Saturday, April 3, 2021

Color Explosion Finish

While making this quilt I had the urge to change up this design and give it a make-over.  Which I did, but I couldn't show that one until this one was quilted, bound and washed!  That's jus the way I work!

COLOR EXPLOSION
51" x 62"

Many of you know that I make this quilt often, either in a lap size or baby quilt.  And you might know that I have a suitcase full of HSTs to pull from.  It's so much easier to have the HSTs at the ready where I can pull from when the mood strikes me!

I also love to quilt these using lines...a lot of lines!


This is a breakdown of how I quilted this recent quilt.  I section off the quilt either before I start or more often than not I'll quilt a section and figure out the next section on the fly.  Each quilt like this has its own quilting design as well an color layout, which makes each one unique.  I use 1/2", 3/4" and 1" lines every single time though!


By doing that it also feels like it's a new design and keeps it fresh and much less repetitive.


Another way to keep it new is using different colors of thread.  A small change, but if it inspires me that is always a good thing.  For this quilt I used the last of my Gray variegated thread.  And by last...I mean literally the last inch was used on the last line!


By adding the center squares you get a chance to see the intended design of the squares that are like colors.  Blues, greens, yellows.  Same color family, different shades.  


I'm always drawn to the 1/2" lines the most!  For some reason they hit all the highs for me.  Especially after the quilt is washed and the crinkle comes to life!  You might think the dense quilting would make a quilt stiff and uncomfortable, but that is just not the case!  I use Warm & Natural cotton batting and have never felt the quilting I do was too much. 


 As for the new and different design...it's finished!  I'll share that in a couple days.  Right now I'm remaking it, writing a pattern and hoping I don't go crazy in the process!  Wish me luck!

On an entirely different subject, I received my second Covid shot a couple days ago!  If nothing else it gives me a sense of relief.  I will continue with all the safety protocols when I go out as a precaution, but at least I can go out!

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25 comments :

  1. It is a great feeling that you can go out safely isn't it? Relieves that constant worrying a lot. I like your quilting 1/2" lines a lot--nice texture on this lovely piece...hugs, Julierose

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  2. Love this quilt. The colors and design are both spectacular.

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  3. It's been a long time since I've sewn with only solids and you're giving me ideas to pull them out again! This quilt is a gem with all of the colors, angles, and vibrant centers. I agree with the straight-line quilting, especially changing it up in different directions. Another beauty, Jayne!

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    1. There’s always room for a little solid color play! One of these days I just might try this design using prints…maybe?!

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  4. I was so taken with the colors of this quilt. Just beautiful. Since I am out of retirement and working daily at A Covid vaccine site, I look forward to week-ends when I can sit at my machine and create. Will be looking for the pattern and have already started to box up the fabrics necessary to make this beautiful quilt. Love your idea of changing directions in quilting. I do love lines too: simple but effective. Pegeth

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  5. Beautiful finish and I'm eager to see the new variation you are working on. :) Congratulations on getting your second vaccine. My husband and I won't be eligible here until early to mid May and we are going to have to then navigate getting him the care he needs when he does receive as dose due to his extreme chemical sensitivity (we are thinking the one does Johnson and Johnson vaccine is his best bet). Fingers crossed we are all headed back to a bit more normalcy.

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  6. you know how much I love this quilt! I can't wait to see the variation. and yay for a second covid shot! I'm fully vaccinated too. hooray!

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    1. Doesn’t it feel good?! I feel safer, but not enough to drop the protocols like a mask! I’m remaking the new version of the quilt and then will get it written so it can be tested! I’m trying to streamline my process before putting it to paper!

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  7. I love half inch lines too as an effective quilting design - I really like the way you've used different widths in different sections, very cool!

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  8. Of course it is your favorite. In fact, I am crushing on it so hard that I want to drop everything and make it...or at least start making some HSTs. Lines are a good guide. Some of us stray more than others :-D Looking forward to the next edition. Have a relaxing Sunday.

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  9. That design never fails! No matter what color way you use, it just makes those colors shine! Thanks for the info on your quilting, too. Clever, and it looks so good!

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  10. Hooray for being fully vaccinated! Quilting thread in a variegated gray sounds wonderful - is that made by Aurifil? This is a beautiful finish, Jayne!

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  11. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! So bright and cheerful. And congrats on your second Covid vaccine! My husband and I get our second on the 13th.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  12. This is such a bright a cheery quilt. Tell me, did you sew all those squares in the middle after the blocks were assembled or are you just that good at matching seams. I think this would be a favorite pattern for me as well. Had both shots and still feel somewhat vulnerable. It takes a while to shake off a year's worth of caution.

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  13. A wonderful interpretation of your go to pattern!

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  14. Beautiful finish, Jayne! Like you, I never get tired of seeing this design. Looking forward to seeing how you changed it up on the next one!

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  15. It's great to see what you've done with half-square triangles. I too like to divide a quilt, to make textures go different directions. Nice that you've had success with Warm and Natural.

    I'm glad you've had both your vaccinations. Me too, though I haven't yet gone anywhere without a mask. On Tuesday, it will have been three weeks since my second dose, so I should be able to go to line dance class without a mask. Just don't know whether I can do it! We've had mask-wearing drummed into us for so long.

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  16. Love it - this one is so bright and happy. I bet it will be a popular pattern. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

    I am finally able to start my vaccination process this week. I can’t wait for things to get back to something close to normal.

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  17. I love this quilt. Time to get out my solids. When I first started quilting in ‘87, we did a lot of Amish quilts where I lived. Good time to revisit. Can’t wait for the pattern! And, fully vaccinated now since 3/3, hubby too. What a relief. Praying everyone who wants to, can within a few months!

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  18. Another beautiful quilt! I love your quilting lines, and the bright colors!

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  19. What a fun design to play with again and again. I like your variation in quilting widths - I've done that a few times and agree it's a fun option. Yay for shot #2!

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  20. Such a cheerful and bright quilt!

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  21. Very rich in color quilt!!! Interesting to hear your preference on straight line stitching.

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  22. Looks fabulous! You have a knack for making all of those colors play together

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  23. I saw your quilt on QuiltFabrication Midweek Makers 274 and had to check it out! It's so bright and cheery. Is this pattern yours? I don't see it in your Etsy shop. Any help finding a pattern would be appreciated. Thank you

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