Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunburst Quilt

A few months ago my father in law had a heart attack, and the doctors realized he needed a triple bipass.  He was in the hospital for at least 3 weeks, and while I realized the best thing I could do was to support my husband in however he could help his father, I felt helpless.  A few days before his surgery I thought of making him a quilt!  That is the best way I could show that I cared and supported him!  I quickly chose this Sunburst quilt pattern from the 2016 QuiltCon magazine because I knew it would be quick to piece, a nice lap size, and it was designed by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.  

2016 QuiltCon Magazine Cover - Featuring Sunburst by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
QuiltCon 2016 magazine, includes the pattern for the cover quilt, Sunburst!

Some quick back and forth emails with Yvonne helped me pick fabrics that would transition nicely, but required an extra 1/4y of the Lizzy House whales.  Thankfully, my friend Afton from Quilting Mod came to the rescue and let me use the FQ she had stashed away!  I'm so thankful to have some local quilting friends that let me raid their stash on occasion!  And then if that wasn't already enough help, she and Sara (@bluequailstudio) came over to help me speed-piece the quilt top:

Sara (sewing) and Afton (ironing) helping make the blocks for the Sunburst quilt.

This is how far we got in the piecing within about 4 hours, including kid-wrangling and a lunch break:

One day of progress on Sunburst!

I can't thank those ladies enough for all their help!  I finished piecing the rest of the quilt top, basted it and quilted it over the next three days.  It was pretty crazy.  Here is the finished quilt:

Sunburst quilt, measured 59"x79" pre-wash.

The background is Kona navy and I used Quilter's Dream green batting for the first time.  I used all near-matching Aurifil threads, so mostly the texture would be noticed.  I love using Aurifil in my machine because I get consistently good results with it (not to mention how pretty the thread is!), and for this rushed quilt I didn't want any surprises.

Sunburst quilting detail.

Sunburst quilting texture.

I decided to piece the back, despite my time constraints, so I could use up some of the scraps from the top and the last of the Kona Cornflower I had:

Sunburst quilt back, using scraps and Kona cornflower.

Sunburst back quilting detail.  I have a tutorial for those peacock feathers under the Tutorials tab at the top of the page!

I'm so glad I was able to make this quilt and gift it to my father in law so quickly.  His surgery and recovery went really well and he's almost back to his previous physical abilities!  And I highly recommend this quilt pattern if you're looking for something quick, easy, and eye catching!

21 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, I love how it glows - really nice gift!

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  2. I am still amazed at how quickly you were able to make, finish, and gift this quilt, Renee! I sure hope your FIL appreciates it, and it was awesome to watch Afton and Sara help you; too bad I live so far away.

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    1. P.s. Especially fitting today since I spent about an hour going over Sunburst with a lint roller and boxed it off to ship to Houston later today!

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  3. Look at that beautiful crinkle! The shots of your quilting are lovely and I enjoyed reading your story. Glad to hear that your FIL is doing so well! Does he love it?

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  4. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. What a wonderful way to pass along a virtual hug. Your quilt is lovely.

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  5. Whoo! That is dense quilting for a quick project! Gorgeous though. Your selection of fabrics works very well--love that pattern.

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  6. Beautiful! No snails? Glad to hear he's recovering well~

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  7. It's beautiful, Renee! I'm glad your father-in-law is doing so well now.

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  8. It's awesome. So glad you had friends to lend a hand so you could get it done quickly. Glad to hear your father-in-law is doing well.

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  9. Beautiful quilt and what a wonderful gift for your father in law to convey how much you love and care for him!!

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  10. Quick, easy, eye-catching and suitable for a bloke, it is the perfect gift for a father-in-law. I am glad to hear that he is on the mend.

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  11. Many hands make light work! It is a stunning quilt in all its simplicity....the piecing might have been minimal, but that quilting is amazing! I'm confident your FIL loved his quilt and it's pleasing to hear he's doing so well and can enjoy it for years to come! XO

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  12. Quilty friends are the best! How awesome that Afton and Sara were able to help you get the project completed so quickly. I'm sure your FIL loves his quilt and good to hear he is recovering well.

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  13. Beautiful quilt and best wishes to your father in law. The colors you chose are striking and the quilting is lovely. I appreciate seeing your quilt studio "in action" and messy like most of ours are! It is nice to see the real world represented instead of the dream studios that I can never aspire to. πŸ˜‰

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  14. I can't believe how fast you finished this quilt, even with the help of your friends. The quilting is fab-u-lous and I want to touch that great texture! I hope all is well with your father-in-law and wish him a speedy recovery.

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  15. That is really stunning! The blues you chose are really outstanding. Proof positive that simple quilt patterns can sometimes be the most beautiful!

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  16. A very beautiful quilt. The quilting is fantastic. It is wonderful to have friends that pitch in no matter what. A fat quarter here, a stitch there it all makes the job go faster. Your father-in-law sounds like a special guy.

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  17. Renee, this is such a nice addition to TGIFF! What a fantastic quilt for super-fast production. I'm sure he was touched and loves it!

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  18. Wow Renee this is a fabulous fast finish (alliteration not originally intended!) Three days to finish piecing and quilt it?? Friends are just the best right? Amazing. Isn't it truly ahh-mazing how we can do that sometimes? You'll look back when another project is taking twice (or more) as long as that and think HOW did I manage it? I know from personal experience how much healing is improved when the person has a quilty hug to have on a lap, sleep under, or wrap around shoulders.

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  19. Looks great in prints! WOW! Love it!

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  20. A beautiful guilt and such a thoughtful gift. This pattern of Yvonne's has been on my must make list for a while.

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