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.

Together Quilt on Airstream

Bonnie Christine has released her new line, Succulence, and it is absolutely wonderful! Art Gallery Fabrics shares:

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.

Succulence fabrics and prep

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!

Together Quilt idea, piecing, quilting

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.

Quilting in progress

If you want to try quilting with your backing as your guide, here are a few things I learned:

  1. Double check that the directionality of the print is oriented the way you want your quilting to be oriented.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.

Together Quilt back

Would you like to explore more Succulence? Check out these links: the collection | the lookbook | at quilt market | inspirations behind

Together Quilt on the wall

Are you in the mood to shop for some fabric?

A Stitch in Time and Fat Quarter Shop both have Succulence in stock right now.

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.

See all the details for the blog tour on Bonnie’s blog Going Home to Roost, and check out Katie’s stop tomorrow at The Simple Life Company.

Bonnie Christine's Succulence fabrics for Art Gallery Blog Hop hashtags

Quilt Stats
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)

20 Comments

  1. Debbie

    This is really cool – I love so much about it and it was fun to see you used the backing as your quilting guide! I’ve shared your post on my AQT fb page….please let me know if you’d rather me not.

  2. bonnie christine

    this is stunning. i love it so much! and that airstream! <3

    thank you so much for making such a beautiful project with succulence – i'm honored to have you on the tour! xox

  3. Alison Wood

    Cool backing and quilting – I tried this technique once with a chevron printed backing and it worked really well.  Your post has inspired me to pick out another such backing and save myself the marking I hate!  Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

  4. Afton

    Please join my linky party: http://quiltingmod.blogspot.com/2016/02/lessons-learned-linky-2.html. This post has some great pointers.

  5. Terri Ann

    Daisy this is so beautiful, the waves from that background print are perfect, it gives the finished quilt such lovely movement – good call on that design decision!

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