Monday, July 21, 2014

Sewvivor - Stitch Mischief

This has been an epic year of crafting for me and I'm really excited and really nervous about this post. I've decided to enter the "Sewvivor - Quiters Edition", hosted by Rach at Family Ever After.



I've mulled it over and was really torn between several finishes in the past six months. I've finally narrowed it to my 'up, up and away' quilt (it just narrowly beat out gravity).


This is a very special quilt to me. It is my youngest's first big boy quilt, my first ever challenge quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild, and the first pattern that I've ever drafted from scratch and made. It's the quilt that made me begin to think I might, maybe, just maybe, have a shot of entering the quilt design and pattern making world.


The base fabric is a grey from Moda. I love the design so much as it is so scrap friendly, and it is so simple and yet striking. I love the way the splashes of color pop against the gray. I backed it in a bright and cheery yellow polka dot from Riley Blake. I'm pretty much a fan of anything polka dotted, but sunny yellow ones are the best. (And red. Always red. But I digress.)


I think this is also my first truly "modern" quilt. As I find my way in the quilting world, I'm learning that at heart, I seem to lean towards the modern with a happy helping of traditional mixed in.


I quilted it in a spiral - it adds so much movement and texture to the quilt. While it does take a long time, the effort is worth it. And it makes me want to quilt everything in a spiraling pattern.


From the time this quilt was finished and bound (and even before), it has been loved by my son. He sleeps with it every night, and it sometimes makes the occasional trip to the beach. It means SO much to me to that he likes it and that it's both artistic and functional.


And one of these days (as soon as I clone myself, or stay up all night), I'll move the pattern from my sketchbook to the digital world. I can't wait.


This quilt is defines what quilting is to me, it's the beginning and it's the future. I really hope you like it too!

Thank you for stopping by!

Jade

14 comments:

  1. Its a gorgeous quilt and I wish you all the best for the competition. I know you will rock it!!

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    1. Thank you so much Casssandra! ❤️

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  2. I love this quilt. The design looks uncomplicated, but the effect is really striking. I think it's impressive to come up with that kind of combination in a design. And your quilting - it's perfect! Good luck with the competition!

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    1. Thank you thank you Daisy and thanks for popping by!

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  3. I'm glad I didn't have to make the choice between this quilt and Gravity! Both are amazing!! Are you using a LA or a domestic for your quilting? The quilting on both is wonderful! Good luck in the challenge :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm using a domestic to quilt. I wish I had the space (and something else) for a long arm!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous, your spiral quilting is fantastic! Good luck!

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  5. This is fabulous. My favourite shot is of it wrapped around your sons feet - made my heart melt. Good luck with the competition. :)

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  6. Love circular quilting! Great work. Best, Kate

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  7. Gorgeous! I love the MQG challenges - I have just finished the last one! good luck with your entry :)

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  8. Yes, I love it too! Wishing you good luck!

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  9. Such a stunning quilt - love it.

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  10. Gorgeous. I love everything about it!

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