Sunday, May 18, 2014

Firework Quilt


Here's another quilt! This little guy is my Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry...I had planned to finish that rainbow quilt I've been meaning to make for my daughter...but no, instead I'm indulging this weeks obsession with wedges. Just go with it...sometimes I get an idea for a quilt and I just make it 'cause it's in my head...even when I have other quilts that should probably be done first! Remember I had this problem with circles? Yeah. But it all worked out in the end! :) 


So here's my firework! When I was a kid my dad used to take us to see the fireworks every 4th of July. We would park right next to the field where they shot the fireworks off so we would be right underneath them. They were LOUD and they were HUGE and I loved them! Good memories! So a few months back I was talking to one of my friends about summer quilts and she suggested I make a 4th of July quilt...I happened to be looking right at my Watermelon Wedge quilt while we were talking and I started picturing those wedges in red, white and blue and a firework popped in my head! So one thing led to another, and here we are! I mocked it up in Inkscape (as usual). I have decided I like seasonal and themed quilts in a table topper or wall hanging size so this quilt is 36" x 36". It is completely appliqued, so it was fast and easy! Have I mentioned how much I love applique? :) 


In my mind, I had pictured this in completely different fabrics. I really wanted some sparkly fabric. Or some super cute blue polka dots and red stripes or...something. But I couldn't find what I was picturing anywhere I looked. This is a struggle I often encounter when planning a quilt--I have a certain fabric in mind...but nobody sells it. I thought about just designing my own and printing it on Spoonflower, but I just don't have time for that right now! But I still wanted to make the quilt...so I settled for these fabrics I found at Hawthorne Threads-- they are from the "Dreaming in Pearle" line by Timeless Treasures. They aren't fabrics I would have normally chosen, but they are kind of shimmery, so I went with it. 


I won't lie...when I finished the top, I wasn't in love. But then I quilted it...and it is true what they say...the quilting makes the quilt!! I used 2 layers of batting so the design would really pop and I quilted tiny pebbles with random swirls thrown in here and there. I thought of adding the stars right before I started quilting and they are my favorite part! I quilted straight lines in the wedges using glittery silver thread and though it is hard to see in the pictures, it looks pretty cool! I want the quilt to really sparkle, so I have plans to bedazzle this thing within an inch of its life! I bought some hot-fix crystals but decided to take a few pictures before adding them since I've heard the crystals don't photograph well.


I bound it in blue and now I can't wait to put it on my wall in a few weeks! :) 
Enjoy the Blogger's Quilt Festival!


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31 comments:

  1. What a sparkling and unique quilt Cynthia! The quilting is the perfect finishing touch!

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  2. what a fun quilt! I have very fond memories of watching fireworks as a kid too.

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  3. Amazing, love that quilting, love your work.

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  4. I knew you would!!! Love it :-)

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  5. Wow! The quilting on that is fantastic. What a fun quilt.

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  6. Awesome project! I love that your watermelon quilt inspired this fireworks quilt. Can't wait to see what else might come from that initial idea ;)

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  7. A great firework quilt! Love your amazing quilting! Won't this look wonderful on next year's July calendar! You have reminded me to get my firework wall quilt out pretty soon. I always forget it until so close to the 4th.

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  8. beautiful quilting - and the little stars were the perfect idea.

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  9. I love this quilt SO much. The quilting seriously makes this quilt! Nice work!

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  10. I am so glad that you were still into wedges...cause this quilt is super cute. I too remember going to see fireworks and being so excited by the colors. Wonderful quilting on it. Love the swirls in there.

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  11. What a fun quilt! It looks like you put extra time to make it trapuntoed. Is that a word? lol Anyway looks like you went thru the effort to cut away extra batting. Nice affect.

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  12. WOW Cynth that is SUPER CUTE! Such a amazing work of art!

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  13. Wow, this turned out really great! I love all the stars and the swirls (I always like those fireworks that have little curlicues at the very end before they disappear); the quilting is amaaaaazing! As always, I enjoy hearing about how it all came together. Good job!

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  14. This is gorgeous! Love your quilting.

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  15. That's fabulous! The quilting is amazing

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  16. Stunning! I love it! I'd love to do some fun applique, but my machine doesn't do the nice blanket stitch I'd like around my applique pieces, and I'm not going to even try hand-stitching it down. Someday I'll upgrade! BTW, What is your favorite fusible stuff to use for applique?

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  17. That is very fun! Great quilting.

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  18. So fantastic!! I love it! I hope in the future you'll put together an applique tutorial (or point me in the direction if you already have one). Your shapes are always so beautiful and I just struggle with any kind of applique!

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  19. Your the one that did the watermellon quilt. I remembered seeing it and I am glad to meet you. Love your entry, beautiful.

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  20. Another awesome design! You're on a roll--go with it, it's working!

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  21. Another "wonderful wedges" quilt! Great quilt and quilting, Love It!!!

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  22. You are right! The detail of you quilting is FAB!

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  23. Love the quilting detail and how it makes the colors pop! Fantastic!

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  24. OH I love this quilt! It's perfect for 4th of July!

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  25. Love it! Really stunning with the fantastic quilting.

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  26. Perfect design, fabrics and quilting! I love it.

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