Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Here is the body of what I am calling my Glam Garden quilt. The fabric was donated to my local quilt guild (Triangle Modern Quilt Guild) by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. We each got a 10 Square (40 pieces of 10" from the Glam Garden Gala line) and our rules were to use only one other fabric. I am using Kona cotton in Crocus. Say that 10 times fast! The fabrics are really POW! so I wanted to do a simple quilt to highlight the pow factor. I did this wonky square in a square thing which measures about 3' x 3'. I thought I was going to leave it at that, but then this idea that I got from Karen Stone's NY Beauty book has been percolating in my head for awhile and it seemed worthwhile to add on a border like this.

I drafted it myself (yay, go me!) using sketch pad paper,which I have decided is a much cheaper option than foundation paper sold at the quilt shop, and is basically the same product. I paper pieced the spokes, made a few boo-boos, and kept on going. I used my rotary to cut those curvy lines. Here is the spires/spokes pre-cutting.

To complete this top border, I laid the curvy cut border on a piece of Crocus Kona, traced the curvy line, cut it, and then pinned the two together. Then I sewed those pesky curves. Usually, I am great at curves ala NY Beauty. But I feel a tad out of practice on this border.

Here is a pic of the border on the quilt, hanging off my ironing board, but not ironed. I like the look of it, but it was fairly labor intensive and I don't see that happening for the other 3 borders.

This quilt will live at home, since I have so few hanging around. Stay warm if you're in the cold part of the world.

6 comments:

HiFiAussies said...

Neat blog and very cool quilt - love the colors with the purple. Thanks for linking on FB so I could see whatcha got going on here! :)

CherylC said...

Always love looking at pictures of your work!

river madison said...

rachel, your work is fun & lovely :-). how cool that you have such a great passion! saw your blog link on your FB post...nice to 'see' more of your work. i've peeked at your etsy story, too :-). hugs, river

river madison said...

hee hee. etsy *store*. x r

Rachel Ellington said...

Thanks friends!!!!

Jenny said...

Did you show this at show and tell without the curvy sawtooth? Wow! I was just looking through the TriangleMQG blogs.