I love finishing the binding of my quilts by hand. That doesn’t mean I hand bind all of my projects; I’m not totally crazy! Sometimes it’s more practical to finish binding by machine, but I definitely enjoyed the process of getting to spend a bit more time with Garden Peony as I stitched the binding to the back by hand.
The free motion quilted back and forth lines are really important for the quilting design to have an impact. I really enjoy the contrast between the 1″ spaced walking foot quilted lines and paths around the quilt and the more densely quilted back and forth lines.
I started quilting at the center of the quilt (all quilting was done with 50wt thread). I used matching Aurifil 2210 (Caramel) to the Kona Gold center circle. I continued using Aurifil 2210 (Caramel) to quilt the big meandering path around the middle of the quilt. Then I switched thread and used Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand) to match the four Kona Oyster quarter circles in the center. I switched thread again and used Aurifil 2130 (Medium Butter) that matches Kona Mustard to quilt the eight partial circles around the borders. I then used Aurifil 2350 (Copper) to match the background Kona Spice to quilt the four corners. And the final thread change was to Aurifil 2360 (Chocolate) which matches the Kona Brown quarter circles, but I used that to do all the free motion quilted back and forth lines.
I hope I’m not the only one who sees a happy retro design in the quilting on the back of the quilt! The backing and binding are also Kona Spice. Between Meringue and Garden Peony, I have now used up the yardage of Kona Spice I purchased a little over 2 years ago. I am a bit sad knowing that it’s all used up. Bringing it into my stash really forced me to explore new to me color palettes that were fun and exciting.
The Garden Peony quilt finished at 39″ square after quilting, trimming, and binding. It laid so flat that I haven’t even given the quilt a good press yet, as evidenced by the fact that you can still see some of the fold lines I used to piece the curves on the fabrics on the quilt top.
With this finish, I am putting the final details in place so that the Meringue pattern (which includes bonus instructions for making Garden Peony from the large scraps left over from piecing the Meringue quilt top) can be available on Wednesday, June 15th. The pattern will have an introductory sale, but the best sale will be offered to my newsletter subscribers. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter before Wednesday morning if you want the best deal!