As I was working to finish piecing the Night Garden quilt top this month, I started to think more and more about how it would be quilted. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s see how the quilt came together.
I was so thrilled when the quilt center was pieced together. I just love the shapes that are created, and seeing the pieced units and blocks come together to create a more complex whole is a thrilling process.
I am so thankful that I can reconfigure my sewing studio to get as much floor space as possible. This 90 1/4″ wide by 100 1/4″ long quilt top fit with margin on my floor! Once the quilt was fully pieced, I took the time to trim the long threads from the back of the quilt; hence the need to have the quilt upside down.
Back to my musings about quilting this large quilt. This is intended as a bed quilt for my sister- and brother-in-law, and with as much use as it’s going to get, I would prefer that the quilt be more densely quilted than I felt like I was going to be able to do on my domestic machine in my studio. So, after talking it over with them, I reached out to Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting, and I prepared and shipped off the quilt top and backing (a Kona Cotton wideback in Navy) for Melissa to quilt for us. I’m really excited about the motif; it’s called Dissent.
My sister- and brother-in-law are both lawyers, and we all think this is a perfect motif to compliment the piecing and add just the right touch of personalization for them.
So, now that the quilt is pieced and on it’s way for Melissa to work her magic, I’m getting ready to start piecing the first bonus quilt. I have no shortage of things to work on, that’s for sure!