As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen for some pattern testing recently. I did a couple of tests for quilts designed by Rachel Rossi. The first one was a beautiful table runner with appliquéd leaves called Peony Parade. I have made quite a few quilts in the past couple of years but I tend to do more “modern” designs (read improv quilting) and like to stick with straight line quilting. This table runner was great because I could practice precision piecing, which I definitely need practice with. I also discovered I really like to do appliqué. After getting familiar with my “Heat and Bond” type paper (I’m in Japan so the product is different), and ruining my already dingy ironing board cover by ironing the paper onto it, it was love. I decided to go for a darker look and chose navy blue for the background and used some batiks I’d been saving for the past couple of years. For the quilting, I used some colourful variegated thread that I was lucky enough to find in a dollar store.
The pattern is laid out well and easy to read. There are lots of diagrams to help with piecing and lots of advice and explanation of terms for beginners. I’d say this quilt would be a good challenge for beginners but definitely doable.
And here is my finished runner:
You can see that my free-motion quilting has a long way to go but it’s fun to try. If you click on the link in the shop you can see a few other examples from other testers. It’s interesting to see how fabric choices make a piece look so different!
My next post will feature the second quilt I tested for Rachel Rossi and I have to say, it’s one of my favorites!