This Spring one of the quilt groups I’m in issued a challenge to try out a technique called interleaving, and this mini quilt is the result. The idea behind interleaving is to take two relatively simple quilt blocks, cut them into strips, and alternate the strips to create a single block.
Starting out, I had to keep reminding myself to keep things simple. I have a tendency to add extra piecing to create interest, but this was not the place to add too many seams! I wanted the color palette to evoke a feeling of a sunset over the ocean, so I decided to make one block with warm colors and the other with cool colors. The first block is a machine pieced circle with the Pantone color of the year, Living Coral, as the center. (I love this year’s color so much that it is appearing in a few more projects, too!)
The second block is three wedge shaped segments in cool colors. Most of this quilt is made of quilting cotton, but I decided to incorporate a piece of Art Gallery denim into this block to add a slightly different texture.
Maintaining the overall circle shape was important to what I wanted to achieve in this design, so I knew I had to cut the blocks into 1″ strips. This width of strip means the finished area is equal to the seam allowance- 1/2″ exposed and 1/2″ of seam allowance. When the strips of the two blocks are alternated, the circle shape is maintained.
The piecing is really the star in this design, so I decided to do simple stitch in the ditch quilting using Aurifil monofilament.
The faced edges of the quilt allow the linear design to visually continue to the edge of the quilt.
Title: Forward and Back
Size: 19″ x 19″
Techniques: Machine Piecing, Interleaving
Quilting: Stitched in the ditch with a walking foot quilting on a Bernina 1008
Fabric: Cotton solids and lightweight quilters denim
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Wool
Thread: Quilted with Aurifil monofilament
Binding: Faced with the solid to match the backing
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