Last week I shared the beginnings of my Ombre Quilt. I finished it yesterday, and attempted a photo-shoot today.
It was so cold and windy, I just knew I wouldn't have any luck with pictures outdoors, so I had to make do with the brightest spot I could find inside, and that still wasn't very bright.
It's hard to get the colors to look true, but this is the closest I could get. It really is the most gorgeous shade of aqua/turquoise - honest!
That's why I'm naming this quilt Caribbean Blue.
(click here to see the aqua and all the other colors in the Ombre line on Moda's website. They take much better pictures than I do!)
It still amazes me that this entire quilt top is made from one individual fabric! The gradient effect is magical.
To begin the quilting process, I threaded my Juki with Smoke MonoPoly and stitched-in-the-ditch of each seam to help stabilize the quilt sandwich. This really helped keep the layers from shifting, since all the quilting was in one direction.
Then I switched to Real Orange So Fine #50 thread, and stitched parallel lines 1/2" apart, diagonally across the quilt (with my walking foot), curving the lines as they crossed each sphere to further enhance the 3D effect. It isn't the "spinning" effect I had hoped for, but I still love the dimension it gives.
Since I used Elmer's Washable School Glue to baste the circles in place, and a Water Soluble Blue Marker to mark the quilting lines, I had no choice but to soak the quilt when I finished the quilting. I have washed my quilts after binding, but never before binding. I blocked it onto a styrofoam board and left it on my screened porch to dry.
It turned out so square and flat, that I'm now sold on blocking! Yes, it takes a little more time, and I doubt I'll do it to every quilt I make, but it's definitely worth doing for wall quilts that will hang for display.
I used Kona Caribbean for the binding, and added some Bright Orange Batik Piping as a "zinger".
The backing was a piece I picked up from my local quilt shop, called "Modern Roses" by Stephanie Ryan for Moda. It's a perfect compliment to the front, don't you think?
Until next Tuesday...