Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pointed - Ta Da!

Pointed

I finished and named this quilt Pointed yesterday. She is 50" square and is made from Michael Miller fabrics and a bunch of solids that were on my shelf. After the helpful input of the Instagrammers, I decided on a black binding to match the sashing. I have to say that working with black is not the easiest thing, but it sure makes the colours pop.

The Michael Miller fabrics in Pointed

Pointed is the quilt I made for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller fabric challenge. The lovely folks at Michael Miller Fabrics send participating modern quilt guilds and members the above set of fat eights of fabric. The challenge was to make something quilted with them. The rule was that you could add any solid or any other Michael Miller print or solid you wanted to but no other fabric.

Improv diamonds

I decided to make improv diamonds using a white and grey solids. I trimmed each diamond to a rectangular shape.

Improv diamond top in progress

I decided to use some Kona black fabric for the background. I laid out the improv diamonds in a roughly diamond shape and then measured and cut pieces to fill in the spaces. There were a few resulting Y seams, which I, invariably encounter when working this way. I like to think they are there to remind me that improv is not that easy.

Pointed

I quilted Pointed with wavy lines using a light grey slightly variegated Wonderfil thread. I wanted the quilting to be a strong feature and to not obliterate the feature fabrics.

Pointed

By the time I had the top together, all that black and orange was looking a lot like Halloween to me. So I embraced that theme and picked these Michael Miller fabrics for the back. The oranges are by Laura Gunn and the black birds are by Violet Craft - two of my most favourite fabric designers. This quilt is going to be my fall lap quilt, with just enough Halloween-y feel to it to work.

Pointed

You can see the scale better on my new garden swing - the swing will seat three people. Also, you can see that we are in the height of summer here when the grass turns brown if you don't water it and since water is in short supply on this island, the grass is not watered.

Pointed

The grass is also longish, so it makes the quilt a bit bumpy - maybe more like it might appear draped over a person - when you toss it down but in real life it is square.

Finish Along 2014
A Lovely Year of Finishes

This quilt is also a finish for Q3 of the FAL and my July finish for AYOLF.

Best,

Leanne

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the wavy quilting.

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  2. It's so fabulous and I too love the wavy quilting. Perfect

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  3. She came out stunning!! I love it!

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  4. Wonderful, terrific, I love the piecing. And the wavy quilting is perfect. You're great ! I am always very enthusiastic of your artistic job.

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  5. Fabulous quilt. I love the quilting.

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  6. It's lovely, as is your new garden swing!

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  7. What an interesting finish, ie. There is so much to keep one's interest moving about. I wholeheartedly approve of the black background and binding...

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  8. Love the front design in combo with the wavy quilting. Very well done.

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  9. this has worked perfectly, love the diamonds and how you have arranged them into a diamond shape

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  10. Great to see how this interesting project turned out. So much to look at, and super quilting.

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  11. Wow, so not your usual choice of colours, it's good to test yourself though. The improv placement is brilliant. I love Laura Gunn too.

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  12. Everyone's challenge quilt is different from the rest and yours is no exception. I love it. Goid luck in the challenge. Sincerely, PaulaK.

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  13. what a fun quilt! i loved the movement of the quilting and your colors. the back is fantastic.

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  14. It works really well, the black background is great.

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  15. Those are fun improv diamonds. And I really like the quilting waves.

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