Friday, March 31, 2017

Dare To Be

Most of the time I like to stick to simpler quilts with big pieces, but sometimes I just want to do something a little more intricate. I came across Woven by Jeni Baker in Patchwork Essentials and thought it was just stunning, and I immediately added it to my queue.

The fabric I used is Dare by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics, which I really love. I'm holding to my New Year's resolution of Love It, Use It. I was a little nervous about whether it will still look good and work together all cut up, but I was willing to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did, because I think it looks great!

Piecing of this took a long time just because there were so many pieces and so many HSTs to square up. My hands were not quite happy with me after awhile, so I only did them one small batch at a time. However, despite the many many pieces, this quilt was easier to piece than I expected.

Some quilts are just asking to be quilted to death, but this quilt is not one of them. The fabric and the criss-cross pattern is really the most important thing here, so the quilting should just quietly enhance. I did some simple continuous curve designs in the triangles, and did a feather motif in each white diamond. I love to use continuous curves because the dot-to-dot nature of them means no marking, they're easy and forgiving, and they form secondary designs when grouped together. As for feathers, I just love how much fun they are to quilt and how they add instant elegance to the quilt.

I was a little scared how this quilt would turn out, but I'm so happy with it. From afar, the criss-cross pattern is just so striking!


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  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! This fabric line is one of my favorites and you've really made a beautiful piece. :)

  2. This quilt is beautiful! I love the quilting and the fabric you chose!!

  3. You outdid yourself again! Everything is wonderful about this quilt. I think your quilting is amazing, can't wait to see what you will do with a longarm machine. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That's a lot of half square triangles! But the design is really, really neat. Congratulations on your finish!

  5. Totally gorgeous!! I love this so much - colours, patterns, quilting - great work!

  6. Love your quilt! Beautiful fabric and quilting too!

  7. Beautiful - you did a great job, and your quilting is gorgeous too!!

  8. Really pretty! Your feather quilting is beautiful, too.

  9. This is gorgeous and the quilting is amazing!


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