Don't you love looking through old quilting magazines? We have a trading table at our guild, and I always manage to scoop up an issue to browse (not that I don't have a collection of my own at home!). Well, this issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting from May/June 2005 had a a great feature on quilt artist Melody Johnson's fused flower quilts. I decided to give it a try, and this "Bloomers" quilt is the result.
It's all fused, no piecing at all. Even the binding is fused. I may add a fancy machine stitch around it though. The machine quilting, which is fairly close, secures the pieces in addition to the Wonder Under, which was the fusible web I chose. It's just such a happy piece. I'm sure I'll make more like it. It was a good opportunity to sharpen my machine quilting skills.
There were many lessons to be learned from making the quilt, too. Here's one of them. Uh, oh! Lesson: Be mindful to keep the fused side down when fuse-tacking the flowers in place! It was a good news/bad news kind of lesson. The bad news is the mess it made on the iron and the need to cut a new piece. The good news is I did it only once. And it motivated me to buy this cleaner while at the quilt show in Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday. I'd been meaning to anyway. Below are a few of the fabric pieces I fused in preparation for making this quilt.