In the beginning, I was trying to design a quilt using only the Petal Pinwheels collection by Michael Miller. I found this difficult as the value of the prints are all very similar so the quilts I designed in EQ7 all looked really flat. I decided to add in the Kona Coal which brought depth to the quilt and good contrast to the Petal Pinwheels fabrics (I also purchased additional Petal Pinwheels fabrics for additional yardage and print variation).
My work-in-progress posts on the quilt can be found here and here.
For the quilting, I wanted to add a lot of texture to the gray areas so I decided on a dense back and forth quilting design in a matching gray thread with lines are a little less than 1/4" apart. Because there is more than 2 yards of Kona Coal used in the quilt, the dense back and forth quilting took me almost 11 hours. For the print area, I used an off-white thread to blend in as best as possible and quilted using a small scale meandering pattern.
This quilt was the first time I had not used Warm & Natural, but used a bamboo batting called Nature-Fil by Fairfield. I was very pleased with the batting and how soft the quilt still is after all of that tight quilting. I will be doing a full review on my experiences with the batting once I have a chance to wash the quilt to test it washability.
Here are some more pictures of the finish...
Thanks for taking a look! This was a very fun challenge to take part in and I have enjoyed seeing everyone's creations. It is amazing how starting with the same fabrics, quilters came up with such different ideas.
Design: Modern variation on a court house block
Fabrics: Petal Pinwheel by Michael Miller and Kona Coal
Size: 68" x 68"
Quilted: Dense back and forth quilting in the gray areas using Aurifil 1246
Small scale meandering in the patterned areas using Aurifil 2021
on my Bernina 710
I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Sewjo @ My Go Go Life, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.