I really love how the HST Scrap quilt came together! I went with much less dense quilting than I have been using lately and focused on using dot to dot techniques along with other straight line quilting patterns to hopefully enhance the geometric design of the quilt while leaving it very soft and fluffy.
For comparison, the photo above is after binding and the photo below is after its first wash.
I did not use any Cottage Main in Gray in the quilt, so when I went to create the binding I started with it as it really pulls all of the other prints from the line together. Luckily, I had *just* enough to create a continuous double fold, 2.5″ x WOF strip binding.
When I trimmed the quilt square after the quilting, I did my best to leave a bit of extra room so that I would not clip the points on the HST designs when I sewed down the binding. For the most part that was successful, but next time I’ll give myself a bit more margin.
For the quilting, I used a combination of 3 50wt Aurifil threads that I color matched to the fabrics: 2021 (natural white), 1148 (light jade), and 2620 (stainless steel).
- Finished Flimsy: 48 1/2″ square
- After Quilting / Binding: 48″ square
- After First Wash: 45″ square (~6% shrinkage)
- Cottage Main in Gray (binding)
- Cottage Newsprint in Teal
- Cottage Wallpaper in Teal
- Cottage Birds in Gray
- Cottage Wallpaper in Gray
- Riley Blake Basics – Solid Clean White
- Prisms in Dark Gray (backing)
- Quilter’s Dream Green Batting
Using a ruler on my long arm still feels a bit awkward, but I am so glad I spent more time getting used to it on this quilt. There were several times I slipped and the quilting lines were much less than straight. I spent a long time staring at one particular offender and posted about it on Instagram. Somehow the effort of asking for opinions solidified my own; as soon as I snapped the photo I ripped it out and re-did it. I do want to embrace “good enough” in my quilting, but I also need to acknowledge when I am learning and creating something that is less than my current best effort. There is no shame in making something right!
I will definitely be using some dot to dot quilting again in the future, but I’d like to add in some free motion quilting in combination with the dot to dot patterns next time!