After working through what thread color(s) I wanted to use to piece the Cloudy Night Sky quilt top, I was ready to start chain piecing my curve blocks for the quilt top.
I loaded up my machine with 50wt Aurifil Thread in 2785 (very dark navy) and was able to sew my quarter circle and orange peel blocks fairly quickly. I put on a podcast and the next thing I knew I was pressing my seams.
When it was time to trim down the blocks, I realized I was struggling to see the Kona Nightfall against my Navy OLFA cutting mat.
So I pulled out a smaller Aqua OLFA self healing mat, which made it a lot easier to line up the edges of the Nightfall with the lines on my ruler.
With all my blocks complete, I was happy to start sewing the quilt top together. I inspected each seam after I sewed it, but sometimes a seam asked to be adjusted after it was sewn into the second seam, like the top of the Nightfall star point in the image above. I knew that the hairline gap at the top of that star point was going to bother me, so I took the time to rip a bit of the horizontal seam, allowing me the opportunity to tighten the seam up.
I filmed myself repairing the seam, and it took me 10 minutes and 30 seconds. I compressed that down a bit into the time lapse video you can see above.
The fix looks much better! In all, I think I went back and adjusted 6 or 7 seams as I put the quilt top together.
When it comes to seam ripping, I have a general rule of thumb that I try to honor: at most, rip twice.
At the beginning of the quilt top assembly, I sewed as many seams with 50wt Aurifil Thread in 2785 (very dark navy) as I could: seams that were between Nightfall and Nightfall or Nightfall and Snow. Then came a period of time when I was able to sew several seams with 50wt Aurifil Thread in 2311 (muslin) between Snow and Snow, and finally, I had several seams that were a combination of 2311 (muslin) and 2785 (very dark navy), like the seam shown above. When I stopped in the middle of the seam, I backstitched to secure the stitch before changing my thread and finishing out the seam.
I am thrilled with how the quilt top has come together!
I’ll be taking my time this week to carefully mark out my quilting plan on the quilt top. I’ll want to measure and triple check the positioning in the negative space, so I anticipate that it will take me a bit of time to keep everything aligned.