Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Solar Threads Quilt

I think the Blogger's Quilt Festival, a few years ago, was my first introduction to the world of quilt and fiber arts blogs.  I really enjoy looking through all of the entries each year, and discovering new blogs and people!

If you're new to my blog, welcome!

This year I also knew that I wanted to enter my "Solar Threads" quilt.  I made at as a "Project Quilting" challenge, wish upon a star.  I essentially translated my blog title into a mini quilt!  The ROYGBIV category seemed perfect for this.  I'm a rainbow-a-holic...

I've made a few "New York Beauty" quilt blocks, and found a pattern that I liked, and sewed it up (foundation paper piecing) with the some batik fabric.  I love rainbows, and wanted to reflect the way light from the sun changes into the spectrum of colors.  I also needed "thread" in the piece.
I was most excited about doing the actual quilting on this, so decided that I'd make the free motion quilting the highlighted part of it. I used some of Leah Day's free motion quilting designs and even made up a few new ones of my own.

It's one of the first time I've ever used contrasting thread to highlight the quilting instead of matching to hide it.  I must say I'm thrilled that I worked up the courage to do this.

I used an invisible binding, and purposely used an almost white backing to further highlight the quilting! This is going to be my "go-to" method of finishing these smaller art quilts for sure!! 

Be sure to check out all of the other wonderful quilts at Amy's blog!!


  1. The quilting on this one is just awesome!

  2. This would have to win the category- Quilts that Illustrate your Blog Name. Love the colours.

  3. What a super quilt! I do love the back and how it really highlights the quilting :) well done!

  4. This is really something! Love the quilting and use of different colored threads!

  5. I love the quilting. The colours just make it pop and really bring your star to life! Congratulations :)

  6. Pretty! And the quilting is great!

  7. Beautiful your quilting is gorgeous!!

  8. I love how you extended the theme using the thread choies and quilting. That was awesome!