Monday, January 5, 2015
Bento Box Quilt
I began this quilt last year while in Kentucky. It was the local guild's mystery quilt. The instructions called for a light neutral for the prominent fabric but I decided to use a gray instead. We completed two of the blocks at the guild meeting and I did the remainder in KY and back home in Arizona. The pattern is called Bento Box. If I were to make this pattern again, I don't think I would add the border. Since this is for a young lady, I felt that the flowered border added a feminine touch.
The top had been waiting for quilting and was perfect for one of my first longarm quilting projects with Flora. Flora is so talented. I just hope I can master some of her wonderful features.
This quilt features an "edge to edge" design from my Pro Stitcher software. It has stars and swirls. Below you can see close-ups of the quilting stitches.
It isn't perfect but I'm learning as I go. I had issues with the tension but overall I'm pleased with the results. I have classes one Saturday a month at Sew for the Heart in Scottsdale. I have learned so much from fellow longarm quilters.
The quilt will be a graduation gift for a young lady that's graduating in June. Now I need to add the gray binding.