Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt
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A Finished Quilt and Giveaway!

Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt


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)

Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt

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.

Hula Girl Quilt by Sharon McConnell, low volume, polka dot patchwork ring quilt

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.

Modern Patchwork Magazine

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

36 thoughts on “A Finished Quilt and Giveaway!

  1. sharon says:

    I am learning to use a long arm. I rent time at my LQS. it is amazing how fast it is . I can densely quilt a king size in about 4-5 hours. I cant wait to buy my own long arm.

  2. Lesley says:

    I like modern quilts

  3. DianeY says:

    For myself, I love a combination of quilting with my home machine plus a little accent quilting with perl cotton.

  4. Elnora says:

    Love your quilt, which I saw at Sewtopia! I adore the look of hand quilting but want to try spiral quilting, too. Hand quilting is so slow!

  5. Leeanne says:

    *L*O*V*E* the spirals!!

  6. debbie says:

    I love, love, love your quilt too. You did a spectacular job and you should be extremely proud. I like quilting on my midarm machine. Easier than my home sewing machine. I’ve also listed your giveaway on my Giveaway List for just sewers & quilters at Thanks again.

  7. Kathy E. says:

    I’m fairly new to the world of quilting, so my favorite currently is modern style by machine. I’ve started a BOM and that went very well, so I’m looking forward to the next block design. I love FMQ too, but am not a pro…yet!

  8. Sarah says:

    I love hand quilting! Every time I finish a quilt I think I’ll do it by machine to get done faster, but then capitulate and get the hoop out. I love the process, I love the texture, I love the imperfections, I love feeling the fabric so slowly and intimately.

  9. Carol says:

    I usually prefer the look of free motion quilting but don’t enjoy actually doing it. The only quilting I am kind of good at is straight line quilting. And I do love the hand quilting on your binding.

  10. Karen says:

    I still really love hand quilting, it just takes me a long time.

  11. Veronika says:

    For now I like straight line quilting at home and also the wavy random lined quilting too…we’ll see if that changes once I actually bust out my free motion foot and actually use it!

  12. Cherie Bobbins says:

    I love a hand tied quilt, it’s on my quilt bucket list. This bucket list seems to be getting longer by the day…

  13. Carolyn Loewen says:

    Modern hand quilting. I love the modern patterns and fabrics but still enjoy hand quilting in a lap frame.

  14. Kati R. says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous, I have to say! The spiral quilting looks fabulous 🙂 and the binding is such a great idea! I love free motion quilting, but also really like the look of the perle cotton hand quilting. For you coming up with the idea for the binding is genius, I will have to steal it in the future :)))

  15. Linda says:

    Both, seems I can never pick a favorite anything, ha! I like to do free motion on my home machine and am learning how to do long arm now. It’s fun but still scary – do so admire the beautiful stitching others do!

  16. Michele T says:

    I am a traditional handquilter… even though I bought a special foot for my Pfaff and special gloves to do FMQ… I just don’t want to go that way (I think I’d feel like I was cheating!)

  17. Julie says:

    I do alot of free motion quilting. I have a grace frame with a brother machine on it. I have been using my other machine lately doing alot of quilt as you go which is fun:) Thanks

  18. barbara woods says:

    free motion , can’t afford a long arm

  19. Gill says:

    I like straight line quilting on my machine – I’ve never used a long arm!

  20. Lin Marsh says:

    I love how the spirals give movement to the quilt. Inspiring.
    I’m curious, what battings did you use, and with that heavy quilting, did the batting get too solid feeling?

    1. Sharon says:

      thank you, Lin! I use Pellon batting. I really like how thin and lightweight it is, making for easy quilting and a light finished quilt. Surprisingly, it didn’t get stiff even with the close quilting. It has just the right combination of texture and maintaining drape.

  21. Dawn Jones says:

    Probably free motion, but only because I don’t feel comfortable with hand quilting.

  22. Diane says:

    I quilt on my regular sewing machine but dream of having a long arm. I love your quilting on Hula Girl!

  23. Liz M says:

    My favourite to OK at is custom long arm quilting, especially combinations of different stitches. But with no long arm or any hope of ever getting one I do squiggles and spirals myself!

  24. Mary D says:

    Quilting on my home machine is what I am doing now. I talked with a LQS about renting time and learning to use a longarm to quilt. Eventually I want to purchase a sit down quilter.

  25. Gunilla says:

    I usually quilt straight lines on my home machine, but recently tried some hand quilting on a small drawstring bag. I really like it! I think I will do more hand quilting, at least on smaller items!

  26. heather graves says:

    My fave is free motion on my home machine!

  27. Susan says:

    I send my quilts out to professional long armers. I purposed to practice quilting on my home machine and didn’t go it once. Maybe I need to have that goal again next year. Thanks for generously sharing the magazine with a lucky person.

  28. Susan G says:

    Used to do a lot of hand quilting, but now do both walking foot and Fm quilting on my domestic machine almost exclusively (except that I quilt by check with a long arm quilter for bed size quilts).
    Susan in CA

  29. Lisa E says:

    I free-motion quilt on my Bernina. I’m not very good but I try!

  30. M-R @ Quilt Matters says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! I love the spiral quilting and the hand stitch finish on the binding! So glad you linked up to TGIFF! My favourite style of quilting is free motion on my domestic machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Debbie H says:

    I love the quilting and binding. I just started watching Quilting with your walking foot on Craftsy. I have to try that spiral. I wish I had seen this before I bound my Big Stitch baby quilt, I would have used that binding technique you used. At first I didn’t care for Big Stitch quilting but once I got the hang of it I decided it was my favorite quilt method. Thanks for sharing your ideas and quilt with us.

  32. Amy C says:

    I admire quilting that has even stitches and looks controlled – these are the things I can not do very well but wish I could. Hand stitching is lovely 🙂

  33. Pam says:

    Love The dots!

  34. Sonja Mclane says:

    I love hand quilting wildlife panels but really want to expand my knowledge with machine quilting patterns and doing rounded shaped in a quilt. That, has me stumped lol. And the quilt is gorgeous !!!!!!!!

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