It was fun to use I-spy fabrics as "background" ... I definitely will be exploring this idea more in the future.
My second effort at spiral quilting worked out pretty well.
As before I started with free-motion quilting a spiral in the center until it was about 7 inches wide, then I switched to a walking foot and continued around (and around and around). I was definitely more relaxed and confident the second time around and I think it shows.
I used the side of my walking foot as a guide, leaving approximately 1/2-inch between the rounds.
I have concluded that for the skinny bindings I almost always choose to make, the faux-piped binding technique isn't a good choice for me–I had too much trouble with the corners. For me, making real piping is easier, more exact and my corners work.
I haven't given up on faux piping just yet though ...
I am joining the link parties for this finish:
Richard & Tanya's Link a Finish Friday
Fabric Addict's Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday
Thank Goodness it's Finished Friday (TGIFF)
This quilt is also my Lovely Finish for May–I'll add the link when the Finishing party is posted.
Yesterday, I began quilting the sewing machine cover for my purple 'Nina made from 5-inch violet blocks. As I sat down at my machine, I remembered that I had once sketched an idea for quilting these blocks ... so I had to move over to my desk and go hunting for the post with that image. The Violet block was the August 2011 lotto block.
Kim asked how I'd quilt it and this is the sketch I posted.
It took a while, I found the original post, on the old Block Lotto blog, here:
A Quilting Idea for Kim
It wasn't exactly what I had planned ... but once I found it, I decided to follow my own advice. Something I said in that article is still true:
I usually opt for something curvy and organic looking when the block is leaves or flowers
I quilted the violet blocks as in my old, rough, sketch, outlined the embroidery (which was easier than I thought it might be), then started filling in the background with arcs and spirals and curves, which, in my mind, represented leaves, blooms and buds.
My plan for tonight's Friday Night Sew in is to finish quilting and assemble the sewing machine cover.