I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. The BIG “O” birthday party was only 3 days away and I was ready to quilt. This was one of the biggest quilts I had attempted to quilt since taking a machine quilting class with the wonderful Kim Bradley. I made a sketch of the finished quilt block in order to audition several possible continuous quilting designs. Kim gave me the confidence to know “if you can draw it, you can quilt it”.
The quilt top looked ‘busy’ so I decided to use the Aurifil 50wt thread for quilting. I usually use the Aurifil 28wt because the slightly heavier weight can give the quilting more depth and dimension . However, with all these animal prints on show, the Aurifil 50wt would give me the fine, subtle quilting lines I wanted.
I decided on an “S” shaped quilting design that could be echoed and easily travel from unit to unit in a continuous line which meant fewer starts and stops. Using 50wt on the bobbin also meant fewer stops for bobbin refilling. My bobbin holds heaps of this fine thread!
The quilting was a breeze and it was time for the binding. I cut a 2 inch binding and after folding the right sides together I attached my walking foot to ensure all the layers fed evenly along the edge.
I like to mitre the corners of by binding as it gives a nice, crisp finish.
Bring binding back along edge of quilt keeping fold intact.
Continue sewing binding to quilt catching fold at corner
Always remember to add a label to your quilts. I printed a special message and used a light box to carefully trace the lettering with a permanent, fine tipped pigma pen.
Until next time……..Happy Stitching with Aurifil