The Haptic Lab Constellation Quilt is a great place to start if you want to take on a Haptic Lab project – it certainly takes a lot less time than the Boston city map I made a few years ago. As before, I really enjoyed doing the hand quilting while I was watching TV, all snuggled up underneath it: a craft project that doubles up as a blanket, what’s not to love?!
I used a navy quilting cotton for the top, a splattered print for the back that I thought looked a little galaxy-ish, and a layer of cotton batting in between. Then, navy embroidery floss for the circles and spokes, white for the stars, and then as I ran out of bias and didn’t have any more navy cotton I ended up using navy grograin ribbon for the edges – not perfect, but it worked!
Hand stitching isn’t my A1 best skill, but this quilt is very forgiving, and it’s fun to work on little chunks of constellations at a time. I did the “grid” of circles first to anchor down the sandwich of fabric and batting, and then started doing the stars, center first.
Haptic Lab generously sent me a queen-sized quilt kit to work on next, so I’m going to have to source some enormous cotton and batting, and get ready to have a final quilt in… 2019?!
Have you ever tried doing this style of quilting? (I’m not sure what it’s called, just that it isn’t traditional). I love Haptic Lab’s kits, and I’m sure you could use the same principle (stitching through printed interfacing and ripping it off afterwards) for other creative designs.