When I told you about this quilt on Monday and said that I wanted to make something easy and fast, I was working on this quilt. It definitely met my requirements. I had the flimsy done on Sunday, quilted it on Monday, and did the binding on Tuesday. And today I have a finish to share with you! How cool is that?
The quilting is a really easy meandering loopy design. It keeps the quilt soft and a bit fluffy. I had some other designs in mind, but didn’t want to do anything dense that would add weight to the quilt. After all, it will be living in Florida so I figured the lighter the better.
I used Kona Cardinal for the back, and a pieced batting from scraps I’ve been waiting to use. This entire quilt came from my stash and I’m very happy about that!
These pictures were taken right before sunset – look at the golden light hitting the quilt. Kinda makes it glow, right?
The binding uses all of the colors in the quilt piecing and I love the way the colors frame the quilt.
Remember when I talked about the machine binding I did on Michelle’s whole cloth quilt? I said if I did it again I would sew the binding to the back first and then sew the front of the binding by machine. This would keep the line of stitching that runs alongside the binding on the back. That’s what I did on this one. And I’m super pleased with how it looks.
The red thread blends perfectly with the backing fabric and is barely noticeable. Because the binding is multiple colors, I used Superior’s Mono Poly on the top of the binding and it really is just about invisible. I also stitched the binding down using my Sweet Sixteen. This is the first time I’ve done that and I will do it again. I felt like I had much more control of the stitching and the stitches look much better than they did on the whole cloth quilt.
Each quilt teaches me something and this one is no different. I’ve learned that fast and easy can be as satisfying as a more difficult project. I’ve learned that I’m very happy to use what I have on hand. I’ve also learned that skills get better with practice and it’s good to try new things. But most of all, with this quilt, I’ve learned what a great community quilters are and I’m proud to be part of this great group.
This quilt will be shipped off on Thursday and I hope whoever receives it finds comfort and warmth when wrapped up in it.