Another break from my comfort zone is the quilting. To give the beads some movement, a friend in my guild suggested that I quilt this one with some free motion curves, waving gracefully down the quilt. This friend is a rockstar longarmer, and I knew her suggestion was spot-on, and best of all, achievable on my domestic machine.
The curves are pretty organic (which just sounds better than saying they're imperfect, ha!), and they move in varying widths down the quilt, creating a cool ripple effect. The result is great, but it took much longer than stippling. Like waaaay longer. Usually, I match the quilting thread to the background, but since I knew I didn't want to darken the prints, I opted to quilt with white thread. It really adds to the movement.
Per the norm, the backing is pieced from the leftovers, and I even made a scrappy binding!
Making this quilt was so much fun, and I am so excited to say that it is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops! The pattern is written in three sizes, and includes cutting diagrams and full color illustrations for every step. This is a perfect pattern for a fun-loving, free spirit! Check it out!