Here are some progress photos I took of the vortex quilt.
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.
Starting at the center, I quilted diagonally through each corner of the black squares, then continued on that trajectory out to the border.
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.
And 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.