Disclosures: I received four fat quarters from Bonnie Christine to make something for the Succulence blog hop. Also, this post contains Amazon affiliate links, and if you decide to shop there, I get a small kickback.
Succulents represent the ability to thrive and constantly create new growth through absorbing even the tiniest bits of water. Bonnie pays homage to this perseverance through a study of these plants in vibrant hues of earthy plum, sunlit copper and both pristine & opaque greens.
I wanted to use leftover Triangles On A Roll Sew & Fold Flying Geese (affiliate link) from this Braided Table Runner, and I sketched out an idea that would utilize the geese in rows. The Beatles “Come Together” was playing on Pandora while I pieced the first geese, and I couldn’t get it out of my head after that!
I debated straight line quilting that echoed the geese, but I decided to use the Ikea Nattljus fabric as my guide instead. I followed every third or fourth main line, so the soft waves would have some space. At 59″ WOF, this fabric is pretty great to have on hand for backing quilts.
If you want to try quilting with your backing as your guide, here are a few things I learned:
- Double check that the directionality of the print is oriented the way you want your quilting to be oriented.
- Wind the bobbin with the thread that you want to show on the front. (This is kind of a no-brainer, but I still wound two bobbins of the dark gray before remembering that I needed off-white bobbins. It’s just habit to look at the “back” and then pick the bobbin thread color.)
- If you pin baste, don’t worry about taking out the safety pins “blind.” It’s very easy to reach under the quilt and unclasping them while quilting.
Are you in the mood to shop for some fabric?
I also see that there are some Succulence Fabrics at Southern Fabric (affiliate link). Southern Fabric is currently stocking layer cakes, charm packs, and jelly rolls of this line, so if you’re looking for precuts, check them out.
Size: 42 x 45″
Geese and binding fabrics: Succulence by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
Background fabrics: low volume pieces from my stash
Backing fabric: Nattljus from Ikea
Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt (2024, 2605, and 2000)
Batting: Warm & Natural Cotton Batting-Crib Size 45″X60″ (affiliate link)