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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Blue Challenge

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends.  I know I've mentioned that my first goal of 2019 is to empty my scrap jars.  It will take awhile, but I'm well on my way.  My Woodwork quilt completely cleared out my grays and greens, and now it's time to move onto other colors.  This week, I pulled out some blues for a specific purpose.  A local arts group is hosting a specially curated quilt show this spring called BLUE.  The show guidelines simply state that the piece should measure exactly 24" x 24", have three stitched layers, and showcase the color blue.  You knew I had to use my scraps and improv for this, right?  Of course I did.  It's kind of my thing.

Though I had the option of adding an accent color, I decided against it.  I played with color gradient to create depth in the center of the piece, which really draws the eye in.  I think that adding another color would have taken away from the effect.  I'm calling this one Abyss, which fits it well, I think.  The spiral quilting is fun, and I swooped each end of the spiral outward to add a little extra swirly texture.

I really didn't want to frame this quilt too much with the binding, so it is pieced with light blue and white solids to carry the improv look all the way to the edge.  It really just disappears, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

It's difficult to see in the photo (though a little easier on the back side), but I actually used three different shades of Aurifil 50 wt. thread, #2783 (Medium Delft Blue), #2815 (Teal), and #2710 (Light Robin's Egg) to quilt it, going from the center of the quilt outward, from darkest to lightest thread color.

The deadline for the show isn't until April 1st, but I figured that I should go ahead and get this done before I use my blues in a bigger project.  And, it's always nice to be ahead of the curve.

So many amazing projects were shared at last week's NTT.  Check out these amazing rubies by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  I love these and I can't wait to see what they become.

Melanie at A Bit of Scrap Stuff showed off this super adorable quilt.  I love those sweet woodland prints!

And I love the simplicity of this quilt by Leanne at Devoted Quilter.

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  1. It's SEW blue-tiful!! Great way to use up some scraps.

  2. Very pretty blue quilt. I love the spiral quilting and the scrappy binding. It truly does blend-in with the quilt top. perfect!

  3. Love your blue quilt! You're right, I hadn't even noticed the binding because it blended in so well.

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  5. Love the improv! And your quilting makes it dance! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh, Into the Abyss is a beauty (great name, by the way). The quilting is perfect for it too!

  7. What a fitting name for this mini! I love how you went from dark to light blue around the edges! I am in agreement about an accent would have taken away from the 'Abyss' vibe!

  8. I absolutely love your mini. The changing direction of your swirls really adds something. And that's the perfect use for a scrappy binding. It truly does make it look like the binding is part of the top. I love it!

  9. Nice use of those pretty blues. The discreet binding was definitely a good choice. I wouldn't have thought of that.

  10. Definitely a winner of a quilt! I'm having fun playing with red scraps with your improv method. Really like how it is turning out so far.

  11. Oh, I love your blue quilt! Blue is my favorite color so I am a bit biased, but it is fabulous. Thanks for the idea as I may just try this myself (with blues, of course) one day.

  12. great job on the blue quilt...beautiful

  13. I love how the spiral quilting and chunky bits interact in the quilt!

  14. Your blue quilt is fantastic, and inspire me a lot. Thank you so much.

  15. You are so right about the binding blending in - great thinking and doing there! I love this (am a blue fan for starters!)

  16. That's a neat flare to the quilting. It's a great piece, and kudos for getting it done ahead of schedule.


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