I am really thrilled with my first Night Garden bonus quilt finish, Space Arcade.
For a quick recap, I made the queen size version of Night Garden for my sister- and brother-in-law. From the queen size version of Night Garden, there are enough large scraps created in piecing the quilt top that I also designed 2 additional throw size quilts to use up the scraps. Space Arcade requires an additional 3⅜ yards of a background fabric, so I paired the Kona Royal and Oyster scraps with FreeSpirit Designer Essential Solids in Cerulean. The Space Arcade bonus quilt can be made using scraps from either Night Garden quilt size (pattern(s) coming soon!).
As soon as I put the last stitch in the binding of the quilt, I had a thought about who this 54″ x 62″ quilt would be perfect for, so I snapped this quick photo with my phone to check via text message to see if my hunch was right. My hunch proved to be correct, so this quilt has already been washed and is on its way to its new home.
I had some Kona Ocean yardage in my stash, and it is VERY similar to Kona Royal. You can see in the photo above how similar the backing and binding (which are both Kona Ocean) appear to be with the pieced Kona Royal scraps in the quilt top.
After finishing all the straight line quilting, I did have a moment where I paused to consider if the denser back and forth free motion quilted lines I had planned were really needed. Thankfully I didn’t ponder that for too long and honestly, the free motion quilting went really quickly. I love the extra definition the denser quilted lines give to the negative space and the texture is really satisfying to feel.
For the quilting, I used 3 different 50wt Aurifil thread colors matched to each area of the quilt: 1320 (Bright Teal) to match the background FreeSpirit Cerulean, 2740 (Dark Cobalt) to match the Kona Royal and Kona Ocean, and 2000 (Light Sand) to match the Kona Oyster. That did mean I had a lot of starts and stops and threads to bury, but with a side threading needle, it was easy to bury the threads as I quilted.
I like to use the same thread in the bobbin that I’m working with on the quilt top, which has the added bonus of creating a really lovely slightly colorized version of the quilt on the backing.
While the binding matching the backing might not be terribly exciting, I do love the way the dark binding frames this quilt. I would have loved to go outside and photograph Space Arcade in the wild, but the winds here this week have been over 20mph, which is less than ideal for a quilt photoshoot! And since I had just enough time to get the quilt washed and shipped off for a special occasion, I decided these indoor photos were definitely good enough. I can’t wait for the recipient to get the quilt and start using it.
Before I shipped Space Arcade away, I made sure to give it a nice first wash. The crinkle texture did not disappoint! The quilt measured 51 1/2″ wide by 59 1/2″ long after the first wash, which is about a 4.5% shrinkage.