Every once in awhile a quilt comes along and I'm immediately swept off my feet. Dutch Delight by Jill Finley is one of those quilts. From the first time I laid eyes on her I knew I would make it as soon as I could get my hands on the pattern.
Since this quilt design had a fairly small amount of applique I decided to do turned edge applique instead of my go-to method of raw edge applique. It would be nice to have the time(or the want to) to hand stitch the applique in place. But honestly I don't like handwork. So invisible machine applique is the next best thing. It takes a quarter of the time and looks pretty close to the "real" thing. Using Mono-Poly thread by Superior Threads is my secret to faking hand applique. If you would like to see how I make my invisible machine applique click here.
Even with this speedy method I needed to take a break about halfway through stitching it into place. Breaking one of my number one rules in the studio by bringing in my coffee. The only rules in my studio are No Drinks, No food, No Pets. Of course I was the only one home at the time so no one else knew but me and now you. Shh...Don't tell Mr. Podunk, I run him out of here when her brings in a drink.
This quilt finishes at 64 x 64, a nice size throw quilt that is sure to be used often. So I wanted to keep the quilting fairly light for a nice cuddly quilt. I also wanted it to quilt quickly. So I used the quilt piecing as my guide. What does that mean? It means very little marking, I just line up my quilt rulers with the seams or intersections (the orange dots below) of the piecing. I did mark the long crosshatching (red arrow) because I felt it would be quicker to have them marked than to mess up and need to pick out stitches.
She's so pretty. I can't wait to get her washed and tossed over the back of my rocking chair. The simplicity of this quilt is swoon worthy. It was quick and easy, but so satisfying. If you would like to make this quilt you can find it on Jill's website. PDF pattern here. And the mailed pattern here. You can also find her Conservatory line of fabric on her website. Or buy them together as a kit here. She has several of her quilt patterns kitted up and ready to ship. Even if you don't want this quilt you should go check out her other quilts. She's an amazing designer with such a creative eye for applique.
Pulling from my stash was fun. It gave me a chance to use some older fabrics that haven't seen the light of day in years. Like this backing fabric, it's from the 1990's or at least that what I was told. The blue on the label is another oldie fabric. I'm not sure how old but I know it's over 10 yrs old because I purchased it 10 yrs ago at a local quilt show in a scrappy grab bag .