… or using couching as a method of quilting. Unusually for me, this quilt has batting – it’s actually thermal curtain lining, which is a bit like thick felt. Cheaper, and easier for me to get locally. I decided to use batting to help support and distribute the unevenness of the weight. The centres of the circles are much heavier than the backing squares, and securing the layers to batting will help prevent sagging as it hangs.
I’m using the same yarn on this quilt as on my others in this series. It’s a bourette silk/viscose/wool mix, which means that it takes dye quite well. I found a length that I dyed last year, and it turned out to be not only exactly the right colour, but I have exactly the right amount too.
So then it was just a matter of couching the yarn between all the joins, ensuring that the couching stitch went through all the layers. I thought briefly about adding sashing to the quilt top, but to separate the squares with anything more than a fine line would have been quite wrong.