September 23, 2020

Windows - A Finish

I have a new quilt to share today! I love looking at homes that have interesting-shaped windows and that's what I kept thinking about as I assembled this quilt, so I've named it Windows 😊 It finished at 64" x 72".

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

I designed this in early 2019, as part of the 30 Quilt Designs challenge with Sandra of MMMQuilts, but then it just sat waiting until a few months ago, when I realized it would be the perfect design to showcase these fabrics. The fabric line is Golden Aster, by Gabrielle Neil for Riley Blake, except for the background, which is one of the colours in the Blossom line by Christopher Thompson, also for Riley Blake. Don't they look perfect together?

I love making circles with the Drunkard's Path blocks and they're really not as hard as they look. Did you see my tutorial for them last week? If you've never tried them, you really should! They're fun and make you look like a very skilled quilter (even though they're not hard, lol).

And, of course, I also love HSTs. They're so versatile! In Windows I used the HSTs to make hourglass blocks in two sizes.

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

When I calculated the sizes to cut the borders for the small hourglass blocks, to make them the same size as the large ones, I got it right for the side borders, but somehow figured I needed double the size for the top and bottom. It makes no sense whatsoever how I figured that, considering I was starting with a square and wanted a square at the end. I didn't even realize my mistake until I had cut and sewn all of the blocks 😣 The blocks were all perfect placemat size, lol, but that wasn't exactly what I was going for. Thankfully I was able to trim the blocks back down to the right size, so there was no seam ripping involved.

I opened my last King size package of Warm and Natural batting when it was time to baste this quilt. I still have a full box of pieces of batting, but none of them are wide enough for a throw size quilt now. I guess I'll be piecing battings for a while, lol. And making more small quilts, so I can avoid piecing the batting. 

I quilted (and pieced) Windows with Aurifil 50wt thread. I pieced it with 2311, then quilted the windows with 2785. I debated using 2610 for the grey print, since it would have blended in better, but I was too lazy to change thread when I could just quilt the whole block with the 2785 (might as well be honest. The decision was made purely out of laziness!). 

I quilted around the full circle, then in the ditch between the quarters, then quilted concentric circles that wobble all over the place to fill the circle. I certainly wouldn't win any awards for perfectly spaced and curved lines in these circles! I embrace all the wobbles, though, and love that from a distance you don't notice the wobbles at all. The lines are kind of hard to see in the diamond print, but they are there.

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

For the small hourglass blocks, I outlined all of the pieces and quilted continuous curves in the triangles. I managed to do each block without stopping, though I did stitch along an outside edge twice to make that happen. Travel stitching was easier than stopping and starting again.

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

I debated doing the continuous curves in the large hourglass blocks, too, but in the end I decided to go with some back and forth lines. I actually really like how the blue thread shows up on the grey print. I need to remember that I love the look of contrasting thread and maybe plan a quilt where the thread will be the star one of these days.

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

I used Aurifil 2420 to quilt doubled loops in the pink background. This design is super quick to stitch and I find it really relaxing. It gives the quilt texture and keeps it soft.

I didn't have quite enough of the Blossom in navy for the backing, so I added a strip using two of the Golden Aster prints to make it wide enough. The Aurifil 2785 blends in perfectly on the back, but you can still see the texture of the quilting, and the 2420 shows up nicely on the navy.

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

I chose the diamond print for the binding and I love how it frames the quilt. I love my labels from Finer Ribbon, too, especially now that I've started attaching them in the corner. I don't always get the words perfectly centered in the corner, though, as you can see. At least you can still read it!

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

My plan had been to release the pattern for Windows today, too, but that's not happening. This back-to-work season has really affected my productivity. You'd think that after doing this for years I could remember how much I can get done in the average week's worth of evenings and weekends and then start projects accordingly. Apparently, though, being off for almost 6 months, with the freedom to work on projects whenever I wanted, totally erased all memory of how hard it is to get stuff done while also working. No worries, though. The pattern is started and now that I'm not spending my evenings quilting, I should be able to have it ready soon. If you want to be sure to know when the pattern is available, sign up for The Bulletin so you'll get notification as soon as it's available. I'll update this post when it's available, too.

Windows quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

I'm linking up with TGIFF, NTT, Can I Get a Whoop WhoopBeauties Pageant and Free Motion Mavericks.

12 comments:

  1. I really like how the different size HSTs and changing from HSTs to drunkard's path blocks creates movement. Congratulations on turning a design into reality!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is a very pretty finish, Leanne! I admire you for working, taking care of your family, and squeezing in quilting time. Us domestic machine quilters know how much longer it takes to quilt a quilt than it does for longarm quilters. I hope your back-to-school transition period is behind you, and you're in your groove now. Life certainly hasn't gotten any easier; we're all waiting for that to happen.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a pretty quilt, Leanne, with its soft pinks and blues. I do enjoy curved piecing and you're right - it's not that difficult but looks like it is!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your colors are smashing. I really like pink and grey and pink and navy ... they are color combinations that remind me of a dress my mom had that I absolutely loved. I like the motion of this quilt. Your quilting really accents the design. Great job all around!

    ReplyDelete
  5. LOVE your quilt, great design and great fabric choices.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Very beautiful pattern, Leanne. The pink background gives a calm, soft look.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The window fabrics play with each other very well and are lovely paired with the pink background. And, I'm glad you had enough fabric! Thank you for linking up to TGIFF!

    ReplyDelete
  8. The pink background fabric makes it a super sweet quilt! Yes, I love unusually shaped windows. We have one next to our front door. I like the idea of windows in the quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a great job on a fun quilt. Am I wrong, but pink seems unexpected for you. So much fun to see one of the 30 day designs done up!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Leeanne, what a wonderful quilt. It is so full of movement. If you feel up to it, please link up to Free Motion Mavericks - Muv is hosting this week. We'd love to have you join the party!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the pink background here so refreshing! I saw this on Instagram and got your post in my email and read it and went to comment but I can’t in Safari ugh. Finally I’m on Google so I can! I love seeing the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge quilts come alive! Love the quilting as always.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love the colors and the combination of diamonds and circles. A great quilt to dip someone’s toes into curved piecing without the commitment of a ton of curves.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to leave me a message. I love hearing from you.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...