When selecting our fabric last June, I decided to shop my stash. I used Mercury in Yellow by Alison Glass, an old blue with yellow star print, Rocket Age Rocket Blast in Navy by Riley Blake, and Kona Snow.
The Rocket Age Rocket Blast in Navy by Riley Blake is a print that I love, and I decided to use it for the backing as well. I still have about 40-inches by WOF remaining; plenty for another fun project or two.
For the quilting, I chose to use 50wt Aurifil 2021 (Natural White) to blend with the Kona Snow on the top, and I used 50wt Aurifil 2783 (Medium Delft Blue) in the bobbin to blend with the backing fabric.
I had an absolute blast quilting my Midnight Mystery quilt. I explored #FlowQuilting more in the background / Kona Snow, and opted for simpler quilting within each star block.
I explored a variety of quilting motifs and played with how to transition from one design to another.
I was surprised to find myself gravitating more and more to swoopy, curling, rounded shapes. When I first started using my long arm, I was intimidated by curves and round quilting designs and stuck with “safer” more angular designs.
I even started to incorporate more feathers as I was quilting. I still think about them a lot as I am quilting, but they started to flow more naturally.
One of my favorite quilting details is in the lower right hand corner: a heart with the letter “F” inside to represent my love for my husband and best friend. <3
The texture is harder to see across the backing, but I did not want to distract too much from the print and spaceships that I love.
I used Kona Nautical for the binding, and I really like how the dark edge frames out the quilt.
The quilting took me about 10 hours to complete across the 72-inch square quilt top. I am thrilled to be keeping this quilt to cuddle under.
I used Quilter’s Dream Green batting, and after the first wash, the quilt measured 66.75-inches wide by 66.75-inches tall (~7.6% shrinkage).
Thank you, Cheryl, for the wonderful mystery quilt series!
My previous Midnight Mystery Quilt posts are linked below:
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Fabric Selection
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Fabric Prep
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Flying Geese
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Square in a Square
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Courthouse Step Blocks
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Block Assembly Part 1
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Block Assembly Part 2
- Midnight Mystery Quilt – Pieced Top
Linking up with TGIFF and Finish it Friday.