Saturday, May 28, 2016

Prism quilt and a free motion experiment

My most recent quilt finish is one that has been waiting in my sewing room for a few years. I very rarely remake a quilt that someone else has made, but this one caught my eye and for some reason I really wanted to make it just like the sample. This is the Prism quilt by Zen Chic which uses her fabric line Prism as well. 

The piecing was all done by paper-piecing which was actually quite fun. And satisfying since all the points lined up so nicely.  But when I was done, I was totally stumped on how to quilt all that white space. My generous friend Denise agreed to let me use her long arm for this one. So I started marking out the lines I wanted to quilt on this.

 Here it is in progress on the longarm.

I did a combination of ruler work and free motion within the lines. It's in no way perfect, but as it's my first attempt at this kind of work, I'm pretty proud of the results.

I deliberately chose a variegated thread that blended with the background fabric just in case my quilting was atrocious! But that made it really hard to photograph the actual quilting.

It was really fun to work this way and of course not be shoving this through my 5" throat space on my Bernina!

I used the fun dotty print from the line for the binding.

And the back is a solid piece of fabric that I got from my LQS that matched well. I don't remember the name of it, but it has a subtle pattern on it (again, to mask the quilting if it turned out terrible!). I have since added my label.

Overall, I'm so happy with how this turned out and I hope to get to do more of this work in the future!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Prism
Fabrics: Zen Chic, Kona Cotton
Finished size: 73" by 73"
Finished: April 2016


Leila said...

Love it! Repeating those prisms in the negative space really worked well!

I did my first "fancy" quilting on a long arm a while ago and I had this weird mix of feelings: "Look at this! I did fancy quilting!" and "Don't look! My fancy quilting isn't perfect!" It's really weird to be super proud and super embarrassed about your quilting all at the same time. :)

Cynthia said...

Beautiful work!! I love the binding!

Denise in PA said...

You are such a natural! The quilt - and quilting - is awesome!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful quilting! You should be proud of this one.

Afton Warrick said...

That binding is perfect! Your choice of free-motion and ruler work designs really accentuate the piecing nicely. The picture on the frame really shows off your work nicely. The open areas make the more densely quilted areas stand out nicely. You should be proud.


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