Today is my stop on the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour featuring Riley Blake's Confetti Cottons and Crayola Colors. If you are new to my blog, Welcome! I'm so happy to be a part of this great tour. When I was asked to select any colors I wanted from the collection, it was difficult because there are so many beautiful shades. Then I remembered a quilt I designed a few years ago which I haven't had the chance to make and finally narrowed down my selection to four (trust me, this was not an easy task!). The four I chose are Denim, Ocean Blue, Leaf and Green and are pictured below.
And here is a little sneak peek that I shared on Instagram last week. I love how these four shades play off of each other.
And the completed quilt top. I am calling this mini quilt "Faceted" because it reminds me of the cuts on a gemstone. The quilt finishes at 20" square with a total of 312 individual pieces. Now I know why it seemed to take me forever to complete! I paper pieced the top and love how crisp it looks prior to quilting. I kind of wanted to leave it that way, but then what would I have done with it?
So, instead what did I do? Quilted it almost to death! I started by creating an X pattern through the center of the quilt and radiated out every 1/4". It was starting to get a little out of shape after I completed a good sized section, so then (at the suggestion of my brilliant husband :-) ) I changed direction of my straight lines. That worked perfectly!
And even though it is quilted so densely, it doesn't seem to take away from the intricate design (phew!).
To finish it off, I decided to attempt facing for the first time. With the help of Miss Polly and Holly DeGroot's wonderful tutorial in Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 34, it was a great success. This was the perfect quilt to try facing instead of binding. I think a binding would have completely changed the look and feel of this mini quilt.
Below is the complete schedule for the Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour. You can also follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #ModernQuiltTour.