|getting ready to baste|
I picked up this fantastic Homegrown Bicycles on Cream fabric for the backing last time I was over at Keepsake Quilting. It's the perfect amount of colorful and whimsy. I had to piece the backing to make it large enough but I think I did a pretty good job of matching up the pattern. From far away you won't even see the seam.
|seam on backing fabric|
I always work from top to bottom in about 6 to 8 inch rows when spray basting. It allows me to go slowly and correct any mistakes as they happen rather than getting the whole thing down and realizing there's a big wrinkle in the middle of the quilt.
In the past I've had difficulty with the quilt becoming sort of wonky and stretched as I worked but I was very careful with this one to only press and stretch top to bottom. All those bias edges could have made for a nightmare!
I wasn't sure how I wanted to quilt this one. Most of the ones I've seen are just following the lines of the blocks to create a diamond or triangle grid. I wanted to do something a little different though. I printed some isometric graph paper from this site and started sketching. This is also where I print all of my graph paper when I want to draw out blocks or quilt patterns to visualize them before I start. I still prefer good old graph paper over all of the fancy design programs when working out block designs. I decided to go with some echo quilting, but in what will hopefully be an unexpected way.
I got some pretty variegated purple and magenta thread to use for the quilting but neglected to capture a photo of it before I started. It's a Coats & Clark cotton thread called Plum Shadows. It will blend nicely in the darker ends of the quilt but really pop on top of the white, orange, green, and yellow blocks. I'm hoping it will be nice. My goal is to finish this quilt up this week while my husband is away on business.
I'm linking up with Stitch by Stich for anything goes mondays.