Swatches

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I've really enjoyed the time I set aside for myself to create new designs and quilts not tied to a deadline.  One of the projects I was able to work on and complete, which is always a bonus, is my Swatches quilt!

This quilt was inspired from my oil painting days; sketches, painter palettes, paint tubes, canvases, brushes, lighting and other images both concrete and abstract.  I designed this quilt to convey a feeling more than actual objects tied to painting.

I’m finding that more and more I’m merging my first creative love, oil painting, with my current creative love in my quilt designs.  I've even started working with watercolors again mainly because the clean up is so easy. 

I chose the quilting to add interest and depth to the design. I took some risks, like black thread echos around the paint swatches and hand quilting the small grey squares. Most of the quilting is fairly dense and I was shocked when blocking the quilt to find out the length shrunk by 3”.

I reall…

Why Not, Why Knot Quilt

I spent much of last year making quilts for one publication or another, for this fabric line or that fabric line but almost all on some sort of a deadline.  I started 2019 telling myself that this year was going to be different and I was going to make some quilts for me, taking my time and enjoying the creative process but before I knew it I'd booked several quilts for publication and had made four quilts all before QuiltCon in late February.  After QuiltCon, I caught my breath and decided to change course and make a quilt for me, my Why Knot quilt.

Why Knot 49" x 63"


I really didn't have to much of a direction.  I knew what colors I wanted to use and pulled them from my stash and I knew I wanted to use the arc shape so I started designing and playing with layout.  I finally decided to just start making!  I used Jenny Haynes' 7" Double Drunkards Path template which comes with a great squaring tool.


Trimmings

I settled on a layout and before I knew it I had my quilt top finished and I started on a quilting strategy, this step took the longest.  Sometimes I use Photoshop to test out quilting motifs but most of the time I print out a copy of my quilt design, grab a pencil, ruler and eraser, must have, and tryout motifs low tech.

Quilt Top and Quilt Plan

Once I had a plan I started quilting; have I mentioned that I'm in love with my Gammill Statler Stitcher?  and much to my surprise I was ok with leting my quilt sit on my longarm for days at a time without working on it.  It felt so good!

Why Knot Quilting

It took me around 30 hours to quilt this design.  I use the design software that came with my Gammill and quilt section by section.  My longest session was 12 1/2 hours, why too long, but I was determined to finish and, I thought, I was so close to be done but really I was 4 hours away.  My feet were killing me after standing for 12 1/2 hours on a basement floor.  I did change my shoes half way through, a little trick I learned working retail, but it after hour 9 it really didn't matter any more, and yes I have an anti-fatigue mat but I really haven't noticed that it helps any.  Anyway... after 30 hours I had my design quilted!

Why Knot Details

It feels so good to take three weeks to complete a quilt, instead of one week or less, and to do it on my timeline.

Why Knot

I have a couple more "for me" projects planned including quilting my Coral Commotion top from Honest Fabric for this year's Pantone Quilt Challenge.  I definitely can't wait to share more!

Coral Commotion





Comments

  1. Love it! Very effective and nice to see different motifs in the curves. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Jen! It was my first time using different motifs in different curves and I'm really pleased with the outcome.

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  2. 12 1/2 hours straight doesn't sound too much like taking a breather, but I guess in comparison! ;-) You do such amazing work, no wonder everyone wants a part of that!

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    1. I had a free Friday and thought, oh I can finish this! So by the time I was 8 hours in I told myself that I was almost done but it turned out I wasn't so I pushed through. The last 2 hours were not enjoyable but I finished on Friday. I don't want to do another quilting day like that anytime son, it was rough.

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  3. It's lovely & your quilting is definitely the finishing touch. Not sure how you did 12 1/2 hours straight. I'd definitely not be able to do anything like that these days. Well done & thanks for sharing. Take care.

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    1. Thank you! I just kept telling myself I'm almost done and I need something for show and tell. I'm not planning on doing 12 hours straight anytime soon. I did several 9-10 hour sessions when working on my book samples, it wasn't fun but 12 1/2 is the longest for sure.

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