The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Hobbs, and Aurifil.
This month's Island Batik challenge is Make It Modern with Hobbs. Last month for the AccuQuilt challenge I used my cool color scraps with a neutral background. This month, I decided to use my warm colored scraps, and initially intended to use a tan neutral background. I toyed with the idea of using the same layout and the AccuQuilt again, but eventually decided that I would piece a scrappy slab. I didn’t have a final layout in mind and just started sewing.
When I finished piecing almost all of my scraps I had a slab that measured approximately 32“ x 42“. Since I was shooting for a 40“ x 40“ quilt I had plenty to work with. Along the way I decided to swap out my tan neutral background, in favor of a solid black batik instead. I really love how the variety of warm colors pop against the black. I had realized that the light tones of the yellows were going to blend into the tan background more than I wanted them to.
My quilt back is color blocked, pieced from remnants of the Petting Zoo fabric collection that I used in a previous project, with a little more solid black.
And for my quilt top I opted for a simple overall layout with two wide vertical strips of my scrappy slab, and filled in the background with solid black.
The fiery palette was just asking for flame quilting. I chose three colors of Aurifil 50wt: Red (#2250), Burnt Orange (#1133), and Yellow (#2135). I searched for "line art of fire" on Google to get an idea for the shapes. Then I went for it. I started with the lowest row of red quilting, traveling in an uphill and then downhill direction across the quilt, then I echoed that line in the same color thread. I repeated paired lines of stitching across the quilt in each color. Last time I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% Wool I liked the puffy result of the higher loft, but felt that I hadn’t done the batting justice since my quilting had the same density across the whole project. This time I really wanted to have flatter areas and puffier areas. I switched gears from what was originally in my mind, but by doing a double row of stitching for each pass I created more texture than I would have had with single lines of stitching.
The back of the quilt really shows the texture so well.
Once the top was quilted and trimmed I started to think about binding. The easy option would have been a solid black binding for the whole quilt, but I couldn’t resist adding in some pieced binding and matching up with the piecing on the quilt top. I had a strip big enough from when I trimmed the quilt to be one edge of the binding though I had to adjust the width of each section since the quilt top had shrunk up a bit from the quilting. I had extra scrappy slab that I cut pieces from for the bottom edge of the binding. Lining everything up on the first pass of attaching the binding was a little tricky. I used pins at the seams so the binding would match up and worked backwards to the corners. I also opted to work with two pieces of binding that I would join on each of the two black sides. Finally, I had to decide what color to topstitch my machine binding. I really considered stitching black on black and orange on the scrappy sections, but decided in the end to use orange for the whole binding. This meant that the stitching would show up strongly on the black binding, but since I match my bobbin thread color to my top thread the orange thread on the bottom of the quilt would blend in more with the yellow orange and red I had used for quilting (and because most of the backing fabric is not black). Black stitching along the edge would have been more distracting on the quilt back. I used my basic machine binding technique.
I've been kind of lazy about quilt labels lately, but used my preferred method of making a label and attaching the label to the quilt back prior to quilting. I use a micron pen to do my writing. I realize now I forgot the name of the quilt: On Fire. I'll have to add that. ;-)
On Fire finishes at approximately 41" x 41".
Thanks for visiting! Be sure to check out the Make it Modern projects from the other Island Batik Ambassadors.
I'm linking up to TGIFF, Needle and Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, Beauties Pageant, and Favorite Finish.
I love it. The yellow really catches my eye against the black. Interesting quilting too. Thank you for linking up with me.
Thank you for hosting, Denise. I'm so glad I went with the black. :-)
That quilt sure is On Fire! Love the double stitching - so interesting how that changes the feel of the quilting. I just ran into my slabs as I was prepping for my HandiQuilter's arrival. I think I will start back at some of them. Kind of find to have a slab to work with and see what happens. Your quilt is making me think about some plans for my slabs.
Thank you, Kathleen. I didn't include the picture where I initially cut my slab into four strips, 3 1/2", 6 1/2", 9 1/2", and 12 1/2". I decided to edit down to just two strips so be able to include more black. Fun to just play. I have bits of slabs from other projects that are laying around begging to be made into mini quilts. :-)
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Love the quilting. What a great idea. Well done.
It was a make it work moment when it didn't go as I meant at the beginning, but I'm really happy with this and will totally play with it again in the future. Thanks for visiting, Anja!
A person can not go wrong with Bright colors and the black just sets everything off. Love it
Thank you, Barbara! Bright, saturated colors are my jam. They make me so happy. :-)
Vicki in MN
You should have told us to put our sunglasses on!! It's stunning, fun and bright:)
Haha. Glad you enjoyed it. :-) Thanks for visiting, Vicki.
I love the flame quilting!! Great for such HOT colors!
Thank you, Emily. I'm usually a cool color gal, but I had lots of fun with this one.
Fabulous On Fire quilt Sarah! Love the double line of stitching you did for the flames, and thank you for taking the time to talk about your process and thoughts. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.
It's amazing how much different the double line makes. Oooh.. I wonder how a triple line would be. :-) Thanks for visiting, and for hosting TGIFF, Sandra.
Great design, the flame quilting goes perfectly with the piecing.
Thank you, Cheryl. It's nice when the quilting really complements a design. :-)
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
There are so many bits of brilliance here -- like doing a search for line art to come up with a quilting plan and piecing the binding to match the quilt top. I don't do much improv, so I appreciate the blow-by-blow account of how this project came about!
Thank you, Michelle! It was a lot of fun to make and I'm glad all my details came together roughly how they were in my head. :-)
Bright and beautiful, Sarah!!! Love the quilting too.
Thank you, Preeti. I had a great time quilting it. I'll definitely be using flame FMQ again. ;-)
Hi Sarah, I finally got around to reading this post. I love this modern, graphic look with batiks! Great design and the quilting just makes it! Take care, Mary.
Thank you, Mary! Not my normal colors, but I had fun with it!!
Sarah I really like this technique and this quilt. The flame quilting is the icing on the cake. Your quilting is really advancing, are you still working on a domestic.
Thank you, Lisa. Most of my quilting (including this one) is on my domestic, though I have done a handful of quilts on a rented longarm in the last year.