Friday, May 16, 2014

Reflection, a Scrappy Quilt entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival


Welcome. I'm entering my quilt, Reflection, in the Scrappy Quilts category of Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. If you visit here often, I hope you don't mind seeing her again. She seemed like the perfect entry for the festival.

 Let me tell you about Reflection. She is about 53" square after a good wash and dry. Reflection was made from many different fabrics, so she is definitely scrappy.

Reflection - detail after washing

I quilted Reflection on my long arm machine using hand guided free motion quilting in an industrial modern quilting style.

Reflection - detail

The pattern for this quilt came from my friend, Linda Rotz Miller (you can visit her website here or her flickr pages here). Linda was making these blocks, which she said were inspired by Maaike Bakker's book Strip Pieced Quilts, and I was inspired to make some too. Linda is a fantastic quilt top maker, ongoing inspiration and a wonderful teacher, and when I asked she showed me how.

With Linda's permission I posted a tutorial for this quilt block here.

Reflection - back

For the back, I used some strips and lovely black print whose designer I have forgotten. The binding was made from some more of some of the prints used in the front.

Reflection - detail

This is another detail shot after washing. I have to say, that for me, the quilt and the quilting are just not finished until the texture has been added by the wash. Also, we use the quilts, and thus they need regular washing.

Reflection - detail before washing

That photo above is before the wash and in slightly different light. I so love the colours and fabrics in this quilt, some from the new True Colors lines, some from Botanics, some from my stash, many low volumes from a number of sources. I am not sure if anyone would call this design - which is, in essence, just a bunch of HSTs (can you see them) - modern, but this quilt feels very modern to me anyway.

Reflection - back before washing

The back before washing and turned the other way.

Reflection - before washing

And there she is before the wash and probably in better light. I use this cheerful quilt as the extra quilt on my bed most nights, although maybe as summer finally arrives she will be more needed for naps instead.

I hope you are enjoying the Bloggers Quilt Festival, it is always full of inspiration.