I finished my little Hula Girl quilt just in time for Sewtopia last week. I am really happy with how it turned out and really happy that I tried some new things on it. (the Hula Girl pattern is available in my pattern shop)
One of my favorite things about this quilt is the quilting. For the first time, I tried spiral quilting. Initially, I planned on just doing four large spirals coming from the center of each ring, but after I started I decided to do multiple smaller spirals all over the quilt. The stitching is all just a presser foot width apart so that I didn’t have to mark, just followed the lines as I went. The quilt has two layers of batting, which is also something I have never tried and I love the texture it gives when combined with the tight quilting.
For the binding, I machine stitched the strips to the back of the quilt then brought them to the front and hand-stitched with bright green crochet thread. I like the hand-made look and added design interest. I will definitely be doing this again for binding!
The quilt was entered in the Michael Miller challenge at the Sewtopia retreat. I didn’t win anything, but I am sure glad I participated because I just love my quilt.
In celebration of a fabulous weekend at Sewtopia, I want to share something with one lucky reader.
Sewtopia had wonderful and generous sponsors. I received this Modern Patchwork magazine (summer 2014) in my goody bag. As usual, it is a fantastic issue: full of patterns for quilts, home decor items, and bags and such. If you would like to win it, please leave a comment on this post. The only requirement is that you answer this simple question: what is your favorite quilting style? traditional hand quilting, free-motion on your home machine, long arm quilting, big stitching with perl cotton, what else? just curious.
I will pick the winner on Sunday. Have a great week!
Linking at Quilt Matters for TGIFF
Linking with Crazy Mom for Finished Friday