Monday, August 14, 2017

Quilt #84 Fireworks for Ingrid

When I first started quilting in March of 2013, I made a goal to make a quilt for every immediate family member. I have a bit of a family bush on my side with multiple divorces and siblings. Niels' family is much more simple.

The only person I had left was his sister, Ingrid, who told me years ago that her favorite colors were black, pink, and white. I've played with many, many patterns over the years but never found the one that inspired me. When I mentioned that I wanted to make her a quilt a few months ago, before our trip to visit her in the Netherlands, she asked if I would make a quilt for friend instead. That's how I ended up making Celtic Midnight.

I finished it with a few weeks to spare, so I decided to try to get Ingrid's quilt done as well. I've been doing a fair amount of paper piecing this year as part of Blossom Heart Quilt's Milky Way quilt along, so I started playing with designs on EQ7. Each of these designs uses the same block. I decided on the bottom right, which I'm calling Floating Fireworks, with Ingrid's version called Fireworks for Ingrid.

It was the first time I made a paper pieced pattern on EQ7. I'd like to figure out how to adjust the shading because the dark sections could discolor light prints.

I fold freezer paper when I paper piece so I can my templates over and over. Here's a great tutorial if you are new to paper piecing.

I had to do a little scrambling with my fabric choices because I initially pulled fabric 3 years ago and all three prints were out of print when I learned I needed more of each. 

The blocks came together quickly. The hardest part is that my design wall in our narrow laundry room, which makes taking photos difficult.

I have to step up on the counter most of the time, and even then, I can't get a full picture of anything over a full quilt. Does anyone else find that patterns appear better in a photo than real life. 

Once my quilts are pieced, I get a chance to find any errors, though it takes a little more time to fix them at this point.

I continued the spiral theme in the prints with my quilting. 

Of course, the best part of quilting is delivery day! 

It's always fun to surprise someone! And I figured if she didn't like it, I love it and would have taken it right back home! But alas, she wanted to keep it!

To see more pictures of this quilt in progress, look for #FireworksForIngrid on Instagram.  If you'd like to see what I'm currently working on, follow me at de Jong Dream House

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  1. That spiral quilting looks amazing on that quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  2. Love the finish for Fireworks for Ingrid. You did another beautiful job! Happy sewing! Andrea

  3. Very cool! I love how this came out. I agree, the big-picture view is so helpful for seeing all sorts of things.

  4. The best part of quilting IS delivery day! The quilt you made for Ingrid is gorgeous! The colors and design just pop. Great finish.

  5. Hi Jen! What a wonderful quilt! This one would have been hard to give away! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. Wow! What beautiful quilts! I love both of them!

  7. I love the way the circular quilting softens the angular nature of the piecing. Nice work! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  8. Oh, wow! That is gorgeous. Ingrid is one lucky girl. Celtic Midnight is fabulous, too. I don't think quilt photos look better than the quilt.....just different. Looking at a photo on my cell phone helps me find mistakes. You are so right about delivery day being the best part!

  9. Super pretty! Love how a simple block can make a stunning design. Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers


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