My Geometric Bliss Quilt
Hello! I just recently finished up one of my own quilts which I'll share today. I call it my Geometric Bliss Quilt, after the fabric line designed by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery. I just loved these prints when I saw them.
I pieced this quilt using the pattern Loaf Cake from the book Sweet Tooth by Daniela Stout. When I asked my husband and son which quilt they liked best from this book, they chose Loaf Cake. Honestly, it wasn't my favorite. I think it looks like a brick wall. But I wanted to feature these fabric prints in a quilt without cutting them up into small pieces, and so I thought I would give this pattern a try. It was very easy, and I do like it a lot!
The backing fabric is a light aqua/mint/blue/green sort of color, flannel. I quilted it on my Innova with white thread and an edge-to-edge pattern called Lotus Blossom. The quilting isn't very noticeable on the front, which I expected because of the bold fabric prints. You can see it on the back, and I like it because it is not too dense and keeps with the modern style of the front. It is also super soft and cuddly.
Working with these prints and colors made me happy! I am currently piecing another quilt with Art Gallery fabrics. Yesterday my husband looked around the room and said, "Purple, everywhere I look I see purple." And that is a good thing, in my opinion! Maybe I'll have it done to show you soon.
I'm linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. I hope you are doing some sewing this winter and getting some quilts finished up, too! Have a great day!
A few weeks ago I was feeling the winter blahs and did a little online shopping to cheer myself up. I like to check out the Daily Deal at the Missouri Star Quilt Company each day. I used to be tempted by their sales on a regular basis, but over the last year or more I have been able to resist for the most part. I did cave in to these gadgets that were a recent Daily Deal, though. I rationalized it by convincing myself it was okay because I wasn't actually buying fabric.
I purchased this circle cutting template and the tiny Olfa rotary cutter to go with it. Last weekend I decided I was going to try out my new tools. I really liked the Drunkard's Path quilt that was shown demonstrating these items, so I planned to make a small scale project with a charm pack that I had in my stash. I bought the blue dot batik fabric at the Little Foot Shoppe to coordinate.
The charm pack (Hoffman Fabrics Lorikeet) was 5" batik fabric squares, and the circle fabric I fused Heat N Bond to and cut into 4" squares. I planned to fold the 4" squares in half and then cut out a 3" circle using the new template.
My first disappointment was that the tiny rotary cutter that was recommended to be purchased to use with the template was just a little too small, and the blade would not reach down far enough to cut the fabric. How did Jenny Doan make this work in her video? What a bummer, and I was all geared up to work on this project that day. So I reluctantly made a trip to JoAnn Fabrics for matching thread and a bigger smallish cutter. I bought the Fiskars cutter which worked just fine. A regular size rotary cutter blade is too big to make the curves of this template.
I centered and fused the circles on the squares. Then I did a stitch around the circles to applique them down. The next step is to cut them in half and then half again.
I then had a bunch of 2.5" squares to sew together. You can find many different layout possibilities if you do a quick Google or Pinterest search. Some of the layouts have an obvious staggered look, hence the name Drunkard's Path. This is what I decided upon.
So far I have half of them sewn together. I really love the colors in this fabric pack. They are a perfect reminder of summertime right now in the middle of winter.
I liked using the circle cutting template. The only other disappointment (the same one I have with any quilting template that isn't Creative Grids) is that it isn't made by Creative Grids :-) I guess this is going to be a table runner, and I will say that the Heat N Bond makes the fabric a little stiff. I would recommend using the lightest weight fusible you can on a project like this. Since this isn't meant to be a cuddly quilt that's not a problem here.
Even though this is only a half finish, I'll link up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for visiting!
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I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!