My Quilting Adventure Week 34
Posted by KJCB on August 07, 2017
Next up on My Quilting Adventure is a "Kyla Original Design." I fell in love with this winter collection when it first came out and began collecting pieces and parts. I ended up with two panels, a couple charm packs, and various yardage pieces. This is the quilt design that I came up with to use those pieces together!
While I love this fabric collection and the nice bright colors, it is a busy quilt. I decided to do a simple all-over quilting design so that the quilting wouldn't add to the "busy-ness" of the quilt top. I chose large loops for the design. Because I have done this design many times before, I set the goal of working on consistent sizing of my loops to continue improving my quilting skills.
If you notice in the first picture, I have a bright blue snowflake in each corner of the striped border. I used my embroidery machine to make these snowflakes to help break up the striped border. I pieced this quilt back before I learned to miter borders so the snowflakes allowed me to use the striped border print without having to miter! I did have to decrease the size of my quilting design as I went around the snowflakes because there wasn't enough space between the snowflake and the edge of the quilt for my larger loops. I also did not quilt over the top of the embroidery.
Look closely to see the large loops that I used over the majority of the quilt top. This is a great design that can help you finish a quilt quickly. I chose my usual Aurifil 40 wt color 2309 to use across all the colors. While it does stand out on the brighter colors (like the red sashing at the top of this photo), it does not overwhelm the quilt top as a brighter or darker thread color would have.
Another shot of the loops. Notice how I tried to keep the loops roughly the same size (that was the goal anyway!).
A view of most of the completed quilt top. You can see here that I used charm pack squares to make nine patch blocks. I sashed the panel blocks with the red tonal making them the same size as the nine patch blocks. A narrow blue border helps stop all the color before the striped border starts. Don't be afraid to be creative with fabric in your stash just because you don't have a pattern!
I had these two large pieces leftover that I made into my backing. That circle print on the right would have been WAY too busy anywhere on the front so it worked well on the back. I have to head back to my stash to see if I have any teal or red yardage remaining for the binding. I will choose something tonal or solid because this quilt really doesn't need anymore prints!!
Thanks to my husband for holding this long quilt up so I could take a full length shot :) Finishing a holiday project while it's still warm outside feels like such an accomplishment. All I need to do is dig out some binding from my stash and this quilt is ready for cooler temperatures in a few months!
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: Kyla Original Design
Fabric: It's Snowing by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics (I'm 90% sure that is the fabric collection. It is several years old.)
Batting: Warm and Natural
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt 2309
Finished size: 54" x 72"
Quilt Top Tally: 34