Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mod Pop for Blogger's Quilt Festival

Mod Pop

Welcome to my entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival. This is my king size Mod Pop quilt, which still has no name, although she lives on my bed. I worked on this quilt a lot over the fall and winter, so my regular readers already know all about her.

This king size quilt is 98" x 91", which is 8.2 feet tall by 7.6 feet wide. She is made from cottons in pink, orange and red, most but not all of them are Konas. The turquoise and royal blue chains are Essex linen. Julie from Distant Pickles designed this excellent pattern and it is available here.

Mod Pop - detail

I quilted this quilt my self on my Janome Horizon - which has an extra wide harp for quilting. I free motioned a squareish stipple on the background red bits and I used my walking foot to echo the chains.

Quilting monster quilts

I used a whole bunch of red/orange/pink and blue/turquoise variegated and plain threads - Aurafil, Superior Threads King Tut and Sulky.

 Mod Pop back

You can see the quilting on the back a bit better - for the back I used a king size grey sheet. That photo was taken before I washed her.

Mod Pop - detail

I call this quilting "modern industrial" because it is not even close to perfect. The heavy quilt - there are a lot of seams - pulled the needle every time I stopped and although I tried hard to hold everything in place, the quilt shifted and pulled on the needle, often making little jogs, especially in the lines echoing the chains. But as I expected, you really don't notice that at all once the quilt is washed and dried.

Mod Pop after washing.

There she is on my king size bed. I made the binding out of left over bits of the reds, pinks and oranges.

Scrappy binding ready for the quilt.

In the spirit of modern industrial, and because I could not bring my self to hand stitch about 41 feet, I machine stitched the binding down. I followed the excellent tutorials from my friend Marianne from The Quilting Edge here and here. I did have to redo a couple of the corners, but I am getting better at them.

Mod Pop

These next two photos are from before I washed this quilt. If you look you can see that there is a fair bit of drawing in from the wash and dry. I pre-washed all the fabrics, so that draw in is coming from the shrinkage in the cotton batting and the thread.

Mod Pop

The colours for this quilt were inspired to a large degree by the Andy Warhol portraits that use the turquoise and navy with aquas and blues. His images and colours are sort etched in my brain and they just felt like the right fit for this pattern. These colours are really hard to photograph, all I can say it that she is pretty bright in real life, sometimes I wonder if sunglasses are required.


This last photo is how she looks in a perfect afternoon light, with a mini quilt in progress.

I hope you are enjoying the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Thank you to Amy who does so much work to make this happen each year. I hope you are enjoying all the other quilts, I sure am.