Thursday, 28 January 2016

Colourwave Quilt

Colourwave Quilt
Colourwave Quilt
Back in October last year I shared with you my progress on a workshop with Jan Hassard held at Busy Bees Patchwork, to make this Colourwave quilt. As you can see it is complete and it has been for some time, I just haven't had time to share it with you.  Jan specialises in colour and geometric designs and her workshops come highly recommended.  If you step back from you screen you will see the illusional effect of this quilt pattern even more.
Colourwave Quilt - fabric selection
Colourwave Quilt - fabric selection
On my return from the workshop I had a bit of a re-jig of my colours and worked out a colour scheme which I was much happier with.  To get this colour effect you need at least 36 different fabrics which is quite a tall order if you don't collect batiks in your stash, but the more you have the better the effect.
Suzi the Cat helps with the Colourwave Quilt
Suzi the Cat helps with the Colourwave Quilt
Suzi the cat was keen to join in this project. She is very pleased I don't have a design wall and that I have to use the floor ...
Superior Threads Rainbow 821 Carnival variegated thread
Superior Threads Rainbow 821 Carnival variegated thread

Not only is the quilt top done, but it is quilted.  I used a variegated Superior Threads Rainbow (821 Carnival) thread which blended well with all the different colours of the quilt and really popped when it reached the black fabric.  I use 80/20 cotton/polyester for the wadding.
Kiss by Melonie J Caldwell and Patricia Ritter
Kiss by Melonie J Caldwell and Patricia Ritter

In fact I loved the effect of the variegated thread on black so much that I used a black fabric for the backing.  Using my long arm quilting machine I stitched out a digital pantograph, Kiss by Melonie J Caldwell and Patricia Ritter.  There were so many different patterns I could have chosen for this quilt, each giving a different look.

Colourwave Quilt
Colourwave Quilt
It was lovely to work with such bright and colourful fabrics for a change and also to work on a smaller sized quilt than normal.  Thanks Jan!  Joining up with Whoop Whoop Friday! and Crazy Mom Quilts!


Colourwave Quilt - Borders cat on quilt
Colourwave Quilt - Borders

10 comments:

  1. That's gorgeous! It's hard but nice to break out of norm.

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  2. Wow! Your quilt is beautiful! Love all of the batiks.

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  3. Absolutely stunning. You really bring out the best in your batiks.

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  4. What a lovely quilt. I am doing a workshop at Paulines Patchwork in Dorchester by Jan Hassard called "Dazzling Diamonds" which I'm really looking forward to.

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  5. Frances this is a stunning finish! I'm glad you got around to sharing it. I'd love to see you at my WHOOMP There IT Is linky party sometime.

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  6. I just stepped back from the computer to look at the quilt again...I love the colorful ringlets. gorgeous!

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  7. Is there a pattern somewhere of how to sew and cut the batiks/blacks?

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