Bejeweled Churn Dash Finished Quilt
Looking at all the #Quiltcon2022 quilts on Instagram has inspired me to try to quilt all the quilt tops I have sitting in my closet. First up is this Bejeweled Churn Dash Quilt. I had fun experimenting and breaking up the background of a traditional Churn Dash block. It kind of looks like the Churn Dash is sitting on a cut jewel to me so I named it the Bejeweled Churn Dash block. You can find a tutorial HERE if you want to try making one too.
I found the fabric at Sample Spree
For the quilt I used a fat quarter bundle from the Robert Kaufman sample spree table at Quilt Market one year. I sadly do not know the name of the line or the designer but I LOVE the bold colors!
Voile makes a great quilt backing!
I chose to back it with some beautiful buttery soft voile. I first got the idea of quilting with voile from Anna Maria Horner's blog. The voile is sheer so any little imperfection in the quilt batting shows through but I don't mind that. It is so soft and easy to sew through. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I used an easy large grid quilting pattern
For the quilting I chose to 'stitch in the ditch'. I always have a hard time knowing what pattern to choose for quilting so I went with super simple this time and quilted a grid. And I use the word 'ditch' loosely because I ended up wobbling around quite a bit jumping in and out of the 'ditch'.
I also quilted it with thread the same yellow-green color as the quilt backing. It turned out to be a great medium toned choice to blend with all of the high contrast fabrics.
I ended up making the binding really narrow so I didn't cover up those churn dash points on the edges. I cut the binding strips at 2 inches and used this method to sew it on. The finished binding measures about 1/4 inch. It is takes a bit of patience to work with such a narrow strip, especially when you get to the corners.
Over all I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out. I'm excited to finish my next one. What do you think? Do you have the same problem as me with a closet full of quilt tops just waiting to be finished? Hope to hear from you soon.