This quilt is from a Craftsy class, Machine Quilting with Templates, taught by Kim Brunner. I highly recommend this class, and any class you can get from Kim Brunner. She's a fantastic teacher. The quilt pattern is from alyciaquilts, she does marvelous work with Quilts of Valor.
You may remember this quilt from a few earlier blogposts...first seen here and then more on my design choices.
So, after being disappointed in November with how adding the bubbles background competed with the 1/4" lines of the stars, I pondered for a while, and decided I wasn't picking anything out, as this is a "learning" quilt. I knew the issue was scale, so I went back and basically meandered/scribbled near the star lines to fix that.
And so I continued, this time doing a tight meander near the stars before adding bubbles.
And then, because it's a learning quilt, I wanted to learn/improve different background fills, so I had fun in the different areas (and once again wished I had made a slightly different design choice, by bubbling in a smaller area, but that's just another lesson learned)
Mussels--from Renae Haddadin--it was nice to have her new book to remind me of the designs learned in a class from Renae in 2011.
and E's and 3's
And in the end, I am THRILLED with how it turned out.
I call this my forever quilt, because it took me 'forever' and because it's going to live with someone who has been a friend forever....and then I read of a show quilt, where the maker spent just about as much time just on the binding as I spent on the quilting of this quilt...I'm pretty sure I don't have the patience for show quilting, LOL.
And speaking of binding, and in keeping with the learning theme of this quilt, I used a 'new to me' binding technique, the blog I saw it on called it "Susie's Magic Binding"