Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed
Northcott Fabric’s QuiltCon 2016 Quilt – Revealed
Today is REVEAL DAY!!! Hooray! You know it is hard to keep a good secret. Thankfully, the designers working with Northcott to create QuiltCon 2016 booth quilts were all allowed to share sneak peeks along the way. (See the sneak peek blog posts here and here.)
Let’s talk about making this quilt!
I decided how high I wanted the letters and had to find the center of the letters which will line up with a vertical line on the quilt.
I then traced the letters onto the quilt with this water soluble pen.
To begin the quilting process, I first had to outline the letters on the longarm, using rulers when I could.
I planned to add a chunk of pebbled words along the right side of the quilt. Pebbles turned into a few swirls every so often.
Once the letters were complete, I could move to deciding what I’d quilt on the rest of the negative space. I opted for feathers.
The appliqued pre-printed shapes are part of Northcott’s ColorWorks concepts collection and were applied using the techniques from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. I quilted around the circles with a looping design. Once those two areas were complete, I needed to connect the space with straight-ish lines.
Hum. After stewing on the design, I think I need more feathers. I added another row of feathers, right next to the first one. When that was finished, I needed to connect the quilting designs with more straight-ish lines.
After quilting the appliqued circles with monofilament thread, it is finished. Let me show you the festive backing fabric. It is on the Northcott Fabrics site here and is #20799-99. (The band across the top is a hanging sleeve.)
Since this is going to a booth at QuiltCon 2016, I wanted to include my business cards. If you are into quilt labels, you’ll like this part, I think. The line has a panel of printed quilt labels. They are big with plenty of room to write. I hand stitched a pocket into my label and even secured it with a Velcro closure to hold business cards.
Now back to the quilt front.
The binding on this quilt was originally supposed to be the orange-y background fabric. Once I saw all the colors on the backing, though, I had to frame this quilt with it. I love how festive the binding is with the appliqued shapes.