Friday, January 15, 2016

Uppsala Stars Goes Modern Is Quilted




 Uppsala Stars Goes Modern
in Mochi by Cotton+Steel 
from RJR Fabrics



This sweet little quilt is a modern version of Uppsala Stars that I published last month seen here. The pattern is available as a pdf download from Craftsy, and available by linking through my sidebar. 


I wanted to show a completely different style of quilt made with the same pattern. While the red and white was all custom quilting with ruler work on my HQ Avante, I wanted an all over design on this more modern one.


This bright quilt was brought to the studio by a friend of mine, and she was looking for an edge-to-edge design. She left it up to me. I had never done a pantograph, or 'panto' as many longarmers call them, and knew it was a perfect design for her quilt. Something loose that would allow the quilt to be used daily, be warm, and hold up well to washing. 


I was so pleased with the pattern, I was pinning in mine while she picked up hers!

Keeping with the modern theme, I pieced the back using Quilter's Linen by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, along with with some scraps from the Cotton+Steel. 

I think this is a good example to show for anyone taking a pieced backing to a longarmer. Your longarmer usually asks for 4"-5" of extra yardage on each side of your quilt to allow for the amount that gets pulled toward the center as it is quilted. You don't want your pieced portion to get lost toward the edge, and cut off at the end. Keep the piecing toward the middle, or even centered, to make sure it's not out in No Man's Land as the insurance portion. *Sadly spoken from an experienced quilter when I first started.



I am anxiously anticipating a weekend finish, and looking forward to binding it tomorrow!


Don't you love these spring colors?

I showed you here how I was playing with painting dye onto fabrics. I didn't have thickener yet, so I just rolled the muslin up in newspaper to keep it damp. I can see some fresh colored scaves in my near future! The ombre effect needs some practice, but I'm smitten.

I hope your weekend plans include your favorite sewing friends, or maybe just some alone time to reconnect with your favorite fabrics. Mine does. See you on Instagram to share our projects tomorrow!

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

12 comments:

  1. I like that modern colorway you used for Uppsala - so versatile. And that's a great panto. I'm going to have to figure out how to use one with my DSM.

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  2. I love your Uppsala Stars quilts in both color versions! I have that pattern on my list to try.

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  3. Sadly, my long arm quilting isn't up to yours. I just can't do panto, there is just something in my artist DNA that won't let me. I keep doing lots of different patterns to get my practice in. I think it is getting better. I had the new longarm since late October and the used one from last March. I really need a class but can't find any around me.
    Nice quilt work! and great colors!

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  4. OH Oh Oh, your pattern looks so different in the new colorway, and I love it. What a great use of 16 patches - haven't seen that type of star before.

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  5. My weekend does contain some sewing with friends, just like yours. I love your amber dyeing and Uppsala Stars looks great in the modern version.

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  6. I prefer the purple Uppsala Starts Quilt. Such a beautiful colors!! Love the spring colors and your quilting too.

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  7. It's always fun to see the same pattern done in a different style. Love the modern version of Uppsala Stars. The quilting is beautiful too.

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  8. I am glad that you showed a different version of Uppsala. I do that too with my patterns because I believe it helps a quilter imagine the pattern with their fabrics rather than with just mine. Love, love, love this new version! And the allover was a good choice. Beautiful!

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  9. Oh man...that quilting is amazing. I've never tried a panto. Well, I don't even have a longarm, but I have friends who do, and I know IF I ever try a panto, it wouldn't look this smooth!

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  10. Your quilting with the pantograph looks amazing. Very very fluid movements. I fear if I tried following one, it would be a hot mess. I believe I just swooned at those beautiful fabrics. They will make a great scarf for sure. I'm enjoying your adventures with fabric dyeing.

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  11. Hello Julie,

    I love the combination of lime green and fuchsia pink - it makes the whole colour scheme come alive!

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks.

    Love, Muv

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  12. Beautiful colours for Uppsala Stars Goes Modern

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