Friday, 17 May 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013 - Tesseract

If you're visiting from The Blogger's Quilt Festival, welcome to my little corner of quilt-blog land. I started quilting nearly two years ago, and have very quickly become completely obsessed with making quilts. I love participating in the Quilt Festival - it's such a great way to find new-to-me blogs.

AmysCreativeSide.com

This is my entry into the Mini Quilt category. It is called Tesseract, and was made as part of the Emerald Quilt Challenge earlier this year.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern - designed by myself, using Kaleidoscope blocks.
Fabric - Oakshott green shot cottons, and various low volume grey prints
Size - 24" square
Quilted - by me on my Bernina, using Aurifil 50wt in colours 2021 and 2865.

The inspiration for this quilt came from Emerald gemstones, and their multifaceted nature.


I love the depth of colour the Oakshotts give it - the photographs do it no justice at all. It literally shimmers.


I used two layers of bamboo batting when I sandwiched this quilt - I love the extra loft it's given without the puff that comes from polyester batting. I didn't want too much puff on this one, but did want the greens to pop a bit more than they would with a single layer.


Rather than binding it in the traditional fashion, I stitched facing strips to each side and then handstitched them down on the back. Because I used two layers of batting, it was a bit tricky getting it to fold over at the back. Also, my corners are quite rounded :o)


It is pieced and quilted entirely using Aurifil 50wt thread (2021 and 2865) - I love that the quilting blends into the background so well (although it blended so well while quilting I did have a bit of trouble seeing where I was going ;o) ) I really loved doing angular quilting too - a first for me, but definitely not the last. I really want to make a triangle quilt and quilt it like I did the green bits on this one.


I hope you enjoy the rest of the quilt festival!

xx Jess

30 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Another Elven Garden masterpiece! This is such a calming and soft design, complimented by your brilliant quilting. Good luck in the mini section of BQF!

Charlotte said...

it is so lovely!

Nicky said...

Truly stunning Jess! Love everything about it!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

So beautiful! The quilting (as always!) is amazing!

Annabella said...

If I could just have a real life one like that now please! It's stunning Jess and I bet those Oakshotts look amazing IRL!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I love your fabric choices and your quilting, they work so well together.

Amy Friend said...

Beautiful job! Your quilting really is exceptional.

Patti said...

Love absolutely everything about this, Jess!

Heather D. said...

Super cool Jess. I love the quilting.

Tiffany said...

This one is still one of my most favorites.

Katy Cameron said...

I do love this one for the quilting, plus all the Architextures

Jessica Kelly said...

Love this Jess! your quilting is just awesome.

Kelly said...

Love this quilt!

CitricSugar said...

I love this one... It makes me happy . Still a fav.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A great design with great use of color

Janine said...

It's nice to see this fab quilt again!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

I don't even remember seeing this before, it's fab!!

Catherine said...

I love this one, it really shows the emerald off

Rachaeldaisy said...

Its beautiful in every way!

JanuaryT said...

This is beautiful!!! Great mini :)

SewLindaAnn said...

It's beautiful. Amazing how the design can make soft color so striking.

Aoife said...

It's really lovely! I like how you used several shades of green and grey, it really gives the quilt facets like a gemstone :)

Cathi said...

This is gorgeous! I adore emeralds, and this truly does make me think of them.

Renee said...

This is a beautiful little quilt! I love the colors and the quilting.

Martine Kuciel said...

étonnant choix des couleurs et exercice réussi j'aime beaucoup

Carolyn said...

Beautiful little quilt and lovely quilting. Well done!

Books_Bound said...

Your use of color on this is gorgeous!

Camilla said...

Really beautiful use of those Oakshotts and the Architexture white adds nice dimension. It reminds me of Catherine (at Knotted Cotton's) Emerald quilt a bit, perhaps created for the same challenge?

jeifner said...

It really is beautiful. You've managed to make it subtle and bold all at the same time.

Deborah said...

such an amazing quilt :-)