Octo was my most daunting UFO, because I knew how many hours of work were still required (it took me about 55 hours in total). I began Octo at a quilting workshop in 2015 at the Oakville Sewing Centre. Quilt and fabric designer Brigitte Heitland led the workshop. Each participant received a copy of Brigitte’s Octo pattern and a kit with enough Zen Chic fabric to complete the quilt. We worked on the paper piecing technique which gives the complex quilt such a precise result. I love the contrast of the bright patterns against the octagons and four pointed stars in mixed plain whites, creams and greys.
Because I am not working, I was determined to quilt the quilt myself on my own machine ( a Bernina 550). After the many hours spent creating the beautiful quilt top, I wanted the quilting to be perfect. I ended up using a temporary adhesive spray to baste the quilt, and it was much better than pinning. Except for the borders I quilted with the walking foot in a way that emphasized the geometry. The borders are simple loops using the stitch regulator and free motion foot.
I cheated and folded and wrapped the backing fabric around the front to create the binding.
I wonder where this very special quilt will end up – I haven’t yet decided!
If you’re interested, take a look at Brigitte’s patterns at her website – www.brigitteheitland.de