Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Simply Sparkly Quilt Top

Simply Sparkly

This is a free quilt pattern available at Robert Kauffman Fabrics designed by Kay Koeper Sorenson. It has the vibe of a Gees Bend style housetop quilt, or that same style you see in many Nancy Crow quilts. 

Nancy Crow lives in Baltimore, Ohio, while Lunn Studios is just south of her. Some of her earlier pieces were made with their hand-dyed and surface manipulated fabrics. The fabric featured in the pattern is Pointillist Palette by Lunn Studios, coincidentally, and shows an ombré effect. One of my year's goals is to use fabric that's been aging in my studio, and free up space. This was an ombré yardage bundle I purchased from Craftsy years ago when they had the Boundless line.

The pattern was well written, but for color reasons I altered it a bit. I shortened my original squares by one strip because it was an odd color. Cutting and sewing the strips accurately is paramount, and I'd never dream of using a jelly roll for this. Sew a few strips then measure! Solids will show errors sooner than prints so keep that in mind also. 

I'm not in love with this quilt top, though I like it, but I am positively intrigued by the possibilities of the technique. The top is 71" square, and I think it would be a lot of fun to play with it on a smaller scale. 

Thinking about the quilting as I do the whole time I'm making anything, I see this as a blank canvas. Maybe wild graffiti or  something circular, but it does need something. I've hung it to allow ideas to brew, but will have it quilted by summer. It's definitely a summer quilt!

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


Anonymous said...

The colors are delightfully bright and cheery, the technique redundant yet engaging. I look forward to seeing how your quilting gives it new life. It’s the perfect pattern for the fabric you chose! XO, Karen

Nancy said...

Amazing! It definitely sparkles. That ombre fabric does some interesting tricks.

Gene Black said...

That is just fun! I love the sparkle created by the ombre fabrics.

Janice Holton said...

Ooo! Love that ombre effect. I just now discovered you were back blogging again so am going through and reading all your March posts. Missed you too! I haven't blogged since October 2020 and just starting up again too although I haven't had nearly the life challenges as you have. My sympathies for the loss of your dad.