I finished my twister quilt yesterday, and I absolutely love how it turned out. I was able to figure out a way to cut and piece this quilt without the special ruler, AND with minimal waste. To see how I cut it out, check out this post. To see how I pieced the blocks together, check out this post.
This quilt is part of my March goal (link #17) for A Lovely Year of Finishes, which was to make something with my pink fabrics. It is nice to have it done early in the month. :D
This is the first pieced quilt that I quilted with my sit down quilting machine, Princess. I was amazed at how easy it was to quilt. I actually quilted the entire thing without rotating the quilt at all. And (this sounds really crazy to me) it was easier to quilt the center of the quilt than the edges. I am holding the quilt differently and keeping two fingers on my stitch regulator as I go. So it is easier to grip the quilt in the middle. I really did gain more than the 16 inches of the machine arm. My quilt spread out to the right more than two feet!
In the picture above, you can see that I added tables to the right and left of my chair as well as to the right and left of the machine. (When I quilted with my Janome 6500, I only had to add a table to the left.) This held the quilt quite nicely while I was moving it around, and I didn't fight gravity or have much drag. You can also see my new Koala sewing chair. A good chair helps sooo much. :)
I quilted A Lovely Twist in a pointy spiral, which is now my favorite design to quilt.
I pieced the back with more of my pink fabric, and added my favorite corner label.
Here is a close-up of the backing. The colors are more accurate in my close-up.
I bound the quilt in the same fabric as my border print, and I love how it nicely frames the whole thing. (Ignore the dead grass, please.)
Here is a picture of the entire quilt.
Quilt Stats #98
Name: A Lovely Twist
Pattern: Twister Quilt made without the ruler
Quilting design: Pointy spirals
Fabrics: Pinks from my stash
Amount Used: 11.25 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 70 x 88 inches
Date Finished: March 2014
What I learned:
- I love twister quilts, in fact my whole family does.
- I love my method for twister quilts.
- I love having my own sit down quilting machine.
- I loved using Best Press spray starch.
Last night after Monkey was in bed, Panda gave this quilt the "Stomp of Approval." Well, it was more like the break dance of approval, including pretend snow angels. By the time I came back with the camera, he was done and wouldn't do it again. :( So how about another outdoor picture instead?
P.S. I will be linking this up with a lot of fun parties this week. Including: Fabric Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.
P.P.S. In case you missed it, my post about the finished whole cloth quilts is here. :)