Repeat with a Twist: Mini Quilt #7

February 13, 2015

I have had Flying Geese blocks and configurations on my mind lately, and when I sat down to plan out this week’s mini quilt I fully intended to work out something with Flying Geese.  That did not happen.  I have one drafting file that contains all of my mini quilt designs, and somewhere along the line I became distracted by a design that I had started awhile back.Repeat with a Twist

This pattern started with inspiration from a historic quilt I saw in Four Centuries of Quilts:  The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.    (Not an affiliate link- I just really like this book!)  I don’t want to violate any copyrights by putting an image up, but if you have the book, the inspiration is a corner from the quilt on page 147.  I have seriously reworked this concept, so this is definitely not a reproduction, but a Repeat with a (considerable) Twist.

As with any quilt that I pattern prior to construction, I started with a line drawing./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilt/Quilt Designs A.dwg

I worked out quite a few possible color schemes.  These are just a few I considered.  I ended up deciding to use the one in the upper right./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilt/Quilt Designs A.dwg

I originally thought solids would be best for this project, but I didn’t have solids for all of the colors I wanted to use in my stash, so I went with all prints.  I like the result, but I still like the idea of making this quilt up with solids.Repeat with a Twist Detail B

For the backing of the quilt I combined scraps from constructing the front of the quilt with a larger piece from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanic line.Repeat with a Twist Back

Since this quilt is so heavily linear in the pieced design, I thought it would be interesting to juxtapose all those straight lines with curves in the quilting.  I ended up going with interlocking circles for the quilting because I liked that they are still graphic while bringing a bit of softness to the design.Repeat with a Twist Detail C

Quilt Stats:

Title:  Repeat with a Twist

Size:  12.5″x18.5″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Interlocking circles done with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  100% cotton prints

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Mettler cotton quilting thread in Orange, Connecting Threads Essential cotton quilting thread in Peridot and Persian Blue.

Binding:  2″ wide bias cut strips from Doe fabric line.  Machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

  • A new design!
  • Using a specific historic quilt as inspiration
Quilt 7 / 50

Quilt 7 / 50

Goal #6 is Finished!

Goal #6 is Finished!

I’m linking this post up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.


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    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    February 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I really like how the pop of orange stands out because of your color choice and because it is woven on top in the design. Nicely done!

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    February 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I love the quilting! Brilliant!

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    February 13, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    What a great idea to use just a corner of the quilt. I also like to use curvy quilting on straight piecing.

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    Crafty Ashley B
    February 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I completely love the circle quilting! Such a beautiful detail!

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    Heather Graves
    February 14, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Your circle quilting was just the thing here! Very nice

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    Allison Sews
    February 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    This is great! I really love the quilting.

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    February 18, 2015 at 5:09 am

    A striking result. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and design process.

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    Carrie Ottmers Wikander
    February 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This is an awesome design, and i love the green with the yellow with the little pop of orange – awesome!

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    February 19, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful mini. Love the colors and the circular quilting pattern was a wonderful idea.

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    Mary Huey
    February 19, 2015 at 7:58 am

    The quilting design is fun!

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    Megan Null
    February 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I love this quilt! It’s graphic in just the right way. The prints you used are lovely and solids would probably look good too. The circular quilting gives extra interest. Well done. Truly.

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    February 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I love everything about this – the fresh colours, the design, the quilted circles in different colours of thread …

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    April 8, 2015 at 4:01 am

    I definitely love the interlocking circle quilting!

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    Kristen Jones
    May 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I love love this quilt! I’ve been looking for a pattern or block or whatever for my teenage son. This would be perfect. Its not flowery or girly at all. I can do the solids or Low volume neutrals to make it as masculine as I want. Thanks so much for this inspiration!

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