My Quilting Adventure Week 42
Posted by KJCB on October 01, 2017
The quilt top in this blog post was my July UFO project for the AllPeople Quilt UFO Resolution Challenge. I pretty much took the whole month to piece the top (there wasn't any sewing done before July 1st) so I just finally got around to the quilting.
I'm not generally a fan of white backgrounds but I loved this pattern just the way it was so I stuck with the white. Because of the amount of white I stuck with the white Aurifil thread.
Some days when I need to quilt (because I"m always behind :)) I also have to work at RQ and help customers. On those days it is really handy to have the BERNINA Q-Matic. I can set up my parameters and choose a design and let that baby quilt an entire row before I have to come back and move to the next area. The pantograph or edge-to-edge design that I chose for this quilt featured loops and butterflies. It's a fun and flirty quilting design that matched the feel of the quilt pattern.
Here's a close-up of a butterfly in the quilting. I think it's a design that could be easily done freehand with a little bit of practice.
I realized as I neared the bottom that I should have planned my design with a bit more precision. I was concerned that I would end up with only enough room for half of the quilting pattern. I should have figured how many repeats I could fit comfortably down the length of the quilt before I started so that I could alter the size of the design if necessary. So (a bit late) I measured the remaining space on my design and slightly adjusted my spacing and design size so that I could fit the majority of two more repeats at the bottom.
As you can see from this photo, I did have to let about two inches of the design stitch into the batting. I felt that this was preferable to shrinking the whole design by two inches and having one really narrow row at the bottom. Because I basted the top to the batting and backing first, I didn't have any trouble with the machine going on and off the quilt top. Also, I used a puff batting with loft which really added a little something extra to the finished look.
I love the pieced backing on this quilt! I used up all the remaining pieces from my fat eighth bundle to piece the center panel. Then I only needed one length of fabric to piece the back instead of two. Eliminated having to add all those pieces to my stash!
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: Superstar by V and Co.
Fabric: Color Theory by V and Co. for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Quilter's Dream Puff
Thread: Aurifil 40wt 2024
Finished size: 64" x 80"
Quilt Top Tally: 42