Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sparkler Quilt for the Hello Sunshine Challenge

Hey there! I have a finish to show & tell today. It's made from...gasp!...batiks. Can I confess to you? My quilting lifespan experienced a hard-core, batik-loving stage that my stash hasn't quite gotten over. This all started even before Alison Glass and Latifah Saafir made them modern. I love the super-saturated, hand-waxed goodness still. I just have to save up some shelf space for my other material obsessions. Let's face it; I have no shortage of fabric lusting.
Okay, I'll snap out of it long enough to show you my quilt. (For now...)
This summery confection is the sample for my Piecing Basics course at Ryan's Sewing and Vacuum in Albuquerque. The class covers the major need-to-know time-savers of quilting: flying geese, half square triangles, strip piecing, and stitch & flip triangles.
I tried out a bunch of free motion designs from my Angela Walters Craftsy classes. The swirl chain in the green section is from Borders & Backgrounds. The overlapping pebbles (taupe background), irregular spaced swirls (pink), ribbon candy (center square), and off-set squares (blue border) are from Small Changes, Big Variety. The diamond design (blue squares) is from Dot to Dot Quilting. Help, How Do I Quilt It? is where I found the serpentine line and continuous curves (smaller pink sections). To save money when buying in bulk, you can purchase five of Angela's courses in one discounted package.
I used matching Aurifil 50 wt threads on top, and the same colors in the bobbin. Because of this, the quilting showed up well on the taupe backing.
I bound this one in the same taupe as the backing.
And because this sweet little wall-hanging is blue, green, and pink, I'm entering it in the quilting category of the Hello Sunshine Challenge at Quilts My Way.
Quilts My Way
Check out the other cheery, astoundingly beautiful quilts in the contest, or enter you own before the end of August.
I'm linking up at:
Creations by Nina-Marie
Follow on Bloglovin


  1. Oh that is gorgeously cheery! I love batiks for the same reason, there was definitely a time when they were the best bet for really rich colours :)

  2. Not only is the quilt and quilting a great finish, but the class sounds like a really useful one. I love getting to see quilting on the backs of quilts, too!

  3. Fantastic quilting! And beautiful quilt :-)

  4. Thank you for submission your beautiful quilt, Afton. Your quilting is absolutely stunning. I adore your choice of fabrics, too.
    Gosia Pawlowska


  5. Beautiful joyful colors ♥