Vibrant Celebration Complete


My Vibrant Celebration quilt is like my children. While I’ve dedicated countless hours to it, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve enjoyed how it has challenged me to learn and improve. I’ve cherished tending to all the little details that make it special. When I step back and look at all its beautiful traits, I am so proud. My binding is two-toned: pink on the front and teal on the back. This was accomplished by attaching a 1″ pink strip to a 1 3/4″ teal strip. The seam allowance was pressed and trimmed to minimize bulk before being pressed in half as you would for a traditional double fold binding. I sewed the binding, pink side facing the top, to the front with my machine. Then I pressed it outward and ran a thin line of glue along the line of stitching on the back, working in sections. I pressed the binding over and set it in place with a dry iron. This is how I assured my binding would remain even as I hand stitched it to the back. I embellished the swan print cornerstone by trimming a dyed feather to size and machine stitching a tiny zig-zag over the spine. Hot fix crystals, beads, and buttons were also added after the quilting was completed. The quilting was accomplished using hand-guided free-motion and ruler work on my domestic Bernina. I’d like to thank Amanda for the detailed instruction and wonderful video tutorials, as well as Bernina for hosting this incredible Quilt Along. It has been a pleasure. I’ve loved making Jubilee my own, and I look forward to quilting along in the future!

15 comments on “Vibrant Celebration Complete”

  • This is so beautiful! I love your color choices and that two toned binding is awesome! The original project just didn’t pique my interest but your choices make it a whole new ballgame. Beautiful work!

    • Thank you so much for checking out my quilt, and your encouragement. It’s amazing how the same pattern can take on such a different tone depending on fabric choices. I definitely recommend the Jubilee pattern. It has a really nice overall effect. There’s enough repetition to be efficient, but enough different blocks to keep it interesting. It was nice because it got me over the fear of finally cutting into my special fabrics since you can use just a 6 1/2″ piece, or even smaller if you paper-piece.

  • I checked out your blog. I didn’t realize you were such a professional! That’s awesome!! What got you started and how do you find the time to quilt consistently?

    • Thanks for checking out my blog, and the encouragement. I got started quilting when one of my childhood friends mentioned that she was learning. I always admired quilts, having seen very impressive ones at the Folk Art Center during family trips. I decided to try with a row quilt class at a local quilt shop. That’s what got me hooked. With four kids, it’s not easy to squeeze in quilting time, but I take it about 15 minutes at a time. It helps restore my sanity (assuming I have some allotment that remains) to have some variation on the more mundane, regenerating, and often non-gratifying, somewhat yucky household responsibilities. Please excuse me as I peel a few Cheerios off the bottom of my bare feet and remove a toddler from the top of the coffee table…

      So what about you? How’d you get into quilting, and how do you maintain a rhythm?

      • Like you, I have been admiring quilts since I was younger, but I haven’t had time or opportunity to try it out until this past September. I encouraged my older girls about three years ago to try the quilting project in 4H and they enjoyed it so much that they have continued to do it every year since. My youngest (of ten kids) turns two in a couple of weeks and so I finally feel like I have time to breathe – and energy for that matter. I decided to start a new hobby and figured it was finally time to try quilting. I have done tons of sewing through the years making all kinds of things for the kids, but I discovered that quilting is totally different! I LOVE it so much more!! All the fabrics, colors, designs…I am now wishing I were a millionaire with an enormous craft room so I could buy all the beautiful fabrics, make all those neat quilts I want to try, buy another quilting machine and long arm machine and have space to store it all! I guess I would need a little more time too…? Currently, I try to get all my “work” done during the week so I can quilt on Friday and Saturday. So far, it’s working out. I am looking forward to spring break because I homeschool and decided we will have spring break this year. My girls and I are going to quilt all day every day for a week straight! I have learned a lot about quilting in a short amount of time, but I still need a lot more practice to be able to do as well as you. That will take time. Too bad I didn’t start out earlier! (This reply really turned into a book!)

        I enjoyed the text in your posts. You have a gift for writing as well.

        • I’m so glad you found time in your life to try your hand (and awesome Bernina machine) at quilting. Your quilt is beautiful; nobody would ever know you’ve only been at it for a handful of months, if you hadn’t let us in on your little secret. How fantastic that your girls were able to learn quilting through 4H! I’m amazed by you — Homeschooling Mom of 10! Around here I’m bringing up the local average with 4 (and I have to continually do a head count throughout the day). People frequently mention that I have my hands full when I’m out with the two littlest. Then I tell them that half my kids are at a birthday party, doing a sport, etc. They get a very bewildered look, and their eyes pop out ever so slightly. I’m not a seamstress myself, though I greatly admire the skill. It’s a fantastic and practical one. I quilt for creative exercise. It’s a perk that the results are capable of warming others’ hearts in addition to their outward extremities. As a more seasoned quilter, I have extensive experience under my belt; we’re talking about fabric shopping right? Once you start a few more projects, the scraps will accumulate like Strega Nona’s pasta. Then there are those alluring local quilt shop sales! “This will make a great backing!” I say as I gesture for the staff to repeatedly unfurl the bolts. Space enough to store the treasures, and time (as you mentioned) are the highly sought, limiting factors around here. It seems these kids prefer I taking a sewing break and feed them from time to time. Who are we kidding? All the time, rather. I wish you a most successful and joyous Spring/Quilt Break. I enjoyed your extensive reply very much. After all, I’m a huge fan of quilting “books”.

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