Last Tuesday was definitely a “Thank Goodness I Finished It!” day. I was asked to work on two quilts for the Robert Kaufman booth at International Quilt Market. That means I had to cut, piece, baste, quilt, bind & sleeve one quilt, and baste, quilt, bind and sleeve a second quilt all in three days! (I used spray baste for the first time and it is A-MAZ-ING!)
The first quilt is called Straight and Narrow and was cut from a Kona Jelly Roll (yum!).
(On an irritating note, my good DSLR camera AND my point ‘n’ shoot decided to be dead when it was time to take photos and rush to the post office. Thank goodness for the iPhone!)
As you all know, I adore rainbow quilts, but I’ve never made one entirely from solids, so this was a treat. This was only my second time using a jelly roll and it went together pretty fast (lucky for me!)
I decided to do dense pebble quilting on the white and no quilting on the color strips, so that the Kona colors would pop.
I picked out a fabric from Darlene Zimmerman’s “Mother’s Melodies” for the back and I really love this fabric. Lucky for me, I get to keep the extra!
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The fabric is beautiful, hand-dyed, batiks called “Color Source” by Lunn Studios.
I have never worked with batiks before because, well, they aren’t really my favorite fabric in the world, but these were stunning and perfect for the pattern. I decided to do an all over scalloped FMQ design (inspired by Angela Walters) to play up the texture that the batiks created.
At 72″ x 96″, I was a little worried it wouldn’t fit under my tiny Janome, but I wrestled it into submission! I am totally asking for long-arm quilting lessons for Christmas!
I’ll admit that I am jealous of everyone who got to go to Quilt Market, but I had a blast working on these quilts and getting to participate in a small way.
Linking up with TGIFF over at Charm About You today!