Happy Monday to you, and welcome to Main Crush Monday! The quilt I’m crushing on this week has been in the works for a good while and I’m happy to finally have it finished. You’ve seen a few pictures of the quilt in progress, and today is the day you get to see the quilting up close.
Remember this picture?
The pattern is Star Blossom and was designed by Tish of Tish in Wonderland and Dave The Quilt Engineer. I tested the queen size of the pattern and have to say it is well written, and super easy to understand. It’s also a fun quilt to make.
The picture was taken before the binding was put on, and it took both my boys to hold it up. You can see it was still draped on the ground – that’s how long this quilt is.
I enjoyed quilting this top so much. This was the first big project I completed on my new longarm, and it taught me a lot of lessons. You can read more about those lessons here. It was on the frame for almost a week, and I spent late nights and long days working to get it done. There was some happy dancing going on when I unloaded it!
Now for some eye candy!
This is one of the blocks. The blocks finish at 24″, and I used a combination of straight lines and spiral quilting. I used a ruler to help keep the lines straight, so I really got to test out the ruler base and my ruler skills!
Here’s a close-up of the stitching in the arrows:
I hate that my swirls aren’t better. In fact, after doing the first two blocks I seriously considered picking out all the stitching. I was feeling a tiny bit defeated at that point; my stitching on my Sweet Sixteen looks so much better – I feel like I have better control. My husband came to the rescue and gave me a pep talk so I powered through. I’m glad I did. By the time I was half way through my swirls were looking much better and I was loosening up. This longarm thing is just going to take some practice – I need to keep reminding myself of that.
The sun peeked out as I was taking a few pictures – this shot really shows the quilting and the texture.
The quilting shows so well on the back. I used a wide back (I can’t remember the name), and I’m becoming a big fan of wide backings. Just load them up and quilt, no piecing required. Look at that yummy texture!
The binding looks lovely, especially against that floral border print. When I chose the fabrics for this quilt, I found the border fabric and pulled the other fabrics to coordinate. This quilt is for my mother-in-law and I hope she likes it. I know I do. 🙂
So there’s my crush for this week. I’m glad I can check it off my To Do list and move on to another project. I hope you’ll share what you are working on. I had so much fun last week reading about your projects. There were several inspiring stories – I hope you had a chance to visit some of the others who linked up.
Now it’s your turn to share your quilty crush! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how: