Baubles Quilt Finish

January 31, 2016

Baubles is one of my oldest UFOs, and I am thrilled that I finally finished it up this week!Baubles Front View

The blocks were designed on EQ7 when I was first experimenting with the program.  These are some of the first paper piecing blocks that I designed from scratch.  Once they were assembled, they got set aside, and I didn’t touch them for nearly a year.Baubles Blocks

From the start, I didn’t have a particular plan for the blocks, but eventually I brought them together in a configuration resembling hanging ornaments.Baubles Flimsy

The quilting was probably the most fun of the entire project.  I really enjoy doing all over free motion quilting, and this quilt is done almost entirely with this technique. Baubles Front Detail 2


Baubles Front Detail 1

The only exception is that each bauble is quilted with coordinating thread and a combination of free motion and ruler work specific to each block.Baubles back detail

Once the quilting was finished, I embroidered silver hanging strings for each ornament.Baubles Front Detail 3

I decided to keep the binding white to allow the illusion of the baubles floating in space.

Baubles back view

Quilt Stats

Title:  Baubles

Size:  44″x53″

Techniques:  Foundation paper piecing, traditional piecing, hand embroidery

Quilting:  Hand guided longarm quilted on an A-1 Elite using free motion and ruler work techniques

Fabric:  White Kona cotton and assorted pink, red, blue, and turquoise cotton prints

Batting:  Warm and White cotton blend batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with white, bright pink, and blue Aurifil 50wt cotton thread, embroidered with silver Wonderfil and Gutermann Metallics

Binding:  White Kona, cut in 2″ wide strips on the bias, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched on the back.

This quilt was my One Monthly Goal for January!


Goal #1 is Complete!

Goal #1 is Complete!


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    January 31, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Great looking quilt! I love the quilting – that’s a lot of fun!

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    Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    January 31, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    The use of the coordinating thread on the baubles looks wonderful from the back – it has a lovely glow. Congratulations on a beautiful finish; your free motion quilting looks amazing.

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    January 31, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Lovely quilting designs on your quilt. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt that’s finished.

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    Kate Chiconi
    February 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

    That’s a beautiful piece of work. I can tell you had lots of fun with the FMQ – it looks like Christmas ornaments hanging in front of a big window with a fabulous snowstorm going on outside! Congratulations also on completing a long-standing UFO, always so satisfying.

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    February 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Truly, an awesome finish! I admire your FMQ work and great patterning!

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    Lesley Storts
    February 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Cassandra – this quilt looks fantastic. I especially like all of the negative white space and your quilting. I also like that you matched the thread to your ornaments and kept the contrast low. Beautiful work!

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    February 2, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    This is beautiful! Are you by chance selling the pattern for the baubles?

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    April 6, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Beautiful! What amazing quilting to finish off your quilt. Thank you so much for participating in the Finish-A-Long, on behalf of the 2016 hosts! And though I did find your Q1 list, to be eligible for prizes, please add a link to it in this post, ok? 😉

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    November 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I love everything about this quilt. Bravo!

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