This is Atlantic Currents. A quilt that has been finished for some time, but I keep forgetting to post about it (as evidenced by the view of grass and nice weather, since 2 days ago it was -35˚ F and everything is white).
When I originally drew the pattern up on paper I was calling it southwestern something or another, but once I made the quilt the name just didn’t fit. Instead I asked my bloggy friends for their suggestions and found that it reminded many people of the ocean. I decided to change the name and started calling it Atlantic Currents – Atlantic for the ocean colors and Currents for the directional geese that remind me of ocean circulation and current patterns.
For a binding I found this pretty Ty Pennington Impressions fabric at my local quilt shop. It is technically a stripe fabric, but doesn’t scream stripe when you see it on the binding. I love a good striped binding but I think the subtle look of this fabric works better with the fabrics in the quilt.
I used Kona Kale as my backing fabric. It’s not a color I would have normally chosen, but I have to say I am loving it, and it will most likely be making another appearance in one of my quilts! It is a lovely color on the bolt, but I think it is much prettier when used on a quilt. I also made a few extra geese and on point squares and sewed them together for a little interest on the back.
For quilting I decided to echo the shapes in the quilt and stitch 1/2″ around the outside of the blocks, using a variegated blue/teal/green star thread. I also did a small amount of stitching in the ditch to really help the flow of the front show through to the back.