quilting · Sewing

Quilting the Moda Love Sew-Along Quilt

The last year was full of projects that I documented in photos. I didn’t write about all of them. I’m going to try to catch up by showing some progress. I started 2019 with the Moda Love Layer Cake Sew Along Quilt. The link to that post is here. I made the quilt in the beginning of 2019, but it wasn’t until about August that I found the backing fabric and put the top in the machine quilting frame. 
Look at the top center of the quilt. I needed a half square triangle in white and blue to create the top of the star pattern. I’m not sure how I photographed the quilt on the bed and missed the obvious pattern blunder?

To my surprise, I saw a mistake. How did I miss it? I even posted the photo blunder on my Instagram. It’s super obvious!  I’m not sure how I missed it. I wonder if you saw it immediately, or If I pointed it out to you? I should have had a half square triangle at the point of the star. Instead I sewed in a blue background square. That was a big oops.

I loaded the quilt. Then I saw the blunder.

I used a seam ripper to take out stitches in all directions surrounding the background square. I sewed in a new half square of blue and white in its place. Then I   ironed the seam allowances in the correct directions so the block would lay flat again. Now the pattern made sense and I could get the quilt top in the frame for edge to edge quilting.

Let’s talk about the quilting.

The quilt looked like blue sky and strawberry jam. Everything about it was cheerful.  I picked an all over edge to edge design of strawberry vines. 

Quilting the strawberry vine pattern.

 

I would buy yards of this fabric if I could.

The strawberry pattern helped set the tone for a fun graphic quilt that was easy to sew up and has a lot of color impact. I chose a neutral white thread that would move across the quilt fairly well. It was most noticeable in the red blocks. Still not a stand out. You have to be about twenty inches away to see the white thread. For the most part you notice the design and texture. 

White thread on a red background made the vine pattern stand out.

When I hang the quilt in a display rack you will never notice the neutral thread. I like subtlety that brings you closer to a project. I also have a few insects stitched in to give a playful vibe to the quilt. If you come in much closer you will find a few motifs.

When all the quilting is done and sun shines in the window, I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Seeing the quilt in the sunshine made my heart sing a little.

I enjoyed working in this color range of blue sky and fresh berries.

Next I trimmed the quilt square. I made the binding out of the white print backing fabric.

Binding.

Then I stitched the binding with my machine and hand sewed it to the back of the quilt. I used a 2.5″ folded binding. Another fun, easy, graphic, quilt completed. 

I did my hand stitching in between projects and traveling. It went on for months. As you can see in the last photo the stitching isn’t exactly complete. I have a few inches to go. Can’t wait to put this one in the wash and let it shrink and crinkle to perfection.

Click here for the instructions to make the quilt. Would you like to see a quilt I made from the scraps of this quilt? Click here to see an adorable baby quilt.

 

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