Sew In Love With Fabric where you can click the link in the sidebar and view it on your computer, or download it and view it at your own pace.
So! This quilt comes with a story. Do any of my quilts ever not? 😉 Refill your coffee or tea, and read on. This fabric is deserving of a little of your time...it is every bit as vibrant, if not more, than what you see above! And such a unique pattern.
It started with this January 2 design, my first, as I mentioned, in the design challenge, that I called "Plus Surrounded".
Back to Coins of the Atocha! Lisa recommended two different fabric lines, and I chose this one, Masterpiece Mixers by Kanvas Studio.
|Don't you want to, oh, I don't know, bite into one or all of these?!|
More drama ensued when I felt that the blue I had chosen for one of the 'surrounds' around the plus wasn't quite right. I was drawn more to the aquamarine I had chosen for the backing.
|Left to right: the two blocks together; a couple of original choice blue surround, pretty good; a couple of blocks with the aquamarine, better|
Both blues would have been fine, but I felt the aquamarine kept pace with the fuchsia's and golden's intensity. So I started cutting like a whirling dervish:
...all the while thinking, hmm, backing...plan B...think!
This pattern sews up like a dream, and in no time at all I had a flimsy:
Now to make a backing. Did you notice the borders on the fabric? Cool, right?! However, I didn't incorporate the tassel-like borders on the fabrics within the blocks as that pattern was quite different than the bubbles pattern of the rest of the fabric. Inspiration struck along with a long-held love of interesting quilt backs, and this happened:
And now for the quilting! If you know me, you know how I love to free-motion quilt. A LOT. Time was of the essence, so I reined myself in and here are the two designs I quilted in the plus
ink Doxies, coined (lolol) the name of the quilt. I must admit I had never heard of the Coins of the Atocha, so I had to look it up. Fascinating stuff! Go here to read about it! Basically: 1622. Spanish galleon loaded with treasure. Hurricane in the Florida Keys. Struck a reef. Sunk. Undiscovered until July 1985. Well, I am in Florida for the winter, check. These vibrant tropical colours abound. Add the bubbles or round motifs in the fabric, the 1" diameter pebbles in the pluses, and yep! That is the name of this quilt.
Bella loved the quilt--when does she not love a new or in-progress quilt?!
|Ain't movin' Sandra, nope. You can drape, push that quilt on me and I'm staying put. Right here.|
Here are all the threads I used. I love 'em all, as does my beloved Bernina. I pieced it with the Gütermann 100% cotton, and quilted with Sulky rayons, Aurifil 100% cotton, Mettler 100% cotton.
Here is the finished quilt, which is named "On the Plus Side" in the magazine. I love that it ahs three names, all great ones don't you think?
A shot of the quilting. Not quite in a tree but against one, a palm tree, of course!
To add to the under-the-gun drama of this quilt, I only found out that I had to write a post about it this morning. On today of all days...we will be on the road somewhere in northern Florida by the time this post goes live. Today was the day before departure when there is not a minute to spare. However, we, meaning I, have been very organized this year, and so I am finishing this up right before heading to bed. Hmm, a really organized quilter should have had it written up a month ago ready for when the magazine would be published....ah well, all good.
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First, Angela Walter's show, Midnight Quilter, is coming back in a few days! Check out her announcement here. Second, while you're there, you may want to hop over to the Craftsy site (affiliate link) for a sweet sale on supplies this weekend! Have fun shopping -- I will, sniff, miss this one.
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Busy Hands Quilts
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