I always look forward to the Bloggers Quilt Festival! Such a fun way to be able to participate and see some wonderful quilts - my poor husband will really wonder how many quilting blogs can one woman look at this week! I am entering this in the Home Machine Quilted category since that is one of my favorite things about this quilt.
This quilt began last year as a Project Quilting challenge in 2013 - the challenge was to make a quit in your favorite color with only white added. I knew right away that I wanted to make a blue and white quilt, and after making the blocks decided that I would rather make this a nice quilt than do a rush job on the quilting to finish by the challenge deadline. So it took me a little over two years to actually get it finished...I think the wait was worth it!
Angela Walter's book "Free Motion Quilting". I also drew from Leah Day's website for the sharp stippling I used in the light blue areas. (See the video here!) I use a Juki 2001QI for piecing and quilting. No frame, I just use it on my table - works great for larger quilts, it still gets a little tight in the center, but way better than my old 1979 Kenmore was.
My favorite thing about this quilt though, is the quilting! I used Aurifil thread for all of the quilting. White in the background, a blue/green in the medium areas and a dark blue in the dark sections. The bubble and swirl design was fun to do and looks great in the diamond shaped center squares.
Be sure to head on over to the Bloggers Quilt Festival and check out all the other awesome entries!