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In quilting circles, there too, the devil is in the details

We tend to think that just because the quilt top is finished that we’re done! But that’s far from true as they say, ‘the devil is in the details’. You’ve worked hard to choose the right fabric to have the best visual impact, although the NEW Banyan Batiks Color Blocking fabrics really help make that part easy. Then you’ve worked hard to have all your seams align. Now you have to think about quilting the piece so that it stays nice for a very long time. What’s to say it won’t become an heirloom for someone?

Deep Waters quilt made with Banyan Batiks and Fairfield Bamboo Fil batting
Deep Waters quilt made with Banyan Batiks and Fairfield Bamboo Fil batting

That’s why we really have to think about what we put inside our quilt. For this project, I went with FAIRFIELD Nature-Fil Bamboo Blend Batting. This batting is lightweight so that it’s neither too warm nor too heavy. Perfect for what I was looking for, considering I wanted a throw for snuggling up on a sofa or placing it as a bed runner on a duvet.

The batting is a blend of 50% rayon fiber from bamboo and 50% certified organic cotton which makes the batting soft yet strong as it will hold your quilt together and won’t tear apart. The estimated shrinkage is 2-3% and you can quilt up to 8” distance, which is overall very good.

Fairfield bamboo batting was the perfect choice to quilt this piece.
Fairfield bamboo batting was the perfect choice to quilt this piece.

I made this quilt as a special gift and hope that it will become a heirloom for that person, so I also opted to have it quilted by a professional long arm quilter. We picked a design that really made the design come alive. And I believe it would also be an easy design to follow at home. I opted for the Lustre Turquoise from Banyan Batiks to make the backing. I needed two pieces of 2½yd sewn together for the backing. And I took the leftovers to make the binding. It blended perfectly with the quilt top.

Details of the machine quilting pattern of Deep Waters quilt
Details of the machine quilting pattern of Deep Waters quilt

My last suggestion is to make your label and sew it onto the back of the quilt, finishing it off with the binding so that it can’t be removed without causing damage to the quilt. After all, you do want people to know that you were the creator of this heirloom quilt.

Backing of Deep Waters quilt made with Lustre Turquoise from Banyan Batiks
Backing of Deep Waters quilt made with Lustre Turquoise from Banyan Batiks

Do enjoy finishing off my Deep Waters quilt pattern and remember the devil is in the details. Please do share with us on QUILTsocial Facebook page some pictures of your quilt in progress. We all love to see more quilts here at QUILTsocial!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: My best TIP for assembling quilt blocks

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

4 Comments

  1. Helen

    Your Deep Waters Quilt is beautiful!

  2. kathy Persons

    So many informative tips for this quilt. ON my to do list~

    • Thanks Kathy! Enjoy.. and add a picture in the comments of your progress. Always love to see that!

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