Jan 15 2016
I’m really super happy with how it turned out. I used a 15 piece layer cake from Riley Blake in Neon Basics and a jelly roll of Riley BIake Neon Basics for the binding. The sashing and borders are Hawthorne Hues in White from Hawthorne Threads. The batting is Quilter’s Dream Cotton Batting in White. I used Aurifil thread in white #2024 for the piecing and quilting. Mostly 40wt, but some 50wt on the quilting.
I did matchstick quilting horizontally and vertically in the sashing. I love the look of it. From afar it has almost a chevron look because I went in opposite directions with each line of stitching but I actually think it’s kinda cool because it mirrors the chevrons in the print. The quilt itself is really soft and cuddly. I was a bit worried about it being stiff where the stitching is dense, but it actually isn’t at all.
And I love the binding. Although I see now why we normally do binding with a diagonal seam. Wherever I had a horizontal seam between colors, it meant when I was attaching the binding and sewing the final edge down, I was going through 10! layers of fabric plus batting. I probably could have helped this situation by pressing the seams open instead of the traditional press to the side. Live and learn. Maybe I’ll go back re-press the rest of the binding I have so I don’t run into this issue again.
I did the back by piecing together yardage of the neon basic in dots. I couldn’t pick one that I liked — so I went with them all! I realize if I look closely at the front picture, you can see the backing through the white on the front. It must have been the way the light was shining through it when I took the photos because I can’t tell at all when it’s right in front of me.
At any rate, I love how it looks. Definitely my new favorite quilt to snuggle up with.