Friday, 25 September 2015

Welded Quilt {AGF Stitched}

Over the last couple of weeks I've been working pretty solidly on a new quilt. This is the third installment in the AGF Stitched series, a joint project between The Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics. This quilt is called Welded, and it is another really fast quilt to put together :o)


As soon as I saw this quilt design, I decided it would be perfect for my eldest son's upcoming eleventh birthday. It's a great masculine design, and it uses large pieces of fabric so there's lots of opportunity to use large scale prints.


I've used fabric from several Art Gallery collections - the background text fabric is one of my all-time favorites (from Cherie designed by Frances Newcombe). The rest of the fabrics are from Utopia (Frances Newcombe), Curiosities (Jeni Baker), Happy Home (Caroline Hulse) and Imprint (Katarina Roccella). I love this mix of prints and colours - and I think my son will love it too :o)


I had originally intended to keep the quilting simple on this quilt (famous last words, right?) - but as you can see that idea went out of the window pretty quickly! I haven't actually finished the quilting yet, but you probably get the idea of where it's going from these photos...


 I started by quilting the background areas using Aurifil 50wt dove grey thread (the magic blending thread!), creating a square 'border' around each of the navy blue squares. It took me a while to decide what to do in the other coloured squares (orange, yellow and green etc), but I eventually decided to quilt a star type design, with pebbles radiating out from the centre of the blocks. I LOVE the texture in these parts of the quilt - although it was that decision that took this from quick and simple quilting, to something that is taking hours. All worth it though, I think!


I'm now in the process of going back and quilting each of the navy blocks, just using simple straight lines in varying widths. I will also quilt the turquoise corner stones at some stage soon. I was a bit worried that all this quilting would detract from the quilt design - but I think because I've used blending thread and kept it to just a few designs (essentially straight lines and pebbles) it works quite well. This is still a really soft and drapey quilt, despite all the quilting - possibly due to the amazing quality of Art Gallery Fabric I think?


If you'd like to make your own Welded quilt, you can find the free pattern here, and there is a video tutorial available too! The Fat Quarter Shop also have a complete quilt kit available, using Pat Bravo's Etno collection.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! School holidays kick off today for two weeks, so I don't expect to get much sewing done - but I'm really looking forward to having my small people at home :o)

xx Jess



15 comments:

Anita C said...

AMAZING!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Happy birthday to your son! The quilting is delicious, as usual, and I especially love the pops of orange in the top.

Christina Lane | The Sometimes Crafter said...

I just love the quilting you did on this!

Kim B. said...


This is just absolutely stunning- the color combination, the shapes, and the quilting. well done!

Quilts By Laurel said...

Love your colors and especially the quilting! Gorgeous! :)

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Your quilting is absolutely terrific! What a beautiful quilt.

KatheG said...

Beautiful!

Rosa said...

The quilting is just awesome!

JANET said...

LOVE your quilt and the quilting is fantastic!

Sarah said...

Wow, your quilting is exquisite! sarah@forrussia.org

PK Sews said...

I love your fabric choices and gorgeous quilting!

Zenia Rene said...

Very nice Jess. Is your fmq done on domestic? It's quite lovely indeed.

Cyndi said...

Your Quilting is amazing. Beautiful.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

This is my favorite of the quilts I've seen with this pattern. The colors just pop! The quilting is wonderful too. cdahlgren at live dot com

kt cos said...

Lovely work Jess. No wonder Deb Louie praised your work in her latest article in Quilters Companion. I am filled with envy!