It started with my fifth design, back on February 10, that I drew in the second #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 I hosted on Instagram this past spring. The design got a ton of interest and likes, and I knew it was a good'un, so I removed it from Instagram. I played with it a bit and came up with the shadowed plus signs floating on a large background plus. I then decided to submit it to Modern Patchwork in early March, and it was accepted!
Almost all of these photos are from mid-April. It feels a bit odd to go back, when I've done a bunch of other stuff since then! I must say that Paintbrush Studio Fabrics solids are glorious to sew with. They have come a long way since we used them in the NQBBH back in 2015. They are smooth, I mean suh-mooth, a lovely hand, with little fraying. I made a test block, and my figurings had worked (yay!), so it was off to the races. Here it was on the design wall on April 9!
Quilting came next, and what a glorious canvas of solids on which to plan! I knew I wanted something with a punch for the turquoise plus signs.
|I knew Hobbs Tuscany 100% polyester would be good; I may have done a fist pump when I saw this!|
This quilt is a quintessential example of my love of a variety of threads, Avril's ability to quilt with anything, and threads working in harmony to create something beautiful. (a little life lesson there, no?!) In the plus blocks I used Essential cotton 50 wt. I was a little unsure of how the variegated thread really showed, but once done, yep, I like it, and it will sink in more once the quilt is washed.
Back and forth horizontal lines with Sulky rayon went in the white background:
Until it was done and I took it off, stepped back to the bottom edge of the quilt...
Binding came next, a flanged one!
Here it is on my kitchen floor, all done, ready to be shipped off:
I just LOVE the texture a solid backing gives. Wow!
And the label, using my test block:
|Discerning eyes may gravitate to the anomaly in the lower edge, centre...see my initials? 👏|
Here is one last shot. I am unsure as to whether or not I will wash it. I guess it depends on how I will use it, as a throw or as a wallhanging. For now it has a spot on a wall in our living room. I've never hung one this big before!
I have an extra copy of the magazine to give away. I am holding off on the giveaway for 2.5 weeks, in other words, until September 18. Why that particular day? Well that is the 5-year anniversary of my blog. Five years! Seems hard to believe, but the proof is on the sidebar blog archive. I will be holding five giveaways on that day, a copy of this magazine is one. Hope to see you back here then. It's for all my readers around the planet who have supported me. I've developed a bit of an irritation about those who make money off their blogs, through affiliate links, and/or selling fabric, but will 'only ship to US' for example, so I'm not excluding anyone. 😊
Running a blog costs nothing but my time, which yes is valuable, but if I make money, (not much at all, 4% at Craftsy fabric sales, a little more at bluprint depending on signups, 10% at a Connecting Threads), then it is my responsibility to give back to those who have supported me by: paying to run a thumbnail linky party, paying postage to be inclusive, buying a nicer template for the blog or a host, just to name a few examples. So, for those who have read my blog, commented publicly or sent private emails, bought stuff through my links, bought my one (LOL, there should be more by the 18th) pattern in my Craftsy store, sent me words of encouragement, inspired me, and on and on over the past five years, these five prizes I will offer to you.
Selling patterns, however, is a whole 'nother ball of wax, something I am passionate about, which is paying the designer for her time and talent and not stealing her creative ideas. But that's a whole 'nother post!
Guess what? It's the Labour Day long weekend here in Canada and across the river in the US, and both Craftsy (free bluprint 7-day trial and 50% off supplies!) and Connecting Threads (20% off sittewide!) are having some pretty sweet sales. Those are both affiliate links, as is the next one! Just to live up to my 'mmm-abler' title bestowed upon me by my friend Rose at Something Rose Made, I'll let you know that the Hobbs Tuscany polyester I used in this quilt, which quilts like butter, is on sale for a screaming good price...$8.68CA for a 60X60"!
Pattern: original design
Size: 54.5" square
Fabric: Paintbrush Studio solids: white, silver, aquarius and China blue
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany 100% polyester
Backing: Paintbrush Studio aquarius
Quilted: on my Avanté, Avril
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Sulky rayon white, Essential cotton variegated 21221 Ocean Jewels, Isacord polyester 3800, Aurifil light grey 2600
Stitch Count: 159 904
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