Quick public announcements before I proceed with today’s post…
#1. Annie’s is having a 50% sale on online classes. Just thought I would share that with you in case you are thinking about signing up for my “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class.
#2. A special note to dear reader Kathy Buicks — my emails to you keep bouncing back!! Do you have a new email address I can use?
Hello Friends! It’s wonderful to have you visit again! Today I am sharing with you my Sunburst Melody quilt that is featured in Annie’s recently released Sweet Layer Cakes book. I thought a little bit of sunburst is in order since we have been having rain for the last few days, and we are supposed to have rain the rest of the week.
This is a happy quilt, to be sure! It was fun making the blocks in different happy colors! I incorporated a few black/gray blocks as contrast to the other happy colored blocks, and as a reflection of how my life is. The presence of the occasional dark moments in my life makes me appreciative of the sweeter and happier moments.
More importantly, I know my life is refined by those “sanctioned by God” dark moments mixed in with the happier moments.
This quilt uses Riley Blake’s Shades 10″ Stackers, and Riley Blake yardages from Good Life, and Hello Sunshine collection. Click on the names to see the full range of fabrics. Incidentally, Riley Blake’s Shades fabrics are some of my favorite solid/mottled fabrics!
The construction of my sunburst blocks involves paper-piecing (sunburst part) and curve piecing (quarter circle part). I found that with that many seams on the sunburst part, it was easier to curve piece the quarter circles by hand. I seem to have more control that way. Just thought I would throw that in for those who will be attempting the project.
This quilted is pieced and quilted entirely using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads. The batting I used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting. Quilting was kept to quilting in the ditches because I felt like quilting on the sunbursts would prove to be a little distracting. I just wanted the sunbursts to pop as they are.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked my Sunburst Melody — and here is to sunburst wherever you are!
I will catch up with you later!
My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Sunburst Melody” – click on project names for more information:
Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013): Apple of My Eye
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome
Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013): Now I know my ABC’s
Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers
QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst
QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play, to be posted
Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango
Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes
Quilts and More (Spring 2013): Watercolor Sketches
Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life
Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around
Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist, to be posted
Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out
Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze
Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013): Stained Glass
The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square
The Quilter (April/May 2013): In the Meadow
Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna
Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses