Saturday, January 13, 2024

Perfect Quilting Weather

Saturday, January 13, 2024--Currently in Baldwin City, Kansas, it's -4 with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees! We have 10" of snow on the ground that will be here for some time as we don't expect to get above freezing for at least the next 10 days. For us, it's perfect quilting weather! We are cozy inside with our hot tea or cocoa, homemade potato soup, and plenty of necessities to get us by for several days. 

Looking back at this blog, I see it's been nearly a year since my last post. Well, shucks. Let's just say that 2023 was a mixed bag with about 6 months of hubby's medical issues that needed to be addressed, plus some fun times as well. Several trunk shows were either cancelled or rescheduled. There weren't as many finishes as I had hoped, but lots of starts and a few finished tops. 


Starting off with a new goal and hopes for a much better year overall. My goal for 2024 is to work through more UFOs and do my best to begin to catch up with the 30+ tops we have either waiting to be pinned & quilted or partially quilted and left abandoned and needing finished. 

So far, I'm off to a good start. I have already completed quilting two, got them both bound, and already washed. The patriotic quilt was pinned and dried on the design wall to block it before labeling. It's now ready to gift to my husband's best friend of 40+ years. The Fancy Nancy minky-backed quilt was washed and tossed into the dryer and will go to my granddaughter. 

Up next is the 2013 Bonnie K. Hunter Mystery--Celtic Solstice. I collected the clues and started sewing on January 1, 2014. I finished piecing the top fairly quickly, but after getting the stitch in the ditch nearly complete, I was asked to make a second one for the Maple Leaf Quilters' Guild in Baldwin City, KS, as their 2015 opportunity quilt, which I custom quilted. It has long ago been gifted to the owner of the winning ticket. Once it was complete, I had moved on to other projects and folded up my original one and put it in the closet. Today I finished the ditching on Solstice Moonrise and started the fun parts with the first thread color change. It will get finished this year for sure!

There are a few trunk shows and workshops scheduled for this year. First up on Tuesday, February 13, I'll be speaking to the Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita, sharing my Confessions of a Quilt Starter: UFOs, Orphans and More talk. They hold two meetings--1pm and 7pm, at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 1600 W 27th St N, Wichita, KS. 

Other presentations will be in Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and a few closer to home. I'll be adding those to the calendar on my website as soon as all contracts are signed and dates confirmed. 

Looking forward to being more in touch this year. 

Stay tuned for more stitching fun!


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Simple Ways to Hang Quilts

It's been too long since I lasted added a post to this blog. It seems Covid and the changes we all went through over the last few years has had an effect on my interest in writing. With the new year just beginning, I'm planning to add more posts without such a long stretch between. 

As a quilting teacher, I've found that making small quilts as samples is very useful. They're much  easier to store and transport. Many of them have become favorites that I display around our home, changing them out by season or theme. When I inventoried my quilts during 2020, I discovered I have over 70 wall-hanging size quilts! 

Since we rarely change out the quilts on the beds, keeping the number of large quilts to a minimum also influences this trend of making small quilts. There are some quilts with sentimental value that come out on occasion. Some are strictly used as samples for classes or are part of trunk shows that stay in the various go-bags. But a majority of them are fun to pick from to display and also include in a recently added trunk show, "Think Small for the Wall" that is available in person or via Zoom. Around the house, my husband prefers that I not put more holes in the walls, so I've come up with some pretty cool and affordable ways to hang large and small quilts. 

Regardless of the size of the quilt, I nearly always add a hanging sleeve on each quilt. I do this not only to make it easy to hang them at home, but also to meet the requirements if I enter them in the county or state fair, or regional quilt shows that require sleeves. Even when I use them on the bed, having a sleeve on them doesn't make them any less useful as a quilt to cuddle or sleep under. 

 In our home, there is a long wall that extends from the front door in the living room to the back door in the kitchen. The doorway to the hall leading to the bedrooms is about in the middle. This entire space has a vaulted ceiling, so there is lots of high open space to display quilts! For these, we have two 80" long decorative curtain rods installed permanently and use custom PVC poles that my husband fashioned that we can easily lift the rods down and back up to change out the quilts. At our ages, getting on ladders to do so just isn't safe anymore, not to mention the furniture that is in the way of getting the ladders close enough to reach the rods.

My favorite way to hang most wall-hanging quilts involves block magnets, 5 lb Command strip refills, and steel strapping, all of which you can get at your local hardware store (think Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, or Ace Hardware, etc.) and a couple of hair ties. At a quilt show several years ago I saw a product to hang quilts with magnets, but they were quite expensive! I was sure my husband and I could come up with an affordable way to do something similar. Our trip to the hardware store was successful indeed! 


The first thing to do is cut the steel strapping in half. I've used both the 36" pieces for small to medium quilts and 48" pieces for the medium to large quilts. I wrap the ends with 2" wide blue painter's tape to keep the ends from snagging the quilt when it slides through the sleeve. I take two hair ties and double wrap the two pieces of strapping. The two bands keep the pieces straight and only when one of the bands breaks, which does happen on occasion after adjusting the width several times, does it cause a problem. The two bands allows me to adjust the width of the strapping pieces to fit the various quilts. For wider quilts they get stretched out, but always have an overlap with the two hair ties spaced out. When I hang the smaller quilts I slide the strapping pieces back together with the hair ties at the ends. It's nice to have them adjustable when swapping out wall quilts of different widths.


The next step is to clean the magnets with alcohol so they will stick well to the Command Strips. I also clean the wall with alcohol where I'm going to place the magnets. The 5 lb Command Strip refills seem to work the best as they are designed to carry a heavier load. I place 3 magnets on the wall so the weight of the quilts is distributed to hold them securely. I use a level to make small pencil marks for the placement of each magnet to make sure they are straight across so my quilts hang nicely. I leave the magnets, stuck to the wall with the Command Strips, to set for ~24 hours to let the adhesive settle before I hang the quilt. Once I'm ready to go, I slide the strapping into the sleeve and voila! The strapping grabs to the magnets through the sleeve and my quilt is instantly hung! And there are no holes in the wall!

I have quilts hung this way in several rooms of the house and love being able to change them out and enjoy them year around. The set of 3 magnets hanging near the front door have been in place for several years now and are still holding strong!

Another way I hang mini quilts (up to ~20" wide) is with these cute little wooden quilt hangers. These were made locally and sold on commission through an area quilt shop. The wood rosettes on either side have mini clothes pins under them that grab the quilt at the binding and hold it in place. There's a picture hanger on the back and a small nail in the wall easily holds them. Again, once I decided where these would be placed, I can change out quilts without adding additional holes in the wall. Just a single small nail for each hanger (I have 3 total--one 18" and two 12"). These hang in my sewing room, by the front door, and in the kitchen.

Whether you're hanging large quilts on decorative curtain rods or small quilts with decorative hangers or magnets, there are many ways to hang them without too much damage to your walls. I especially like the magnet idea for smaller quilts in dorm rooms or apartments where putting holes in the walls is frowned upon. 
I hope this has been helpful for you! 
More tidbits from the sewing room soon...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Binding Tip for a Quick Finish

More and more on the wall hangings or samples for my trunk shows I'm sewing the binding to the front as usual, wrapping it over to the back and gluing it down, and then stitching in the ditch from the front to secure it. Only special quilts are getting hand bound at this point. Stitching in the ditch from the front to finish your binding requires finding a way to secure the binding on the back to hold it in place until it is stitched from the front. Several quilters have shared various techniques or even sewing the binding to the back and wrapping it around to the front to stitch down, sometimes with decorative stitches. I've taken what I like to create a technique that works for me.

My preferred way is to still sew the binding to the front, then use either a glue stick or my Roxanne's Glue Baste-It squeeze bottle to run a bead of glue along the stitching line on the back and then wrap the binding over and set it with a hot iron. It works like a charm!
On this Sashiko FMQ sampler, I will be hand stitching the binding, but I still did the glue technique so I could be sure the binding was even and secure before taking needle and thread to it. I find I can get much better mitered corners this way and my machine stitching from the front always catches the binding as I make sure the binding is slightly overlapped beyond the stitching line that attached the binding to the front. A piped satin flange was added to this sampler, increasing the layers, so I tried to take extra care with it. After the binding is hand sewn, the hanging sleeve will be hand stitched on and the quilted wall hanging will be blocked. 
I love the Roxanne's Glue Baste-It squeeze bottle. Unlike many of our "use it and throw it" supplies, this little bottle is refillable.You can purchase refills of Roxanne's glue or you can do what I do and refill with original white Elmer's Glue.
The white cap that the pink piece is screwed into actually comes out. I use a small pair of pliers to get it loose and re-secure it once the bottle was refilled. It's so easy to hold this little bottle in your hand, squeeze just the right amount out of that small tip, and fold the fabric with my other hand. Finding the right tool that works for you is amazing!
This is the same glue applicator I use when making applique pieces that need to be secured to their templates. For the petals of the Dresden Hearts I glued the templates cut out of Ricky Tims' Stable Stuff Poly, a leave-in stabilizer that washes away, directly to the wrong side of the fabric, and then glued the folded tops of the fabric to the stabilizer to hold them in place until sewn. 

There are many times a dot of glue is helpful and the Roxanne's Glue Baste-It squeeze bottle is what works best for me. 

More snippets from the sewing room soon,

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Hexified Panels & OBWs--Have all panels from same bolt

Cut OBW/Hexified Panel Quilt Panels from the Same Bolt

To make a Hexified Panel Quilt you need seven (7) panels or for a basic One Block Wonder six (6) repeats for hexies or eight (8) for octagons. Having faced this issue myself with a student in a classes and also a project of my own, I've learned it is critical, if at all possible, to have all of the panels that will be cut into strips and triangle sets be from the same bolt. For Hexified Panel Quilts, having the seventh uncut panel to frame come from a different bolt is probably acceptable, but preferably not the six panels to be cut. Some differences may be subtle like variances in color saturation, while others are much more obvious with actual differences in panel or block sizes.

When fabric is produced, each run may come out slightly different. The ink saturation may vary making one run darker or more vibrant than the other. As finished fabric is run through the machine to fold and roll the fabric onto bolts, it may stretch or tweak differently by bolt. If a fabric is popular, a new printing may be done that starts with different greige goods (raw fabric before dyeing or printing) or even a different manufacturing plant. Each of these factors can make the panels or blocks vary from bolt to bolt. These issues can definitely cause problems when trying to line up your layers accurately to cut strips and sub-sets. 

I first came across this problem in 2016 when a quilter in one of my classes had purchased panels over the internet. She got three from one vendor and four from another to make up her seven panels for a Hexified Panel Quilt. What we discovered together was that the panels from the two vendors were printed differently. The width of fabric on one set was over 1" longer than the other, throwing off the alignment of the two sets of panels. The 24" panel width along the straight of grain was pretty close on both sets. We decided together to have her cut the strips across the straight of grain panel width and readjust her pins aligning layers after each cut to keep the WOF print close to the same. It was a tedious process with a fair amount of waste, but together we got all of her strips and triangle sets cut and she did eventually complete the project. 

After seeing these gorgeous Elizabeth's Studio Hummingbirds & Flowers block panels at the 2019 Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, I ordered two bolts to cut into kits for my classes and workshops. A few weeks after Market, I received a call from the warehouse manager saying they had several partial bolts and asked if that would be okay. Not giving it a lot of thought and not remembering my experience in the 2016 class, I said I'd take them all. I soon received three bolts--one 7 yard bolt with ~10 repeats, one 11 yard bolt with ~16 repeats, and one full 15 yard bolt with ~22 repeats. I hoped there would be enough repeats to make multiple kits for future workshops.  

I pulled the two partial bolts down from the stash closet and began cutting the panels apart into four kits each--two blocks half width of fabric by one block wide. For the sample I was going to use the odd number of blocks from each bolt, making sure I didn't give anyone else the possibly difficult blocks to match up. I soon discovered that while they appeared the same, they were printed very differently. After cutting the blocks apart and starting to line up one set of six with pins, I noticed they weren't matching up at all. As a test, I folded one set of blocks in half and laid it over the same set of blocks from the other bolt and you can see the clear difference.

The light blue border surrounding the blocks was a different width between the blocks. Even the blocks were not the same size. Looking closer, the selvedge on one bolt had the light blue background going right to the edge of the fabric, whereas the other bolt had a white selvedge with the blue starting half inch from the edge. Still, the information printed on the selvedges was the same. I separated the blocks back into separate piles by bolt and had to rethink my plan. I then took down the third bolt to check it against the other two.

Even on the two bolts that were printed the same, the color saturation was definitely darker on one bolt than the other as you can see between the blocks on the left and those on the right. Mixing those two sets to make hexies would make interesting hexies with uneven color saturation.

There are so many ways to adapt and tweak the One Block Wonder technique and its variations. I've used repeats across the width of fabric in order to get six repeats when I only had yardage enough for three or four of the six. I've seen others use mirror image blocks, lining up right and wrong sides of fabric to match up the print, to create very unique hexies when all six layers are then laid out with all right sides up. Regardless, in my opinion, if you have two bolts that are so different as the two I received, there may be no way to accommodate this much variance. With a full size panel it can possibly be done with care as my student and I learned back in 2016; however, with the smaller blocks especially, the variance between the two bolts I received was too great to bridge. 

More snippets from the sewing room soon,


Monday, July 27, 2020

Hexified Panel Quilt Kits now on my Etsy

I've been asked several times if my Hexified Panel Quilts kits for wall-hanging size projects are available for purchase. Initially the answer was no--they have only been available at my trunk shows or classes & workshops. However, during the long year+ of staying safe at home, the kits were each photographed and loaded onto my Gypsy Dreamer Quilts Etsy shop. Now you can purchase my Hexified Panel Quilts pattern (in paper to ship or digital to download), my GDQ-60R triangle ruler, and/or any kit from my collection and have it shipped to you anywhere in the US. At one point there were 30 different fabric panels that had been cut up into 50+ kits to pick from. Some have sold since they were first listed and I have many more waiting to be cut that will be added as time allows. Read on to learn more about how we cut the kits and the possibilities they present!
For the last several years as my travels have taken me to shops across major parts of the country, I've been purchasing sets of 7 fabric panels with multiple blocks that I thought would make good smaller projects to use in workshops and for attendees at my trunk shows to purchase to try the technique without having to invest in 7 full size panels that can be an expensive trial. These multi-block panels are cut into kits that are typically one block wide by half width of fabric, with a few variations depending on the panel layout. The panels have blocks that range from ~8x8" up to 22x24" that make up into a variety of wall hanging size projects. For those who may visit my shop and not really understand what I'm offering, I thought I'd give a little more explanation here and offer some samples even though not all of these samples are still available. The Santa sample was made early on as I was experimenting with blocks to make smaller projects and those kits have long been gone. That's why I continue to look for block panels from new lines to replenish my kit bag.

This Father Christmas fabric from Quilting Treasures featured a variety of Santas had three rows of five ~8x8" blocks across the width of fabric. I chose to cut the fabric at the fold, making each kit 22" by ~8" wide containing 2 1/2 blocks to cut and make into hexies. Unfortunately when I purchased these panels, I got the end of the bolt and the 7th set only contained two rows of blocks. Since all of the blocks were from the same piece of fabric and played well together, I cut the remaining ten blocks apart and placed one single block to frame in each of the six kits, so the blocks to be framed didn't necessarily match up with the ones in the six layers, but still coordinated well. 
For the Father Christmas sample, the set of six layers of 2 1/2 blocks were cut into three strips at 2 1/5" wide, making enough hexies to design around the single block to make a 17.5x20" mini with five leftover orphan hexies. It's rare that every hexie gets used in a quilt design. In most cases there are orphan halves left over from filling in the notches in the layout along the sides of the panel or outside edges, hexies that just didn't play well, or an odd number left over that won't make a complete row.

In the case of the Splendid Swans panel by Quilting Treasures, I chose to focus on the larger blocks and again cut the fabric in half at the fold, leaving 1 large block and 1/2 small/center block per half width of fabric and resulting in four kits.
I used one of these kits to make a sample in tandem with my students at a two-day workshop last year, using the gold frame from the partial block pieced into a border across the top of the full block for added interest. You can see the dark hexies along the right side are from the partial block, as well as those with the light frame between the blocks.
In some cases, panels have six blocks which are all interesting. In this case I cut the panel into sets of two blocks along the grain line instead of across the width of fabric. The Winter Joy panel by Studio E Fabrics is such a case, creating three distinct kits--two kits with the snowflake border and the center two blocks without the border.
When making a sample using a bordered set of blocks, the colors naturally gravitated to their own block, with the border matching the snowmen and making that top a bit larger.

The Mustang Sunset panel by QT Fabrics had eight blocks, so the fabric was cut at the fold and then divided into four kits of two blocks each cut across the width of fabric. Since the border was printed between each set of blocks across the fabric, all of the kits had the border to play with.
In my sample, I trimmed the borders off the six layers before cutting my strips. The two blocks by half width of fabric were cut into 2 3/4" strips to make the hexies. By reserving the border, I was able to use it across the top and bottom of the finished hexie layout before adding a final border to frame the entire piece. I chose to use as many of the hexies as I could from both blocks laid out around a single block (the second block went into my orphan block collection), using a gold Northcott Stonehenge that blended so well with this panel for the inner frame and outer border.
When making a layout around a block or panel, having the hexies above and below match up with the side sections can be tricky. In this case, I needed to add a small frame around the center block to make it fit the opening in my layout. I had the choice of adding another round of hexies and trimming the block to fit a smaller opening or adding a border/frame to the block to "grow it" to fit the opening. Notice that the borders on the sides are narrower than those above and below the block. I typically don't trim a panel until after my layout is complete and the sections are sewn together and ready to attach to the panel whether a block or a full size panel. In this way I can decide to trim or border the panel to fit the space at the end of the layout process.  

My final example is this fun Farmers Market panel by Studio E Fabrics featuring roosters and a floral border. I've had this panel cut into kits more than once. The first time we cut them, two kits were cut along the grain as two blocks each with the floral border, and two kits of individual blocks measuring ~12x12". I took one of the single block kits and decided to play.
I noticed as I started, being just a 12x12" block, there weren't as many hexies as I was used to designing with. It seemed the layout in a typical square or rectangular design just wasn't going to work. So, I started thinking outside the box and came up with a cascade of hexies falling into an irregular bottom edge, and added a burgundy border to the top and two sides that framed the light blocks nicely. 
I finished it by stitching the three layers, with top & backing right sides together, around all the irregular points, left an opening, and "birthed" the quilt, flipping it right-side out, for a fun finish without having to bind all those points. This is a fun example of "not all quilts have to be square"!

I've found working with these smaller projects to be great fun! After the pandemic, I have adapted several of my trunk shows into Zoom/PowerPoint presentations with live narration. It turns out I have over 60 wall-hanging size quilts, so I've created both Think Small for the Wall--Eclectic and Think Small for the Wall--Hexified, plus still have Adventures with 60 Degree Triangle Quilts that covers my journey through One Block Wonders, Stack & Whacks, and my evolution with Hexified Panel Quilts.  

More snippets from the sewing room soon,

Monday, June 8, 2020

Sit-Down Quilting with Rulers--Curves

My favorite way to quilt a Hexified Panel Quilt or One Block Wonder is with gentle curves or orange peels that curve from seam-intersection to seam-intersection. Since I press the seams all open when making these quilts, stitching all those seams in the ditch would be stitching only on thread. By using the curves, I secure every seam and create a lovely quilting design that is easy to do. I've done dozens of quilts this way completely free motion where the overall quilting is perfect in its imperfections. However, my sweet husband decided he wanted his Wolves Hexified Panel Quilt quilted with a ruler so the curves would be more uniform and fill more of each triangle. So, the adventure shifted early in 2019 to using a ruler on these quilts.
I've been teaching free-motion quilting on domestic and mid-arm sit-down machines for a number of years now. As my students have improved, they've asked for advanced classes using rulers. The plan was to teach several classes this year at area shops to demonstrate and teach quilting with rulers on domestic machines or sit-down midarm quilters. The COVID-19 pandemic changed all that as I cancelled all of my classes and workshops for the foreseeable future until we see how this all unfolds. I've considered doing an online class or Facebook Live, but haven't managed to make that happen yet. We shall see what the future holds in the way of classes--either live or online, but in the meantime we are playing with short videos taken with my camera to share.
I quilt on a HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen sit-down midarm. The machine slides into a custom table that, with the extensions, is 6 feet long by ~30" deep. I have craft tables set on either side of my chair, tucked just under the edges of the table that carry the weight of the quilt as I shift it around. This allows me to keep the quilt "pooled" on the U-shaped nest and prevents the quilt from falling off the table and creating drag. I have quilted everything on this machine for the last almost 8 years from little 6x8" mug rugs to a huge 112x121" king size quilt with no problems. It just takes getting used to and focusing on the section you are quilting at the moment so as to not get overwhelmed by the larger projects.

Here's a link to a video (that Blogger says is too big to upload) that Les took today of me in action on my machine, quilting curves on a Hexified Panel Quilt using a ruler. I talked through some of the steps I take in holding the ruler, creating tension with my hands to keep the quilt layers flat, and more. It's linked to my Facebook page which I hope everyone can access. Be sure to follow me while you're there!

Now to add some additional illustrations and tips to expand on the information in the video.

While quilting curves on one of our Hexified Panel Quilts today, I was using the little 4" Arc by Westalee/Sew Steady. The triangles I was filling measure 2" from point to flat side within each machine pieced kaleidoscopic hexie. The 4" arc curve is acute enough to fill these triangles nicely. On some of my earlier Hexified Panel Quilts that had larger triangles, I preferred the Kelly Bean ruler by Kelly Cline Quilting that has a somewhat gentler curve. There are many options out there, so find the one you like for the project you're quilting. Be sure to have some sort of non-slip sticker or adhesive product on the back of your rulers. You don't want them to slip and slide while quilting, as they should be moving with the quilt as you move them together along the quilting foot. These have True Grip self-adhesive circles or leftover pieces from the sheet of circles that are designed for quilting rulers. The rings are die-cut on a full sheet of the self-adhesive rubber, so when the rings are all used, be sure to cut up the leftovers! There's enough extra to use on several more rulers. Also, always set your needle stop in the DOWN position when quilting so when you stop, the needle stays down in your quilt to hold it in place. If you leave it in the UP position, when you let go of the quilt after you stop, the quilt will likely shift and create a jump-stitch when you are ready to begin stitching again.
Before you start on a project, do enough practice with your ruler to know what speed you like to work at. I prefer to work at about 40% speed on my HQ Sweet Sixteen. As you can see from this picture, I have my presets on my machine set at 25%, 35%, and 45%. Depending on what I'm quilting, I can adjust up or down from there, but only on very rare occasions do I go beyond that 45%. I've found the speed that I'm comfortable with and stick with it. I find that when I set a specific speed, I can quilt "pedal to the metal" and not have to keep my leg/ankle in a constant state of tension trying to find and hold a specific speed. For those with midarms or even modern domestics that have a speed control, set it to a speed you're comfortable with so you can just put your foot down and go. 
Yes, there's a little 2" thick photo album under my heel. I have found that even when quilting flat out, having my ankle flexed causes a lot of tension and strain in my leg by the end of the day. By elevating my heel I'm pressing down with my foot, letting my calf/leg stay more relaxed. It's definitely easier on me than having my heel on the floor and my foot angled up to press down. It's a little thing, but whatever you can do to make yourself comfortable for hours of quilting will help you enjoy the process more in the long run.
Here you can see me holding the ruler snugged up close to the closed quilting foot, spaced about 1/4" from the intersections I want to intersect with my stitching. You have to remember that the space between the edge of your ruler and the needle centered in that foot is 1/4", so you have to take that into account when placing your ruler to get the stitching where you want it. When you turn the ruler around to stitch along the next seam, be sure you stop at the intersection, keeping your hands and the ruler firmly in place, until you have completely stopped and taken your foot off the pedal. The needle may take one more stitch in place as it resets to the needle DOWN position, so don't be in a hurry to move your hands. Once you've repositioned the ruler, you are ready to go again, holding the ruler firmly in place and giving a little tension to the quilt around where you're stitching with your hands to prevent any ripples on the back and to ease the layers into the space you're quilting.
When quilting gentle curves/orange peels, I prefer to stitch long rows of curves that alternate direction. I will follow those long straight seams, alternating my curves from point to point, for as long as I can across or around the quilt. These rows can be done in such a way as to quilt an entire quilt with as few as 3 or 4 starts and stops. Along each seam there will be a curve on each side of it creating the melon shape. Three long rows of curves create all of the quilting, with two runs along each line--quilting S-curves in one direction and back the other way to complete the melons. Once all three rows have been quilted along the seams, they create these stars or flowers within each pieced hexie.
This view lets you see the same quilting design from both sides. The front of the quilt shows the stitching, pausing at each intersection along the seams to move the ruler back and forth to create the long S-curves, ultimately creating the 6 melon shapes that create the star. From the back, you only see the stars or flowers as an all-over design. Can you pick out the row(s) that still needs to be quilted? Yes, it's not completely done. There are a variety of ways to quilt orange peels, but after trying several, this is my favorite.

I hope this has been helpful for those who want to learn to quilt the orange peel/gentle curves on their OBWs or Hexified Panel Quilts. Please don't hesitate to message me or post questions if you'd like more information!

More snippets from the sewing room soon,