Monday, March 24, 2014

The Whirlpool Quilt--An Improv Project

I'm home and recovering from Sew South! That is a post for another day, but today I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite piece I created for my Improv Quilting class at Sew South. It's been so hard not sharing this one. I'm in love with it. What began simply as an experiment has become one of my favorite projects ever!

It all started while walking around the mall one day. I snapped a picture of this Anthropologie window display thinking it would make a great quilt.

After sketching and experimenting, that idea turned into this! Meet The Whirlpool!

This is completely machine pieced. I quilted it using a flame-like design with matching threads. As per my usual, I used Art Gallery Pure Elements. I think it's about time I get a wholesale account and just buy a bolt of each color...

The stitching from the back.




This guy actually replaced the Pixelated Color Wheel in my living room and now hangs above our piano. 

I had so much fun piecing this. I was absolutely thrilled when my idea came out better than I ever imagined. If you missed out on Sew South, join me at The Small Town Quilt Show in Midway, Utah this June. I'll be teaching another Improv Quilting class! As part of the class, I'll be discussing the method I used to create this piece!

47 comments:

  1. WOW!!! That is a eye catcher, I love the whirlpool effect of the piece, great job.

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  2. Hi!!!! Wow!!! IT is stunning!!!! I love it!!!! The design, color and quilting!!!!

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  3. Impressive! The design is dramatically eye catching and your quilting is perfect. Wow.

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  4. Love, love, love this! The colors, the quilting, everything!

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  5. Wow love the colors and quilting!

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  6. It's really wonderful. I can see why it is your new favorite!

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  7. Wow, what a stunning quilt! I wonder, how you pieced it. Looks rather complicated to me.I'm very impressed.

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  8. This quilt is fantastic! The colours and the quilting are perfect - I would so love to see it in person.

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  9. Beautiful Kati! You are such a natural talent. I love all of your work!

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  10. Super, love it and the back is another quilt.

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  11. I saw this on Instagram and loved it! So would like to hear about your process. I think the word 'stunning' fits perfectly - and what great quilting/threads to make it even better!

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  12. Holy wow!! Kati, it's gorgeous!! And your quilting is incredible too. Amazing job!

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  13. You have a good reason to be so proud of that piece! I can't wait to see it in person. :)

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  14. This really is fabulous. Great work!

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  15. LOVE. THIS. QUILT. It's beautiful. I would love to know more about how you made it. I especially love how the quilting looks on the back. Kind of makes it reversible. ;)

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  16. Oh Kati, this is soooo fabulous!!!!!!

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  17. Love, love, love!

    Love the colors. Both the brights and the use of different neutrals in the background.

    Love the quilting. Great job! It's so cool you could even hang it backwards.

    Love the design, piecing and the size and spread of the rounds. Really striking. I am going to second Debbie's request to see a bit of the process. I think I can figure out how you did it, but I would like to know more. You know, whenever you have a couple of "free" hours to take pictures and write it up. Humm.... Never mind, go on a walk with the kidos and enjoy spring. :) And know there are people out there who are inspired by and love your quilts.

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  18. What a fun quilt! Great colors, and layout and quilting!

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  19. Stunning quilt!! Love the colors and the movement it has. Would look great as a backdrop for a TV commercial. Now you just have to think of what the product to sell that would enhance the backdrop!! lol

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  20. You're amazing and just keep getting better. I just love this one!

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  21. Love both the inspiration and the final result!

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  22. This is way cool! Most amazing quilt I've seen all month!!

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  23. Absolutely Awesome! Love everything about it, Kati!

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  24. Big WOW from me, too - I saw snippets of this on the sew south instagrams but I am so happy to see these photos of it up close. The quilting, the piecing, the colours, everything is just marvelous, Kati!

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  25. Stunning! I love the colour palette, the quilting (the back looks amazing!) and how it looks on your chair. What a talented designer you are!

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  26. Amazing and the quilting on the back is fab!

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  27. It's a beautiful quilt, and it's great to see what inspired you. My interpretation of that store window wouldn't have looked at all like what you did. But it's great, especially your quilting. It's always good to see how quilters are quilting their own quilts. Makes 'ya proud, doesn't it? And rightly so!

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  28. What a fabulous quilt! Love how the quilting turned out on the back.

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  29. Kati- this quilt is amazing. I'm so excited that I got to see it in person last weekend.

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  30. Great quilt!!! So nice that it is hanging in your house for all to enjoy.

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  31. Beautiful work Kati! I love the cool transparent effect on the back! Besides the gorgeous colors :)))

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  32. Amazing quilt!! I love every inch of it...especially love how the back came out!!

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  33. Your inspiring, exciting, wonderful, I run out of superlatives, piece makes me want to try this style NOW. I live in England and sadly too far away to attend one of your tutorials, so like Debbie and Leila I would love to be able to buy a book or online tutorial.

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  34. Your quilt is stunning and it was so inspiring to see it in person Kati. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us!

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  35. Wow! This is so beautiful, I think it's the best quilt I've seen this year. Amazing work!

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  36. Absolutely beautiful! I would love to read about how you created this stunning quilt. (Wish I could take your class.)

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  37. I'm joining the chorus of wows! I also would love to learn about your process.

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  38. Awesome quilt. Triple ditto... I'd love to read about your process... nowhere close enough to take a class.

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  39. That is so cool! I am so impressed that it's pieced too! Great quilting also!

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