Heads up, this is a photo heavy post.
I have found that I can quilt about one spiral on Mum’s Garden a day. It’s a pretty big quilt at 60″ x 72″ to turn and turn and turn, and as I work my way to the edges of the quilt, getting the quilt to pass through the throat of my machine is becoming a bit more challenging.
I think this photograph of the back shows the change in thread colors I’ve been using, even though they are subtle. The thread for the center spiral matches the darkest fabric in the front (Aurifil 2468 Dark Wine to match Kona Burgundy), the next 4 spirals match the medium orange in the front (Aurifil 2350 Copper to match Kona Spice), and the outer 4 spirals match the yellow (Aurifil 2140 Orange Mustard to match Kona Yarrow) which is also what I used for the backing.
Each spiral is approximately 2 feet (24 inches) in diameter when complete, and I have been really happy with how the first 9 have come together. I keep checking the backing, and after completing these spirals, I knew it was time to re-baste the corners to keep from getting tucks in the backing.
In my last post about Mum’s Garden, several people suggested via the comments that I try spray basting to alleviate this basting issue, and I think that spray basting can be an awesome solution. I tested out spray basting years ago, and it’s just not something that can be tolerated in my household; we are chemical and scent sensitive. I know that there might be new products on the market, but I’m also only leaving the house to get groceries right now so I’m going to keep working with what I have on hand.
In the photo above, I have already re-basted 3 of the 4 corners and unpinned the last corner that needs to be redone. To begin, I started by taping the four corners of the quilt down and working to get tension across the quilt. Then I taped each side at the midpoint.
After unpinning a corner, I gently folded back the top and batting and you can see that the backing was pretty wavy.
I gently re-adjusted the positioning of the corner and then added a few more pieces of tape to ensure that the backing was taut and flat again.
Then I worked to nicely flatten the batting and quilt top.
After re-basting, it was time to stare down the quilt top and decide where to start the next spiral. The final quilting will be done with thread matching the background (Aurifil 2311 Muslin to match Kona Bone).
This is what a 2 foot diameter corner spiral looks like. Before continuing to grow the spiral, I decided to stop, step back, and consider how to quilt the rest of the corner.
I’m glad I took the time to stop and think and doodle quilting lines in Procreate again, because I really disliked my initial thought of just continuing the spiral. My next idea was to fill in with additional spirals, but it made everything feel too cluttered. When I sketched out just a simple echo, I knew that it was the perfect solution. I like how it mimics the star shapes and creates more rest at the edges of the design.
So, it’s time to go fill in those spaces and finish the other three corners. This quilt will also need to be blocked after I’m done quilting to help get the long sides back to straight. I’m still hopeful I can have a finish later in the week to share, but we’ll see.
What are you working on this week?