Thursday, February 18, 2021

Bohemian Spark

I wanted to finish Bohemian Spark for Valentine's Day, and while I didn't quite make that deadline ... at least it's still February! Both the pattern and the fabric (Just Red) are designed by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.

I was very excited to make this quilt, but it was certainly one of the tougher ones I've made. It was paper-pieced, which I usually love, but the pieces are huge, which made them more challenging to line up correctly, and to add to the difficulty, the edges of most of these blocks are bias. I breathed a sigh of relief after it came together, and most of the points mostly match.

I used just two designs in this quilt: straight lines and swirls. I kept the swirls to the lighter colored fabric, as I don't like dense quilting with contrasting thread.

The straight lines were actually quite challenging because they're so long. There was a lot of fudging and guesstimation going on, but overall I'm pretty happy with it.

This quilt really has such a visual impact! I haven't done a red and pink quilt ... ever, so I'm happy to have this one as it really stands out.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Spectrum

Every once in awhile, a designer creates a collection that speaks to me so much that I could not get enough of it. Observatory by Alison Glass was one of those collections for me, and when I saw Spectrum (pattern also by Alison Glass) made in Observatory, I just knew I had to make it.

This is actually a super-easy quilt, consisting of just quarter-square triangles and some strips. The fabrics and colors is what makes this quilt so special to me. Like all Alison Glass quilts, the fabrics really glow.

I decided to keep the quilting very light and simple here with a few different geometric designs, though I made a quilting plan for the different patterns to shift across the quilt so that it's still interesting for me to look at and not too boring to quilt.

I filled the sashing strips with probably my favorite design to use in long strips: ribbon candies. Even after all this time, I still struggle with making this design look perfect and even, so I'll just have to be happy with my more free-form "organic" ribbon candies.

Due to the larger scale quilting, this was done fairly quickly and is actually a very cuddly quilt. This is great because I definitely don't have a lot of those. Although I can't photograph it, one thing I particularly love about this quilt is the mix of textures between the lighter batik fabrics and the heavier Kaleidoscope solids. In both colors and texture, this quilt is definitely a feast for the senses!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Winterfresh

For my first completed quilt of 2021, I wanted to pick something seasonally appropriate. The pattern's name is Lattice Vines by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, but I named this quilt Winterfresh because the fabrics really evoke winter for me.

For the first time ever probably, I combined fabrics that didn't belong to the same collection or was curated by somebody else. (Not including scrappy quilts, of course.) It was rather scary to pick these fabrics that are from 3 different collections, but I think they work well together. I also changed the pattern a bit as the original pattern has an on-point layout, and I made it into a grid instead. I love the super graphic look of this pattern.

I had the quilting all planned out before I even loaded this, and I didn't have to change much on the fly. I knew that I wanted to use a lot of straight lines on the white fabric (there's something delicious about straight lines on white) but also add swirls for elegance, and complete it with geometric designs.

In the sashing strips which are possibly my favorite part of this quilt, I did ribbon candies and more straight lines. I like how they enhance the graphic look of this quilt.

For my first finish of the year, I'm very pleased with this quilt. It was very fun to make and fairly easy to quilt. It's perfect for cuddling with on the couch while drinking hot cocoa and watching snow fall!

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Linking up with: Meadow Mist Designs.
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