It's that time of year again, when all the fabric and pattern designers rush off to Houston for the big International Quilt Market and Festival and everyone else gets to ooh and aah from the sidelines. Thank goodness that Amy of Amy's Creative Side started hosting her own virtual quilt festival, the Blogger's Quilt Festival for all of us to share our quilts with each other. I hope you make time to go and visit all of the lovely quilts out there in cyberland. Then vote for your favorites. I'm entered in the Home Machine Quilted Quilt category.
This year I wanted to showcase my favorite quilt that I've made so far. It was the first time that I had put my FMQ class with Jill Schumacher lessons to work.
Aurora Borealis Picture taken by Marilyn/Spiced Coffee who now owns this quilt in CA
Quilt Size: approx. 18" x 26"
Piecing Techniques: paper pieced
Quilting: on Bernina Aurora DSM (domestic sewing machine) using Aurifil thread and monofilament
Another shot of the back quilting ... I used a monofilament to SID (stitch-in-the-ditch) around the NY Beauty round. I think that next time I use a white or light color backing I'll double the batting so that the top fabrics don't show through. Either that or double up on the backing fabric.
The reds/oranges of the NY Beauty round needed a bit of balance on the quilt. That's why I did a tiny part of the binding in one of the solids to bring a bit of the warm side of the color wheel to the left of the quilt. I know that a famous modern quilter does this as her signature, I wasn't trying to mimic her per se, just needed a touch of that color.
When I was designing this piece I tried different ideas on paper before I decided on this particular one. As I'm looking at my designs I know which one I really want to make next. That's why sketchbooks are so important to keep and to refer to them occasionally.
After I drafted the flying geese ribbon (quick tutorial here) and paper pieced it, I then had to figure on the background. As you can see from the sketch, it originally was supposed to be a gradated background. I experimented with different options until the solid white won out. (I've saved those black/white triangles for a future project.)
This white fabric is fairy frost but I ended up using a solid white on white mini dot (the local quilt shop didn't carry solids and that was the closest thing to a solid white that they carried). This gave me more freedom for quilting designs. I ended up using most of the fillers that our teacher had demonstrated for us.
At the end I had to name it and the colors against all that white reminded me of snow (plus we had snow here in Cheyenne at the time that I quilted it) and the rainbow of colors made me think of the Northern Lights, thus Aurora Borealis it became. Also my trusty Bernina Aurora helped me piece and quilt this little gem. Yes, I'm so very happy with how this one came out.
In the end I was so very happy with the FMQ work that I did on this quilt and was very sad to see it go away in the mail. Finally I started drafting a new version, a bit larger, horizontal rather than vertical and with two flying geese ribbons. This one will be for our house and I'm so excited about it. So far I've only got the geese and the NY Beauty round done but it's getting there. Do you see how much quilting space there will be in this one? I'd better start practicing.
Thanks for visiting me on your tour of this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival. I hope you have fun on your virtual tour! And if you like my quilt, please vote for me in the category of Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt.