Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bloom Bloom Pow: Almost There!

I can't believe we're already on the last step of the BBP quilt-along. It went crazy fast, didn't it? But that means it's time to quilt! You'll have a finished BBP in no time!

The first step is trimming the excess from the edges in order to square up the top. 

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing
To do this, I took my longest ruler (24") and lined it up along the edge of each block. I just made sure the edge of the ruler intersected with the narrowest point of each block along the edge of the quilt, while the bottom raw edge of the quilt top remained perpendicular to the edge I was trimming (as shown). If your piecing was accurate, this method should give you a nice square quilt top, but you will probably want to square up again after quilting either way.

Once the top is trimmed, it's time to make your quilt back. This is a great opportunity to use some of the scraps from your Bloom Bloom Pow bundle! (Although I think the Pearl Bracelet prints are great scrappy additions to other projects as well, so they might be worth saving and stashing for future use.)

Bloom Bloom Pow triangle cutting You could also incorporate into the back any extra blocks you may have made, or maybe even the zig-zaggy waste scraps that were created when you cut out your triangles (shown above). They would probably have to be appliqued onto the back, but it is an option for the really ambitious. : )

Now you're ready to baste and quilt.

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing
When it comes to quilting a top made up entirely of triangles, I don't think anything can beat the look of straight-line quilting that follows the angles created by the triangle seams. And with the busyness of the piecing in this design, I thought simpler would be best. So I quilted straight lines about a quarter-inch out from each side of the triangle seams—just like I did with my triangle baby quilt a few months back.

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing
For straight-line quilting, you'll want a walking foot, and I think the quilting gloves normally used for free-motion quilting are very helpful for straight lines as well. Straight lines also require a good grasp on the quilt, and the gloves make that a lot more comfortable!

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing
I started by quilting along the horizontal seams created when the rows were joined. Roll each side of your quilt up toward the center, so that you can start quilting in the center and work your way out toward each edge.

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing
Once you're done with those horizontal rows, quilting from the center out isn't quite as important, since you already have evenly distributed quilting that holds all the layers in place. So when quilting the angled seams, roll the quilt from one corner, following the angle you'll be sewing. Re-roll the quilt each time you start a new seam.

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing From the back, this quilting makes a very cool hexagon/honeycomb pattern.

If you like a more densely-quilted look, another option can be found today on Lady Harvatine's blog. She's currently running her own Log Pyramid quilt-along and is showing another great way to echo the triangle piecing, which would work just as well for Bloom Bloom Pow as it does for her Log Pyramid design. Check it out!

The final step, of course, is to bind. I haven't made it that far yet, but I'm currently trying to decide between a scrappy binding (made up of my Pearl Bracelet leftovers), or white to match the background.

Bloom Bloom Pow: Quilting and finishing

Next week I'm going to do one final round-up post, featuring a few pictures of some finished Bloom Bloom Pows from the quilt-along, and a linky so that you can explore all of each others' creations! That will be next week, Thursday, May 9—and no, you don't have to have a finished quilt to link up. Feel free to link up whatever stage of completion you've reached by then. Or wait and link up later, whenever your quilt is done. Whatevs, it's your call! And hopefully I'll have better, completely finished shots of my quilt by that time. It's another windy, gray day around here today, not at all conducive to quilt photo shoots, but maybe springtime will make it's return by linky day. : )

And thank you, everyone, for quilting along with me, it's been so much fun! Can't wait to see all of your finished (or almost finished) quilts next week!

Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt-Along schedule
March 21 - Introduction
March 28 - Design strategy
April 4 - Cutting your fabric
April 18 - Cutting the triangles
May 2 - Quilting and finishing
May 9 - Wrap-up and link-up


Kymberly said...

I haven't been able to participate in the quilt along, but I've really enjoyed watching the creation of this quilt. It's a very fun, lovely quilt.

Anita said...

Thank you Lee for designing and hosting this fantastic quilt along. My quilt top is sewn together but I need to get batting and backing. I am thinking about hand quilting so I can do each bloom with matching thread. My kids love the finished quilt. I think I will probably sew a rod pocket on the back and hang it on the wall in my craft room. :) This was fun!

sharpie said...

Gorgeous! I cannot believe what a huge difference quilting makes, and this simple yet striking design is perfect for the quilt ;)

OPQuilt said...

This quilt is really great looking, and even though I'm a long-time quilter, I've picked up a few tips and tricks from reading all the posts. And you really do have about the most perfect piecing I've ever seen! It's a really beautiful design and a fun quilt!

Elizabeth E.

Nilya said...

;-) the Same with me, Great pictures showing all steps...

ChristaQuilts said...

Your quilting on this is fabulous!

Marla said...

White binding! Or maybe a stripe?

Pat said...

I love the way you quilted this and the pearl bracelets are wonderful in this quilt. said...

I'm enjoying watching this take shape. I love that you use proper quilting gloves, I picked up a pair of gardening gloves with those little dots on them for a £1 for my quilting.

Kelly Vetch said...

This has been sooooo much fun! I think I will follow your quilting design on mine as well. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt! I CAN'T WAIT TO GET ALL SNUGGLED IN IT!

Vickie said...

Hi Lee, My question is totally off the subject on this post...I read your sewing machine reviews, thanks for that ! I'm about to buy a Janome, I was thinking the 6600 because of price, but after reading about yours and the fabulous 11" throat, can you tell me what you don't like about it...if anything.

capitolaquilter said...

still hoping to hop on the QAL after the fact - thanks for keeping it posted. I use grab a roo gloves too!

Connie said...

Thanks for a great quilt Lee! I just finished mine.

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

It turned out beautifully!

Silvana said...

Este quilt es muy bello!

Patricia Lessell said...

I have so saved this QAL on my pinboard until I can buy the fabric. Thank you so much for this Lee it is amazing and I LOVE it.

Lee said...

Hi Common Threads Quilt Guild! : )

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