Monday, February 29, 2016

The Quilt with no Corners

Around QuiltCon, I'm always inspired to create quilts that are strikingly modern. Today I finished one such quilt.

My idea of a modern quilt is a quilt that challenges the basic 'rules' of traditional quilting. I feel, it is all about making a quilt with (or without) your own rules!

I have seen people experiment with layouts, material, technique, colors, quilting designs and a whole lot of things.

Last week I decided to experiment with the shape of the quilt.

The shape in itself was inspired by a Guitar 'pick' (plectrum). This is the first time I have made a quilt with the intention of entering into a quilt show. I decided to be very meticulous with this one. Those who know me well were really worried for a while looking at my approach while making the quilt. My intern actually asked me if I was okay!

I started by sketching out the tentative layout (which I ended up not following) and playing with color options. This phase involved a lot of pulling-my-fabric-out-of-the-boxes-and-not-putting-it-back-in-place! But I had 4 options worked out (along with coordinating fabrics for each option) on my table before I finalized one.

I then made a mock-up of the fabric layout on my design wall before I actually stitched anything together. 

The piecing came along quite fast and within a day, my quilt was quilted 1" apart using my Walking foot. I used a light grey Aurifil thread in 50 wt to quilt it. I then quilted it at 0.5" adding some more greys, some red and blue threads to the lot. I also added a single line of some metallic silver thread that I had on hand. I continued quilting it closer (0.25") increasing the number of times I, randomly, used other colors.  It was so much fun to see it come together.

Then it was time to trim it down to the desired size and shape. I cut out the shape on some non-fusible grid (Pellon) and then used that as a pattern to actually cut the quilt. I was ALWAYS scared that I am going to mess it up. 

Thankfully nothing untoward happened and my quilt was ready for a photo session!

I decided to 'face' the quilt using a bias strip rather than bind it. It makes it look more like a guitar 'pick'

I even did a little photo session with my quilt outside my studio.

I love how it makes my studio look modern instantly!!!

 Quilt Stats
Name : #thequiltwithnocorners

Size : About 46" x 52"

Material used : Linen from stash, Assorted prints in grey and black and white, red and blue grunge fabric.
Aurifil 50 wt threads in assorted colors - greys, red and blue

Technique used : Piecing, straight line quilting, bias strip 'facing'

Experience : I am so satisfied with this quilt. It turned out much better than what I had envisioned it. I am glad that I went with my gut about thinking out of the box with this one!

Do you like my #quiltwithnocorners?


  1. love this idea - next time, when you do your improv, curve each piece and then the quilt will have no corners inside and out!

  2. Your last shot is perfect. Great quilt.


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