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The Migration Quilt – #3 – quilt reveal


I’ve broken free of my usual boundaries.  My usual boundaries, of course, being my love for low volume backgrounds.  This was not free will.  This is a custom quilt where I was told what background to use.  While I’d prefer to see this quilt with my usual background, it’s also nice to move out of one’s way and try something different.  I love the way those Liberty “butterflies”  pop out of the dark background.

Let’s talk more about the Migration quilt.


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This was maybe the second or third quilt pattern I ever designed and this is the third time I’ve made this quilt.  It’s a perfect quilt for a beginner to try and I was a beginner when I first made it.

The way the triangles connect resembles a butterfly and all of them together has the look of a migration.  This quilt is also perfect for anyone needed to get a handle on their scraps, as all those triangles are just that.  My other Migration quilts predate this blog.

The quilt pattern for this quilt will soon release as part of a pattern set intended for the beginner quilter or the quilter who has an abundance of scraps, and will release much later this year.



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I used mostly scraps from my Liberty fabrics.  I LOVED using them!  I wish I’d choose them more often to use instead of hoarding them, but I’m sure you know how that goes.

I had the hardest time choosing fabric for my binding.  There was only a few pops of coral in the quilt, so I decided to bring them out more by adding the coral binding.



Quilt Details:

PatternMigration Quilt

Size – 96×96″

Blocks – 256 blocks

Top Fabrics – Navy background is Sprinkle in navy from Cotton + Steel.  The triangles are all scraps, most from my Liberty fabrics.

Backing Fabrics – Mudcloth in blue by Sharon Holland, Windswept in iota by Leah Duncan, Stitched Road in beryl by Bari J, Love Notes in urban from AGF Studio, and Looming Love in pastel by Pat Bravo.

Binding – Riley Blake solid in Raspberry

Batting – Warm and Natural batting by the Warm Company

Thread – So Fine by Superior for piecing and  Quilt Plus by Coats for quilting

Techniques Used – meander quiltingwall basting, and machine binding



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As I mentioned above, using the dark background was a big change for me.  I didn’t want to go with navy thread for the quilting as I didn’t want my butterflies to have dark thread on them that showed too much. I ended up using a medium gray color thread, so the quilting still popped some from the background, but didn’t show up much on the triangles.  When learning about hand sewing hexies last spring I realized that gray thread tends to blend into wherever you use it.

I think the quilting shows up just enough, but isn’t overwhelming.  What do you think?



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  1. gorgeous! I’m one who leans towards low volume quilts as well, but this one is done so perfectly it really works! Your customer must be thrilled! 🙂

  2. Such a pretty quilt! I like using unexpected neutrals…they really spark my interest! That navy really makes your butterflies show off their colors!

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