Monday, September 14, 2015

"Urban Sunrise" - My version of ChristaQuilt's "Technicolor"

Did you know that when I moved to Las Vegas two years ago I made a fantastically serendipitous decision? Completely obliviously (is that a word?) I moved into the same neighborhood as Christa Watson, aka Christa Quilts. Really, I can walk to her house without even working up a sweat.  Unless it's summer, when I can't lift my right arm without working up a sweat and I drive to the mailbox two houses down with my AC maxed out. But I digress.

It wasn't too long before church, neighborhood, and guild functions brought us together and we've been BQFs ever since. (Best Quilting Friends)  So when Christa invited me to be a stop on a blog hop to introduce her new book, Machine Quilting With Style, I just hollered out the back door "You betcha!!"

Another fun factoid about me - I love pieced backings. Christa knows this, so she asked me to take Technicolor, the pieced backing of her Color Crystals quilt, and turn it into a quilt front.  Christa's Technicolor is made up of randomly cut and pieced solid 2.5 inch strips with bold black borders and is quilted with some awesome intersecting radial quilting.


 For my version, I started with a half yard bundle of Gelato Ombre by Elite and played with the colors a bit more to see what kind of movement and light effects I could get.

Following Christa's great directions, I cut 2.5 inch strips but instead of piecing them randomly into 60 inch strips I grouped similar colors, moving from one color into the next. When I finished piecing the center I thought it looked like rays of sunlight coming up over mountains and buildings and breaking through pink and purple clouds.  I named it "Urban Sunrise" and chose a concrete gray for the top and bottom borders.


Christa has been a great help to me in my free motion quilting education. A lot of that help is contained in this book.  Once I was finished with the quilt top, I got a crazy idea and decided to use several of Christa's fmq motifs to quilt in the mountains, clouds, and sunrise that the colors evoked.



It's hard to see on the front but on the back you can see triangle texture, pebbles, and spirals on the mountains, with switchbacks defining their edges. All these designs are taught in Christa's book in a section called Free Motion Favorites.  


I also used a simple stipple inside irregular boxes on the gray borders to give an urban, architectural look. 
My spirals are different than Christa's spirals.  While trying to conquer the FMQ spiral, I was given some good advice by another BQF, Vicki Ruebel of Orchid Owl Quilts. She told me to find my own spiral. That eventually, as I practiced, something would start to feel natural. And that is what happened. I think that is great advice for all types of FMQ. If you practice, not only will the motion feel more intuitive and less awkward but you'll find your own pebble, your own spiral, your own stipple. And then you will start to feel more confident in your quilting. 

So much of Machine Quilting With Style is about developing confidence as a quilter. Christa is a great champion of being the maker of your quilts, from start to finish. Her book has 12 great projects and tons of wonderful information about both walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. You can read my Amazon review of the book here

Something else I love to do, that makes a quilt mine - is to do a pieced binding. I did this on my Fall Out Quilt and my Set Sail Quilt. With Urban Sunrise I was able to use the ombre fabrics to echo the color progression in the quilt. That made me pretty happy. 

Be sure to visit Vicki at OrchidOwlQuilts.com today to see her version of the front of this quilt as it appears in Christa's book. And of course, Christa will have the original versions of both Color Crystals and Technicolor.  You'll find the schedule for the rest of the blog hop on Christa's blog as well. 

And be doubly sure to order the book. Machine Quilting with Style will help you with your FMQing whether you are a trepid beginner or a fine tuning expert. You can order the book from Amazon here or from Martingale Press here.  Or if you want a signed copy, you can order one directly from Christa here

Thanks for stopping by-whether from ChristaQuilts or elsewhere, I'm happy to have you visit. 
Stay Wonky my quilty friends!

55 comments:

  1. What a glorious sight to greet me this morning! Both versions are stunning. I'll check out both orchid owl and Christa quilts.

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  2. I love your quilt so much!! I'm so glad I went friend shopping last December and found you and Christa. Great post my friend.

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  3. Your choice of fabrics made this a WOW quilt, VERY clever. It's constantly amazing to me how fabric placement can make such an amazing difference. I'm totally in love and I love the idea of using the strips for a backing - I know people are all into making fancy backs right now and I admit that sometimes I find it annoying to have to come up with something fancy when I've poured so much into the front. So I have decided that if it is an art quilt, I'm not doing a fancy back, and if its a throw or bed quilt I will. This solution satisfies me because it's cute without being too time-consuming. Well done for both of you!

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous!! You knocked it out of the park, my friend!!

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  5. beautiful choices. Glad I came by to see! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. beautiful choices. Glad I came by to see! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I'm loving your version of this quilt. You gals are all so talented. Off to purchase the book now 😀

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  8. I absolutely adore your version of this quilt! They color arrangement is just gorgeous.

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  9. What a beautiful use of color. It does indeed remind me of sunrise! And your quilting--did you hear my jaw drop?!

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  10. What a beautiful use of color. It does indeed remind me of sunrise! And your quilting--did you hear my jaw drop?!

