It has been a very long time sine I have had a Friday Finish and so I am delighted to show you Fraktal - a full on gorgeous rainbow quilt designed by Paula Steel Quilts.
The finished quilt measuring 72" x 72"
I had been aware of this since the pattern launch towards the end of last year but sat on the fence for a while. Whilst I loved the Phosphor kits Modern Quilt Club were doing for the quilt, once I had a stock of Dashwood Pop Solids I kept thinking that they would work for it.
Final colour choice - Dashwood Pop Solids in Fuchsia, Crimson, Tigerlily, Yellow, Spring, Calypso, Royal and Purple with the addition of Kona Solids in Gumdrop, Coral, Limelight and Bahama
Finally I took the plunge, bought the pattern and got ready for the sew along. Obviously the timing of the sew along worked perfectly for the newly locked down UK and I have to say it has been wonderful to have the focus of this project to get me through the first hard few weeks of lockdown on January.
I have never made a quilt where all the cutting is done first - phew it took some time but made the sewing part much more enjoyable
The SAL schedule was weekly tasks and the first few weeks were hard going at the time - all that cutting, all those HSTs and then ALL of those flying geese. Paula assured us there was method in her madness and that once these tasks were done everything went together easily. She was right!
Once I had cut the colours, I began to question what I was making this quilt for! Whilst I loved the design we don't really need another quilt in the house, in fact the rest of my household might say we need to reduce the number of quilts in our house! Then I thought of making for someone, but it's a big quilt with lots of pieces so I wanted to make sure that they liked it! Luckily my niece liked the design and I was able to give her the choice of backgrounds - she settled on the dark grey which is Dashwood Pop Solid in Raven.
Auditioning the background - Carbon and White
Whilst not in the original plan for the SAL, Lisa and Paul organised some social Zooms which were wonderful. It was great to meet friends, old and new, and chat all things sewing. Both of the hosts were very generous with their knowledge and I will miss them after the last one tomorrow night.
Some progress shots - it made me smile every time I walked into my studio to see this bright flash of colour on my design wall and longarm table
Once the top was pieced and pressed it hung on my design wall until I was ready to load it onto my quilting frame. At 72" square this is one of the largest quilts I have made and I did not want to have to iron it again!
I choose another Pop Solid for the back, a paler grey called Tin, loaded that on the frame, used Warm & Natural wadding and then floated the top. I decided to use a very fine thread to quilt this and chose Superior Threads Microquilter in a mid/dark grey. Due to the fineness of the the thread it blends with the different colours of the quilt and does not detract form the piecing.