100 Days – Week of Quilting – Featured Quilt 7

Amber Carrillo drew her inspiration from several places when creating this bright and cheery quilt with a striking spiral quilting pattern.

Here’s what Amber had to say about her quilt:

“This quilt was made after I saw this quilt by Nettie, and this one by Jolene on their blogs. They were both so striking and I loved all the solid surrounding the patchwork block. I had a few Munki Munki blocks that I had sewn up just for fun and so I pieced a few of them together to form a larger block. Then I choose a bright pink Kona solid for the background.

When I went to quilt it, I decided I wanted to do spiral quilting like Nettie did on her quilt, and Alissa did on this one. I read through the comments on Alissa’s picture and saw that she recommended using your free-motion foot for the first few circles and then switching to your walking foot. So that’s what I did. I picked a spot in the center of the quilt that I wanted to start at (not dead-center but off to one side) and slowly started making small spirals out from the center. My lines are not evenly spaced but you can’t really tell when you are done. You can also mark your first few circles using a washable pen but I didn’t – I like to live recklessly – ha ha! It is a little harder than some quilting techniques as you are moving the whole quilt through your sewing machine throat every time you circle around, but the effect is wonderful.

I did about 5 spirals/circles with my free-motion foot and then switched to my walking foot. I used the lines I had already quilted as a guide and just made my way around, spiraling out towards the edges. When I reached the outer edges I just went off the edge of the quilt and then came back on in the next section and kept quilting until I reached another edge – in the end I was only quilting the very edges of the quilt. I also rounded the edges using a circle template and the used a bias binding to bind it.”

You can see more of Amber’s work on her blog One Shabby Chick.

7 thoughts on “100 Days – Week of Quilting – Featured Quilt 7

  1. I love this quilt! I too was inspired by the spiral binding but was unable to make it work on the machine even on a small scale! I chose to quilt mine by hand.
    Amber did such a great job on this. I’m envious!

  2. Thanks for the tip about using the free motion foot for the initial spiral and then the walking foot. The result is so adorable on this quilt.

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