Half Squares Quilt
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Happy Wednesday! Today I have a fun quilt to share with you. I made this quilt way back in April, as one of two throw sized quilts for my Geometric Bliss display at Quilt Market. This is one of my favorite projects made with the collection, and I am happy to finally share it!
Here she is in all her glory! This is the Half Squares Quilt. It's a mixture of Geometric Bliss prints and coordinating Pure Element solids. The construction is simple, but I think all the bright colors and movement make it interesting.
This was the first time I quilted free form swirls on such a large project. It took a while, but I am so pleased with the result. I actually used a light purple thread to quilt this one, which really pops in person! It's a 50wt Aurifil thread that can be found in my Favorite Things Thread Collection.
The solids I used along with the Geometric Bliss prints are: Raspberry Rose, Coral Reef, Apricot Crepe, Banana Cream, Empire Yellow, Sweet Mint, Mirage Blue, Cozumel Blue, Mauvelous, Purple Pansy, Verve Violet, and Caviar. All Pure Element solids by Art Gallery Fabrics.
I don't generally work with a lot of solids, but I really enjoyed the mixture of solids and prints in this quilt. It was mostly out of necessity, since we have a limited amount of print fabric to work with when preparing for a show. However, if I made this quilt again, I would use the same balance of solid and print. I think the solids help it from getting too busy and make the prints pop!
I backed this quilt with a vintage sheet I have been saving for years! I never had the right quilt to go with it, but it fit so well with Geometric Bliss. It's bound up in Noir Squared Element.
You can find the pattern for the Half Squares Quilt in the Winter 2015 issue of Modern Patchwork. It is on newsstands now, or can be purchased directly from their website here. There are tons of beautiful projects in this issue, so be sure to check it out!