Monday, November 28, 2016

Archipelago

Definition #3 according to Merriam-Webster: "a group or scattering of similar things" .... which is exactly what I set out to create in my latest quilt. What led me to even think of Archipelago as a quilt name was my use of Bahama, one of the Free Spirit Designer Essentials, as my background fabric. I intentionally opted for a color outside my norm, and it was an enjoyable diversion.


A modern interpretation of the very traditional log cabin block, this quilt was made intentionally as an entry to 2017 QuiltCon's American Patchwork & Quilting Nine-Patch Challenge. Whether or not anyone else thinks it qualifies as a nine-patch remains to be seen, but meanwhile, its blocks were exceedingly satisfying to make and the finish pretty darn close to what I'd had in my mind's eye when I began.


The one frustration - and there certainly was one - was the quilting. Measuring 75"x88", this quilt was bigger than I was comfortable with to quilt as I'd originally hoped - something with alot of turning that echoed the mood and shape of the blocks. My second idea was to free-motion quilt it, still with that echo in mind. But within 15 minutes of that, I could feel the stress rising dramatically and knew I wasn't up for what it would take - or do it well. Fast-forward through several tedious unpicking sessions, and I got back to it, this time with an angled grid that I felt pretty good about. I usually quilt much denser, so I'm not real keen on the looseness of the fabric in some portions of the grid; yet on the other hand, it fits the scale and odd angles of the blocks. I used Aurifil 50wt 5006 (light turquoise), a lovely shade that is visible enough while still nestling in discreetly.


Finished off with faced binding, I'll honestly say though I'm very pleased with the result, I'm glad it's done. Though piecing the blocks was quite fun, this one reminded me that a discomfort quilting larger quilts still exists. oh well.


 This quilt was on my Q4 FAL2016 list

19 comments:

  1. it's so great and totally a nine patch. bravo for quilting something so large, I would never tackle it!

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  2. I think this is an amazing modern interpretation of a 9 patch and I am keen to see how others in the challenge interpret as well. And fantastic name, too. I can understand the quilt size being a determining factor in the quilting. I think it is a great finish.

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  3. I hadn't realized that this quilt was so big! That is outside the size that I am comfortable quilting on my machine, too. I love this log cabin variation and the background color. And it totally qualifies for the nine patch challenge! Good luck with your entry.

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  4. Whatever the judges and juries say, your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I wish I knew how to say just how much I love it!

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  5. What a beauty. The scale of the blocks in relation to the negative space is fantastic. Love the colour.

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  6. Love this as usual. Your mind works in wonderful ways! What a great entry for the challenge.

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  7. I love the color 'Bahama' , I use turquoise for any and every reason.
    Also love log cabin blocks in all variations and sizes.
    Congratulations on a nice finish.

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  8. I love the design Debbie (as usual ...) ! I planned to join in a log cabin QAL next year and your quilt is really inspiring. Thanks a lot for sharing !

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  9. I love everything about this quilt. So refreshingly different and such a great spin on a 9 patch.

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  10. This quilt is gorgeous! I love the colors, I love the blocks and the quilting is perfect for it! You've outdone yourself again!!!

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  11. You picked the perfect quilting for this quilt. Love the background fabric for this modern spin on the log cabin blocks. Amazing design!

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  12. Wow, this is great! Love the turquoise, and your blocks are very cool. It definitely looks like a 9-patch to me!

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  13. I really love this take on the 9 patch!

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  14. Oh wow Debbie - this is so beautiful! I love that background and the placement of your blocks in relation to the negative space. This is absolutely stunning!

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