Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Geometric Bliss Quilt


Here's another quilt finally! I know it has been a while...this poor, neglected blog! You may as well know that it's because I am pregnant (with girl #4), and I get weird when I'm pregnant. I go thru phases of fabric aversion, idea drought, quilt neglect and this time...blog apathy. Like I said, weird. I have somehow managed to still finish several quilts, but have had no desire to blog about them. So here we are...with about 7 weeks to go and I finally feel like getting caught up! On to the quilt!


I made this quilt for my friend Maren. I hardly need an excuse to make quilts for my friends so pretty much any occasion will do. This was for her 35th birthday. It was one of those last minute quilts that I planned and executed in a week or so...have I mentioned that I love deadlines? Yes! Deadlines make the world go round! 


The fabric for this one is mostly Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery - plus a couple of other fabrics I had that matched. I love the blue-greens and purples in this line- and they're such fun prints! I bought this with no specific purpose in mind, but decided it would be perfect once I decided on the design. 


The design came from an art piece I saw while walking through a model home last year. Model homes are full of quilty inspiration, so on this particular day I was snapping away at shower walls and ceilings...and when I saw this piece I knew it would become a quilt. Sadly I have no idea what the art piece is called or who the artist is- all I have is this quick snap shot:


This type of design is perfect for my favorite type of quilt lately: applique on a single piece of fabric. A design like this could probably be pieced...but the lazy girl in me just can't be bothered to figure out how. So this is all fusible web applique, finished with a blanket stitch in matching thread. I made the shape in Inkscape, traced onto fusible web, ironed to the fabric and cut it all out. Then I figured out all the spacing and marked it on the fabric with a water-soluble marking pen. 


I quilted it with a quick and swirly pantograph called Heraldry. Wish you could see it better!


I had originally bought a different backing for this quilt, but at the last minute decided to get this great black and white print from the Geometric Bliss line and I am so happy I did! I love it so much!


I bound it in the smaller black and white print from the line...
And then I thought it would be fun to make a label...


To make the label I used the same method as usual: made the design in Inkscape, printed it, traced it with a fine point sharpie marker onto fabric backed with fusible web, added fabric embellishments, etc. Sometimes I have a little too much fun with the labels. :) 


I rolled it up and tied it with a bow and gifted it to Maren...and I'm pretty sure she liked it. 


I'll be back real soon! Hopefully. :) 

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous quilt! Love how inspiration can come from anywhere - I think I need to start going to open houses. And congratulations on your newest little one!

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  2. Very fun and inspiring! Lovely as well. I have to investigate Inkscape now.......

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  3. Great design for showing off some favorite prints! Thanks for sharing and best wishes for the newest addition to your family.

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  4. So very beautiful!! love love love the creativity!

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  5. This is beautiful! It turned out so great. Inkscape is the best! I used it today to design cupcake wrappers. Thank you for introducing me to it. Glad you're back. I LOVE looking at your work. It is such an inspiration.

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  6. Ummmm, I get all those things and I'm not pregnant. It's a stunning quilt and love the inspiration behind it. I've never heard of Inkscape and I adore your label so I'll be checking it out. Great choice for the backing fabric. With only seven weeks to go, I wish you and baby all the best.

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! Lovely colours and i love that design. Great label too

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  8. I've had to refollow your blog because I see I am missing every gorgeous quilt you have made of late! This quilt is an awesome color scheme and the design is wonderful! Loads of tracing and cutting and you've done it so beautifully. And you are so fast at it! Takes me months to get from start to finish of a quilt. Congrats on baby girl #4. YIKES! :-)

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