aka My Secret Purple
Guild Challenge Quilt
Well, it was down to the wire, but I finished it on time!
|Tranquil (42" x 49", 107 x 125 cm)|
I searched through my photos for inspiration, and decided on this one of our lilac:
Sujata Shah's book Cultural Fusion Quilts arrived at around the same time. Her leaf-shaped blocks reminded me of the big leaf in this photo, so I used her pattern "Winter," in my colour scheme.
I followed the pattern almost exactly, and it went quickly. Sujata's technique is a fun, easy-going way to start curved piecing. It was after I made these blocks that I was inspired to make the curvy churn dash blocks I showed in February.
Sujata quilted her quilt with straight lines about 1" (2.5 cm) apart. For several years now I've been admiring all the closely straight-line quilted modern quilts out there, and I decided this would be a good time to try it. I bought 6 different variegated 28 wt Aurifil threads (alas no photo). My plan was to blend together the solids and batiks by artistically shading the different threads down through the piece.
Turquoise, purple and a little yellow at the top...
...and some greens and forest-y shades at the bottom:
The line spacing ranges from 1/8" to 3/8", and I used a long stitch (7 per inch) to keep the thread on top of the quilt as much as possible. The corrugated texture is wonderful, and in places the light weight batiks look smocked. I did plan to do it at home with my walking foot, but when time was getting shorter I went back to the long arm rental place. This 28 wt Auriful thread is not ideal for a long arm -- it broke three times and left a ton of lint behind. But, three hours rental is better than three weeks slog at home!
The most time consuming and picky thing was the binding. With all those straight quilting lines, the binding has to be straight too! I also used three fabrics to shade the binding light to dark, same as the quilt.
For the back, I was finally able to use this purple birdcage fabric that Connecting Threads sent me by mistake one time:
I thought I would never use it, but it is perfect for this! And now that it is in context, I really like it too.
This is my fifth finished quilt, and it feels like a good step forward. I had a plan, I stuck to the plan, everything I planned turned out as hoped, and I finished on time! So that is very satisfying. :D
And our lilac is in bloom again, which is good timing:
It's getting taller! Last year the butterflies loved it:
This year I haven't seen one butterfly yet, although now that I say that I'll probably see one later today. I think our cold snap in April threw the schedule off a little. Ann and Cathy's Kaleidoscope of Butterflies link up spreads awareness of the issues facing butterflies and butterfly habitats, plus it is just fun, so you'll be able to check that out here, tomorrow (I hope!).
Plus, the Ad Hoc Improv Quilters (AHIQ) link up is still on, so today I can do two for one!
Next up, I still have a ton of binding to sew, and then some more finishes to share! Although, I am dying to do some more piecing as well...