Monday, 27 July 2015

Going Fractal With AGF Stitched

Welcome to the Fractal Blog Hop hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics! The Fat Quarter Shop provided the free Fractal Quilt pattern and a great video tutorial and Art Gallery Fabrics provided the eye candy. Oh, and the Fat Quarter Shop has a Fractal Quilt Kit too!

For my version of the quilt, I picked out fabrics from Frances Newcombe's Utopia line, from Katarina Roccella's Indelible line (Spirodraft Carbon), and from Katarina's Recollection line (Cuneiform Script Cast). It's not a great photo, but I love, love, love how these fabrics play together!

Just a wee bit excited to start playing with these fabulous fabrics! @fatquartershop @artgalleryfabrics

The Fractal Quilt Pattern uses Y seams. Yeah, I know what you are thinking because that's what I thought. Y seams? Usually, it's a no thank you, but the pattern looked so fun that I had to give it a try. Conquer my fear of Y seams, I must!

The pattern uses the Creative Grids Kites Plus template ruler. It was the first time I'd used that template ruler shape for making Y seams and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. The Creative Grids template has a little hole in the ruler where you can mark your 1/4" seam. 

It worked beautifully. Look that that Y seam! :D

Y seams. Me?! Yes!

And that join! 



The centres aren't all that perfect, but most of them are. Woo hoo! Happy dance!

Despite my vow to 'stick to the pattern', I took a little detour. I decided to do three by three colour wheels and used more of the Spirodraft Carbon for the background. I think the Spirodraft is perfect for the background. 


I also decided not to add pieces to square up the corners of the quilt. I think that will be a first for me.


And there's my little helper trying to hold it up to show the full top. The top finished at 73" by 54" - a great large throw quilt.


Since I changed up the layout of the front, I wanted to use the 'leftovers' for the back with this Utopia print.


This was like putting together a puzzle and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. 



The top and backing layered...


Wouldn't it be fun to do a spirograph-style quilting on this? I have a few fun ideas for the quilting so I better get cracking!

Check out what the other participating AGF Stitched bloggers have done with this pattern:

Katarina Roccella
Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting
Christina Lane of Sometimes Crafter
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Riane Menardi of Vessel Quilts
Afton Warrick of Quilting Mod
M-R Charbonneau of Quilt Matters (oui, c'est moi!)
Jess Frost of The Elven Garden
Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline
Rachel McKeeman of The Floral Suitcase

I can't wait to see what they did with it!

Oh, and Y seams? No more fear, baby! :)

13 comments:

  1. great quilt, front AND back!

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  2. That is stunning! Great colors too.

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  3. It looks amazing M-R. You always make things look so easy! Love the colours.

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  4. Looks really fabulous, I love both your fabric selection and the changes you made to the pattern.

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  5. Love it! The colors are fab and I love the backing as well.

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  6. I love it!! I haven't tried Y seams before. This might be the project to try.

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  7. I absolutely love this version, it's my favorite of all of them. The back is just gorgeous too - and I can't wait to see how you quilt it. The spirograph idea sounds perfect!

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  8. I absolutely love this version, it's my favorite of all of them. The back is just gorgeous too - and I can't wait to see how you quilt it. The spirograph idea sounds perfect!

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  9. I absolutely love this version, it's my favorite of all of them. The back is just gorgeous too - and I can't wait to see how you quilt it. The spirograph idea sounds perfect!

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  10. Great Quilt M-R!! I love the fabrics and the colours are fantastic! Sounds like you had fun. I am looking forward to seeing it quilted.

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  11. Very pretty! I have done y seams before, but I tend to get afraid every time. I have ordered this ruler and will be making one of these. You've covinced me!

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  12. Love your choice of fabrics & personal changes on the pattern!

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  13. Beautiful colors and fun pattern! Well done!

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