Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt

Basted and ready to go, this one sat for nearly a year before I finally figured out how I wanted to quilt it. But, I finally got it quilted and bound in December:

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, front view

It is the Heather Spence Designs Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt.

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, side front detail

The fabrics all came from stash. (Yay for stashbusting projects!) It actually was a lot of fun putting this one together.

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, quilting detail

On this one I decided I wanted the center to have the feeling of waterlilies or lily pads or somesuch to help tie it and the border together design-wise. I ended up going with this super, labor-intensive approach of using the pinwheels as the basis of a flower, and then, to emphasize it, I did microstippling in the areas between. It creates a sort of trapunto-esque effect.

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, quilting detail 2

So. Much. Quilting. I think I listened to two books on CD. So 20 hours or so? Yikes!

Aurifil 50/2 in Light Sand/Beige (2000) throughout the center was perfect-- the 2-ply thread works so nicely for tight quilting.

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, quilting detail 3

Then, in the border, I just did some watery wavy lines. I used a slightly heavier-weight thread, Mettler (40/3) in a dark brown.

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, back view

I do love me a pieced back!

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, quilting detail, back view

So I haven't put a label on it.... yet. I'm kind of on the fence with this one. I really love the quilting and the overall look of the quilt. But I don't need it and it doesn't really fit with our decor at all. So I am thinking I want to donate it, but am having a hard time letting it go.

Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt, side front view

I need to give it a wash still. Maybe then I'll decide. :)


  1. I just LOVE your quilting on this! I really admire your quilting skills. I have a huge pile of quilt tops that I need to quilt... We need more hours in the day!

    1. Thank you so much!!! It was time consuming, but the process was so gratifying-- and I love the finished result.

      More hours in the day would sure be helpful! ;)