This quilt turned out just as pretty as I had hoped it would. The fabrics are Mill Book Circa 1892 from Collections for a Cause by Moda. They are reproduction fabrics taken from an actual French fabric mill design book. The quality of these fabrics was so exceptional; they seemed extra silky and the colors were so rich. The main colors are ruby red, a deep purple, and a sage green.
Moda's owner and founder Howard Marcus Dunn produces these Collections for a Cause fabric lines and donates the proceeds from the sales to various charitable causes he supports. I believe the Texas Quilt Museum may have benefited from this collection of fabric. At any rate, the inspiration for the Stars and Baskets quilt above was an actual quilt from 1890 called Baskets and Stars. Moda is based in Texas, as many of you are aware, and Mr. Dunn changed up the design of the original quilt's seven pointed star to a Texas Lone Star for this modern version of the quilt.
The quilt was not difficult to make, and, when broken into smaller steps, actually went together fairly quickly without much fuss. My new Bernina made short work of the appliqué, with very good results. I used a lightweight double sided fusible called Heat and Bond, which I liked very much. If you are interested in how to do machine appliqué with this product, Kimberley Jolly of Fatquartershop.com has a wonderful YouTube tutorial with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. I watched it several times and got so much information out of it.
My appliqué stitch was number 1329 on my Bernina 740. I used invisible thread for my stitching. I watched another YouTube video by Heirloom Creations on how to do this stitch with the Bernina. If you have a 700 Series Bernina, you can learn so much from these videos. They were ever so much more instructional than the lame class I took from the dealer.
The final size of the quilt is 70 x 70 inches. I took loads of notes from the instructional videos I watched, so if I have more appliqué in my future (which I hope I will!) I will be up to the challenge and not have to reinvent the wheel. I tell you, if you want to get up to speed with a new technique such as machine appliqué, the simple easy shapes required of this quilt are the way to go. After making Stars and Baskets, I feel as if "I've got this".
Hope you have a great weekend! I will be starting out a new project for my son. Can't wait to share my progress with you.