Thursday, March 28, 2013

HST Love

So when I left off with the FAITH Circle quilt process the other day, I was quilting. Now that's done, and she's all bound up ready to go! Here's the rest of the story . . .

For me, anyway, there is usually some inspiration when I start a project - another quilt, a picture or piece of artwork, something I've seen out in the real world. For this quilt, it was definitely other solid hst quilts that I had seen in blog-land.  I chose the three below to show my bee members the direction we were headed. {These quilts were made by fordhook1, CB Handmade, and Sew Katie Did - click a pic to see more info about each on flickr.}
HST Festival a quilt for harry. hst love done
The colors I had in mind were white, medium gray, and a variety of cool colors. I asked them each to make two 18 1/2" blocks, each made up of four 9 1/2" blocks and I posted photos of how these blocks could be placed in a variety of configurations. And it was fun to see how my bee-mates followed my lead!
When the blocks all came back to me, it was a bit of a puzzle deciding how to arrange them. I didn't over-think the process really, but I did choose to group the palest blocks with the purples on the backing to give the quilt more of a two-sided feel. Filling in around the backing blocks I used Leaves on Teal from Fruit Slice by Khristian Howell for Anthology fabrics. It really coordinated well overall with the mix of blocks. And in keeping it real, I really thought I had lined the front and back up perfectly, but as you can see, whether in quilting or whatever, there was a tiny shift. sigh
For quilting, I knew I wanted to straight-line,and started by following a zig-zag made by the lines of the blocks. You can see by the arrows in the photo below where I took my first pass. From there, I echo-quilted at 3/4" intervals. Where I had used light gray Aurifil 50wt for piecing, I switched to the same thread but in white for the quilting.

Then it was time to bind! After considering just about every color in the quilt, I opted for a scrappy look, which included KONA Turquoise, Chartreuse, and Emerald, along with Medium Gray and Coal. The finished quilt measures 54"x72".
So after a year and a half of sewing for FAITH Circle, I survived my first turn organizing and quilting our project, and I couldn't be more pleased.

40 comments:

  1. The photo of you and this amazing quilt is gorgeous! The scrappy binding is perfect too! Congratulations on a wonderful finish!

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  2. woohoo! it looks beautiful!! great choice!

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  3. Fantastic, Debbie! It's so nice to see you in the pics!

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  4. Stunning finish! I really like the collurs and the quilting is perfect. Very nice picture of you too! :-)

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  5. Beautiful quilt, and quilter!

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  6. It's really beautiful Debbie - you and your circle did a bang up job!

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  7. I really love this quilt and might make one similar soon. I especially love how you quilted it. And I agree the photos are great, including the one from yesterday!

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  8. You did a great job with the back. The whole quilt is gorgeous! Where do the quilts go from your group? My group, the ' Heal' group sends them to Hospice.

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  9. What a great explanation of the process and finished wonder. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This quilt is so awesome Debbie! Love love it!

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  11. This looks awesome, Deb! Love seeing the quilter in the picture too. :)
    The quilting is really cool.

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  12. Beautiful, Debbie. This is one amazing quilt, you did such a great job!!!!

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  13. Gorgeous. I absolutely love the colours. Somebody is going to feel very loved snuggled under that quilt. Awesome!!!

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  14. I've been loving all the solid HST quilts too, but my hatred of actually making HSTs has rather put me off ;o) Love how you did the quilting anyway

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  15. Those block sizes are huge...so nice to see. Your straight line quilting was clever. What a striking quilt to donate. Well done to you and your Bee.

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  16. me encanta,sencilla pero,preciosa gracias desde Barcelona espaƱa

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  17. It looks amazing - not that I ever had an doubt! ;) you were a great leader and the quilt is fabulous, beginning to end. Simple yet very striking.

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  18. Beautiful quilt - I really love the diagonal quilting you have done too!

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  19. Love the colors and quilting! A great finish!

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  20. I love what you did with it! What fabolous colours... Somebody will be very lucky to receive this!!!
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  21. I love this so much! The design, the colors, the quilting and that cute pic of you holding it at the end! Great job Debbie!

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  22. I love this so much! The design, the colors, the quilting and that cute pic of you holding it at the end! Great job Debbie!

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  23. This quilt turned out beautifully Debbie! I loved reading your post about it :o)Hooray for a wonderful quilt for Restore Innocence!

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  24. Awesome design! Love the pic with you above the quilt - you need to do this for each and every quilt you make!

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  25. Very nice colors, and the scrappy binding is perfect. Thanks for one more push for me to try to design with solids.

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  26. Oh my goodness Debbie, this is beautiful! I am so behind on my reading that I haven't gotten here yet, but I saw the link on Fabric Tuesday and had to jump over. You did such a great job on this! I definitely need to try one of these!

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  27. I love the big blocks and color scheme, beautifully tied by the simple quilting.
    An inspiration for modern quilters.

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  28. Love that simple straight line zigzag quilting. I might have to try that, if you don't mind.

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  29. I love the colors, the simplicity of the design, and the quilting!

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  30. debbie! this is so good, your circle did a great job of making blocks! and the quilting looks amazing, love how you changed it up. beautiful work!

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  31. Fun! So modern! Great quilting. I too get inspired from blogs!

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  32. I love how strong and graphic it is!

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  33. The first one I clicked on in Molly Flanders linky party. I love it! Just goes to show we don't have to cut in tiny pieces to make a stunning quilt!

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  34. I really love your HST quilt Debbie, especially the photo of you holding it!

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