Erebor – Finished Quilt

Bonus points go to any of my fabulous blog readers who know where the name of this quilt comes from, double points to those who can work out why I named it so!

This quilt started as a dream back in 2016 – I reviewed the amazing book, One Wonderful Curve and put several quilts on my “Must make” list. Fist cab off the rank was the pattern Dragon Glass – using a fat quarter bundle and my Quick Curve Ruler. Curves do not scare me anymore – just watch the Quick Curve YouTube tutorial and give it a try!

Next came the fabric selection – I found a post I wrote in 2017 where I was giving you all some hints and tips on how to be more productive – I can tell you that I still follow them. Right then I showed this fabric, Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom line, and I had already planned out this quilt.

As you might notice if you know this quilt pattern already, I ditched the borders and made more blocks to increase the size. It’s so lush and dramatic with all the different colours – rich purples, golds, raspberry and lime. This quilt is a dramatic visual feast.

If you are making this quilt, for a fabulously flat and neat finished result, nest and spin your seams when at all possible. Don’t know what I mean? Check out this tutorial to help you! Spinning your seams reduces bulk and those annoying lumps where your seams all intersect. It simply takes a little bit of forethought and planning when you press your blocks. Also, as always with curves, starch your fabric before you cut!!

These colours – they really are that vivid!!

One thing that can be extremely challenging is choosing a quilting thread colour when a top has this much going on. If you simply quilted it in white thread, the stitching would be very obvious over all the dark fabrics in the blocks, however a dark purple or magenta thread would show up strongly over any of the lighter shades. After looking carefully and averaging out all the prints, I chose a straw gold So Fine thread, which blended magnificently with most of the blocks, and just left behind plenty of delicious texture.

When a quilt is this busy, with so much happening in terms of prints and colours, overdoing the quilting is like putting a massive statue on a gorgeous wedding cake. It stands out like a sore thumb and is overkill. All art and design is about balance, and for me, with a quilt top that shouts this loud? The quilting should be a supporting act, enhancing discreetly without being further in your face. You may have a different opinion, but that’s ok because it’s all art and beauty is always subjective!

The backing was made of two vintage sheets – you can see the edge to edge quilting design better on the backing which is just a set of swirling vines and leaves. The reason why the quilting is so prominent with strong shadow lines is because I double batted this quilt. That meant two layers of batting which gives it a crazy amount of puff, the all important texture, and it’s a super cosy bed topper for the coldest nights.

It’s machine bound in a beautiful Raspberry bias stripe fabric, matching perfectly with the print colour. I machine bound it because the double batting made the binding edge very thick and I wanted to make sure that it could stand up to some hard use – this is a favourite on our bed already!

So, did you pick up on the clues? Do you know why I named it Erebor? Leave you answers in the comments, or email me if you have any questions, I love to hear from you.
Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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