Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Halfway to "Fall Out" WIP

I've been working on a quilt that I call "Fall Out."  I started with a charm pack of 2wenty Thr3e by Moda and my trusty graph paper. I knew I wanted to do some full charms and some HSTs. Initially I had intended to put the full charms on the bottom and the HSTs on the top but on a whim I flipped the graph paper upside down and decided I like that much better.
See how it looks like the solid patchwork top is disintegrating into random HSTs? I like it. It said 'modern' to me. I added wide solid border of grey, green, yellow, and orange, purposely avoided pink because I didn't want the finished quilt to look too feminine.

I was lucky enough to find yardage of one of the prints from this line in the clearance section at my LQS, Quiltique, and snatched that up for the backing.

I tried something different for sandwiching this time.  Sandwiching a quilt is my least favorite part. And since my daughter is away at college and not available to crawl around on her hands and knees with me smoothing and spraying, I decided to come up with a new technique.

This quilt is about the same width as my cutting table. So using an iron and my quilting 505 spray, I did a section at a time. First basting the backing to the batting, then the quilt top to the batting.
It was much easier than crawling all over the floor trying to manage it myself.  I think I will use this method for all my smaller quilts.

 I decided to mark the center section with a orange leaf pattern which I hope will compliment the HSTs.

I started out using my walking foot until this happened.  See that tiny screw on the fabric next to the walking arm?  Well, it fell out and won't go back in. So my walking foot isn't so much walking right now. But I pressed on with regular feet and my free motion darning foot.

 I'm finished with the orange peels and doing some free motion echoing in the spaces between them.
Here's the binding, all ready to go. That's the other wild whim I had about this quilt. I'm going to match the binding for each of the borders. Luckily I offset them so that doesn't mean binding seams at corners. But it will still be interesting to see if I can pull it off. Stay tuned for the result!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope all your WIPs are going well.

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  1. Your quilt is coming together so nicely! I love the binding colors!

    1. Thank you! This quilt is for a couple, some good friends of mine. So I tried to chose border/binding colors that were a bit more on the masculine side.

  2. The green accents are so unexpected, but I really like it!

  3. Great idea for your quilt! I really want to try matching the binding on one of my quilts, but I have yet to find the right quilt. Look forward to seeing how it works out on yours.

    1. You and me both!! I did get a tip from my friend Vicki at OrchidOwl quilts. She said don't sew the different colors together until you are almost up to where the seam (color change) is. Maybe I'll try to document the process when I do it and make it into a tutorial of sorts. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. beautiful quilt! I love the falling illusion, and I can't wait to see it finished! I have only coordinated binding on one quilt, my Shattered Rainbow quilt. It took a little bit of planning, but I love the result.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    1. Thanks Kelly! I've finished the center quilting and just today bought the matching thread for the four borders (ugh! the price of good thread!). Any tips for the matching binding thing?


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