I am pleased to finally share a quilt I made over the summer. It feels like forever ago! I call it Baguette and it can be found in the January 2015 issue of American Quilter Magazine.
My quilt was inspired by gem stones and their cuts, specifically the way color can reflect off of a clear diamond and create bursts of color. I chose pastel hues that I tend to notice in my engagement ring. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to use some of the metallics that are a current trend in contemporary fabric designs. I used a bit of Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller and Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman among others.
This quilt was the second one I made using Warm and Plush, and extra thick batting. I quilted in the ditch along all the strings that made up the gem stones. Then I outlined the secondary star like design that I created with the quilting (based on the seams from the foundation piecing). And then I free motion quilted tiny pebbles. I think I was a bit off my rocker when I planned that because it took forever, however, I love the way it worked and am pretty proud of the effect that I achieved with the quilting here. The quilting was difficult with the added weight of the Warm and Plush but it was also what gave it the great “pop”.
I am going to show an excess of pictures here because I took a lot for the magazine and might as well share them!
This is the photo that they chose of the quilt hanging in a tree. I like this one too but I am glad that I didn’t have to pick.
I love how these detail shots show the variety of fabrics used in pale pinks, yellows, greys, lavender and blue. The background fabric is a Moda Grunge in Vanilla.
See the depth that was achieved with the quilting and the extra plush batting? It was worth the effort though I seriously questioned it at the time, especially about half way through!