Last week was a long week of computer work. Between preparing to release the pattern for Mum’s Garden and laying the ground work for the next few patterns (Sky Full of Stars, which will include instructions for this bonus quilt, is out for review with my technical editor, Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs), I didn’t make too much progress on the bonus quilt during the week but, once again, I had a productive weekend.
I did get the 50 1/2″ x 55 1/2″ bonus quilt top pieced early last week. I promise that when the quilt is finished, I’ll have a much better name for it, and thank you to everyone for the wonderful suggestions!
For most of the rest of the week, I got to enjoy looking at my design wall with the quilt top beside my quilt ladder. Sometimes it is sad to lose the extra color when I pull a quilt off my design wall to baste, quilt, and get it finished, so it was nice to have it up to enjoy for a while. During the week, I would walk by and think about how I wanted to quilt it. My husband caught me staring at it one afternoon and made his own suggestion for the quilting which was a variation on one of the ideas I had been considering. His idea left all the starts and stops off of the quilt, so I was quickly sold on his idea.
Layering the quilt top on batting, I moved it to my kitchen table and I spent an afternoon marking out quilting lines with my hera marker. The diagonal lines in the background fabric are to indicate where I will need to pivot while using my walking foot and the spacing bar / guide. I marked all the lines I plan to quilt within the pieced blocks because they alternate between sizes (a 4″ radius to a 1″ radius, for example) and I wanted to make sure that it all lined up well. I used my drunkard’s path templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly for the 4″, 3″, and 2″ curves, but I had to manually mark the 1″ radius curve using my ruler. Hmmm, maybe that’s a quick video tutorial I could put together sometime.
With all the marking complete, basting the quilt and starting the quilting went quickly and smoothly. I am using 50wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove) for all the quilting, which blends in beautifully with the Kona Shadow background fabric. I really like the interference pattern that is created from the echo quilting in the background between the pieced blocks.
Fingers crossed I can keep the momentum going on this project this week. What are you working on?