Mar 06 2016
It’s done! I completed the Meadow Mist Midnight Mystery Quilt!
Doing this quilt was such a great experience. Here’s why:
- I got to try so many new techniques and the instructions were very clear for each of them so I feel like I learned so much.
- This was my first time for many common quilting constructs including:
- flying geese
- square in square
- courthouse steps
- half square triangles
- I got great practice keeping a scant 1/4 inch seam.
- I used a ton of my leftover backing stash.
I quilted it on the longarm back in January, but only had a chance to take pictures this weekend — just in the in the nick of time since we were supposed to post them by March 8. I tried some new techniques on the longarm for this, like using rulers in the white star sections. Definitely something I need to keep working on, but happy with how it turned out. Interestingly, I also learned about color blending. This actually uses a pale pink thread for the longarm quilting which blended well with all of the fabrics. (Except the black, of course, which it contrasts with. In hindsight, I do wish that I had done that with black thread. Ah, well, live and learn.)
I bound it with some of the gray fabric (yay for using more of my stash!). Usually I tend to favor a nice contrasting binding so it’s like a picture frame, but I like how it turned out in that it doesn’t distract from the rest of the quilt.
The only part I bought for this quilt was the backing — a pretty light widleback in a purple pattern that ties into the purple on the front — and the batting (since I prefer to get that at the store where I do the longarm quilting.
I’ll admit, I was a little nervous at some points as to how it would come out based on how I cut out my pieces, but I’m really happy with it! Already looking forward to next year’s mystery quilt 🙂
Quick edit: Check out all the quilts that folks submitted here. Seeing it in different colorways is really cool.