Monday, 12 March 2012
Reflections in AP&Q
This is a very belated post, but my quilt using the Terrain scraps I won from Kate Spain was in the last issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting (Vol 21 No 3).
The scraps were offcuts from Moda's myriad precuts (a nice use of what would otherwise probably have become rubbish), and were mostly in 40in strips, but of varying and inconsistent width, so I ended up trimming them and sewing the strips together to form a single piece of fabric (below), from which I cut all the coloured sections of the quilt.
The only non-Terrain fabric is the white-on-white snowflake print. I even bound the quilt using the scraps.
I decided the white block centres needed something a little fancy in the way of quilting, so I designed this motif, based on one of the fabrics (the widest strip in the block above).
The motif and all the quilting on the coloured sections was done in a pale aqua Bottomline thread - it blended nicely on the varied colours, and helped the motif to stand out a little more than plain white would have. I used white thread on the white block borders.
I quilted in the ditch between the centre of each block and its border, but not between blocks.
I used a fun wavy line in the block borders and eventally decided that a large stipple was best on the coloured block centres, since that would keep the quitling density consistent, and the fabrics are busy and bright enough that no more detail was needed.
The finished quilt measures 65in (165cm) square.
A special thank you to Kate for the giveaway, and for designing one of my favourite fabic ranges of 2011! I still have more scraps left (plus a good amount of yardage!) for another fun quilt.