Signal Trace - Quilting Lines and Basting

Signal Trace {Quilting Progress}

Last Friday, it didn’t take long for me to sew the final 3 seams to complete the Signal Trace quilt top:

Signal Trace Quilt Top, a 48 1/2" square quilt in scrappy blues and lime greens.

Signal Trace Quilt Top

I am so happy with how it came together!

Signal Trace Backing - Using left over scrappy blue fabric from the quilt top to puzzle together a quilt backing

Signal Trace Backing

Friday evening, I took the left over fabric from the quilt top, and started overlaying those fabrics on top of the quilt on my design wall. I also dug around in my blue fabric bins and came up with larger scraps that were left over from trimming backings to size and a few additional prints that were not used in the quilt top. Once I was reasonably sure that I could get a pieced backing that would be large enough for the quilt top, I was happy. So happy, that I proceeded to let the fabrics stay like that on my design wall as other things needed my attention during the weekend and beginning of the week.

Signal Trace Backing - Pieced blue quilt backing

Signal Trace Backing

After staring at the pieces on my design wall for a few days, I knew that I wanted the prints to be used more than the solids, so I shuffled things around a bit when it came time to piece them together. And because it had sat for a few days I jumped right in and basted the quilt and even started quilting it before I realized I hadn’t taken any progress photos last night. Oops.

Signal Trace - Quilting Lines and Basting

Signal Trace – Quilting Lines and Basting

So let me back up a bit: prior to basting the quilt, I left the quilt top on my design wall and used a Hera marker to mark diagonal crosshatch lines through the blocks. Then, I pin basted between all the marked lines. The theory is that I won’t have to remove any pins while I’m quilting. I’ve only quilted 4 lines so far, but so far, so good!

10 thoughts on “Signal Trace {Quilting Progress}

  1. patty says:

    Love it when pins can be placed so they don’t get caught up in the quilting! Happy sewing.

  2. I like your pieced back, a great way to use up various pieces.

  3. Kate says:

    The pieced back worked out well. Looks like you’ll make pretty quick work of the quilting. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  4. Julie says:

    Piecing a back is fun, it can result in a 2-sided quilt. You’re back looks like a giant log cabin.

  5. I would think placing pins like that will make things so much easier. I’m excited to see the progress on this quilt!

  6. Suzanne says:

    It’s a beautiful quilt – the colors are gorgeous, the juxtaposition of light and dark is stunning, and I LOVE that you used prints – it sparkles!!

  7. Love the backing and a big hooray for quilting paths made easy without pins in the way. I really love this one.

  8. aquilterstable says:

    Good progress.Yay for a pieced backing. Enjoy finishing up the qulting.

  9. I really like this quilt Yvonne! I also am thrilled with the backing you did, though that is only a last weekend in-progress shot. Kelly will be thrilled too, I know it. 😉 Can’t wait to see the finish this coming week and yay for a pin-basting/quilting plan that works!

  10. Love your color choice!

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