Preparing for an advent quilt with 24 pockets

I bought a darling panel of fabric with Advent blocks from illustrator Flora Wyacott at the quilting store in Den Bosch, Bossche Quilts & Meer. Sorry for the wrinkly fabric, I had taken it out of the protection and admired it a lot before I took these pictures:
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advent panel fabric Flora Wyacott quiltsenmeer.nl quiltwinkel in Den Bosch, St.Jorisstraat
My idea is to make each square into a pocket. That will be 24 lined and interfaced patch pockets that are then sewn onto a back ground fabric, in a not quite precise composition. Then add batting and backing to that and quilt it together by hand with thick thread for visible handstitching. Add straps to hang it. Give it a nice border.

Today I washed and pressed the fabric and made a try-out of my idea with some quilting fabric I had and some other fabric. I hope to take it to the shop soon for feed back.

Start by interfacing the pocket, I used Vlieseline G700, the woven multi-purpose interfacing. Sew RS together with a piece of lining, I used some shirt cotton I had left of my monkey dress shirt. Trim:
try out of a quilted advent calendar pocket for a fabric panel I bought that had 24 images to be converted to pockets. Quilt.

Turn, press and topstitch the top which will be the opening of the pocket:
try out of a quilted advent calendar pocket for a fabric panel I bought that had 24 images to be converted to pockets. Quilt.

Sew the pocket to the back ground fabric (backstitch a bit at the tops of the vertical lines):
try out of a quilted advent calendar pocket for a fabric panel I bought that had 24 images to be converted to pockets. Quilt.

Add batting and a backing fabric and quilt it together with handdyed sock yarn from Adventsbox 2017 by Wolbeest:
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The backside is a sturdy canvas:
try out of a quilted advent calendar pocket for a fabric panel I bought that had 24 images to be converted to pockets. Quilt.

I have many questions and I hope to visit the quilt store this week. It’s a lovely store and they host quilting bees.

Some of my questions are:

Will sock yarn be good enough for quilting? It’s a bit elastic. Will it keep the quilt together when it’s hanging on the wall, filled with presents?

Also: is there too much contrast between the interfaced pocket and the hand stitching? I like the look of the handstitching. But the interfacing will help and keep the picture of each panel nice and crisp.
Perhaps I should give each panel a bit of backing instead of interfacing? Perhaps quilt them a bit too, by hand? (I think I quite like to handstitch, it is a lovely and serene activity.)

I look forward to the opinion of the lovely lady who runs the shop. And ofcourse I need background fabric. I’m thinking silver and light blue. And I need to be educated about batting.

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emerging love for quilting with a disappearing nine patch block of love.

We were making a comfort blanket for my friend and I decided to do my first quilt thing ever. It was a disappearing nine patch block because I saw a whole quilt of it at her home this Summer and I loved her work instantly.
quilt strip for comfort blanket
I chose to quilt inside each square because that’s what she had done, instead of in the seam/ditch, and I love this look myself too.

When sewing the initial block I had to pay attention to contrast and to direction of the plant swirls:
quilt dissapearing 9 nine block

These are the tutorials I used:

I played around with the placement of the blocks:
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I chose one and sewed it onto the backing, effectively quilting for the first time ever. I thought myself clever by tying the threads from the inside while quilting this block:
quilt strip for comfort blanket
It only works partially though because you have to quilt the pieces furthest apart first and you can’t get into tight spaces. It breaks the flow of working. Not so clever haha

A second block was made with the linen my friend Lieneke from Wolop.nl handdyed with me. This fabric is scrap-put-together, as I learned from 15minutesplay.com when I made that needle case.
I put all blocks on one continiously piece of backing: ecological cotton handdyed by yet another friend of ours: Moonwise.
Here I am quilting the indigo linen block onto the back, again within each piece instead of stitching in the ditch:
scrap quilt first quilt ever
I’m using different coloured thread for the front and the back. The front is done with white thread for the white parts and indigo dyed thread for the blue parts. The indigo thread is the thread I used to bind the fabric shibori style for dyeing:
scrap quilt first quilt ever

The back is light pink because I did not have enough indigo thread and the white was too much contrast. This cotton has pink and purple tints so I think it worked:
scrap quilt first quilt ever

My strip was going to be part of a blanket made from several strips including some knitted ones. I needed to add a border so the friend sewing the blanket together could pick up stitches and knit the strips together:
quilt strip for comfort blanket
I attached a cotton yarn to a piece of non-stretching satin band, using the zig zag stitch on my machine for the first time.
This is my third block with the border attached and already stitches picked up because that was quite a job that I didn’t want to burden my knitter friend with.

The fabric is from a small vendor at the market in Doetinchem, near my cabin, who specializes in African wax prints.
quilt strip for comfort blanket
The blue band on the top is a ready made band with loops for easy picking up stitches.  I used it in my first summer dresses. Here I am attaching it, it’s easy bias band. So much easier than that self made satin band!
quilt strip for comfort blanket
My sewing accessory is a fast make-shift pincushion that I needed asap when I started this quilt. It’s just a piece of felted pullover rolled up and stitched together, with lush silk handspun because I may be thrifty and efficient, I’m also snobby when it comes to materials.

Using my new glass head pins, all white, which are extra long. Glass. Like.

This is the fourth block, a piece of a silk scarf that is very dear to me and that I have never used apart from sewing a little WIP bag for ChristaV:
quilt strip for comfort blanket
I quilted this one sparcely, just through the flower stem:
quilt strip for comfort blanket

Because I found out I like things quilted with a bit of room between them, so the resulting blanket remains pliable and souple and the batting gets a chance to fluff up a bit and be warm. The first blocks are quilted much more dense:
quilt strip for comfort blanket

The flowery block has my favourite ratio I think.
quilt strip for comfort blanket

It was difficult to make these shapes with a regular sewing foot. A free motion foot was recommended but they are crazy expensive and you need to guide the fabric for speed (length stitch) too and that is just a bit too much. I don’t have those skills yet. Also I don’t love quilts with little scribbles and rounds particularly so have not invested in this.

I do have bought a walking foot but it seems to have gone missing between here and China.

Here’s my whole strip:
quilt strip for comfort blanket

Here’s the whole blanket:
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We went visit my friend and delivered it at the facility where’s she’s healing. She likes it 🙂
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In fact she loves it! And we love her. And now she has a tactical reminder of that love.

(And I have started my first full size quilt yesterday. Which has all begun at her home, with that lovely disappearing nine patch quilt.)