From my perspective it's actually done! I am so glad I don't have to bind it.
This was my main goal for the weekend and I got it done Saturday afternoon. Here it is on a queen size bed. It's a nice big quilt and I absolutely love the rainbow rings. I think my friend did an amazing job piecing it. She used the Accuquilt DWR die to make this quilt.
Here's a close up of the quilting. I wanted it to be reasonably simple and sparse so that the quilt would be comfortable on a bed. Thanks again to Cindy P. for sending me a photo of one that she and her sister made because it gave me the idea for the block quilting.
I used 3 rulers for the motifs. The Lily Lines rulers from Bethanne Nemesch are so versatile. There are so many great curve shapes on each ruler.
For the main motif I used this heart ruler for the large petals. I use this ruler a lot and it's a shame that it's no longer available but Bethanne's rulers have very similar curves.
For the little petals I used a circle ruler. I have an entire set of circles and ovals from Quilter's Apothecary. It was expensive but I use them a lot and not just for quilting. I used them a lot when I was working on the mosaic wall and I use them for cutting templates all the time.
I was able to quilt a continuous path across the quilt without having to stop except when I ran out of thread. The thread I used for the whole quilt was Superior So Fine. I sued a pale gray on the back and medium gray on front.
It's all packed up and ready for my friend's husband to pick up this week and take back to her for miles of bias binding.
To keep myself from procrastinating longer I spent some time Sunday loading this to quilt next.
I've got an outside circle based for the tree skirt edge so that I don't waste time quilting the corner.
I've also stitched the center that will be cut out (the larger circle). Several people commented about the travesty of cutting this quilt up for a tree skirt but you can see the issue here. This quilt has so many seams coming together in the center that it would be almost impossible to quilt without breaking needles or throwing the machine out of timing. Frankly, It's just a bad design and it has really made me appreciate the way that Judy Neimeyer designs her patterns. She pays very close attention to areas where seams might pile up. By making this into a tree skirt instead of a wall hanging it will now actually get done!
Remember that I still have a queen size bed version of this quilt to do and I promise to leave it whole.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.