Fall Quilt Market is quickly approaching and guess what? – we are finally catching up with this blog post about quilts we designed for the Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis! Oh my – how time does fly!
Fabric designer and artist, Anna Marie Horner, debuted her gorgeous new fabric collection called “Floral Retrospective” at the Spring Quilt Market – which is now out in stores – and we were fortunate enough to be asked by Free Spirit Fabrics to design a quilt for their booth using her new fabrics. Introducing Mystic Gold!
When Carl designed this pattern in EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7 software), he wanted to accentuate the rings moving outward from center (as if a pebble had been dropped in a calm pool of water) and give the quilt that almost mystical “vibrating” or “zingey” look (think of hitting a gong) – hence the pointed tips around each curve.
And what looks to be complicated curved piecing – really isn’t! Here’s how we did it:
- A simple half squared triangle block is created first;
- ….then we added the corner triangles;
- …then we created the petal applique by sewing the lightest weight fusible interfacing right sides together with the fabric petal, slitting the center and turning the unit right side out;
- …lastly, we fused the petal to the center seam line, topstitched the edges and voila! – it looks like some serious curved piecing occurred when in fact, it was super easy!
Topstitching was super simple using my #10 Edgestitch Presser Foot (a must for this type of job!) and a matching 40wt Aurifil thread. Perfect every time! If you’ve ever made an orange peel block, then this is very similar if not the same method indeed!
Teresa, from Quilting at my Bliss, did some awesome custom machine quilting. The free motion feathers across each petal were to die for and her custom quilting in between was equally gorgeous. (click on the pictures to enlarge).
By the way, Teresa has a new book launching in October, called the “Longarm Quilting Workbook”. It’s filled with great tips on basic skills, techniques and motifs to help get you started longarm quilting – so if you’ve just purchased a longarm or are considering buying one – this would be a great book to consider adding to your reference library. And of course, if you’re just looking for some new and fun ideas on how to quilt something – there’s lots and lots and lots of eye candy! Of course, you can buy directly from Teresa and have her autograph it too!
All in all, this one was super fun quilt to design and create, and we were so honored that Free Spirit chose this one to hang in their booth at Spring Quilt Market.
If you like this design, it is now available as a free download on the their website – here’s the link!
Until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl