This, of course, adds more time, but for such a small project it adds some serious visual punch, as well. And, for some, hand stitching is very relaxing and enjoyable.
- Use matching thread and a narrow zig zag stitch and fusible web to secure the appliqué shape while stitching. This will replicate the appearance of hand appliqué.
- Use a light weight fusible web to keep the appliqué shapes soft yet help keep the raw edges of the pieces from fraying. I have noticed that when I use fusible web, it is best to let the fabric rest for a while before trying to remove the paper from the fused fabric. It peels off easily, rather than in little bits.
- I usually trace the shapes needed onto the fusible web and iron it on the wrong side of the appliqué fabrics the day before I am going to stitch them on the pieced quilt. I am then sure the paper will release easily. It is always nice to eliminate small frustrations.
The Extra Scrap Project in the Garden Vine pattern is a delightful Watermelon Grid mini quilt measuring just 24″. It is a super quick project and so fun to use. It is amazing to me how these small touches of handcrafted elements add so much charm to a home and makes a simple bowl of watermelon chunks so inviting.
These projects are perfect for quick summer quilts that add so much to a room. Isn’t it exciting! If you’re interested in getting started, make sure to take a look at the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club. You can sign up today to start receiving these wonderful projects by Lynette Jensen.