The needle I used for this quilt is from Clover. This is my first go with this needle and I really like it. The eye accommodated the perle cotton, and with a little finessing, I could thread the needle without my threader. It’s very sharp, and it just felt like a good fit for my hand… not too small or too big. I think its a keeper!
Before I made my quilt sandwich, I used the perle cotton to add a decorative stem stitch along the very edge of my applique peels and circles, just to add some fun definition.
Then I made my quilt sandwich using this Soft Soft High Loft Batting from The Warm Company which is quite nice to work with… look how my quilting stands out and makes the triangles in my border look like little pillows! So yummy…
It was also my first time using this batting. I’m used to a low to no loft batting and I really love the comforter like feel to this quilt! It’s very cozy, and requires less quilting than other batting. Stitching can be up to 10″ apart!
I started hand quilting in the center of my quilt and quilted around all the peels… working my way out to the border and edges of the quilt.
When I made my quilt sandwich I gave myself a bit of extra batting and backing, extending beyond the quilt top for my hoop to grab onto when I’m working on the edges of the quilt…
And every time I move my hoop I turn to the back of my work to be sure that my backing fabric is secure and flat for stitching. Looks good!
After I finished quilting out to the edge I went back to quilt more in the space between the peels…
I used my quilters ruler to find the horizontal and vertical center lines and marked the lines with my water erasable marker (or other removable / disappearing marking tool). Then I centered and traced the 3″ circle template from the pattern (here on the Moda Bake Shop).
I quilted directly on the drawn lines… which is so relaxing since I don’t have to think about anything but staying on the lines :)
When the quilting in that section is done, blot the blue lines away with a wet paper towel or mist with water… I love this part!
Enjoy your finished Quilt!!!
Don’t forget to check out my tutorial:
See this post for another quilt that’s hand-quilted with perle cotton…