Limes by Christina Fairley Erickson
Freehand machine embroidery, freemotion quilting and decorative stitching

Do you get more and more productive the closer you get to a deadline?  This is a pet peeve of mine (not to mention my husband’s!)  Why is it that we have to get right up to a deadline before we get motivated?  I really thought that with my finishing each of the 5 x 7 pieces each week, I’d be looking great for the Salsa show’s deadline of April 6.  Perhaps I am doing fine… it’s a bit hard for me to know, since I’ve never made a quilt-as-you-go quilt.  I suppose I’m worried that putting it all together will prove a bit harder than I’ve imagined.  Two more 5 x 7 blocks to go.

Here are the other pieces completed so far:

Any thoughts on what I should do for sashing and putting them all together?
The lime seemed like it might be a bit tricky- there was a lot of reflective light in the photo and the juiciness of the cut lime.  I decided to start with the darker parts of the sliced half, and then added progressively lighter colors.  For the whole lime, I began with the outer edges (the parts furthest away) and worked my way towards the center.  
When I finished the machine embroidery, I completed the background with more decorative stitching and freemotion quilting.  I used the same sort of squared stippling that I’d used with the Peppers, which I’d learned on Leah Day’s FreeMotion Quilting Project.

Finally, I added the limes on top with extra batting to give them dimension (hand applique.) 

Working on the freemotion quilting
Quilted background completed

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18 replies
  1. Gwyned Trefethen
    Gwyned Trefethen says:

    What can I say? Pass the toquilla and I don't even drink. Your ability to create a sense of light, shadow and depth improve with each block.

    I wouldn't add sashing. Instead use the quilt as you go method and select a bright yellow fabric as the binding strip. If you wanted you could additional embroidery in the binding strip, but I probably wouldn't. A solid yellow would frame each block, give the eye a place to rest and provide a unifying factor, beyond the fiesta colors and edibles.

    This is going to be a stunning quilt.

  2. Quiltin' Jenny
    Quiltin' Jenny says:

    I am in awe of each new design as you post it. These limes look so refreshing and realistic, I'm tempted to pass the salt shaker! Yum!

    And, yes, I work better close to the deadline as well. Wish I could be one of those planners who space everything out evenly and allow plenty of time at the end, but I'm not.

  3. Katie Ringo
    Katie Ringo says:

    Love your work! It brings such a great dimension to it.

    Have you tried debuting different fabrics by laying the blocks out on top of a potential sashing fabric? Take a photo and see how they look to you. I'd try a black along with some other solids and see how it frames the blocks out.

  4. Sandi
    Sandi says:

    They are amazing…have yu thought about making the sashing stripes different sizes of rectangles but all the same colour?

    It will be interesting to see your final piece.


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