Each time I get a copy of my professionally photographed quilt, I always get such a thrill! This one gave me a good one, with its eggplant cushion, and fluffy rug accessories!
This quilt is an example of a try try again submission. I designed it during last year's 30 Quilt Designs Challenge but I didn't count it as one of my 30 designs because I knew I would submit it somewhere right away, I knew it was a good one, and magazines don't like their designs to have been 'out there' ahead of publication date. It was originally accepted for publication in the January 2019 issue of Modern Patchwork; however the magazine folded. I then submitted it to American Patchwork & Quilting, and it was rejected, as "it didn't fit their themes for 2019".
However, Modern by the Yard wanted it! I started sewing it on my birthday, April 3, the same day that the Beothuk Star QAL began.😁
I really like the pale grey background which is Color Weave. Color Weave is a basic put out by Benartex with a wide range of colours and shades that have this woven texture that just adds a lovely dimension to a quilt.
Ladder Links is constructed in columns. You can really see the depth, almost suede-like, in the mauve of this Shadow Blush fabric. I just love these fabrics! And no, I was not told to talk about how wonderful these fabrics are; this is just me being honest. Love.
By the next day I had a column and the beginning of the next ones:
And on April 5 the top was born.
Avril my longarm was still living upstairs, under imminent relocation, but I managed to persuade MacGyver that I could knock this out in a day, so I loaded it up and got started.
This is a design loosely based on one of Christina Cameli's called "Effervescent' that I did on Playtime Plus, but I changed up a bit by adding in the rectangles to echo the rectangular links. This is a super-fun design, and I need to do it more often! Those of you observant types may have figured out that the quilt is loaded sideways. I wanted vertical wavy lines running like water down the links. Loading the quilt sideways enabled me to quilt the wavy lines, circles and rectangles all in one long pass.
In no time at all, less than a day, I had the top quilted and bound, on April 6. That's pretty good for me, start and finish within three days!
|Isn't that fabulous texture?|
The back is a beautiful soft turquoise in the Color Weave line. You must check out all the colours in it and in the Shadow Blush line too, which has a nice subtle depth to it because of the variance in colour. It's not quite a solid and I like that.
The turquoise works well with the blues and the purples on the front.
I applied one of my precious cloth labels to the back but I haven't written on it yet.
You can download a free copy of the ezine at Sew in Love With Fabric within which you will find the pattern to make this quilt, and patterns to make three more projects! There are also some good articles within the ezine as well as lots of fabric eye candy of Benartex, Kansas and Contempo lines, in case you have been sewing up fast-to-piece and fast-to-quilt quilts, and your stash needs some mmm-hancement! 😉 That's me, the mmm-nabler up to her tricks again! 😇
Pattern: original design
Size: pre-quilting 54X72"; 53X72" after quilting
Fabric: Shadow Blush and Color Weave by Benartex
Backing: Color Weave by Benartex
Batting: 100% polyester
Threads: pieced on my Bernina; quilted with Essential 100% cotton 50 wt in Stone, The Bottom Line in the bobbin.
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