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  11. This turned out so beautifully, Ida! I really love the ombré gradient and color order, and how fun to quilt in the mountains.

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  12. Amazing color placement. So gorgeous. And your quilting, work of art. Beautiful.

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  13. It's amazing how your placement of the fabrics make it seem like the sun is shining threw. When I first saw the photo I thought it was the sun's reflection on the quilt. Love your quilting on this and those spirals look great.

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  14. Your colour placement is wonderful. So uplifting. Thanks for participating in the hop and for sharing. I look forward to a fantastic hop this next while.

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  15. Thanks for sharing. Such beautiful color.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. Such beautiful color.

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  17. Thanks for sharing. Such beautiful color.

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  18. Your quilt is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I love ombres and the way you put this together. It is beautiful! Your FMQ'ing is amazing as well.

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  20. wow this is gorgeous. you really made it pop
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  21. I. LOVE. IT!!! Great advice regarding finding your own swirl. Not that I'm up to swirls yet!

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  22. Wow! I love how you arranged the colours and the grey works so perfectly! Fabulous name too!

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  23. I love your ombre' version. I've studied your up close pictures and can't figure out what color thread you used for the fmq on the front. Is it a light blue or invisible? I'm really getting into using more solids lately and love the ombre' colors. They certainly make light bounce across a quilt.

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    1. Marilyn - you are a no reply blogger so I am not able to email you directly. The color is probably a bit more visible on the previous post, which was a sneak peek for Work In Progress Wednesday. The thread is a Superior Threads Omni (which is one of their cottons) in the color Ash. It is an exact match for the concrete gray and blends well with the ombres. I hope that helps.

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  24. I love how you used the ombre fabric in this quilt. It is gorgeous!

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  25. Your quilting looks great on this piece!

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  26. Dearest Ida! Came across your blog and OH MY!!! You are one talented chick a dee!!! I love your sense of humor and your quilting is over the top amazing! You have inspired me to pull up my big girl panties and practice my FMQ (which I currently don't do at all)!!!! And, you will never guess the name of a lady that teaches FMQ at my local quilt store.......Ida!!!!! Looking forward to following your blog!

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    1. Hi Cathy! I am so glad you are inspired to try out some FMQ. So I've met a few Ida's before, but they are normally at least 30 years older than I am. And of course, everybody has a great aunt named Ida. Dare I ask how old your FMQ instructor friend is?

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  27. Wow, that's a lovely quilt! The quilting is amazing too. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind message. We seem to be working with the same colours too.

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  28. OH ~ this is even better than your sneak peek led me to believe. Love your fabric choice and the way you arranged them. And of course, your quilting is top notch! Beautifully done :-)

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  29. Your quilt actually took my breath away . It is amazing and your attention to detail captures so much in this quilt.

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  30. What patience you have to do all the intricate FM quilting.

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  31. Wow! What a beautiful quilt!! Great finish!

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  32. Beautiful. I love the colors. Great job. Thanks for sharing this!

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  33. My spirals are different than Christa's spirals. While trying to conquer the FMQ spiral, I was given some good advice by another BQF, Vicki Ruebel of Orchid Owl Quilts. She told me to find my own spiral. That eventually, as I practiced, something would start to feel natural. And that is what happened. I think that is great advice for all types of FMQ. If you practice, not only will the motion feel more intuitive and less awkward but you'll find your own pebble, your own spiral, your own stipple. And then you will start to feel more confident in your quilting. -----so encouraging! I love your quilting of mountains it is awe inspiring.

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  34. The colours are beautiful. What an awesome job you made of the quilting.

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  35. I like the ombre binding, very cool!
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  36. Wow colors are eye catching ty for sharing ..lol like a bright rainbow......happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  37. I love your use of the ombre. I have to try something with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  38. I love your use of the ombre. I have to try something with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  39. Oh, my!... Outstanding quilt!!
    I love your choice of ombré fabrics, and your placement is awesome!!
    *Thank you!* for sharing your amazing quilt, and your process!
    (I've got to get some of that thread, and practice my spirals!)
    Pat T.

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  40. This quilt is MAGNIFICENT and the story behind it makes it that much more special! I love how you connected with another quilter (and such a talented one, at that). I can only imagine what kind of inspiration you guys will be for each other and how that will shape your respective future quilts. So glad I stumbled across this post today. :)

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  41. PS - Where did you get that button on the side that says, "I was featured on My Quilt Infatuation"? Kelly has featured a few of my quilts and I would love to be able to link back to her!

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  42. Wow, your quilt is jaw droppingly gorgeous!! Congrats.

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  43. What a gorgeous quilt! It puts me in mind of a wool Pendleton blanket. Beautiful colors, and it truly does look like a scenic sunset over the mountains.

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  44. Great advice given and shared by your friend, Vicki, about "finding your own spiral". I like that! It takes great patience and lots of practice to get a look that is "good enough" with FMQ. Yours is beautiful!

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