Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wheels in the Sky quilt in the new issue of Quilty!

Good morning! I've got another fun magazine feature to share with you this morning - the latest issue of Quilty magazine features a new paper piecing pattern from yours truly, called Wheels in the Sky.

Wheels in the Sky - pattern in Mar/Apr 2014 issue of Quilty

This quilt was a labor of love, designed around Jeni Baker's Nordika collection. I was really attracted to Nordika when I first saw it at Quilt Market last spring, but I wasn't sure how I'd use it. It was one of those collections that I felt like needed just the right pattern to show it off. I decided to challenge myself to experiment with the Flowerfall in Jade print as a background fabric. I loved the organic lines in the print, but I had a feeling that with paper piecing that it might get a little too busy, so I alternated a simple Pure Elements Snow white with the Flowerfall print, and I love the effect that it brings to the finished quilt.

Wheels in the Sky - alt view

I kept the quilting fairly simple, doing a large orange peel repeating design throughout, really letting the piecing be the star of the finished quilt. I used my trusty orange cone of white (#2024) 50 wt Aurifil, my old standby that works for everything when I'm too lazy to change out my spool :)

Wheels in the Sky - FMQ Detail

Quilt Stats
name: Wheels in the Sky
size: 48" square
fabrics: Nordika by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics and coordinating Art Gallery Pure Elements solids
pattern: Wheels in the Sky by yours truly in the March/April 2014 edition of Quilty
quilting: Orange peels in white 50 wt Aurifil thread

Wheels in the Sky - Mar/Apr issue of Quilty
photo from Quilty magazine, March/April 2014 issue

If you love this quilt exactly the way I made it, you can pick up a kit with all the fabrics you'll need for the quilt top at Fons & Porter. Also over at Fons & Porter, you can check out a nifty video they made about how to foundation paper piece this block!

You can still find Nordika in stock at:
Intrepid Thread
Stash Fabrics
Hawthorne Threads

8 comments:

  1. So beautiful. I just discovered your blog. This is still way out of my league. I've only started last week to do some patch working (placemats) and I still have to quilt them. But I hope one day I can make nice big projects like you do. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Greetings
    Patricia x
    pats-ditjes-en-datjes.blogspot.be

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  2. I was immediately drawn to this pattern when I got my issue of Quilty (subscriber). A bit nervous to try it as I have yet to do paper piecing but it is so stunning. <3

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  3. Congratulations! It's beautiful! Fantastic work as usual!

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  4. Elizabeth, you are such a creative inspiration! I LOVE paper piecing, and Quilty is my all-time favourite quilt magazine. This quilt is just awesome all around.

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  5. I love the way you played with these prints! I'm definitely going to need to stitch something up with this pattern, it's so fun! Thanks again for using Nordika!

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