Behind the scenes

Here are some progress photos I took of the vortex quilt.

strip sets

strip sets

Um…. helpful tip:  If you decide you want to make a similar quilt, make sure your wedge rulers are translucent and NOT opaque.  It will be much easier to line up that center seam.

debating spikes

debating the addition of spikes

problem1quarter

debating the addition of spikes

debating the addition of spikes

marking and quilting the top

marking and quilting the top

Starting at the center, I quilted diagonally through each corner of the black squares, then continued on that trajectory out to the border.

quilting pattern

quilting pattern

The center of the quilt was boring.  I didn’t want a plain black center, nor did I want a center circle of that busy print.  I considered piecing a Mariner’s compass, but tossed that idea because it would be just too busy.  Then a friend suggested I quilt the compass in the center, and I thought that was a fabulous idea.  Here’s how I did it:

I went to my trusty EQ7 and printed out that Mariner’s compass block.  I unthreaded my sewing machine and sewed on all the lines of the compass, which perforated the paper.  Then I rubbed some chalk over the rough perforations.

marking the center

marking the center

ta-da!

quilting the centerAnd here it is, all quilted up.  I would have micro-quilted the background of the compass for added definition, but I finished the binding at 2 am and the voting started at 10 am, so I called it good and fell into bed.

center 2I can always go back and fill it in later if I want.

s2b 9As much as I disliked that fabric when I started, the quilt has really grown on me.

peg large sigquilting 3

 

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