Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spliced

Spliced is sort of my "return" to longarm quilting, because prior to working on Spliced, I had not touched my longarm for almost 3 months. Between vacations, lifestyle changes, lots of road trips, I just haven't felt like quilting. I've been piecing a lot, but not quilting.

But I'm back in the longarm room now, and I hope not to take that long of a hiatus again. This quilt top's pattern is called Whiskers by Modern Quilt Studio. I used a kit because I find the colors to be perfection, and I think the usage of the yarn-dyed striped fabric is just brilliant. I named it Spliced because that was what I was doing to add in those yarn-dyed strips ... splicing them in!

I found the piecing of this quilt rather challenging, because although the yarn-dyed striped fabric is gorgeous, it is hard to work with. I knew I'd have trouble getting the pieces to be the right size at the end as it sort of requires perfect piecing, so I cut the pieces bigger to begin with and used a scant scant quarter-inch seam, and trimmed down the excess at the end. It worked out well.

For the quilting design, I took one of my favorite approaches which is creating a foreground / background effect. I wanted to extend all the "whiskers" so they form a woven pattern. This of course requires some extra marking, but it's always worth it. The negative space in between are filled with swirls and pebbles.

I was rather afraid that after nearly 3 months away from the machine, I would forget how to quilt. But as it turns out, it's just like riding a bike! As soon as I got going, it's like I never stopped. Given how many of my quilts have a neutral background, it's always exciting to quilt with a bright teal thread. And I really, really like the striped binding too.

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Linking up with: My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Cooking Up Quilts, Powered by Quilting, and Meadow Mist Designs.

12 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful. Emphasizing the spliced in stripes in the quilting not only looks great but clearly gave you some great spaces to have fun and find your quilting flow again. :)

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  2. It looks great, Liz, and I love that backing fabric!

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  3. I really like the way you extended the design into the negative space with the quilting. Backing is perfect too.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the teal as a background so different. Your quilting, as always, is fantastic!

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  5. Colours, quilting and pattern - each is lovely and they come together beautifully in your quilt.

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  6. Great job, Liz! That quilt is pictured on their 2019 calendar for June, so I feel very familiar with it! I love your quilting, as always!!!

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  7. I love that pattern! And of course your quilting makes it even more fabulous. I'm glad to hear that you're back in the longarming groove :)

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  8. What a great quilt! I love it and can imagine those pieces were hard to work with. I did something recently where I did the soak with starch and let it dry and then press. It really did make a stiffer fabric...just an idea.

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  9. What beautiful colors and design. I see why you used the kit. Your quilting brought this quilt to another level...gorgeous!

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  10. It's beautiful. I just love your fabric colors and your quilting design. Gorgeous finish.

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  11. Looks like you had LOTS of fun getting back to your quilting machine. The result is excellent! Loving it all the way.

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