Thursday, September 24, 2020

Pick-Up Sticks

Pick-Up Sticks is such a fun and unusual quilt for me. The original pattern is called On the Ball by Brigitte Heitland (of Zen Chic). I really liked the pattern, but it was made with the splice and insert technique which will be incredibly difficult on this scale. So instead, I made it with the applique technique. Details on how I made this top is here.

When it comes to quilting it, I decided to keep this one simple in concept. I extended each "stick" into the background space, and I love the way it divides up the background.

I filled all the areas in between with my favorite filler: elongated elegant swirls.

I filled the center areas with pebbles, and left all the sticks unquilted so they would rise to the top of the quilt.

This quilt was easy even if it was time consuming. I absolutely love it, but I also cannot use this as a lap quilt because between the applique and the pounds of thread I added on, it's just too heavy! But I think it'd make a fabulous wall hanging ...

10 comments:

  1. I think this might have a lovely 3D effect from the quilting and using it as a wall hanging would be the perfect way to get that perspective. Congratulations on the finish!

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  2. Love this quilt. It's beautiful!

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  3. Yet another lovely quilt. All those pebbles! I like the 3D effect too. The backing fabric is gorgeous!

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  4. A great quilt - again. I love the sticks, the pebbles and the swirls. so much fun in one quilt. I loved playing the game too as a kid.

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  5. Dazzling! Good thing those swirls are your favorite! You have really perfected them.

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  6. Fabulous texture! I love seeing the quilted extensions of the sticks on the front, while on the back (that yellow!!) it's more minimalistic :)

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  7. Really intriguing project and your quilting the 'sticks' out really adds to the overall design!

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  8. I sure wouldn’t call this easy... Wonderful quilting once again!

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  9. I really like how the applique pops and has a 3D element to it. Using quilting to extend the sticks into the negative space creates such a great element to break up the background.

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