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Periwinkle Gem UFO

The Periwinkle Gem is my third UFO I’ve finished this year. I hope you’re not tired of my UFO posts yet, because there may be a few more coming. I will be starting a couple QALs this week, so you may see a little different progress from my sewing room this week!

The history of this quilt begins with a weekend stay in Wisconsin and a stop at a quilt shop in Bayfield. At that shop, I bought a charm pack of Fossil Fern fabrics. It was a huge charm pack, more than the usual 42 squares. It sat in my stash until I saw the Mini Periwinkle tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Company. I thought the pattern would work well with the fabrics, so I made a small quilt. Here’s a photo of the top that I took this past year.

Periwinkle Gem - quilt top before finishing - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The top sat on my shelf for quite awhile. Since I hadn’t made it for any specific purpose, I was in no rush to finish it.

This quilt top was finished before I had my new sewing machine, so I brought it to Connie for quilting. She did a fabulous job, quilting fun spheres in the secondary pattern of the quilt. Now that I have a machine that can handle machine quilting better, I hope to learn to do the smaller quilts on my own.

Periwinkle Gem - quilting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

The quilt measures about 33″ x 38″, just right for a wall hanging or a small baby quilt. I’m not sure which it will be yet. I just enjoy looking at the bright, gemstone colors during these cloudy winter days!

Periwinkle Gem - made using Fossil Fern fabrics (Benartex) and Mini Periwinkle pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

For the backing, I went with the cream fabric, keeping it simple and clean.

Periwinkle Gem - photo of quilt back - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

I couldn’t decide on one color for the binding, so I used strips cut from fat quarters of the same fabric. I really like the way the binding turned out.

Periwinkle Gem - binding was made from FQ strips - piecefulthoughts.com 2018

Okay, my question for today: How do you prepare physically when you are going to quilt a quilt top? Are there stretches you do beforehand? Do you take breaks while quilting; if so, how often?

I’m linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Monday, friends!

Wendy