Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011 Challenge: Amish Sparkle - Girl

Amish Sparkle is the name of this pattern in the book, but I've never been much of a fan of Amish style designs. So this quilt has sparkle, but absolutely no Amish to it. The turquoise floral is way more my speed. I actually have an entire bolt of that fabric bought over at one of the fabric outlets near where I live. (Kind of place where seconds and trial print runs get sent.) I was excited to see how this design would work with a patterned background rather than solid.

I certainly had enough fabric to do the back in the turquoise, but decided that would just be going overboard a bit. Not to mention boring. Or at least as boring as such a vivid print can be. Besides, as with many of the quilts in this book, the quilt is too large for a width of fabric back (sigh) so there was going to be piecing involved. The black strip had just come out of the scrap heap from another quilt I finished up and the hot pink I had sitting in my "good for backs" stack. I really liked how it turned out. Plus, you can see the quilting on the pink so much better than you would have with a completely floral back. (And that's one of the few times you will ever hear me say that as a plus.)

I used the pieced blocks as a guide for the quilting on the front, so the solid blocks were quilted in a way that kind of looks like the pieced blocks. Loved the way it came out. The borders I did with a pattern called H2O from Leah Day's free motion quilting project. I tried really hard to go slow and the back came out far better than previous free motion attempts. Well, until my machine went completely haywire halfway through and had to go to the sewing machine hospital. The pattern ended up being like Leah's but slightly different, mostly because I was sewing by memory from the picture rather than following her directions exactly. Which is totally cool.

This is probably going to be one of my favorites from this project. The fabrics, colors, quilting, construction - I think I did just about everything right this time!

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Nancy said...

Can you please share the name of the book in which you found this pattern? Thank you.

lewister said...

It's listed on the 2011 Challenge page up above, along with the other completed quilts from the book - Keepsake Baby Quilts from Scraps.