I was able to move from the laundry room this weekend, which is where I sew, out to the ping pong table in the basement to baste this new quilt. I sew in the laundry room, standing up at the counter. Doesn’t that sound awful? It’s not. I take my iPad in there and put on a movie and watch it while I sew. Then I move my machine out to the kitchen table just for the quilting part.
This quilt is made up of Half Square Triangles – my favorite block. I wanted a really modern, geometric kind of look to this quilt because it’s going to someone whose decor is contemporary. Their color palette is going to be greys and white. So I did a mix of Kona Cotton Solids – lots of Kona White – and Robert Kaufman Spot on Ring Spots. I don’t like really busy quilts and wanted to keep this clean and fresh looking. All the triangles are solids, except just a spattering of a few with the Ring Spots.
When I baste, I tighten the top really well by pinning all four corners and then pin the outer perimeter of the quilt first (above), making sure the top stays taut. Then I pin the inside. It’s opposite of the way I used to do it and I like this method better.
I tried a few quilt backings for this but decided on this Robert Kaufman fabric. I wanted something with a little bit of color on the back, since the front is just monochromatic. The backing was simple to cut, since it’s one of those 108″ wide backings. And as I’m writing this post, I’ve just realized that every single fabric I selected for this quilt is from Robert Kaufman! That was not planned!
I’m going to quilt this with vertical straight lines, running right down the quilt, hoping to keep a modern look to it. Time to get out the quilting gloves and walking foot!
Have a great day,