Garden Peony - Quilting Detail
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Garden Peony {Quilting}

I love my original quilting plan for Garden Peony, but for this version I wanted to free motion quilt an all over motif. That meant that I needed to settle on using a single thread for the quilting. I pieced the quilt top using 50wt Aurifil 4093 (Jade), which was a close color match to the background fabric, but I didn’t want to quilt on top of the prints with a green thread. Looking at the options in my thread stash, I chose 3 thread colors that blended in well with most of the prints in the quilt top: 2326 (Sand), 2214 (Golden Honey), and 2210 (Caramel).

Garden Peony - Quilting Thread Test

Garden Peony – Quilting Thread Test

Because these colors will stand out the most against the background, I made a quick quilt sandwich using background fabric scraps to see how the threads looked quilted against the Kona Enchanted. It’s super subtle, and I have to admit I stared at the results for a bit before ultimately settling on using 2210 (Caramel).

Garden Peony - Basted

Garden Peony – Basted

With a decision made about what thread I’ll be using to quilt with, I got the quilt top basted. I rotated every other pin and also pinned the excess batting that extends beyond the quilt top to the backing (Quilt Basting Tips).

After getting the quilt basted, I took the time to set up my machine and practice the free motion quilting motif that I had planned for Garden Peony.

Garden Peony - Quilting

Garden Peony – Quilting

For the quilting, I went with one of my favorite textural motifs: a swirl flower. The quilting starts by making a partial swirl shape, then it bounces back along the swirl with arcs that mimic flower petals. I like to echo back and forth 2-3 times until I am positioned and ready to spiral out to start the next swirl.

Garden Peony - Quilting Detail

Garden Peony – Quilting Detail

The quilting thread blends in really well with the orange, pink, and yellow prints, and doesn’t stand out too much on the background and white print. I *love* the texture this has given to the quilt! In all, it took me about 4 hours to do all of the quilting and I used about 3.25 bobbins on the 40″ square quilt top. It’s time to trim the quilt square and get the binding on. Fingers crossed for good weather this afternoon so I can share the finished quilt with you tomorrow!

8 thoughts on “Garden Peony {Quilting}

  1. patty says:

    Beautiful fmq motif! Choosing thread color is tough but you made a great choice.

  2. Great choice for the thread, and the free motion design works really well (and looks so nice)!

  3. I really appreciate you explaining your process for figuring out your thread choice. The quilting looks great! I had to look up Kona Enchanted since it’s not in my Kona Swatch cards bought long ago, and I saw it was their 2020 color.

  4. Kate says:

    The quilting looks gorgeous! The caramel colored thread worked out really well.

  5. I love your thread choice and you really got it done! Congrats.

  6. Patti Howard says:

    I appreciate how you share your quilting processes. Wonderful learning opportunities! Great thread color and motif choices.

  7. Wow, your quilting is amazing, perfectly balanced and the density is so evenly distributed. I am in awe of your talent to do this freehand. Well done!

  8. Elizabeth E. says:

    At the top of the post, my first question was: what color did Yvonne use to quilt it? And happily, you dived right in and talked about it. Thank you for talking about your process. I think it’s the perfect color.! And I love the motif you chose; beautiful!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)