Friday, November 20, 2020

Blue II

Following my recent Utterly Blue finish, I was left with a handful of improv stripe segments, enough that I thought could be the base of another project. Selecting a few coordinating fabrics from stash, I did what I'd considered doing with the first project but didn't - I added in another color. Two Carolyn Friedlander prints plus two of her coordinating solids were just enough to create something new. And I'll be honest. This one was built willy-nilly, on a whim, fabric-play at its best. 

For the backing, I recreated an element from the front - do you see it? Simplistic, yes, but I think it worked. Plus I really love the large swath of that blue print!

When it came time for quilting, I chose three Aurifil 50wt threads - #2155 [Cinnamon], #2730 [Delft Blue], and #2784 [Dark Navy] plus one Essential 50wt thread from Connecting Threads -#21120 [Apricot]. Matchstick quilting, I used the different colors mostly in sections, emphasizing some of the vertical piecing.

The finished quilt measures just 21 1/2" x 23 1/2", and was bound with Kona Blueprint, since I'd used up all of my original blues. Close enough I'd say. Oh, and just a bit o'matched binding for the win.


  1. It’s amazing! I really like the matched orange binding for the corner’

  2. I really like that the binding is just a bit different, it makes a nice frame and also draws my eye to the pieced detail. I love having lots of different quilting colors; knowing that I can see the subtle effect it has on the overall composition, too.

  3. This is a wonderful quilt. I especially like all the vertical lines of quilting, is that what you call "matchstick" quilting?

    Some mask-makers are saving their scraps for quilts. This would be a good guide for such a quilt.

    1. Hi Carol. Sorry, your email didn't show in my comment notification so hope you look back here. And YES....what I did on this little quilt is indeed matchstick quilting. A little time-consuming but with a great result.

  4. Your Blue ll is a beauty! The back repeat is clever. You're on a roll here.

  5. such great fabric play! I love it

  6. "On a whim..." I love that. You sure know how to work that well! Love the design and the way you used thread colors. I've still never done matchstick quilting, but maybe someday. Interestingly, I ran out of that Aurifil dark navy #2784, as I was quilting my "Maze" quilt (from Malka Dubrawsky's pattern). I planned to order a spool of it, but when shipping was 84% of the price of the thread, I made do with another thread brand. Might you be entering this in QuiltCon Together?

  7. You always get such amazing results when you just "play" with your fabrics. I really like this and that matched binding in the corner is fabulous!