Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quilting Along with Leah Day - Week 41

Front Side of Wrapped Gifts aka
Invasion of the Pods.
The yet to be quilted section is on reserve
for a future assignment.
"Invasion of the Pods" is the catchy title that Leah Day gave to this week's assignment. The mission, should I choose to accept it, is to quickly knock off  the quilting necessary to turn a WIP or UFO into a gift for some lucky person this holiday a season. I might have chosen "Gift Wrapped with Love" as the title. In fact that is just what this free form pattern has you do. First you create the "gift" and then you wrap it with love by surrounding the gift pattern with echo quilting. You can give the same gift multiple times on a quilt or custom select a different gift for each section.



Detail of Snake Paisley including the gift wrapping echo.
My first step was to create a practice quilt. I wanted something large enough to practice on and I like to have a few seams, just for the challenge of crossing over them. I also like to select multiple fabrics, since most quilts are not have the same hue and with a varied value. I went to my stash and chose five compatible fabrics from my violet/fuchsia stack. I cut each of the five into 12.5" wide sections by the height of the fabric. Sometimes this was 14" and at other times it was closer to 20". I alternated the violets with the fuchsias, seaming them along the 12.5" side until I had a length of fabric approximately 90" long. I cut this in thirds and this time seamed the resulting three segments along the 30" length. Viola! Instant quilt.  I think this method would be a great way to use fat quarter packets. One of the advantages of various lengths of fabric is that the "blocks" are randomly staggered.
Detail of Flowing Leaves

Now it was time to select the "gifts" or free motion quilting pattern that would be at the center of each segment. I turned where I often do for inspiration, to Leah Day's 365 Quilting Patterns and looked through her pivoting patterns. I thought I should wrap four gifts in order to both practice the wrapping and how to move from one quadrant or section of the quilt to next. I choose Snake PaisleyFlowing Leaves (one of my all time favorites that I have used in numerous quilts) Pebbled Paisley and Dandelion Puff.The first gift I created was Snake Paisley. I had no problem with free motion quilting the design. Nor did I have an issue with echoing the outer perimeter of the clump of paisleys. However, I did struggle with what to do about echoing the sections near the outer corner and along the edge of the quilt, because echoes assume an even border, but this was substantially wider. I "faked" it. If I were to use this method on an actual quilt, I would either want to make sure my paisleys did a better job filling a segment evenly or work out a better method of echoing large, open sections.



This is where the four gifts come together.

An even closer view of the juncture of the four gifts.



The rest of the gifts/segments basically went without a hitch. So, perhaps I learned sufficiently from the first segment to adapt the final three. As for using this method of quilting to rapidly quilt a UFO or WIP, I think not. Other than stippling, which I could have chosen, any free motion quilting pattern takes time and so does echoing to do well. However, if you have time, this could be a lot of fun, especially if you theme the various gifts to go along with the quilt's theme - say leaves and flowers for a garden path quilt.

Backside of Wrapped Gifts

12 comments:

  1. Very nicely done. Enjoyed 'hearing' your thought processes, too. You are very creative lady!!!!! Hugs, D

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    1. Thank you, Doreen. I suppose I view my role as a critic - not to be critical, but to critique. There is a subtle, but distinct difference. So how I approach an assignment, the choices I make and of course the successes and struggles all feature in my blog.

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  2. Lol Gwyned - You're definitely right that it might not be as fast as I thought, though it is a great way to play with many designs without having to worry about them all blending together on the quilt surface. I think I like your name for Pods a bit better. I like the idea of wrapping a design up as a gift!

    Cheers,

    Leah

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    1. Wow, Leah, I'm touched. You clearly read all the way to the end of my piece. Feel free to use my name for this method. After all you have given so much to me with your designs and tutelage. This is something I can give freely to you.

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  3. Gorgeous work Gwyned. I love your quilting designs and enjoy learning how you tackle each design. I find your blog very inspiring!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. It's comments like yours that inspire me to continue to post about my experience with Leah's designs and occasionally share what I am doing when I am doing my own thing.

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  4. Gwyned, this is so pretty. You put a lot of thought and effort into the assignment. Great result!

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    1. Thank you, Marie. What can I say? I've been an overachiever (it has it benefits and its issues) for many years now.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! And I love the idea of using whole fat quarters to piece a quilt top quickly! It's something I have been throwing around in my head myself! Beautiful beautiful quilting!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked my idea to whip up a quilt with fat quarters. Of course there are many patterns to do just that, but they are usually a little more complex than strip piecing the quarters.

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    2. My practice piece worked out 29" W x 36" tall. However, with a little math, you could easily come up with any size quilt that you want. This could work for a crib, twin or even king sized quilt.

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