Thursday, 7 November 2013

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - finished

I'm so pleased to be able to share my finished Blackberry Winter Blossom quilt with you.  Sometimes I think the quilts with absolutely no purpose other than playing with colour and design are the most fun to make, and this quilt definitely fits into that category!

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - finished

Most of the fabrics in this quilt come from this stack I put together on a dark and rainy winter's day when I was thinking of spring.  This is essentially a one block quilt, which uses my Blackberry Winter Blossom block on a large scale.

Blackberry Winter Blossom Block


The piecing of this quilt is really simple so I had a lot of fun with the quilting.  The central "flower" section is quilted with a quite dense flower petal design - it makes for really great texture and is easy to do.

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - quilting textre

Still free motion quilting, I quilted in the ditch (mostly) around the flower shape, and then quilted a row of small circles next to that line (I would normally call them pebbles but in this context I think they're more like beads).  Then I quilted another straight (ish) line on the outside to give the flower a bit of an outline.

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - quilting texture

The trickiest part of the quilting for me was the blue and green background and border sections.  I really wanted quilting that looked like wind because it's super windy here during spring.  I quilted swirls surrounded by kind of swirly lines, which ended up looking a bit more like water than wind, but I still like the effect.  This quilting required a lot of concentration and I lost control a few times - it's something I'd like to practice more.  I find designs which are larger than the space between my hands when quilting hard, because I can't always see where I am going.  It's hard to explain but I think it's why FMQ done on a domestic machine will always be denser than FMQ done on a long-arm - your immediate area of work will always be smaller on a domestic machine.

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - quilting detail

I think the swirly water/wind quilting shows up better on the back of the quilt where there is a bit more solid fabric space.  I think that the next time I FMQ a quilt this intensely, I'll make sure it includes plenty of solid fabrics so that my hard work is actually visible!

All the quilting on this quilt was done with Aurifil 50 weight thread in colour 2021. I have to say, I am now a complete Aurifil convert, especially for FMQ.  The 50 weight is so fine that it leaves the quilt less stiff, even with dense quilting, and the large spool seems to last forever (I managed to FMQ three baby quilts with a single 1300 metre spool, using it in the bobbin as well).  This cream colour blended in really well with all the fabrics despite the wide range of values in the quilt.

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - back

This is the back - I really adore the green and pink Heather Bailey print.  The width of the quilt meant I would inevitably have to piece the back so I decided to use a bit of this gorgeous Anna Maria Horner orange peel print in a fun way, and I think it adds a nice touch.

Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt - binding

I am especially pleased with the binding on this quilt.  This hot pink and white stripe print is from Spotlight and is part of a new range they have which features stripes, spots and chevron prints in a variety of fun and modern colours.  I know Spotlight has had something of a bad rep amongst quilters for its fabric quality, and while I think they still have work to do (I've experienced print run errors on a number of occasions), I've been impressed at the increasing range and quality of the quilting fabrics Spotlight stocks.  They quite often have cool and quirky Japanese prints, Sarah Fielke's collections are lovely and they are even branching out into linen blend quilting fabrics.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: my Blackberry Winter Blossom block, scaled up
Finished Size: approx 42" by 42"
Fabric: various 
Backing: Heather Bailey print and Anna Maria Horner print
Binding: pink and white stripe from Spotlight
Pieced and quilted by: me

Linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.  I'm also linking up with Gemma's I Quilt linky part for the first time.


This quilt is the second of my fourth quarter finishes. I'll be linking up with Leanne at she can quilt as part of the 2013 Finish Along in due course.

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20 comments:

Tina Craig said...

Hurray for finishing! I totally agree with you about losing control of a FMQ design that is too big. I just started using a Halo and I love it. But still, it works best if the motif fits inside the hoop.

Melissa at Missouri Mel said...

I really love your quilt. Great job! I'm a recent Aurifil convert, also. I'm having a giveaway on my blog for a large spool right now, if you're interested in entering. I enjoy your posts.

Hilary said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors you used, and the quilting is fantastic.

Patchwork and Play said...

I'll say it again- your Spotlight must be the best one around! Mine has nothing like what you mention! Ugh! But this quilt is gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the design with its colour wash effect!

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

It's gorgeous Adrianne! I totally get what you mean about FMQing larger motifs - I'm finding that exact problem with the quilt I'm quilting at the moment. I find working top to bottom, and pushing the quilt away from me helps a little, but travelling back up is always an issue (if that makes sense?)

Leanne said...

This is such a lovely quilt and your quilting is a great addition. I have seen some very dense quilting with long arms so I am not convinced that domestic machines will be denser at all but I do understand your issue about not being able to easily see where you are going. Worse, I find it hard to move always move the quilt where I want it to be. I think you are quilting very well inspite of these difficulties.

Karyn said...

Very pretty.

Molli Sparkles said...

Stop making me like florals so much, okay?! ;-)

Cille said...

It turned out beautiful. I agree that the 'go with an idea and see what comes out of it' quilts are the most fun projects :)

Ella and Nesta said...

Visiting form Pretty Bobbins. Love your work! Very happy to have found your blog.

Jillian said...

Very pretty, Adrianne. I love how you always make the back of the quilt unique as well. I'm going to try to find some time to sew another baby quilt together this weekend - you inspire me!

Leonie said...

Looks so lovely and spring-y! Love the quilting you've done and have to agree about the space between your hands and general density comparisons.

Flying Blind... said...

Your quilting is beautiful! 2021 50wt is my favourite thread ever.

Carla said...

Sweet quilt! I am so happy that I discovered your blog!

Erica said...

What a lovely quilt! It reminds me a lot of Sarah Fielke, but in your own way of course. I am a big Aurifil fan too and mostly use 2024 and 2600, I can't use anything but Aurifil anymore!

Jo said...

I love this. You FMQ is gorgeous, adding the perfect texture to your quilt. Beautiful

Michelle said...

I love the colors!

Nat at Made in Home said...

I am having this crazy idea that I could make a winter/christmas version of this... clearly do not have enough WIPs!

Beth said...

Nice on another quarter finish! I love the quilting it looks fantastic!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Beautiful quilting! Thanks so much for sharing the process :) I love your point on the dense ness off fmq on a domestic machine. I often find myself stopping and looking at the whole design to remember where. Am and keep it in the same size/design. Thanks so much for linking up xx