I am so excited to be able to finally share this quilt and new pattern with you! My newest pattern — and first pattern of 2016 — is called Oomph.
This quilt is the perfect example of starting with one design and somewhere along the way everything shifts, resulting in a totally different design. Which is good, because this is so much better than the original!
When I first started piecing the test quilt I wasn’t excited about my color choices. Even when the top was done I was like…bleh. But then I worked some quilting magic and that’s when I fell in love with it. Here’s some close-up pics of the quilting:
Thanks to Judy @ Quilt Paradigm, I was finally brave enough to tackle some curvy crosshatch quilting. I used a curved ruler I already owned and dove in. The crosshatch isn’t perfect, but I love the movement it adds to this graphic quilt top. Here’s a picture of the whole block:
See how wonderful it works against those straight lines? The lines in the red sections were meant to be off-center to give more interest to those pieces. I am so happy with how it looks.
The next sections I quilted were the grey triangles. Look at that variegated thread!
I didn’t plan on using a variegated thread, but I had this one in my cabinet and it matches perfectly. It is red/black from Superior Threads — So Fine 40 #731 — and it was a pleasure to work with. I love the way there is just enough red to tie in with the red fabric. It looks like I planned the whole thing…. 🙂 That dense back & forth quilting really allows the outside pieces to pop. I used two layers of Warm and Natural batting to give the quilt some extra loft but it didn’t work as I expected. I would have been better off using a poly/cotton blend I think. But, lesson learned!
Now for more eye candy. I’m so proud of these points:
And I’m not cheating here – they are this good all over the entire quilt! (Bragging, just a little…)
These tennis courts were covered in a foot of snow just a few days ago. Today I ran around without a coat!
This pattern uses HST’s, Flying Geese, and Square-in-a-Square blocks. It would be a great pattern to use as a skill builder which makes it perfect for a beginner quilter, and good practice for those more experienced. There are lots of graphics included to illustrate each step.
Instructions and fabric requirements for 5 sizes – from Baby to King — are included. The baby quilt is shown here and I am working on a lap size version (think blue and mustard!!) right now. Instructions and fabric requirements are written to use three fabrics, but it could easily accomodate a fourth fabric in the SIAS blocks. I think it’s a very versatile pattern and I am so pleased with it.