Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pointed - Ta Da!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.