Spiraling In Control

After a review of videos on machine quilting spirals I sat down with my walking foot and quilted circles all over S.O.S. Doing the inner circles was easier than the videos led me to believe. The hardest part was filling in the gaps between spirals.

S.O.S. 32″ high by 35.5″ wide

I used variegated and rayon thread for quilting, and relied on the edge of my walking foot for most of the spacing. The rest was done by eye, as sometimes little cheats are needed to even things out. I used the appliqued circles as the center of all but one of the four spirals.

Because I have little yardage left in my stash, most of my backs use pieced bits of whatever will fit. S.O.S. is no exception. The batting is Quilters Dream poly. I used 505 temporary adhesive spray to hold the front to the batting. Since the poly batting clings to cotton, I simply ironed the back to the batting. In between quilting the circles I ironed the sandwich to make sure all the layers were still in contact with each other. They got smooshed and a bit separated as I turned everything through my machine’s harp to make the spirals. That tip comes from Jacquie Gering.

I’ve owned both pieces of fabric since around 2010, so I thought it was time to use them up.

Binding is single fold, stitched to the back and folded to the front, with zigzag stitching to hold it down. I decided I don’t like it sewn on the front, so next time I’ll stitch it to the front and then hold down the back with ditch stitching on the front.

I have just one more top awaiting quilting, so I have given myself permission to create more tops. First, though, I’ll do a monoprint course and play around with wonky free motion quilting a la Paula Kovarik. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.

I am linking to Off The Wall Friday.

6 Comments

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6 responses to “Spiraling In Control

  1. Oh my, this is phenomenal. My favorite feature is how the spirals play with the combed and gridded fabric prints, and the stripy blues and greens. I have wanted to do these giant spirals but I have not tried them yet. I also love your fabric choice for the back.

    • The back is me trying to use up fabric. The spirals aren’t hard with a walking foot. I think the spray adhesive made everything lie flatter and quilted in wrinkles were less. It also helped to re-iron my sandwich between spirals to get everything flat again.

  2. Your quilting looks so perfect and works well with your patchwork design. After seeing the photo on Instagram I was hoping you’d write about it here. I’m glad to be able to read just how you accomplished the spirals, and your binding too. Have more fun playing!

  3. Sunflower Baby

    The circular quilting came out beautiful.

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