Well, it turns out that I’m not very good at regularly blogging. I swear, I sew, knit, craft or quilt every single day… but remembering to stop all my creative frenzy and take photos, edit them, upload them and *gasp* blog about them, is something that I am pretty slack at. Anyhow, I’m back and I’m going to do better, pinky promise!
Presenting a quilt that took up a significant amount of my time, energy and creative spirit over 2018, known as Twisted Dreams.
This beauty is made from Kate Spain’s Daydreams range, using a layer cake and some extra yardage I had hoarded for a year or two. The pattern was based on Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Metro Twist, however I changed up the layout from the original pattern. You can see this quilt on the design wall way back in December 2015!! Quilting is definitely a slow process for me. I was waiting for my skills to catch up to my vision for this quilt, and boy, was it worth it.
From a distance, the bright colours and prints are the stars of the show, but up close, the background has such subtle detailing that I just get all happy each time I study it.
The giant print medallions each have the same design, some large feathers with a diamond cross hatch inside. However the background has been divided into random width vertical stripes, with each one sporting a unique fill design.
The quilting was completed with Superior’s Fantastico thread, which has a soft polyester sheen and a beautiful variegation between blues, indigo and purple. I can highly recommend this sort of play quilt to give yourself the opportunity to test out different designs in thread, and practice working in and out of points and around difficult shapes. There was a spectacular amount of rulerwork and travel stitching to stitch through each stripe.
Three years ago, I would never have dreamed what I achieved with this quilt. I didn’t have enough confidence or experience in my longarm skills for this amount of intense freemotion and ruler based stitching. The lesson is definitely to keep practicing, doodling on paper, stitching on pieces that aren’t important, and you will watch yourself improve with every quilt. If I did it, you can too!
If you want to give your quilt the Juicy Quilting treatment, for everything from a basic pantograph edge to edge, or something a little more fancy, you can see more quilts in my portfolio, HERE!
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