Presenting my final finish of 2019: Interwoven! This is the seventh quilt I completed in 2019.
The pattern is from Lo and Behold Stitchery. I used Kona cotton solids for the top, backing, and binding. It was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50-weight cotton thread and it’s filled with Warm & Natural cotton batting.* I used Gutermann silk thread to turn the binding.
I completed the top back in March 2019 during the Interwoven Quilt-Along, but I didn’t get it quilted and bound until the very end of the year. I put the final stitch in the binding on December 30.
After the top was done, I left it on my design wall for months because I love looking at it (and I wanted to keep it wrinkle-free). Every time I looked at it I wondered how on earth to quilt it. Inspiration finally hit in early December, as I was leafing through my copy of Walk by Jacquie Gering. I chose the wavy crosshatch pattern and used the walking foot on my Juki TL2010-Q to complete it. I love how the wavy line softens the underlying 2″ grid.
Making this quilt taught me a lot about precise 1/4″ seams. One thing that has stuck with me is how important preparing and cutting the fabric is. I starched the white fabric differently from the colors, and I used a different ruler to cut the white strips and the colored strips. Both of those choices had a negative impact on getting precise seams, long before I got anywhere near the sewing machine.
I also learned that the “victory lap” was a great idea. When I finished piecing the quilt and before I trimmed off the excess halves of each edge block, I marked where the finished edge of the quilt would be, and stitched 1/8″ inside that line. This kept the seams from coming apart and stabilized the outside edge of the quilt. It made the quilting process enormously easier.
I am really pleased with how well it came out, especially considering the number of pieces I had to take apart and remake when they weren’t the right measurement.
*It should have been Warm & White, but a measure-twice-cut-once-get-it-wrong-anyway situation occurred, and the only batting I had on hand that was large enough was Warm & Natural. The whites in the quilt would be slightly brighter over Warm & White, but I don’t mind.
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I love this quilting idea! it looks beautiful!
Thank you, Mary Lynn! I’m pleased with how it came out too, and it was so easy to do.
Great blog about your experience with “interwoven”. I JUST completed mine and was losing sleep thinking of the last step of trimming the sides/corners. The ‘Victory lap” is perfect PRIOR to cutting. Your quilting is also lovely, but still seems like a lot of precise detail to be sure. I think mine will be a more forgiving form of swirl in an edge to edge pattern. very helpful and thank you!
Congrats on finishing yours! It’s a beautiful pattern. I think a swirl will look lovely with it. Good luck on the last few steps — you’ll be enjoying your quilt in no time!