Monday, May 6, 2013

The Layers quilt

I was given the opportunity from Lynne over at Lily's Quilts to create something using this beautiful box of Aurifil thread. I did a simple tutorial over on her blog showing how I created these layers of fabric.

I should have taken the picture before I used up all the cream thread.

I pulled all my colors for this quilt straight from the thread box. I chose to stick more with the aqua blues rather than the true blues. The title of the thread collection is Seascapes. I kept that in mind as I put this together. My ultimate inspiration for this quilt happened to be those layered colored sand creations that most of us made at least once when we were kids.

I'm simply calling this quilt "Layers". The creative process of this quilt was quite meditative for me. As I cut each layer and sewed I thought about my own personal "layers" as well as those of my kids. We are each made up of so many attributes or layers--both good and bad, but together they make each person beautiful. The dark brown and grey layers alone wouldn't necessarily be called beautiful, but without them, this quilt would be pretty bland. Without our quirks, we would all be pretty bland too. I'm trying to keep this in mind lately as my kiddos have been testing me more than usual.


Keeping the attributes of the sea in mind, I quilted each fabric according to it's specific attribute in a "seascape". I quilted blues with a dense swirl forming waves. The two browns were quilted in very small, dense pebbles representing sand and dirt. The greys are quilted in larger pebbles representing rocks. The whites/neutrals are quilted in a much larger swirl for the air. Green is quilted with leaves. Yellow represents the sun, although I couldn't come up with a good design for sun quilting in such a small space so I chose to quilt it with a swirl as well.

Honestly, I am so excited about the quilting. My quilting skills continue to improve as I brave trying new things. The Craftsy class Machine Quilting Negative Space by Angela Walters that I took several months ago gave me the guts to just try it and get out of my rut. I'm still trying to find the time to start watching the clips for the Free Motion Quilting Sampler Class by Leah Day that I signed up for last month. I think that class will help me a lot as well.

The back is so fun because you can really see the different layers of quilting.




Final size is about 42" x 55". I love it!

Check out Lily's Quilts for the tutorial on cutting and piecing these layers of fabric.

Fabrics included in this quilt:

46 comments:

  1. Really pretty and earthy too. Great quilting!

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  2. Amazing! I just love all the different quilting patterns :)

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  3. The quilt is gorgeous and so is the quilting, wonderful as usual!

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  4. Stunning quilt! Love the fabrics, colours, and quilting....and does it ever look good on that blue chair!

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  5. This quilt is gorgeous Kati!! Your quilting is amazing and inspiring!! Happy Monday!

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  6. beautiful! I love the quilting on each layer!

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  7. Oooh I love it! I made a landscape quilt using a different method...but love yours and will definitely be trying it! And the quilting looks fantastic! Such a beautiful quilt.

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  8. That's just so beautiful...and inspiring!

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  9. So awesome, I can't wait to try something like it!

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful Kati! I love the colors, the quilting, everything!

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  11. Such a beautiful quilt. I love the story and the beautiful quilting too.

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  12. so gorgeous! love it love it love it!

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  13. That looks beautiful. I also took that class and like trying new things as well.

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  14. This is great, Kati! It really does remind me of sand layers. Beautiful work.

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  15. Looks like a winner to me! Beautiful and inspiring...

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  16. Breathtaking! I so want to give that a try! I am suddenly full of ideas - thank you!

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  17. I just love the different quilting you've done on this, I really must get round to actually watching that class!

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  18. Gorgeous quilt!! I love the shot of yellow in there!

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  19. I *LOVE* this quilt. So beautiful!

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  20. It's lovely, and the layers on the back are fab :-)

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  21. This is beautiful! I, too, took Angela Walters class and have found it to be the single most tranformational class in my quilting life. I am really enjoying watching how you have been influenced as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. I love it, too. The quilting is exquisite!

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  23. This is AMAZING. Beautiful work!

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  24. What a nice job quilting. I love how it looks on the back. It's inspiring me to get busy (and brave) and try more FMQ. What machine do you use? I struggle with the FMQ on my old machine since the harp space is quite small making it hard to move the quilt around.

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  25. Beautiful quilt and gorgeous quilting!

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  26. I really love the movement in this quilt. It looks great.

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  27. What a beautiful quilt!! Excellent job on the quilting!!

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  28. Definitely one of my favorites. Gorgeous. The quilting is un-real. I love the blogging, love the sewing, love the quilting. Really beautiful Kati!!!

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  29. What a lovely collection of thread. And, I love what you created with it. Beautiful quilt with excellent FMQ.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  30. Such a striking quilt! The quilting is exquisit. Colors are perfect. Fun to get a challenge of any kind!

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  31. Gorgeous! Love the quilting!

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  32. I love this! It makes me want to get back to my improv project. I took a class at Quiltcon, and Valori Wells taught us how to do these wonderful curved pieces. It was such a freeing experience. Anyway, your freeflowing curves and gorgeous quilting are spectacular.

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  33. Absolutely stunning, thank you for sharing, it has given me lots of ideas, many many thanks.

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  34. Looking great, fab colours and quilting :)

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  35. The quilting is simply fantastic!! The swirls and pebbles add so much texture. I've learned a lot from Angela and Leah as well. I just love that so many people are out there promoting machine quilting. :-)

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  36. Wow! I love that the quilting on the back is 'outside' the pieced fabrics. Looks fantastic - love your quilting.

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  37. This quilt and the quilting is so inspiring! I cannot find the words to describe what comes to my mind, what I feel looking at the photos. I just love the quilt. The quilting. It's just inspiring. Maybe I'll make a smaller version for our guest bathroom as this room has a nautical theme. It would be the perfect decoration. I don't have so much solids so that's likely not going to happen soon. Or anytime. The quilt makes me want to try different fmq designs soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I actually said "Wow" out loud when I saw this quilt. It's absolutely fantastic, well done you.

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  39. As well as the beautiful colours and design, I really love the added layers of interest that your quilting gives to this stunning piece, congratulations.

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  40. if we don't stretch ourselves we don't grow, i would say your fmq skills have grown with this project, great creativity. you've inspired me to try something similar, (when i get alittle better at making quilts,i'm a newbie)lol, thanks for your teachings

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  41. Your quilt is outstanding! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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  42. Oh, wow!!! That back is FANTASTIC!

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  43. Wow Katie this is awesome! You have made such a special quilt top and I love your reflections on the layers we all have...so true. Your quilting is beautiful and it's fun to see how your are mastering this skill.

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  44. This quilt is just simply inspiring! Your quilting job is so amazing...I love how you have told the "story" of the quilt with the colors and quilting. Fantastic work!

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