I wanted to enter another small quilt into the Aurifil/Moda Challenge – only I just finished it and it was due on December 1 – oh well. It got me started and now was the time to finish!
I started with a mini charm pack called For You from Zen Chic for Moda. I love to open a pack and lay it all out to see how it all looks together and if they all “play nice.”
I then took it to this point – a quilt top only, or a flimsy.
I really like how it looked and decided to call the design: Touching Points, or the Touching Points Quilt. There was so many ideas I had that played on words like: corners, points, squares, intersecting, etc.. I had fun with that part.
I made a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top, then the batting, then the quilt back. I pinned the three together pretty close. I did this on my kitchen table, then put back on my design wall to make sure it was even, straight & no puckers.A close up of the sandwich. On a quilt this size there needs to be overlap of an inch or so on all sides of each successive layer.I had other plans on the quilting but at the last-minute had an epiphany! I wanted to make concentric circles on the quilt. I had never tried this before – there is a first time for everything! I wanted a very organic, not perfect circle with slightly varied spacing.
I started right in the center. It quickly grew and became easier to rotate. I found myself forcing it through at first and the stitches were off, but soon realized that I didn’t need to do that and just let the feed dogs do their work. I was able to relax a bit more too.
The quilting finished. It looked even better than I had hoped! I was so pleased. I love the precise squares with the organic circle quilting. I want to try multiple concentric, quilted circles that overlap in a future quilt. The quilting really takes center stage with this design.
I used Aurifil thread in Bubblegum, it is another variegated – LOVE THOSE! A few close-ups to show the pink shades on the gray & white.
Next was the binding to complete. I cut the excess batting and backing off and squared up the quilt.
It measured 23 1/2″ on all 4 sides. The original contest was for a quilt no larger than 100″ in perimeter. Not bad! I was beginning to impress myself.
I pulled out all my pink stash and “auditioned” most of them next to the edge to see what I thought. My 8-year-old daughter was close by and felt she was REQUIRED to give her input too – since it was pink! I narrowed it to these two choices and decided on the tone on tone. (I have been known to take a quilt at this point into a fabric store and text multiple “audition” photos to quilting buddies for advice when I can’t make a decision!)
I cut enough binding for the perimeter plus a bit. I cut my binding at 1 1/4″ – this works perfect for me.
I had 2 squares left over from the charm pack that I planned on placing within the binding. I just wasn’t sure how & wanted them in certain places. I sewed the two mini charms together, then cut them to 1 1/4″ strips.
I attach my binding from the back. I used my quilting marker and marked the area I wanted the extra charms to be, on the back so I could see it. Once I was close to the area, I cut the binding strip – making sure to stop sewing a few inches before that. I then attached the charm strips to the binding I had been working on and the other side to make a continuous binding strip. I then went back to where I had been sewing, do a back stitch or two and continue sewing. Then the pieces were in near perfect placement.
I turned the quilt over and attach the binding to the front.
This binding really turned out GREAT! I am becoming a binding rock star! All the binding practice has paid off. Here is a close up of the binding with those awesome circles.An image of the back of the quilt. No real attachment for me – just donated fabric that I was happy to use up in an improve format.
And the finished Touching Points Quilt! I think the pink binding really works and I love the extra charms included in the binding. I really would have been pleased to enter this into the contest. There WILL BE a next time, on time next time!
Now just to figure out how to write a pattern and submit it for others to duplicate.