Monday, March 2, 2015

aka the bacon quilt

Just for the record, it's not easy taking a photo against brick. I wanted too SO badly, and hubby tried hard to make it happen, but the best we could do was packing tape and lots of it. oh well. But the fact remains, my 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala quilt is done, and though I'm officially naming it "Sizzling", it will probably forever be known as 'the bacon quilt,' which is more than appropriate in my opinion, as well as that of half of Instagram it appears. It is what it is.
The block inspiration was totally from Alex Ledgerwood/teaginny Designs new book, Improvising Tradition: 18 Quilted Projects Using Strips, Slices, and Strata, and I loved making them. Though Marsala has gotten a cold shoulder by many in the quilting arena, I personally like it a lot. The fabrics I chose to represent it for me were Kona Sienna and Brick (the closest I've come to my Pantone Marsala swatch), and 2 Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, a Terra Cotta and a Multi Stripe "Parma", all set against a background of Essex Linen in Natural.
For quilting, I did a horizontal serpentine stitch (you know, to replicate the wave of good bacon) using Aurifil 50wt #2310 (light beige) which nestled into the Essex nicely while not overpowering the Marsala. I couldn't resist making a ghost block using #2350 (copper) to finish things off. 
I also couldn't help but include just a bit of matched binding as an added detail.
The backing is a pieced mix of Alchemy Queen Ann’s Butterflies in ruby by Amy Butler (perfect Marsala match by the way), the Kaffe Parma stripe, and Kona Sienna, the quilt finishing at 34"x46".

All of the photos above are prior to washing, but I thought you might like to see one afterwards, with the awesome texture that gives.

So I didn't find Marsala to be scary one bit. Have I convinced you to give it a chance? {wink}

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fresh Sewing Day

By its nature, February was already a short month, and it was made even shorter by nearly a week away at QuiltCon. I swear much of the rest of the month was spent either getting ready to go or decompressing once I was back. Considering all that, I'm pretty pleased with what I accomplished - especially my Marsala quilt! Check back tomorrow for a complete reveal post.
Probably the project that was the most downright fun was pattern-testing The Motley Wheel for Nicole/Mama Love Quilts, and then meeting up with Nicole in Austin was icing on the cake!

Stitching up a simple little doll quilt for grandgirl using her first fat-quarter made us both happy.

From there it was a variety, the highlights being a new-to-me Lola pouch and a travel-worthy Cargo Duffle.
And lastly, I made a stack of covered sketch books.
I promised a little giveaway, and random winners have been selected! Tammie, you get the galloping horses, and Mary, the one with the flower is yours! I've emailed both winners. And that's a wrap!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day.