Thursday, March 26, 2020

Crush :: The Devil's In The Details!

Before, during or after a quilt,  I'm always up to working in a mini, wall or runner!  When I'm stuck on what to do next I just have to look at my fabric or scraps for color inspiration.  

The fabric in this wall quilt were left over from my 'Walking on Sunshine' quilt I made last November.  I knew when the time was right and when inspiration hit me, I'd be able to use those scraps.  


CRUSH
17" X 20"
To me,  'Crush' is the best of so many worlds!  Scraps, color, trapunto, texture and quilting.  My last quilts, (Feedsack Circles) I used a lot of restraint when I quilted it, and my 'Inspire' quilt I used trapunto for texture.  I wasn't finished exploring trapunto and you know, when an idea hits you it's hard not to jump on it!



I made inset circles in three sizes using the Six Minute Circle video tutorial.  I've used this method many times and have had fantastic results.  With the circles finished, I arranged them and filled in with different colors to complete the color picture I had in my mind.

Once I got that under control I was able to move on to the next step.  This is the part I couldn't wait to try!  My 'Inspire' quilt used what I like to call my batting rope method of trapunto, but I really wanted to try shapes this time.  Circles were the obvious choice!



I lightly glued three layers of batting together and set it with a hot iron.  I traced circles, arches and a double circle on to the batting and cut them out.  On a large piece of batting I laid my top down and placed the cut circles under the top adjusting until I had them placed just right.  Carefully lifting off the quilt top so the circles stayed in place, I then traced around the pieces so I'd know exactly where they needed to be.   Unlike the batting rope where I glued the lettering down, this time I decided to try some Steam-a-Seam on the back of the circles.  It worked perfectly!  They were not going to move and I could make sure the top was aligned just right.  It was pinned and ready!



The effect of the shapes turned out to be amazing!  I love that they gave so much texture and depth to the quilt.  



Of course, it wasn't just about the trapunto!  It was the quilting.  When I have a small quilt like this I often get to go crazy with the quilting.  Walking foot, free motion, micro stitches, matchstick quilting...it's all there...and the kitchen sink too!



I couldn't tell you how many different colors of Aurifil thread I used, but I was able to use several spools that were nearly empty.  It's a nice feeling when that happens!



As a rule, I like to fly by the seat of my pants when quilting, and this was no exception!  I take one idea, one section at a time.  Then move on to the next section hoping it all puzzles together in the end.  



I finished it off with a nice scrappy binding and added some hanging corners.  I have a tutorial for the corners here:  Hanging a Mini Quilt.  



Probably one of the best ways to see the quilting detail is on the back.  I don't often do intricate quilting like this.  



When it does happen I can't help but be proud of the accomplishment.  This was most certainly a labor of love.  I might not thought that while I was quilting it, but in the end I can say I love it!




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27 comments :

  1. very pretty always love your bright colors

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  2. Crush is gorgeous! I'm always impressed with your workmanship and your original techniques which take your quilts to the next level.

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    1. I love trying new techniques every once in a while. When an idea hits it’s hard not to jump in!

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  3. Looks like isolation has finally gotten to you!

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  4. I love this quilt, Jayne. From the happy and bright colors to the exploration with trapunto and all the quilting, it's wonderful!

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    1. When I get an idea it’s hard to set it aside. This might be a small quilt, but it packs a punch I think!

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  5. You have really outdone yourself with this one, Jayne! I love it too - the colors, the quilting (that 'stream' meandering thru!), your faux trapunto. It's a stunner!

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    1. Self isolating/social distancing has it’s perks! I’m pretty proud of how this turned out. I certainly quilted the heck out of it! Once I committed, there was no turning back!

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  6. Fascinating process! And gorgeous, gorgeous GORGEOUS results! How big does this measure and do you have a guess how many hours it took you to quilt it?

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  7. What creative fun, and you know I love the colors! It's so fun to read your posts, since I can hear and feel your excitement about the project. Great finish!

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  8. Quel magnifique quilt! Félicitations. Amicalement

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  9. Oooooh, lovely quilt! This quilting is amazing, and really pops!

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  10. Gee, thanks, Jayne!! Here you go, again... Giving me the itch to try another experiment. Can't this one come live at my house so I don't have to start a(nother) new project???

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    1. I’m sorry!! I couldn’t help myself when the idea hit me. I had to see it through and see where it took me! The hardest part was making all the quilting come together, but I love the results!

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  11. That is one stunning quilt. Love the colours, but it's the quilting that really brings this one to life. Fabulous!

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  12. Jayne, I have run out of adjectives - spectacular, gorgeous, inspiring, stunning, show-stopping etc. But keep doing what you are doing :-) The world needs your creativity and beauty.

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  13. i love this, the colors, the quilting, everything about it!

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  14. Gorgeous! I love how you keep trying similar techniques on different quilts just to see what might happen!

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  15. That is Ah!Mzing!!!! That quilting just draws me right to it, and then all the colors - and all the movement - you outdid yourself!

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  16. You should love it!!! It is spectacular! I think we need to see inside your head to get the full force of your creative genius, wonder if there's a medical procedure that can accomplish that?

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  17. It's kinda like the sunset I saw tonight, bright and glorious. Fabulous quilting.

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  18. Beautiful quilt! I had been wondering if that layering of batting would work very well. You answered that question. Thanks! And again, just beautiful!

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  19. Amazing finish Jayne. This little mini is filled with so many tiny details. I love it!

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  20. So so much to love about this!!!

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