I took my finished Heart Value quilt along on retreat. I like to have a quilt with me as a little reminder of home and knew I would have some helpers for photos. I think it was the only time I ventured outside and away from my sewing machine.
This is definitely the largest quilt I’ve ever quilted on the studio’s Berninas. It’s a little shy in width to a King. One of my Facebook readers asked when quilting if I go north to south, and then turn to go south to north? This quilt was too large to continually turn, so I just worked my way out from the middle. I started with a vertical quilting line ½” from the seams and then went back to fill in. It was the first time I’ve used the stitch in the ditch foot that came with my Bernina’s walking foot to tack down the seams. It turned out perfectly.
Oh, all that lovely color.
I combed through my stash to find just the right fabrics for each heart. Again a perfect sample of archiving all your lovely fabrics in one quilt. No matchy-matchy required.
I lack in low volumes except for an insane amount of light pink.
More from the stash for back.
I have to say I’ve pulled quite a number of fabrics lately from stash that I bought specifically for backs and upon trying to square them up I believe who ever is operating the printing or checking the quality is not doing their job. The motifs are printed so off grain that they look horrible as huge cuts and can’t be used. I finally moved from my original prints and patched together a bunch of mostly flannel in a simple back.
I think I mentioned in a past post that I purchased a fabric favorite for the binding once I saw that it was reprinted. It’s a Sevenberry and ties in the colors of the back perfectly.
I try to get photos of quilts before I wash them and now that that’s done I threw it into the wash. I was super impressed with how supple it was when I pulled it out. It has an amazing drape.
It’s perfect timing. The morning fog has cleared and sunny skies are expected for Seattle by mid-day. It appears the season is turning just in time for the first day of summer making it time to pull the duvet and sleep with just a quilt.
This is just another example of how to use value in your quilts. You can follow the simple instructions in my value quilt tutorial to make your own.
Happy Week Peeps!
P.S. I’ve added evening and weekend Open Studios to the schedule;) One can never have too many opportunities to quilt!