Can you believe it? I actually finished the Riley Blake Challenge on time with my depiction of “A Fine Day” and it’s submitted. I decided to try a multi-piece binding, so I could keep the colors focused. To get the binding to match up to each block:
- I used the darkest solid in each block for the binding.
- I sewed each piece onto the front, leaving 2 inches from the block end.
- I marked the edge on the binding + a 1/4 inch mark, then sewed the pieces together and trimmed.
- For the last two pieces, I marked both pieces and matched up the lines and sewed the seam, and trimmed.
Name: A Fine Day
Size: 34 x 30 Inches
Material: Riley Blake Prints + Kona Solids (Torch, Stratosphere, Royal, Navy for the binding)
Design: by me…inspired by the color of the sun
Technique: Improvisational piecing, Circular Quilting, Multi-piece binding
For the quilting, I wanted something that depicted the sun. I used a star like – straight line quilting in the middle circle, then used radiating circles for the rest of the quilt. This was my first time sewing circles – which aren’t perfect but I still think they turned out great. (PS. I think I need a better sewing machine to do the quilting on, instead of my light weight $150 Brother….I hinted this to the hubby at breakfast…maybe for Mothers day or birthday ;-)).
For the 1 inch radiating lines, I used my walking foot with the guide. I could not work out a color that would work across all blocks so I used invisible thread on the top, white on the back. Here is one last photo to show the binding and quilting.
Lastly, here are the links to the posts documenting my whole process for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge Quilt:
Linking up with Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday and Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee Social. This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking to: