Sunny blue skies provided an opportunity to photograph the quilt I finished for
I can finally lay claim to sewing a quilt in nothing but solid fabrics! I used over 30 different values of blue - from dark navy right down to a pale-almost-white blue. The majority of fabric used, being Kona solids, along with a half dozen of Moda's Bella solids, became this twin sized quilt for my son. I thought variety of value would be key in making this monochromatic quilt look more dynamic.
|The pattern I followed used prints - not solids, but I could see the potential for solids to look stunning in this design.|
The pattern for my quilt can be found in Evelyn Sloppy's book, 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts.
|Natural light best shows the range of value in the blues.|
The piecing for this quilt looks more complicated than it is. I highly recommend this pattern for the easy methods for construction. I will say that be prepared for taking your time when matching seams and careful pressing, but it's more than worth the effort, in my opinion.
I don't think it helped matters that the quilt has been folded up since Monday (waiting for a bit of sunshine for me to take photos of it!).
It's interesting to see the texture changes between the border and the blocks - all thanks to the 2 different FMQ patterns I used.
|I'm amazed at what is possible using a domestic machine!|
Sewing a scrappy binding proved to be the right finish to the quilt. I kept the value changes random and didn't repeat a single fabric. At times the binding will blend, but it also contrasts, which I quite like.
Looking back on this project, I had two concerns. Initially, I was concerned about the possibility that using only solids could make it boring (I can laugh at that now!;o) and once I got past that, I was concerned that my quilting would ruin things ( but not because I lack confidence with quilting).
|Not perfect, but that's not the point. I'm embracing the learning that comes from stretching my skills and keeping my creativity from stagnating. I can only get better one stitch at a time. ;o)|
Is this quilt perfect? No. Did I have to rip stitches. Yes. Will it win any awards? No. Will it be loved, used and treasured? Yes, yes, yes!
So, once I put it all into perspective, my concerns didn't amount to anything. And look! I finished my first quilt in only solids and my soon-to- be-18-years-old-son is thrilled with his new quilt. I see two milestones here. Which is how I came up with the name for it, "Blue Beginnings" - a special quilt to mark my son's start into life as a young adult as well as being (what I believe) only the beginning of my foray into quilting with solids.