Mum’s Garden took me a month from start to finish, although I was itching to use the color palette starting back in April when I brought home all those Kona Cotton solids from my closing local quilt shop. It is definitely one of my favorite quilts I’ve made so far. This quilt has been a joy to work on; I really enjoyed every step of the process (even the cutting, my least favorite step, haha!), and working on it has been a balm to get me through some rough times.
After getting stumped by the color palette (Kona Cotton in Burgundy, Spice, Yarrow, and Bone) and only thinking of fall foliage and leaves, I found a photograph of fall mums which was a great spring board for both the design and the name. Not only is the name a nod toward the inspiration photo, but it makes me think of my mom, who cultivates her garden and flowers year round. I specifically think of daylilies when I think of my mom’s yard. 🙂
The backing is Kona Yarrow and the binding is Kona Burgundy. After finishing the quilting (but prior to squaring and binding), I washed the quilt top so that I could block it. I was worried about the Kona Burgundy in the quilt top potentially bleeding, so I used a color catcher in the wash. Surprising me, the color catcher picked up Kona Yarrow.
I think it was a really good decision to re-baste the corners of the quilt and I’m pleased with the way the quilt back finished as a result. I used my domestic Juki TL-2200 QVP mini and a walking foot for the spiral quilting, which required a lot of moving the quilt around.
I am really glad that I expanded the quilt out from the 48″ x 48″ central motif to 60″ x 72″, making the quilt a snuggly lap size. After piecing the outer stars as a single unit instead of as four drunkard’s path, I have an idea I’d like to test out which would make piecing the center have fewer seams as well. I guess I know what I’m going to explore this weekend!
That being said, I’m really happy with the curved piecing and give a lot of credit to the awesome templates I use from Jen Carlton Bailly.
The past two weeks, I have only been able to work on Mum’s Garden in small, small snippets of time because I have been in a lot of pain. I am dealing with having my first kidney stone, and some days are much better than others. If you have happened to catch me on a high pain day lately (ahem, Tuesday), you have probably found me shorter than normal, and I apologize. The stone is moving and I am hopeful it passes in the near future.
I think the photo above does the best job of showing all 4 matching colors of thread I used for the quilting. The thread for the center spiral matches the darkest fabric (Aurifil 2468 Dark Wine to match Kona Burgundy), the next 4 spirals match the medium orange (Aurifil 2350 Copper to match Kona Spice), the next 4 spirals match the yellow (Aurifil 2140 Orange Mustard to match Kona Yarrow), and the outer spirals and finishing echo quilting match the background (Aurifil 2311 Muslin to match Kona Bone).
There’s nothing like a good detail photo, is there?
After blocking, squaring, and binding, Mum’s Garden finished at 59″ wide by 71″ tall. If you want to review the process history for Mum’s Garden, all the previous posts about it are linked below.
Linking up with Michelle From Bolt to Beauty‘s Beauties Pageant 87, Alycia Quilts‘ Finished Friday, TGIFF hosted by Jen from Faith and Fabric, Favorite Finish for June 2020 with Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs, and Show Me Something with Stars with Sarah Goer Quilts.