I basted the quilt with a remnant piece of wool batting I had left from quilting this quilt. And I didn't find the experience to baste and quilt with wool particularly great then and nor did Inow. I love the warms it gives off but because there is so much loft and the material has a lot less grip than my trusted 100 % cotton wadding, it makes basting and quilting a bit of a challenge.
I quilted in a grid pattern, lengthwise about 3/4 inch apart and on the horizontal once through the middle of the squares.
This gives the quilt a really nice drape and shows of the puffiness and loft of the wool wadding.
Finding a suitable backing was a bit of a challenge but in the end I decided on another remnant piece I had from making this quilt from the Heirloom collection by Joel Dewburry. It matches many of the colours from the quilt front.
The binding was another challenge but I soon found what has to be my favourite binding of this year. A little text number I had in my stash that I managed to cut and attach is in a way that shows little snippets of phrases along the edges. It might be a bit cheesy but I keep smiling when I see that....it must be the Christmas season....
I used my go-to steal grey 28w quilting thread from Aurifil to quilt which always works a treat.
As much as I struggle with the wool batting, I must admit it does drape wonderfully and it's lightness combined with the lightness of the Oakshott cottons, makes this quilt truly a sumptuous and luxury affair.
Any of you who have worked with Oakshott cottons know that the colours are just so luminous and iridescent that a finished quilt always feels and looks very special.
And that's it for this year I think.
I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and New Year and am looking forward to see you all back on my blog in 2016.