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I live by the shore of Lake Erie, and when I say, by the shore, I mean it's a 4-minute walk to the shore! Thus there are lots of photo ops all along the lake. This quilt is one of the items on my Q2FAL list.
|Seacliff Beach just a few kilometres away from my house|
This week I have one of two more Plus Playtime QAL quilts done and ready for next Friday's parade and major giveaway. I took this one, which I've called Electric Swirl, because of the swirling motion of the plus blocks across the quilt, and because the large plus 'shadow' is using a fabric called 'Electric Glide' from the Wonderlust line by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex Fabrics.
Here is the original quilt, as featured in the ezine Modern By the Yard back in January.
It has a definite playful, kid feel to it. When I talked with Benartex and said I wanted to do this year's QAL using the ezine pattern, they were pretty excited! I said I wanted to give the quilt a different vibe, show that it could be an adult quilt too. I'd just finished being part of a blog hop for Paula Nadelstern's new line, Wonderlust, so when they offered me fabric to make a new version, I whooped and fist-pumped the air, and then said calmly, "Sure! Wow! Thank you! How about Marbella for the pluses against the black and Electric Slide for the large plus?" You've seen the quilt evolve over the course of the QAL, whose main page can be found under the Quilt Alongs tab or by simply clicking here.
|Photo shoot at the Leamington Marina|
|The fabrics are this vibrant IRL|
I settled on swirls in the background, knew that from the get-go.
A totally opposing quilting motif would be angular, and so I settled on one of my suggestions in the last step of the QAL, straight lines. I opted to do a set of two on either side of the seams, then a set of three in the centre of the block.
The top row of dancing pluses I did a flowing wavy line that followed the ups and downs of the pluses.
I wasn't totally sold on it, but I rarely unpick quilting, and thought it will most likely look fine overall. Remember that! With your noses inches away as you quilt, you often will be unhappy, and if you're me, saying bad words and thinking you aren't doing a good job. Step back after you lay down the finished quilt fresh off the frame and invariably, no 100% of the time I go, "Oh! Yes!" I did like the texture this design gave.
Only upon binding the quilt did I discover a little corner of the row where I'd not worked my way back:
Back to Avril, so I went on to the middle row of pluses, and came up with a design that is similar to the one I showed you on the previous QAL instalment, and one I did on my first published quilt for Benartex's ezine, Coins of the Atocha.
I opted to change threads across the pluses after the first row. It was a bit of a PITA but worth it.
Tip: When quilting the 1" diameter pebbles inside the outlines, think 'touch, touch, touch, touch' as you touch the four 'edges' of the square in which you're putting the circle. Here are the three Exquisite threads I used on the top, The Bottom Line was my bobbin thread throughout, LOVE.
And then there was suddenly just one final row of pluses...what's a girl to do? Why, a combo of the first and second rows! Christina Cameli had just the motif, which she calls 'Swift':
Here is the overall quilt by the water's edge:
Here is the back:
Electric Swirl garnered a little attention! You can see shadows of my photographer himself, (he's usually the quilt holder, so I'll forgive him this time), and of a couple who stopped and said, "Nice!!" This is a harbour-side restaurant we need to try soon.
|Great close-up of the navy Marbella and the Electric Slide fabric; these fabrics are now available in a LQS near you!|
The binding is sewn to the back and topstitched down on the front, an application I'm liking for quilts I plan to sell or plan to use a lot. This is the former. As long as you match the thread to the backing, the line of stitching that shows is barely visible. On the front the black thread melted into the binding, which pleased me when it was done, although stitching with black thread on black fabrics is no picnic!
One last, setting sun photo for you:
Pattern: Original design
Size: 54.5" before quilting; 53.75 X 54" after quilting; 52 X 52.75 after laundering!
Fabric: Wonderlust by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex Fabrics (provided by Benartex)
Batting: black Hobbs 80/20 cotton/polyester (love it, no bearding at all!
Backing: Marbella (part of the Wonderlust line)
Quilted: on Avril my HandiQuilter Avanté, ruler work and free motion
Threads: pieced with 100% cotton Gütermann; quilted with Exquisite 100% polyester, Superior The Bottom Line in the bobbin
Number of Stitches: 182 515
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Dizzy Quilts for the Q2FAL