Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Arrowhead Quilt

I wrapped up (literally and figuratively) a quilt for my mother's Christmas present. The pattern is the Arrowhead Quilt from the 13 Spools Tribal Block Club.

I used a white solid, along with fabrics from the Transformation collection by Sarah Vedeler from Contempo Studio. I wanted to detail the background with free-motion and ruler work to highlight the negative space. All the quilting was done with Aurifil White #2024.

This piece is an example of alternate grid work, which I intended to use in conjunction with my November guest post for the Modern Quilt Along at Simple Simon and Company. (Except, I think Elizabeth & Liz might have forgotten 😊.)

I started with diagonal, straight lines to stabilize the top and divide up the space. From there, I used the quilt as a testing grounds for an assortment of border designs. Affiliate links occur in my resources below, as well as non-standardized naming of patterns. The designs have different names depending on the source, much like quilt blocks.

Moving from the corners inward, I used Triangle Spiral; the Swirl Chain from Angela Walter's Borders and Backgrounds Craftsy classBow Tie from Lori Kennedy's Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3an elaborate border designed by renowned teacher Jessica GamezFigure 8/Ribbon Candy from Small Changes, Big VarietySimple V filled with Pebbles; Chain Squares from Small Changes, Big Variety and Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters; Brackets from Angela Walter's Borders and Backgrounds and Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters filled with Twist/Wishbone/Figure 8'sStacked TrianglesConnecting Waves from Making ConnectionsArcsKaleidoscope taught by Christina at A Few Scraps; S'sSerpentine Line from Help! How Do I Quilt It? or Twisted Rope; and Custom Feathers from Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers.

The video I used to create the Kaleidoscope free-motion pattern follows:

Ruler work was used on the Dot-to-Dot Simple V design and the elaborate border incorporated thanks to step-by-step guidance from Jessica Gamez of Jessica's Quilting Studio in her Border Symphony techniques I admired from quilting she did on Almost Like the Blues. Any irregularities are from my execution of the technique, rather than her instruction, I assure you. I marked points using a Clover wet-erase marker.

I pulled scraps that matched the colors of the prints used in the top from my color-sorted scrap bins, and cut the ones that were large enough into 2 1/2" strips. These were joined together to create my scrappy binding. It makes a cheery and economical option.

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  1. Beautiful quilt! The quilting is just amazing, thank you for links to all of the tutorials you used for each section.

  2. This is this is an amazing quilt! I love how you quilted it and I appreciate hearing your thought process. Very inspirational! I’m sure your mom loved it! Happy New Year!

  3. The quilting really makes this quilt, Afton! I hope your mom was thrilled to receive it. Merry (belated) Christmas and I look forward to seeing what you create in 2018. :)

  4. Absolutely beautiful quilt--and I agree with the others that the quilting really made the quilt. I'm bookmarking this post as Idea Central for quilting. Thank you, thank you!

  5. Love it! Thanks for the video, it's given me an idea for a quilt I am planning to stitch this month!!

  6. Stunning quilt! The quilting is gorgeous! Great job. Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  7. Your quilting is amazing Afton. Thanks for sharing all the links on the quilting designs with Oh Scrap! Love that scrappy binding!!

  8. What a beauty! And the quilting is the perfect compliment - thank you for sharing!

  9. Absolutely stunning! I love the texture!! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Wow! All that negative space shows off the fabulous quilting! Thanks so much for sharing links to the designs you used, and for linking to MCM.

  11. Beautiful quilt and love your quilting!

  12. Hello Afton,

    Your quilt is beautiful! I love the contrast between the triangles and the quilted plain background. The multi-coloured binding is great fun too.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your quilt is the first project to be featured on the linky for 2018.

    Happy New Year!

    Love, Muv

  13. Beautiful quilt and your quilting......awesome!

  14. I love this quilt and this quilting!
    Greetings from Poland