I’m so excited to finally share this quilt. I had a hard time making time for it with my busy fall schedule but, tada, it’s done!
This quilt was designed using the improvisational paper piecing technique that I outline in my second book, Improv Paper Piecing, that will be published in February. I am so excited to share this book with everyone and teach you my technique!
After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to name this quilt Shibori. While the individual blocks suggest leaves, the repeat, especially colored in this gradient, feels a lot like tie dye or shibori to me. My fabric selections are all Pure Elements solids from Art Gallery Fabrics.
The backing is a Cotton + Steel print from the Print Shop collection by Alexia Abegg. I love not only the awesome color match but the modern feel of the print and it’s touch of whimsy that compliments the graphic design of the quilt front.
I often use solids when I really want my pattern design to take center stage, which is what I did here. Then I find myself wishing I didn’t have to quilt because I don’t like quilting that takes away from that bold statement. I find that straight lines are normally the best option because they don’t tend to detract and I end up liking the layer of added interest. Here I quilted in vertical lines using Aurifil 2600 (a light gray that I love) and Aurifil 1147 (for a pop of green). I used a 50 weight thread for the majority of the quilting which is spaced at 1/4″ and 1/2″ intervals, but the green pops are in 40 weight so they stand out a bit more.
The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.
I’m also appreciative that the foliage cooperated for these shots. Had I finished even one week later, I would have missed that gorgeous color.