After looking at the pieced Quickstep Garden Maze top for a bit, I considered adding a border of brown or looking for a rock or stone print to mimic a stone wall around the garden. Ultimately, I decided it would look best with borders of the same green. So I added those using the proper border technique (see my quilt borders tutorial for details).
Loading up on the longarm, those wrinkles you see in the top smoothed out with just a bit of Best Press/Water spritz and a little steam.
Amazingly, even with the bias edges, I think the way the sewing was done using the HST technique kept the stretch to a minimum. I didn’t see any B-cups on the quilt. It flattened out nicely.
I decided to quilt it with my favorite dense pantograph, Plumeria Gardens by Lisa Calle at Intelligent Quilting. The thread is a polyester in a taupe color, which adds just a bit of shine. The bobbin has Bottom Line.
The pantograph is a large flower which fit with the overall theme of the quilt as a Garden Maze. I used my favorite Warm and Natural Batting.
When the quilting was done, I decided to bind it in the same fabric for continuity.
Working on the binding during Slow Stitching days.
I haven’t decided about putting it in the Mountain Regional State Fair. I just got my entry catalog in the mail this week, and the categories have changed a bit. It looks like a change for the better too, with the largest category split into two sizes. But the way the quilt is made cuts off some corners on some squares, and I think that will not sit well with a judge. Since I cannot explain that the corners are a consequence of the technique, I’m sure it will get points off. Perhaps I can put it in the crafting section under Senior Quilted Item, and save the quilting category for Scrap Dance Tango, will give that some thought.
Any finishes for you this week?