Sunday, 1 February 2015

Playing with Curves

Just when my husband had given up asking if I was ever going to finish a quilt for our bed ...

The main pieced section of this quilt is based on Brenda Gael Smith's Topsy Turvy quilt featured on the cover of the June/July 2014 Quilters Companion.  I used the pattern as a guide - I wanted to use only what I had in my stash so instead of using 1/2 yard of 8 fabrics, I used a 13 x 17" rectangle of about 16 different fabrics and followed the stack technique described in the article to make 16 blocks which were trimmed to 11" square (finished).  The smaller rectangular pieced section was made using the add-on technique.

Cover of June/July 2014 Quilter's Companion - source

The layout of the quilt is inspired by Rachel Singh's Wonky Cross quilt.

I quilted it in horizontal wavy lines, in the same way that I quilted my Princess and the Pea quilt, in an attempt to echo the improv curves of the piecing.

The binding was a compromise - this is a reversible quilt, and the other side has a totally different colour scheme, I had purchased a yellow Michael Miller Ta Dot to use as the binding when I finished the other side of the quilt so stuck with that in an effort to use what I already have.

Although I love asymmetrical compositions in quilts, I have come to the conclusion that I like symmetry on the bed, so the next quilt I make for our bed will feature a symmetrical design of some sort.

Quilt Stats
Finished Size: approx 85" by 80"
Pattern:  Combination of Topsy Turvy pattern and improv pieced  
Fabric: All solids - Kona Silver for the background, and a combination of orange/blue/white/grey from my stash.
Binding: Michael Miller Ta Dot in yellow
Pieced and quilted by: me, on my domestic sewing machine.

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  1. What a absolute beauty! You must be enormously pleased with yourself and your efforts. I love to see a photo of your backing. Do hope all the pets will be banned from the bed!

  2. I love this! All that negative space! Great finish!

  3. This quilt! I love the negative space and the colors you've used. Using grey in your palette was a smart choice. It grounds the brighter colors but still allows them to pop. Awesome job!!!!

  4. This is really lovely. I am very curious to see the reverse side of the quilt!

  5. This is just gorgeous - and of course I really want to see the other side. I particularly love that you drew inspiration from other quilts and the wavy quilting is superb. Did you do that with a walking foot?

  6. Gorgeous!! And good for you for your own quilt!!!

  7. Great concept and the quilting is just right for the design. Very nice finish.

  8. Your quilt is wonderful - the negative spaces lighten up the wonky curves. I also like your wave quilting - did you do it using free-motion or the walking foot?

  9. What a fun, modern quilt!!! This is the kind of pattern (non-pattern) that sets you free. Thank you for sharing!!!

  10. That's a gorgeous quilt! Very vibrant colours and the wavy quilting works so well with the design and negative space!

  11. I love this! The colors with the grey background look awesome, I love the quilting you did too!


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