Secret sewing is so hard to do! However, there are some fun sneak peeks that can be shared along the way. Today I’m going to walk through as much as I can to share about the Work in Progress for Collection 3 that I personally worked on.
The first stage of a Work in Progress and sewing any quilter does for a Quilt Theory collection is usually when we go through pattern testing week and we test another designer’s pattern.
For Collection 3, I pattern tested for Stephanie Palmer, and I pulled some of my favorite colors from my stash to work with. If the quilting confetti is this pretty, you know I was motivated and having fun!
I was able to turn the pattern test for Stephanie into a finished quilt, and I am looking forward to sharing my version of her design during release week!
The quilt top for my Collection 3 Design was really fun to put together, and I decided that I needed to trim the loose and frayed fabric edges of the seams from the back of the quilt top before I basted and quilted. It didn’t take too long, and it left me feeling more confident about how the quilt would finish. I posted a question about whether other quilters do this step to my Instagram and Facebook accounts, and it was very split between people who say they always or never do this. I actually only do it when I feel the quilt top is very light and ghosting might occur (and there were a few people who also worked this way), but most people seemed to be in the always or never camp. It was an interesting question and response!
While I own and use a longarm, I still try to quilt about 20% of my quilts on my domestic machine (a Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini). When I created my Collection 3 design, I knew exactly how I wanted to quilt it: with an all over spiral. My domestic was the right machine to make that happen!
I personally like to hand stitch my binding to the back of a quilt. So the finishing touches on any of my Quilt Theory quilts takes a good be of touch time: hand stitching the binding, hand stitching on the label, and hand stitching on a hanging sleeve!
One fantastic new detail for Collection 3 are custom Quilt Theory labels for each quilt! Michelle designed them for the team (using Spoonflower to print them), and I was really excited to proudly add it to my quilt.
For me, the final bit of time spent hand stitching on the quilt is time well spent. I do not expect to ever receive my Quilt Theory quilts back home. Each of the Quilt Theory designers is offered the option to receive their cover quilt back after it is done being used to promote a collection, but I have chosen to leave my quilts with Michelle and hope that it will come in handy for the long term for the team or be able to be auctioned off or donated to charity at some point in the future.