When we last left off, the quilt was marked and ready for quilting.
I knew I wanted this quilt to be a show quilt, so I decided to use two layers of batting. The bottom layers is Hobbs 80/20 and the top layer is Hobbs Heirloom wool. Many show quilters use two batts with wool on top to make their quilting pop. I generally don't do this on my large quilts because it makes them really heavy, but I love to do it on my miniatures.
I then pin-basted the quilt. It's my favorite way to baste. Admittedly, I am a bit of an over-pinner, but my backs are FLAT.
Here is the quilt once it was quilted. I was able to do all the feathers and outlining with just over one bobbin and the outside fill around the edges too a second bobbin! I recently took Wild Quilting from Cristina Cameli on Craftsy and she talked about combining designs in one area which I did on the outer border. I combined pebbles, swirled large pebbles, and outlined teardrops. It makes the edge more interesting.
I was planning to put these feather designs pointing towards the center of the quilt, however my mom suggested that having them pointing towards each other would add an interesting design element. I'm really glad I did it that way instead!
Here is a closeup of the feathers in the center of the quilt. It's the first time I've not marked my feathers on a competition piece. I am super happy with the results.
Putting the binding around this shape was a challenge, but it turned out to be easier than I expected. What was REALLY CHALLENGING was dealing with these little bitty inside points and making sure to overlap the binding in the points like you see on scalloped edged quilts. Needless to say, this was extraordinarily hard and I decided that a mini was definitely NOT the place to learn this technique. I finally made the decision to rip off this binding after an hour of frustration.
I then took an oval template and adjusted the edging of the quilt so it was all a flowy curve with no inside points. I actually really like the shape and am quite happy I changed it. I then cut new binding and sewed it on. It was much easier the second time around! Since the binding needed to stretch around curves I used a single layer of bias binding.
You can see that I use binding clips to hold down my binding while I sew.
TA DA! The finished quilt. It only took me a little over an hour to tack down the binding by hand. It was MUCH easier to do flowy curves in the binding than points and I am VERY happy with the final results! Off to show it goes soon.
Back to my Flower in a Pot Series on Wednesday! Happy Quilting!