Stained Glass in SIMPLE QUILTS & SEWING (Spring 2013)


Hello Friends!  I hope your week is shaping up well.  Mine got off with a busy start.  My little family took the day off yesterday and headed to the Federal City to see the cherry blossoms.stained glass3

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Nonetheless, work wasn’t too far off my mind.  Despite the crowds that flocked to the Tidal Basin, I was able to take a few styled shots of my Stained Glass quilt that is featured in the latest Simple Quilts and Sewing issue (Spring 2013).  Stained Glass is another quilt I felt that needs to be photographed outdoors, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival provided the perfect backdrop.

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This modifiled 4-patch quilt design is simple, but made to have a more sophisticated look with the use of many fabrics!   One’s eye is drawn to the different sections of the quilt because of the colors incorporated in this quilt.  The fabrics I used for this quilt are from Benartex‘s Triple-dyed Naturescape Bali fabrics.  Thread Bear Fabrics (phone: 770-781-0001) is offering the kits to make this quilt for $49.99.  Click here to purchase the kit, or here to purchase the kit consisting twice the fabrics to make a larger quilt.


I added another design element to the overall design by using quilting motifs that were different from the geometric makeup of the block – and thus creating a secondary design using the quilting, instead of the block layout.

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Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.  Even though this is a quilt without borders, and normally I would be hesitant to do any sort of fancy quilting on border-less quilts other than straight lines… these Bali fabrics (seem to have a tighter weave) held up really well from being handled in all possible fashions when I was quilting it, and the quilt suffered almost no shape distortion after the quilting part was completed.

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I used different colored threads to quilt Stained Glass to match the scrappy look of the quilt top.  So there are some interesting visual effects.



What would I do without my little lovely assistant?!  Miss Baby was most concerned my quilt would fall into the Tidal Basin when draped on the safety rail!!  You might remember me smocking that dress eons ago — it’s finally finished and worn, with help from my dear friend, Annelle!

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Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  I hope you liked my Stained Glass quilt.  Do tell me what you think of the quilt, and what you would do differently on a quilt like this.  I am always ready to learn from you.


My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Stained Glass” – click on the links for more information:

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes (April 2013): Sunburst Melody, to be posted

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, to be posted

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 Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

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