Monday, February 21, 2011

Bliss {is a finished quilt}

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This quilt contains a few firsts for me... including working with a layer cake {Moda Bliss} and making a quilt with lots of red in it.  I don't know what my aversion to red has been but I'm over it now because I.Love.This.Quilt.


The simple half square triangles {HST's}were arranged according to color make the zig zags.  I have avoided working with HST's but my fear of them was for no reason because it was a breeze putting this quilt together.


I have a thing about quilts having some sort of balance to them and I found my balance here by using rounded corners.  Don't you just love them? 


I used a variegated pink thread and quilted the red/pink rows with two double lines and the blue/green rows with single lines that follow the zig zag pattern.  I lengthened my stitch length and I really like the defined stitches I got by doing that.


It's backed with a vintage sheet that is so soft and complements the feel of the quilt nicely.  I love free motion quilting and its results but sometimes I forget how nice it is to read under a quilt that hasn't been quilted as heavily because it drapes so nicely.

Despite Steve's surprise, this quilt is going to live with me.  I suppose I could sell it but I just shipped my Swell quilt off to its new home and it is always a little sad to part ways with a quilt-baby.  But now I have another red and aqua quilt that makes me smile... 

35 comments:

quiltzyx said...

The quilt is so cute! Just enough red & the curved corners are wonderful. :^)

Leila said...

Such a sweet quilt! I want to do rounded corners now :-)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

I love this quilt, the zig zags work really well!! I really want to try some hsts now! The rounded corners are lovely too. I love the Bliss fabric and am always amazed how different quilts made from the same fabric can look, I finished a Bliss quilt recently and it looks completely different! It's here if you want to take a look: http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/01/bliss-charm-quilt-finished-at-last.html

Rebecca Johnson said...

Ahh looks great Jen, Love the rounded corners.. bit scary for me! xx

Katie said...

Eeeekk! That's so cute! In all the quilts I've made I've never even thought to do rounded corners. I must add that to my list!

Beginning Quilting said...

Rounded corner quilts are my favorite! I love the color combination of the fabrics with your quilt. I love your choice of fabrics in this project. Red and pink absolutely looked amazing on your quilt. Keep up the good work! :)

Elizabeth D. said...

Oh my, this quilt is so pretty!! I love the zigzags, so gorgeous, and the quilting complements this design perfectly. :)

BaileyGirl5 said...

Loving this quilt! Red is such a great color. Is there any trick to binding rounded corners? They look awesome and add a little extra specialness to the quilt.

Anonymous said...

I love this quilt! I have a question about the backing sheet. Was it prewashed? If so, how did you handle the shrinkage of the top vs no shrinkage of the backing? I have thought of using old sheets for backing but wondered how it would turn out with the pieced top not being prewashed.
Susan

randi said...

so so pretty! i never liked red either until recently. now i use it constantly. i love the "pop" it adds to things!

Terriaw said...

Wow, this quilt is fantastic! I love the zig-zag pattern for these prints, and I love the quilting you did. Cool rounded corners too! Good for you for keeping this beauty cuz it's fab!

Rachel Hauser said...

I do love the rounded corners! I'm planning on rounding the corners on my 6th Times a Charm quilt. Nice quilting too!

Tammy Vasser said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

Lauren P said...

I love your quilting! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Delightful! Are you going to do a tutorial now so that we can make it? I need one.....especially with rounded corners....:)

Dot said...

Oh, my--that's just gorgeous! What a great job...

Jenniffier said...

I too like the look of the rounded corners. The quilting looks great too.

Jessica said...

I, too, just finished a quilt top using bliss, and triangles, too, although with white. Love the curved corners. I haven't tried that yet, but just might have to.

Madame Samm said...

what can i say..BLISSFULL of delight, color and ohhhhh sew much love..you can feel it

Live a Colorful Life said...

I really like the rounded corners in combination with all the angles of the triangles! I have some Bliss and need to sit down and make something out of it--your quilt is beautiful!

Amy said...

It's a beautiful quilt!

Jen said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Poppyprint said...

So pretty - I'm digging zigzag quilts and you're right, the rounded corners are perfect for it!

Brooke said...

An aversion to red? That's like an aversion to chocolate, or fresh flowers, or the smell of rain! :) I thought a passion for red was universal.

If anything can make you fall in love with red, it is aqua! :-)

I have a Bliss jelly roll waiting for me on my shelf, and I can hardly wait to cut in. I love this line so much!!

I think your quilt is precious. I've never done rounded corners before, and it is on my "must try" short list! I think it is the perfect finish to your great quilt!

Carla said...

Zigzag quilts are some of my favorites....and red/aqua, I love! No wonder you are keeping this baby!! Very pretty, Jennifer!

Caroline@ToffleCraft said...

Beautiful. How did you find doing the rounded corners? I'm nervous of them, as I don't know how to do them. Very pretty and I hope you enjoy having it draped over you at home.

Cheryl Arkison said...

What a lovely finish.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So cute. Love the quilting and love the rounded edges.

Kelly said...

wonderful finish, all the special touches really make this a stand out quilt. Nice job!

SewSara said...

oh i love it! and the rounded corners are awesome. i recently finished a quilt SO similar to this and called it zig zag bliss as well (all bliss fabric).
(i came over from my friend's blog - quiltstory)

CJ said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the zig zag and the rounded corners!

amandajean said...

what a fantastic quilt, Jennifer! I love the rounded corners. it gives the quilt such a different look. love the bliss. ah, so pretty. good for you for keeping this one! oh, and i couldn't agree more...sometimes a "loosely" quilted quilt is a good thing. so much softer!

ScissorsandThread said...

ohh this is yummy - I love Bliss and the triangle look great with that quilting.

audreypawdrey said...

This is so pretty! I love Bliss, and I have a jelly roll that is just waiting to be cut up. The rounded corners are great.

keepsmeoutofmischief said...

I'd never made a quilt before this week but I completely agree with you - Bliss is a finished quilt!

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