Saturday, September 24, 2016

Whirl & Twirl Quilt: BQF Mini Quilt

Yesterday, I posted about the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side. Bloggers can enter a total of two quilts in the festival and there are several different categories from which to choose. For my second entry, I'm entering my Whirl & Twirl Quilt in the Mini Quilt division.
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I designed this quilt for the Pat Bravo Minis Blog Tour this spring. It featured fabrics from Pat's latest collections, Dare and Essentials II. We were given a selection of fat 1/8's to work with.
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I have been exploring blocks that create a secondary design for the last few blog hops I've participated in, and this quilt showcases one of those designs. When multiple blocks of this 3" x 3" design are set together, it creates the whirling and twirling design in the finished quilt. I shared a tutorial for this block here.
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The blue pinwheels in the final design reminds me of the many windmills that have dotted the western Kansas landscape for 100+ years, while the pink blades reminds me of the wind turbines that have graced that same landscape in more recent years. I love this photo with the wind turbines in the background and the shadows that highlight the quilting.
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For the backing of this quilt, I pieced together some of the extra fat 1/8's that I didn't use in the design.
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Be sure to stop by the Blogger's Quilt Festival to see all the quilty inspiration shared there, and vote for your favorites (voting starts next week)!

Thanks for letting me share this quilt again and for stopping by to visit!

~Sharla
http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2016/09/whirl-twirl-quilt-bqf-mini-quilt.html

6 comments:

  1. I really like the broken sashing that forms in the secondary design and how your quilting makes it pop. I'm glad the festival timing works out for you while you are with your mom and aunt.

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  2. Gorgeous and clever design! I tend to be constrained by the block when I design so thanks for this inspiration!

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  3. Gorgeous and clever design! I tend to be constrained by the block when I design so thanks for this inspiration!

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  4. This is such a cool quilt! Almost traditional but then modern. I love how the quilting makes the red lines pop!

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  5. Great design, and I love the way you quilted it.

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  6. I really like this, it has such movement and the quilting enhances it perfectly.

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