I finished my Facets Quilt late last night and photographed it early this morning before the rain started.
This quilt design uses 9 over-sized paper pieced diamonds constructed from templates that I created. I started this project in a less intentional way than usual. I had mocked up a block on the computer and liked the idea of using half solids and half prints. I wanted the printed halves to be very similar in color to the solid halves but to be a slightly lighter shade or include some white in order to hopefully create a little bit of dimension. It was only after making a few of the darker diamons that I thought that I would like to create a “faded” or pastel version of the block. I ransacked my stash and came up with some prints and solids that worked quite well. I used a combination of Kona and Art Gallery Pure Elements solids from my stash along with a few older prints, some newer Carolyn Friedlander prints and just introduced AGF collections (including Fleet and Flourish, Essentials II, and Paint and Chalk).
The layout was decided upon after playing around with the blocks on my design wall. I knew I wanted to leave vast areas of negative space but wasn’t sure what fabric color I wanted to use. My palette was pretty usual to start with but I am continuing with my personal exploration to use a variety of colors in my backgrounds rather than the easy fallbacks of white and grey. I settled on this Zucchini Kona.
My quilt is quilted with a 50 weight Aurifil thread that was a close match to the background. I stitched in diagonal lines and then a crosshatch in the lower left corner. This is similar to the quilting I did in my last quilt but I liked it so I did it again!
As I was quilting this, I couldn’t help but think that I could never pull off wearing this shade of green. Isn’t it fun that we can quilt in any colors we like? Who cares if it doesn’t suit our complexion or a particular wall color. It’s satisfying to create for sake of design.
I used this great Cotton + Steel print for the backing. It is just a few shade deeper and coordinated perfectly.
The quilt finished at approximately 54″ x 62.