Over the past 4 days we’ve completed a quilt top by making hundreds of HSTs and QSTs! The 6 vibrantly-colored fabrics from the Northcott Canvas line I chose, make it easy to create a cheerful quilt to banish the January blahs.
Yesterday I promised you a surprise and the big reveal is just at the end of this post!
Now that the quilt top is completed, it’s time to get it ready for quilting.
Among the great variety of fabrics in my stash, the one type I don’t have is wide-back. The reason for this is that I have way more fabric than I can ever use, so I try to use up the yardage I have before getting more!
With our quilt measuring 84½” x 84½” and using fabric with an average width of 40” to 42”, I knew that even if I sewed 2 pieces of fabric together edge to edge, it still wouldn’t be enough width to span the back of the quilt top.
Knowing that my long-arm quilter, Kim Mullen of Eye Candy Custom Quilting, wanted a backing measuring 8” longer and 8” wider than the quilt top, I knew I had to find a way to make the backing the required size. I needed more width!
Necessity is the mother of invention, or so they say! Well, I remembered all the part strips that were left over from cutting the quilt top and decided to sew them end to end. Problem solved! I got my width!
The batting I used is FAIRFIELD Low-Loft® Quilt Batting – Queen – 228 x 275cm (90″ x 108″). It’s a polyester batting, so, it won’t shrink and will dry quickly after washing.
Once the quilt backing was suitably widened and prepared and the batting selected, everything was sent to my longarm quilter, Kim. The quilt was loaded onto the longarm machine, look at how beautiful it looks!
The last step is to add the binding.
To give the outer edge a bit of pop I decided to use Northcott Canvas green 9030-76. You should have already cut eight 2½” strip for the binding on day one of this week’s posts!
As we did yesterday with the outer border, all the strips need to be sewn short edge to short edge. Use your preferred method to do this:
• straight edge seams or
• edges sewn on a 45o angle.
In my opinion, for binding, the 45o angle method looks better. The reason? With seams pressed open, the bulk of the seam will be spread out over 2½”. If you use the edge to edge method, a lot of bulk will be concentrated in an area that will be at most ½” wide.
With the binding strips sewn together, the long strip must now be sewn to the edge of quilt top by machine then finished off by hand.
What a great week we’ve had!
From selecting, cutting and sewing the fabrics, to having Kim machine-quilt and quilt bound, I’m happy to announce that the quilt is now completed!
As promised here’s the reveal!
Quilt made with a variation of the Ohio Star block using Northcott Canvas fabrics.
It sure was a fun week going back to basics and making a traditional pattern. What I loved about this week’s project was using the vibrant colors of Northcott Canvas fabric line. They really gave a fresh and soft look to the quilt in the middle of winter.