The Succulents quilt is finished and I’m quite happy with it. I’ve entered it in the Alden Lane Nursery Quilting in the Garden quilt show.
The finished size is 38 x 42 inches, and each succulent plant is about 26 inches high.
See my previous 2 posts for information about how I constructed it, including stage 1 of the quilting where I quilted around the succulents before I added the backing fabric. Then I spray-basted the backing fabric to the felt, and quilted vertical straight lines through all three layers. You can see that the backing fabric is the chartreuse and white print that I was considering for the front. I finished the edges with a wide chartreuse binding.
All the quilting was done with a walking foot. I quilted with vertical straight lines about 1/2 inch apart. I was concerned about keeping the lines straight, and the challenge of quilting over the bumps created where several bias tapes overlapped. So I quilted from the back, following the vertical fabric design as a guide. (I first used this technique with my map quilt (described here) but I didn’t post about how I quilted it. You can read about that on the Quilts at the Creek blog here.)
I wanted the binding at least 1/2 inch wide (to be as wide or wider than the bias tape outlining the plants) so I cut the binding strips 2.75 inch wide. I stitched the binding to the back, folded it to the front and stitched again through all layers. This is the first time I’ve used clips to hold the binding in place – much better than pins!
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