This was another pack of fat quarters I bought, which came with a pretty cool pattern. The pattern showed blocks with 2 colors, using stripes of varying widths. I thought it was perfect for the contrast of the black and white, and I’ve always wanted to do a black and white quilt.
Cutting it up went pretty quickly, and sewing the strips together was fast work. However, I had previously read that sewing together strips could wind up with a very wonky and skewed block. I tried to mitigate that problem by reversing directions that I sewed the strips, as I had read to do, but it really didn’t help much – man were my blocks wonky! I did the best I could to straighten them up and get the top together.
From there, time to quilt. Up to this point I had been doing all custom quilting using my longarm to get practice, but I decided to try out the Avante Prostitcher on this one. It is a pretty slick system – you load up a quilting design, set the size of your quilt, and it automatically sews for you. I had watched the instructional videos and had a vague sense of what I needed to do, but still had a pretty steep learning curve. I set aside a Saturday to tackle the project, and set to work.
Loading up the instructional videos again, I set out to figure out the software. It really was pretty straightforward process, and I had it stitching in about an hour. I’ve tried to load a video of it stitching in action, but it appears the video is too large of a file. You can see the video on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
I finished quilting the whole thing in about 4-5 hours, which is longer than it should have been as I had some issues getting everything reset when I ran out of bobbin thread. But that it still pretty quick, and after adding some machine binding she was done.
Here she is:
I found a cool black, white, and gray print for the back:
Some detail of the quilting – I chose a continuous flower/daisy design and used a light gray thread:
Finally, Maggie decided to get in on the photo shoot, deciding she looks really good with a black and white backdrop. (really I think she just wanted to figure out what her dad was doing):
This quilt was another one on my Q1’17 FAL list, so I’ll be linking it up when the time comes.