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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Title: Repeat with a Twist
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
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.
Yvonne @ Quilting JetgirlFebruary 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!
LisaFebruary 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm
I love the quilting! Brilliant!
JasmineFebruary 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 BFebruary 14, 2015 at 8:51 am
I completely love the circle quilting! Such a beautiful detail!
Heather GravesFebruary 14, 2015 at 11:58 am
Your circle quilting was just the thing here! Very nice
Allison SewsFebruary 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm
This is great! I really love the quilting.
MarlyFebruary 18, 2015 at 5:09 am
A striking result. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and design process.
Carrie Ottmers WikanderFebruary 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!
KateFebruary 19, 2015 at 7:23 am
Beautiful mini. Love the colors and the circular quilting pattern was a wonderful idea.
Mary HueyFebruary 19, 2015 at 7:58 am
The quilting design is fun!
Megan NullFebruary 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.
StephanieFebruary 19, 2015 at 8:57 am
I love everything about this – the fresh colours, the design, the quilted circles in different colours of thread …
AdrianneApril 8, 2015 at 4:01 am
I definitely love the interlocking circle quilting!
Kristen JonesMay 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!