Last week I blogged about it at this stage, with blocks cut and inch-wide solid fabric strips inserted, and blocks all sewn together.
Since then, I cut apart those blocks, sewed them back together, and made a quilt sandwich. Let me tell you... cutting apart the sew, blocks was the most fun part! So many options for arranging blocks!
For quilting, I realized that this is the perfect quilt on which to play with my new Circles on Quilts Template Set 1, purchased from Amy at Amy's Quilting Adventures, in Virginia. She knows all about domestic machine quilting, and has two ruler work Craftsy classes that prove how much she knows!
Before getting started, I watched the Westalee Circles on Quilts Template Set 1 video on YouTube. Ready, set go! Using my new ruler work foot with the quarter-inch heel - it's part of a "frame quilting foot set" (also purchased from the above-mentioned Amy) that fits my new Janome 1600P - I quilted in the channels of the ruler template. It's like bicycling with training wheels. You can't tip over!
You can't see it, but there's a tack in the middle of the round end of the template at the bottom left. That tack goes through the quilt from the back. A tiny hole in the template sits on the tack so the template can be pivoted in a circle.
I bound the quilt with four different low volume prints, using my favorite "No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine" (the one I'll be teaching in a September 29 MQG webinar). You might notice that I inserted narrow strips of solids on each binding strip, so the binding resembles the quilt center. I'm really happy with it.
A big thanks to Debbie who came up with this simple, but smashing improv design, and coordinated seven days of the Crosscut Quilt-Along. It was a blast! Linda