I had just enough Kona Cotton Nightfall to piece the top for Pulsar. When I finished piecing the quilt top, I decided to order more Nightfall for the backing, but since I was placing a fabric order, I went ahead and thought about what project I want to work on next. I plan to make a second version of Sesen, so I spent a few days honing the color palette for the next version before placing my order. I also went ahead and color matched all the thread that I would need for quilting both projects and placed an order for all of that at the same time.
So for a few weeks, I had Pulsar taking up my design wall. Early this week, I realized that I could do myself (and my back!) a favor by pre-marking all of my reference lines for the Pulsar quilting plan with my Hera marker while the quilt top was on my design wall.
Some of the lines I needed to mark required the use of my OLFA 6″ x 24″ ruler, so learning how to have good muscle control with my left hand while marking the lines with the Hera marker in my right hand took a little bit of getting used to, but I am so happy that I didn’t have to do this while crawling around on the floor!
Seeing the quilting plan marked out on the quilt top, I’m really excited to dig in and get this quilt basted and quilted! I expect the quilting process will take me several weeks.
In terms of fabric, I also don’t have enough of any of the pieced fabrics for the binding, so I shopped my stash and found this old print that I picked up years ago in a quilt shop. It’s by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex and has all the colors of the piecing elements. To help me decide if it would make a good binding, I mocked it up using Inkscape.
I think it could work. I like that the plaid lines are set on point, which matches the feeling and shapes of the quilt top. What do you think, would this work or should I keep looking for something else (likely a solid or blender)?