Earlier tonight, I finished hand sewing the last bit of binding on this quilt and had the opportunity to take some photos (in clear weather, yay!) before the sun set. This finish has been a long time coming and is actually my first full-size quilt to be completed. I started this quilt last summer as part of Jennie and Clara's Embroidery 101 Stitch and Quilt Along over at Clover and Violet. I finished the quilt top with all of the embroidery on schedule last fall, but decided to wait a bit before quilting and binding it so that I could practice on some smaller projects first.
I ended up straight line quilting this to echo the shape of the concentric boxes created by the individual blocks on the front. In order to work with the bulk of the quilt on my smaller machine, I quilted all of the vertical lines first and then the horizontal ones, breaking the thread at each of the corners of the boxes.
While I probably wouldn't repeat this method of quilting again since it was incredibly time-consuming to knot and bury all of those threads, I do really like the overall effect of the quilting (especially on the back). There may actually be an easier way to quilt boxes like this that doesn't involve breaking the thread or turning the quilt to make the corners, but I wasn't able to locate any advice on how to do this online (do let me know in the comments if you happen to know a better way to achieve the same sort of quilting). :)
For the backing, I chose to do a stripe of scrappy strips at the top using some left over prints. I paired that with some larger strips of some smaller print fabrics from the same collection. The larger aqua colored piece, which reads as a solid in the photos, is actually a subtle mini-stripe print, also from Just Wing It.
For the binding, I used another mini-stripe print, this time in tomato red. I like the way the red adds a subtle pop of color to the outer frame of the quilt, especially against the white sashing.