Saturday morning I had a burst of inspiration and decided to make a small, scrappy hot air balloon. I had no idea how I was going to use it or if it would ever be finished into a quilt. I just wanted to enjoy the process of making something unexpected out of the blue again. I pulled out some of my favorite blue and green scrap fabrics and set to work doing some machine applique. I used my favorite turquoise 50 wt cotton Mako Aurifil thread for the balloon top and a light brown 50 wt cotton mako Aurifil thread for the basket.
I was really happy with how it turned out, wonky basket and all. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make more of them or try and just use this one for something. I found a quote that I liked and I thought fit for it but didn’t want to do machine embroidery directly onto the background fabric since I didn’t think it would stand out. So I had another burst of inspiration on Sunday morning and set to work. I used two fonts for the wording and embroidered it onto the teal solid using a 28 wt. cotton Aurifil thread so it would stand out more. The “handwriting” font is from Urban Threads and the other font (the word “Wander”) is “Tinkerbell” from 8 Paws and a Claw Embroidery. I used my pinking sheers to trim the squares around the words and appliqued them down using the 28 wt. Aurifil thread with my stitch set at a 3.0 length.
Then the fun part! I threw two layers of batting under the quilt top and put it on Anne my Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0. I decided to quilt it using my big cone of 50 wt. Aurifil white thread. Only took one and a half bobbins!
Hoping I’ll be able to trim and bind it tonight so I can hang it up somewhere. I love the saying that I chose for this since I think it’s poignant for my life right now. I see more hot air balloon quilts in my future!