Thank you for all the lovely comments on yesterday’s big reveal. A lot of you loved the quilting, but thought it looked really complex. I have a little secret for you – it was super easy. So easy, in fact, that it was done in about 2 hours flat! As it turned out Mary and I had a *jinx* moment a couple of weeks ago – she was also looking to circle quilt a star quilt (although she had 4 stars on hers) and we had both found the exact same series on walking foot quilting. While she went for overlapping circles, I went for just one huge one (seen more easily on the back).
So what do you need to get this effect?
1 glass (round, obviously!)
1 walking foot with guide
1 victim/quilt sandwich
I plonked the glass on the centre of the star and drew round it with a Frixion pen. I didn’t even measure to make sure it was perfectly centred – live life on the edge, me ;o) Then I slowly and carefully stitched round the drawn line. I used a stitch length of 3.5 for this, and went gently as this is obviously quite a tight circle, and you do have a load of quilt edges to negotiate through the machine’s throat. I basically just rolled in the edges, then rolled in from the corners for this bit. (that’s not a quilted wrinkle btw, just a badly folded quilt wrinkle ;o) )
Then I whacked on my guide for my walking foot:
I measured 2″ from the needle to the edge of the guide, then brought out my secret weapon and wrapped it to death:
The first couple you need to take quite slowly because of the bulk and the tightness of the curves, but after that you can fly through it. You basically do circles till you run out of whole space to fill, then complete the corners, one at a time:
It took me about 2 hours, and 1 1/2 bobbins of 50wt Aurifil thread to finish this.
BTW, I was ridiculously happy with my binding, especially the corners on this, I think it’s the first time I’ve had 4 perfect corners (ie, I haven’t kind of skited round the corner and missed catching the cross-over)
I used these binding clips to achieve this, but I didn’t have enough to clip it all in one go, I think I need to buy more!
I do have some Wonder Clips too btw, but I think I prefer them for bags :o)