Roundabout Quilt

Oh my – how time does fly!  Unbelievably, it’s the middle of March and we promised with our last blog post in January that we would talk more…our apologies but the good news is we have been super busy designing and quilting, designing and quilting, and designing and quilting and so on….the only problem with all this ‘designing and quilting’ is that it’s been “super secret quilting” so we haven’t been able to share any of it with you until now….IMG_3085-1

One of the first quilts we designed and made for Free Spirit Fabric was our ‘Roundabout’ Quilt using Nel Whatmore’s beautiful and cottage chic fabric collection called img_3847.jpgRosealea“.  This was a fun quilt to create but I must admit when a quilt sample was requested to be created for of all venues – the Houston Quilt Market! (gasp) – I was a little intimidated to say the least.  Here’s the completed quilt hanging in the Free Spirit Fabric Quilt Gallery which was a special booth exhibit at last year’s Houston Quilt Market – indeed a proud moment for Carl and I.

Designed solely by Carl, this quilt is almost entirely paper pieced, which allows for the perfect sharp points and intricate secondary designs to come forth – sometimes I wonder if he designs these complicated looking things just to test me!  Lol! Paper piecing is a love of mine so I welcomed the task!

IMG_2928-1In creating this quilt,  I discovered a few tips and tricks along the way.   First, the ever useful glue stick came in very handy. I ran a light bead of glue stick along the first fabric so that I could place the black and white dots evenly and perfectly IMG_2933vertical over the the first paper pieced section without the dots shifting as I sewed – skewed dots would look awful and I did not want that look!

IMG_2940-1I also used my very handy ‘Add a Quarter’ ruler to trim off any excess fabric leaving just that perfect scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  If you don’t have one of these ‘Add a Quarter’ rulers yet, run – don’t walk –  to your neighborhood quilt shop and pick one up – they are super useful for all paper piecing and just  a great handy notion to have in your sewing kit!

There were three different units that needed to be created  to form just one quadrant of each block…so 4 quadrants make just 1 block and there were 5 blocks in all….60 units total needed to be completed and all  in a matter of a week or so as our turnaround was very tight.

 

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To match the points of each unit, that old trick of pinning straight through the top point of the intersection and right through the matching top point of the intersection really did the trick and made piecing the units together a breeze. IMG_2970-1

And of course, the every helpful rubber mallet was most useful in pounding flat (yes you heard me, pounding flat!) the center of each block where there were many seams converging – hey, a quilter got to do what a quilter got to do, right?!

We added a black top and bottom border to frame out the quilt and make the completed version measure the perfect 45″ x 60″ size that was requested for the Free Spirit Quilt Gallery.

Once completed, the top was sent to Teresa at Quilting is my Bliss for some magical and very beautiful free motion machine quilting.  She did a gorgeous job adding just the right amount of quilting here and there without overpowering the design.

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So once completed, off to Free Spirit Fabrics it went and took its place in the gallery for Houston Quilt Market!  A fun project indeed.

If you like our Roundabout pattern and want to make one of your own, you can download the free pattern by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more posts on out other designs that have started popping up!

Until your next colour fix~Linda & Carl

 

12 thoughts on “Roundabout Quilt

  1. DeeDee Schmitt says:

    Carl and Linda, this is an absolutely beautiful design. Congratulations! Love every detail of it.
    But with your Linderella’s shop closed I feel I need to learn a lot more. I am really still in first grade and need a lot of “show me how to do this”. Oh boy how I miss your expert instructional classes. 😦 But I too am on a learning curve with my new Bernina machine. So first things first.
    So glad I am on your list of followers. I need to LEARN MORE ABOUT QUILTING.
    On a smaller scale. Because I love making my baby size quilts!! DD

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    • colourwerx says:

      Hi DeeDee – thanks for you nice comments and we miss you guys too….A new Bernina sounds delightful! Believe it or not, I had a very similar situation when I started quilting…I am pretty much self taught with a lot of mistakes and experimentation, so just keep on quilting! One day, you’ll find that the learning curve has diminished or just plain disappeared! 🙂

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  2. Nicki Crider aka crazyf lady from Troy says:

    HI ya’ll!! Miss you both so much….now where to go for that Sullivan special help???
    This quilt is amazing !! Need to get a mallet!!!!!

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    • colourwerx says:

      Hey Crazy Lady from Troy! We miss you guys too – a mallet is a great addition to your sewing tool box or a wallpaper roller to roll out seams flat! Thank you for your kind comment and keep on quilting!

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