Many thanks to Kathe E. (@_duchick_) for the perfect name suggestion for the Sky Full of Stars bonus quilt: Hang On. Like many others, she saw a rope like shape and, in her own words, “[It] is ready to be tied into a knot for that saying, ‘tie a knot and hang on’. Perfect thought for this peculiar year!”
I purposefully chose to bind Hang On with the same crosshatch print that I used to bind Sky Full of Stars to help link the two quilts together.
I hope that the flowing quilting helps connect the piecing and reinforce the rope like shape of the prints. The echo quilting between the lines makes me think of ripples on water.
Earlier this week, several people asked about being able to see the lines marked by a Hera marker on prints. It’s a great question, and several of the prints in this quilt were very difficult for me to see. When I struggle to see the marked lines, I turn off the extra LED lights that I have added to the throat space on my sewing machine and I set up a side light to cast shadows across the quilt top. Giving the quilt a bit of side lighting really helps me see the indented areas that I marked with the Hera marker.
The design reads through the quilting on the back of the quilt a little bit differently, and the areas of interaction from the echo quilting gives a three-dimensional, pulsing to me.
As you might be able to tell from the backing photo, I chose to machine bind the quilt for the finish. When I machine bind a quilt, I stitch to the back of the quilt first and then stitch it down to the front, which creates a line just inside the binding that is visible on the back of the quilt.
I keep a spreadsheet with an inventory of the quilts that I have in my home. It helps me track quilts that might be shipped out to a quilt show or other events, and I also keep that inventory backed up in case I have to quickly evacuate my home (it is wildfire season in California, after all). I also like to rotate out the quilts that I have hanging on my quilt ladder in the corner of my sewing room. With the completion of Hang On, I took the opportunity to change out my display and photograph my quilting room which is also good for backup / recovery purposes.
My blank design wall is clearly telling me that it is time for something new!