Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cosmic Split - Blogger's Quilt Festival entry for Home Machine Quilted category

Hi and welcome to all visitors from the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.

Free motion quilting is an absolute passion of mine, so of course was going to be the category of choice with my quilt Cosmic Split.

I wanted to play with 3 ideas with this quilt. The first was to quilt on metallic fabric. That led me on quite a voyage of discovery trying about 6 different fabrics, not always with great results. You can read about my adventure in my post Gold Fever, which I certainly had at the end of the process! I eventually settled on gold spandex.

My second idea was to see if I could sew some of my motifs in continuous circles. I spend hours doodling to come up with new patterns and when I'm stitching, I like to explore the potential of each motif by changing density, direction, curve/straight etc.

Here are some more close-ups.

Once I had the 'cosmos' finished it was time for the 'split'. Slicing that piece into two was quite a nerve wracking process as I described on my post:

'The name contains a 'Split', a split is required. Changing my mind is not an option. A few deep breaths, a bit of contemplation, a cup of tea, a meander down the garden, a few sketches, a trial on one of the 'failed' gold samples, another cup of tea, a walk along the country lanes,  quite a lot of worry, yet more tea, more deep breaths - a flash of the rotary cutter and for better or worse it is done.'

My third idea was to add texture to the background by ruching the fabric before FMQing - which you can't see too clearly in the photo, but it makes quite a difference in real life.

I like to mix my motifs to give a varied texture. Have to say that quilting black on black is quite a challenge for the eyes!

Here is the finished piece again. Do go along to see all the other entries in the Home Machine Quilted category and vote for your favourite.

To see my other entry into the festival in the Scrappy Quilt category, click on  Going to Pieces .

I hope you go and join in the fun.

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence

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  1. This is absolutely stunning! I just love your work!

  2. Wow, your quilting is exquisite!! Very impressive..

  3. Amazing! It looks like intricate patterned gold metal.

  4. wonderful work pretty often I look at your blog I'm a great admirer of the works.

  5. Wow, Hilary! This is so innovative and GOLD!! Love, love, love the design, the quilting, the SHINY. :)

  6. Oh, you did that WONDERFUL shiny, curvy, 2 color piece. The curve is bold and just right. And the intricate quilting gives the gold part a byzantine look.

  7. The gold just sparkles! Good choice on the quilting. lots of texture and movement. I have never quilted Black on Black. I'll take your word for it.

  8. Just splendid! I'm so glad you kept going!

  9. Stunning Quilt! Just Beautiful!

  10. This is great. Your quilting in the circles is great. I'm currently on a metallics kick myself. I haven't tried spandex, maybe I'll have to grab some.

  11. Oh my! This is an amazing quilt. The textures just make me want to touch it!

  12. I love the "split"! And, your quilting is amazing.

  13. this is amazing!

  14. Intriguing design and impressive quilting!

  15. This is such a fun quilt! I love the different scales of the quilting patterns and the texture on the black against the shimmery gold.