December 08, 2022

TGIFF - Burst Mini

Welcome to this week's edition of Thank Goodness It's Finally Finished! I'm sharing my Burst mini quilt, which was one of my finishes from the WIPS-B-GONE challenge 😊
Burst mini quilt with dense free motion quilting |
The Burst pattern includes this mini size, plus two more sizes. You can get the pattern in my shop as a PDF or a printed pattern. 

I find it really hard to get a good picture of quilts with yellow in them. Most of the time the yellow ends up looking more neon than it is in real life. For these pictures, I changed the white balance setting on my phone camera, which helped a lot.
Burst mini quilt with dense free motion quilting |
I thought I made the top of the Burst mini quilt in 2018, but when I actually looked back at my posts it turns out I made it in 2020. I even quilted the yellow and orange sections and part of the blue. Then I must have set it aside for some other project that had a deadline and that's how it stayed for 2 years.

The yellows and oranges are all scraps. The navy background is a Confetti Cotton solid from Riley Blake, which was also leftover from something, though I can't remember what.
Burst mini quilt with dense free motion quilting |
I made the first few blocks while teaching a Paper Piecing with Freezer Paper workshop. I love teaching that workshop and introducing more quilters to the wonder of paper piecing without ripping out bits of paper at the end! 

I quilted the yellow and orange Burst sections with Aurifil 1135 (I think that's the one that matches, anyway!). The back and forth lines and curves were finished quickly and it seemed like this would be a quick finish.
Free motion quilting detail |
Then I started quilting the background with this dense flow quilting using Aurifil 2785, which slowed the process down considerably! And then something came along that meant I had to set this aside for a while and the while became two years.
Burst mini quilt |
During this year's WIPS-B-GONE challenge, I pulled this out as one of the projects I really wanted to finish. I had a big deadline quilt that had to be finished during the challenge, but I still wanted to be working on old WIPS, too, so I quilted 20 minutes or so on this each day before moving on to quilting the deadline quilt. It meant switching thread every day, but I found I didn't mind all that much. I also found it helped if, when I finished quilting for the day, I switched back to the blue thread for this one. That meant I could just jump right in to working on this, making it more likely I wouldn't decide to skip it.

Even with only 20 minutes or so a day, I was surprised at how quickly I finished the flow quilting. Of course, it helps that this is a mini and not a large quilt!
Burst mini quilt |
I still had some of the Confetti Cotton navy in my stash, so I used that for the binding, too.

It feels great to have this finished! I still have a bunch of WIPS, though, so I plan to host WIPS-B-GONE again in 2023. If you want to be sure you don't miss the challenge announcement next year, you can sign up for The Bulletin and the announcement will come straight to your inbox.

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  1. Leanne, what beautiful quilting!!! What a great WIP finish!!!

  2. It's stunning, Leanne! Congratulations on the beautiful finish. I spy lovely hanging pockets; will this be up in your new sewing room?

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sets a project aside for, oh a couple (or more) years! Beautiful finish.

  4. I loved this quilt when I first saw and the quilting is perfect! I really think it brings it to life and so lovely to have it done!


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