Finally! I got one done! And I thought this would never get quilted. Thanks to the sun for coming out so I could capture this quilt in natural light.
This is the Emma pattern, designed by Anita Peluso of Bloomin Workshop. She's a local designer here in the Seattle area. And just by chance, she has a new pattern that is featured in the latest issue of Gen Q Magazine! It's really really cute!
I love the mix of old and new in her work. Anita blogs here. Her patterns rock. Easy, clear, and fun! That's the way it should be. I've also taken a class with Anita, and she is such a joy in the quilting community!
For this pattern I chose a myriad of black and whites with a pop of color courtesy of Liberty of London. I loved this bright bold print, but wanted to use it in a way that it plays well with other patterns. This quilt was a print and color study for me. I wanted to explore how to create different values of black and white fabrics by the nature of their prints. I used the color for the binding to give the inner squares someone to play with.
I quilted this using straight lines. While the quilting is not obvious on this quilt, I created an "X" using an alternate grid from the actual block piecing and grid-quilted the other parts of the quilt. It's fairly heavily quilted, with the stars in the giant "X" area ditch and accent quilted so that they will stand out after washing. (I like my quilts all washed and crinkly).
- I'm better off as a one project at a time quilter. That enables me to put full focus on what I am doing.
- When quilting on a home machine, get a massage. LOL!
- I need to practice my binding skills more. I still fall short on sewing the binding ends together.
- The walking foot is my friend (I prefer an open-toed walking foot as I can see exactly where the needle drops)
- Have lots of audio books on hand
- Pin the living daylights out of the quilt sandwich and then pin some more!
- Fabric choice wise -- Something other than the wavy stripe would have been better. It was too directional for this application
- A punch of color with black and white is a good combo
- Yes, you can achieve different values of black and white based on the type of prints used
All I need to do is clip some loose threads and wash it. D for Done!