Friday, 14 July 2017

Symphony Quilt

Today I'm excited to share a quilt I put together last month - the latest free pattern release as part of AGF Stitched, a collaboration between Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop.

This was a really fast and fun quilt top put together - the blocks are big so it grows super fast. Plus, there are very few seams to match, so it's a very low stress quilt to make. I'd actually intended on only making one block and making it into a cushion, but I enjoyed making the first one so much I decided to make the whole quilt. I think this one will actually be for me to snuggle under on the sofa. And winter has hit pretty hard the last couple of weeks, so it would be nice to finish quilting it sooner rather than later ;o).

Quite a few of the fabrics I used are from Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell, a gorgeous collection that features the owls I've fussy cut for the centre of the blocks. I also used the owl print on the back - so it's virtually a two-sided quilt. The low volume Pandalicious print I used for the background was so fun to use - I ended up deciding to cut the fabric so the print runs in the same direction across the whole quilt. It's only noticeable close up, but I think it would've irked me too much to not do it ;o).

I have started quilting this one (which is why the pictures all feature basting pins), and I'm having fun with it. So far I've only done a bit of the centre block, and I've been playing with a few different weights of Aurifil thread. The ochre/yellow section is quilted with 28wt Aurifil - and I absolutely love the texture these heavier weight threads give it. I'm really looking forward to finishing this one off once I've gotten a couple of deadlines sorted out!

I really wanted to mention an awesome giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is running at the moment - a chance to win a Hello Lovely” Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine to give away, MSRP $1,899. Head over to the Jolly Jabber for all the details on how to enter - and it is open internationally!

Have a great weekend, I'm hoping to be back soon with the beginnings of a couple of new quilts!

xx Jess


Jen Shaffer said...

I like the colors you used in your quilt top. I also get needing to have the directional fabric all going the same way. ;)

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Those fussy cut owls on the top are perfection, and I understand about keeping a print all pointing in the same way. That kind of detail is important to me as well. Enjoy the quilting process and hopefully you'll have a finish to curl up under soon.

KaHolly said...

Quite an accomplishment! Have fun finishing it up.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Lovely colors, Jess.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Ooh, beautiful, Jess!!

leanne said...

oh those owls are so adorable ! look forward to seeing more quilting :)

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craftyjulz said...

Isn’t it awful when you get these darn spam comments. Shame on these awful people.

Anyways, I was really excited when I found your quilt & instantly wanted to try it myself. It’s so great it’s free. It took me awhile to find it on Art Gallery Fabrics free quilt patterns but I was glad I did. Did you know there’s the same quilt entitled “Possibilities” that is just set on point? It’s not a square though but 68”x76”, but I digress. I see that in your quilt you made each block with different fabrics unlike the regular pattern calls for, using 3 different fabrics for each section. How ingenious of you. It makes a lot of difference. I decided to do either the same or cut it using 4 different fabrics but also laying them out so no 2 blocks would contain the same combinations. Of course with all the other quilts I have planned out it’ll probably take me another year or so to get to this one. I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration. Hope all is well with you. Happy quilting!