|Hard Core meets Orange Julep|
I thought I became a hard core quilter when I started quilting every day and writing this blog two years ago. The quilt I'm sharing with you today showed me otherwise.
Hard Core began in a Liberated Radial Piecing workshop with Elaine Quehl in February, just ten days after I'd broken my wrist (love her classes, btw!). I didn't think I'd be able to do much with the cast, but it turned out that the piecing technique was "liberated" enough for casted me to do it. Yay! And since I made the medallion with a broken wrist and it kind of looks like the core of the earth, I thought Hard Core would work well as a name. :)
Most of the other participants used beautiful batiks and hand dyed fabrics, but I'm still loving my solids so I went with purple, red, orange, pink, and yellow palette to see what they could do. I also seem to be in an asymmetrical phase so I placed my medallion off centre to the left. Perhaps it's because I'm a little leftie? Yes, perhaps in more ways than one.
|Hard Core - Front|
|Quilting Detail - post blocking, |
|Quilting Detail - pre-blocking. |
See the bearding?
Fabulous, right? Yes, but guess what? After blocking it, you can't see any of the quilting motifs unless you are 5" away from it. All that effort and I could have gotten the same effect just doing one motif all the way around. Hmmm.
Hard Core is 39" by 56.5" and is currently decorating my dining room wall.
|The back - nothing exciting, |
but I know some of you like seeing the back
- The centre of the medallion has a very bulky seam. I didn't want it to stick out so I thought if I cut away the batting behind that section, it would lay flush with the rest of the quilt. It worked.
- If you are going to do a lot of free motion quilting in the negative space and want it to show the texture, choose a loftier batting and/or a different colour thread.
- I do not like bamboo batting, at least the one I've tried (I can't find the paper that came with it to say what brand it is). I had problems with it Clockwork Orange, but I thought it would be fine for a wallhanging because the quilt wouldn't get washed much. However, just wetting the quilt to block it caused more bearding. It also bearded terribly while sewing and has very little loft. Hopefully it will improve because making batting from bamboo seems like such a great idea ie. fast-growing, renewable resource.
|Hard Core hanging out with |
Griffin, our garden gnome - best
buds those two
I love "Hard Core" and from you (?) holding it up it seems a good size for a wallhanging! Well done on a great finish!ReplyDelete
"Hard Core" is just amazing! I love how the colours work. Awesome design. Thanks for sharing the great info. Good to know.ReplyDelete
This is an amazing quilt. Amazing that you made it with your broken wrist! It's a real inspiration to try liberated piecing :)ReplyDelete
This quilt is just stunning! The colors are fantastic together, and despite the quilting disappearing, I think it looks great, and adds a lot of character! I'm not sure what bearding means?ReplyDelete
Great again!!!! I too love your solidsReplyDelete
Oh it's just stunning! Love the colour palette and as always your quilting sets it off beautifully!ReplyDelete
It's so fabulous!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing so much about your process, what went wrong, what went OK!ReplyDelete
Amazing! Love the colours (purple... yum!!) and, as always, your quilting is fabulous. Great finish! xReplyDelete
Such a gorgeous quilt!ReplyDelete
beautiful colors, and beautiful quilt! I totally sympathize with your frustration regarding the bearding though!ReplyDelete
-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Love the colors and the off center design.ReplyDelete
Amazing and so striking! I love the piecing and the asymmetry - a great addition to your dining room!ReplyDelete
It is stunning!!ReplyDelete
And your quilting could not be any more perfect!!
It's a lovely quilt. Having just finished making a spiderweb quilt, I don't know how you coped with even more seam intersections. It looks like you coped very well!ReplyDelete
It is beautiful! I love the colours and the off center placement.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the finished work M-R. It turned out great, and I don't think your wonderful quilting job is wasted. If you want even more impact next time, just use a variegated thread ;-) But you already know that. I have heard from others about the bearding problem with bamboo, but have never tried it myself since I'm always happy with my Quilters Dream Cotton (Request weight). Now I get the "hard core" title, and to think it sounded like porn! HA! It brings back fond memories of when I was a hard core quilter, but then I decided to have a career with my quilts, and alas I have not much time to make quilts! But it's all good. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Hard Core is fabulous! I've had that bearding problem too unfortunately, as I love the idea of using bamboo. More loft in the batting, or using a thread that is a few shades lighter than your background will make all that gorgeous detail quilting stand out a little better, without detracting from the rest of the designReplyDelete
Despite the problems with the batting I think this look amazing!ReplyDelete
That´s a stunning quilt! I´ve just used bamboo batting once for a summer quilt and liked how light and cool it was.ReplyDelete
It is completely gorgeous! I love the solids you chose and who cares if the different quilting only shows up from 5". it gives people something else to discover as they get close to it. What a great idea to cut the batting away behind that bulky center. I need to keep that in mind!ReplyDelete
WOW! You are hardcore:) Love everything about this quilt. I hear your pain with all the work on the FMQ. At this point I am still trying to keep people from seeing it,lol.ReplyDelete
This is beautiful! Could you show (or email) a better picture of the flame spiral in the center? I was thinking of doing something like that for a mini that I have and would love to see how you ended up doing it.ReplyDelete
You are indeed hard-core!! I love this one and always say that if you learn something while doing it, it was probably worth your time. :-)ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear you and bamboo batting don't get along. I'm a big fan.
It's really a beautiful quilt. I'm impressed with the quilting especially since I can only do straight line. Good info on the bamboo batting--thanks.ReplyDelete
this is stunningReplyDelete