It's finally finished!
I started this One-Block-Wonder nine months ago, but other projects kept taking priority, so it kept getting set aside. (Click here to see my previous posts about this quilt.)
The quilting took a LONG time, but I am so happy with how it turned out. I quilted the center spiral on my Juki TL-2010 using the walking foot and Glide thread in white.
Then I switched over to my APQS George sit-down longarm machine and quilted continuous curves in the remaining hexagons and straight-line piano keys in the border, using So Fine #50 thread in gray - all ruler work, so it took many many hours. Now I wish I had kept track of my time...
After auditioning about a dozen different binding fabric options, I finally decided on this aqua ombre. I love how it repeats the light aqua colors in the center of the quilt and adds an extra little zing.
I used Quilter's Dream Green batting in this quilt for the first time. I LOVE LOVE this batting! It quilts like butter, lays flat and smooth, has just the right amount of loft, and does not crease or shrink.
I've always used cotton batting, but disliked the crease left when the quilt had been folded for any length of time. Bye Bye fold-lines! I think this will become my new go-to batting in the future.
Of course, there will still be occasions to use cotton, but it's nice to have a choice, based on the project. OH! And the other great thing about this batting is that it's made from recycled plastic bottles! I know, plastic doesn't sound appealing, but it really feels wonderful! Trust me!
Instead of using a piece of the original Skyline fabric on the back or a border, as many quilters do, I decided to print an image of the fabric panel on my quilt label instead.
I named this quilt Urban Oasis because the original busy city skyline fabric magically morphs into a tranquil gazing pool in the finished quilt. It still amazes me that the entire center section of the quilt is created from just one fabric. It's a "Wonder"alright!