Fans Of May Mini Quilt by Caribousmom
This is the May project for the Little Quilts Sew Along. Fans of May employs a lot of new skills for me - attaching a lace edging, curved binding, and machine applique along curved edges.
I chose a lot of spring like colors and decided I wanted to use a yellow dot for the outer border to make this piece a little sunnier than the one in the book. I also chose to use some old lace rather than rick rack for the edging along the fans. I was a little afraid it would be hard to attach, but I actually found it pretty easy.
Despite the itty bitty scraps of fabric and careful piecing, I rather enjoyed making this little quilt. I love the three dimensional feel to it (the sun shot in the photos really captures that with the shadow of the lace edging clearly visible). I could imagine this mini on top of a little girl's dresser!
I quilted some diagonal straight lines through the middle section, and then echoed the shape of the fans along the outer border. I chose a solid blue binding and a blue dot fabric for the back.
**Piecing hint: I used my walking foot for almost all of the construction of the fans and attaching the borders with the fans as well as for the applique part of the project. I found it much easier because of the bulk of fabric I was using.