Finished Friday | Stepping Into Tranquility

Two weeks ago I posted my first of two quilt finishes for the Stepping Stones Quilt Along that Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, hosted. This week is all about my second quilt finish from that quilt along.

Batik Stepping Stones Front

The previous quilt was for one of my best friends, Ana. This quilt is for her mom, Cristal. In the last post I talked about how I met Ana and how we worked together. I really got to know Cristal well when I agreed to work with her and Ana at a local dermatology office. Working with those two women was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful they asked me to be a part of their team.

Batik Stepping Stones Back

Working with Cristal and Ana was frosting on the cake compared to having them become a big part of my life. Cristal is one of the hardest working people I have ever met, and she is always striving to learn more, do more, and help others do their best as well. She is, hands down, the best manager I have ever worked for. She is a woman with a huge heart and a generous spirit and not only do I consider her a friend, I see her as my family. Whether she knows it or not, she’s stuck with me for life!

Batik Stepping Stones Close Up

I chose to make her quilt from Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks in Romance. I thought the colors were a good match to the decor in one of her rooms and they just felt like Cristal when I saw them. I was nervous using batiks, having heard that they are sometimes difficult to sew with. I made sure to use a smaller needle than usual and used Aurifil 50 wt thread and had no problems at all piecing the quilt.

Batik Stepping Stones

I did have a bit more struggle with the quilting as my thread broke several times. I think it’s because I used 50 wt thread instead of 40 wt and my Juki TL-2200 QVP-S sit-down quilting machine loves the 40 wt. Still, only three or four thread breaks? That’s awesome compared to how many I used to get using my Brother PQ1500-S for the quilting! The only other trouble I had was hand stitching the binding down with a different thread brand. I usually use Aurifil for all my quilting, but had some left over Superior King Tut 40 wt variegated thread that matched the binding fabric better than any Aurifil I had on hand. This thread would not pull smoothly through the binding fabric at all, and it constantly tangled on me. I had to cut shorter lengths of it as it would start to shred if I sewed with the same length of thread for too long. It was a good thread for quilting when I used it before, but horrible for me when using it for hand stitching. I’ll be sticking with my favorite Aurifil from now on!

Batik Stepping Stones Label

I designed the label and had it printed by Spoonflower on an 8″ sample square. I really like doing this, as I can make sure my labels won’t wash out after a while. I pieced it into the back so that it becomes a part of the quilt and is quilted over as well. The name for the quilt usually pops into my head while I start working with the fabrics. These fabrics remind me of a tranquil place, and since the pattern name is Stepping Stones, “Stepping Into Tranquility” just seemed to fit perfectly.

Cristal, you are part of the family I got to choose for myself. I love you and I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for all of the encouragement and love you give to me. I am blessed!

And for those who like quilt stats:

“Stepping Into Tranquility”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik precuts in Romance (Top)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Reeds print from Romance (Backing)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Stained Glass print from Romance(Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2370
Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 2325
Binding stitched with Superior King Tut 40 wt 927
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 17, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Iris of Crazydutchbirdquilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

12 thoughts on “Finished Friday | Stepping Into Tranquility

    1. Thanks, my friend! I still have a lot of room for improvement. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to go out of the swirl in one direction and ended up doing the opposite. My brain just doesn’t cooperate at times when I’m quilting.

  1. What a sweet finish for your friend! Love the batiks and your quilting!

    Have you ever watched the Superior Threads DVD? I think they mention that for hand stitching make sure the needle is threaded as the thread comes off the spool to help prevent tangling. It is so frustrating to have thread break and tangle. :-/

    1. Thanks, Sharon! I have not watched the Superior Threads DVD. I am positive I was threading the end that I snipped off the spool, rather than the end that I grabbed to pull it off of the spool. I will make sure to thread it properly next time and see how the hand stitching goes! Thanks for that information!

    1. Thank you, Tammy! I really like this pattern; it comes together so easily but the depth it gives makes it look more complicated than it really is. Best of all, the pattern for the lap size is free! Love that!

    1. Thank you! I try to make my labels have some personal message on them, and I always like it when I can find a great quote to accompany the message! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment!

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