Friday, September 2, 2016

Art Theory / Meadow Mini Quilt

Art Theory mini quilt, measures about 12" square.

Back in March my friend Sara @BlueQuailStudio convinced me to drive to Phoenix to take Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt class.  The class was okay, the road trip was lots of fun, but resulting quilt blocks were terrible and super frustrating (you can read my Meadow quilt template hack/fix here!).  During the class Sara and I decided to make mini quilts from our practice blocks and then swap them.  Well finally I decided it was time to turn my block into a mini quilt, but only after deciding to put it on the back so that the terrible waviness and inevitable wrinkles wouldn't show.  I used my last piece of Alison Glass's Art Theory panel for the front.

Meadow quilt block mini quilt (back).

But guess what?  All the wavy nature of the meadow block actually did quilt out and there isn't one wrinkle or pinch!  But!  The mini quilt was like a bowl, the corners curving up dramatically--so all that waviness just presented in a different way than I had expected.  Nothing a little (okay, a lot) of steam and pressing couldn't fix, right?!  Right.  Oh but then...

Art Theory mini quilt: back detail and color bleed.

All the steaming made the colors from the Art Theory fabric on the front bleed through!  I've never had that happen!  If I wasn't already expecting the worst on the back I would have been pretty frustrated/disappointed/upset.  As I was already resigned to the back being a hot mess it didn't really bother me, haha.

Art Theory mini quilt: back detail and color bleed (the greyish smudges and yellow)

Enough about the issues, more with the pretty!  I quilted this mini on my Hello Kitty Janome (a 3/4 sewing machine that can't drop the feed dogs) while on vacation last week!  I just covered the feed dogs with my Supreme Slider (the queen sized worked great sideways) and fiddled with the tension and everything went really smoothly!

Art Theory mini quilt: quilting detail

Art Theory mini quilt: quilting detail.

Art Theory mini quilt: quilting detail

Why yes, there were a lot of thread color changes for this quilt!  I used a full rainbow of Aurifil threads to match the colors on the Art Theory fabric.  I am pleased to say that my Hello Kitty sewing machine (which I've named Tealk) loves just Aurifil threads as much as my larger Janome 6300.

Art Theory mini quilt: a rainbow of Aurifil threads used on this quilt.

  For the bobbin thread I used Aurifil Done (2600), which blended well in some areas and added nice contrasting details in others!

Art Theory mini quilt: back quilting detail.

Hurray for another finished mini quilt!

11 comments:

  1. I am still so amazed that there is not one pucker or tuck from the meadow block. And hooray for steam getting it all nice and flat! It was fun to watch you quilt while we were together, and the binding fabric was the perfect frame for the mini. :)

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  2. It's mine! All mine!!!! My favorite fabric in the front and a great memory on the back.

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  3. At first I thought that was some intricate applique!

    You might try soaking and washing in Synthrapol if you want to remove the bleeding. (You can read my experience near the end of this post: https://huntspatchquilts.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-mini-ode-to-joy.html)

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  4. YESS! This is so lovely. Good to know about the bowl curve of the block - I've noticed that with my Meadow top, too. I'm still avoiding quilting it. That TOTALLY stinks about the bleed though, even if it doesn't bother you. That shouldn't happen... should it?!

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  5. Oh my! The Meadow blocks make for a White Elephant-esque type of swap. I think you are doing false advertising; while beautiful, Art Theory doesn't produce this type of quilting of its own accord. Leave it to you to try it on the baby machine. Jane needs to make a you an ambassador. Bagh! I'd be peeved that it bled.

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  6. I'm so sorry this bled, but it really is beautiful! That panel is gorgeous.

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  7. Your quilting really brought this to life. I've used steam to flatten a project before. I never thought about the colors bleeding. I appreciate your warning.

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  8. Oh, I feel your frustration on the bleed-through! I had that happen recently on a project with high quality fabrics. Had no issues with bleeding throughout the piecing (I use spray starch instead of steam in my iron), had no issues when washing the finished project, but when it needed a good steaming to get it to lay flat for hanging - that's when it bled. I caught it quickly enough and was able to get it out but was very shocked. This project, despite its challenges, is a lovely finish.

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  9. Did you try Ease Out on the bleed through? That's saved me a could of times. Love what you did and how you fixed. Your quilting just blows me away!

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  10. Too bad about the colours bleeding...but at least you weren't upset about it! The mini is gorgeous. I love how you quilted all the details in the Art Theory panel. I think having the Meadow block on the back is fun. It's a good memory for the two of you and a fun surprise for anyone who should happen to see the back.

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  11. What amazing detail in the quilting. You have taken a beautiful panel to a whole new level.
    Yay for wavy bits quilting out! Not-so-yay for colours bleeding.

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