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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Michael Miller Challenge is complete

May I present the "Summer Splash Quilt"  

To start I would like to say that the way this quilt came out is exactly how I envisioned it.  I wanted to show off the fabric colors, keep the overall look soft and fun like a quilt we would use at the summer cottage.  Lots of white like the white wash of the cottage, soft yellow and peach of the flowers and naturally the blues of the water.  
 

I decided to design my own pattern, nothing in my file of  blocks gave me the visual I wanted.  The center of each block is large enough to show the details of the print along with some thin piecing to frame it. 


When I decided to add the corner stones the color started to skip from block to block.  I pictured tossing a pebble into the water, a big splash where it enters, then beautiful ripples surround.
 

I kept this in mind when deciding how to quilt, you see although the yellow diamonds are not in the center this is where the quilting emanates from.  Starting at this point and eventually rippling out the quilting surrounds the yellow diamonds until it hits the shore, I mean borders.  


I can not wait to visit the seashore, sit on the dock watching the sunset with this comfortable beautiful quilt thanks to the Michael Miller Challenge




The pattern looks more complicated than it really is.  Measuring accurately is always important, that and enjoying the process of it all coming together. 


Now for the details
All of the print fabrics ~ An assortment from Michael Miller Fabric Collections
Solids ~ Kona cotton.
Thread ~ Aurifil as always
Batting ~ Warm and White
Size ~ 60" x 64"
Pattern ~ Original design
Guild ~ Western New York Modern Quilt Guild

Linking up with my favorite parties!  Sew fresh quilts- Lets Bee Social, Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF




36 comments:

  1. Very impressive! Unique, creative, charming, appealing. It's no wonder you like how it turned out!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment

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  2. Congratulations on designing your own blocks! Obviously you have reached you aim, it's beatiful! Love as well the backing and the label!

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    1. Thanks Christine, I may just do it again soon!

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  3. Completely wonderful Pam. It looks as if you designed a paper-pieced block! I am really just staring at it!

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    1. Its not paper-pieced, that would take longer I think.
      Thank you!

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  4. This is beautiful! I love your design and the back is cool too! Nice job!

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  5. I was certain you had paper pieced, but I see in the comments that is not the case. Your Summer Splash turned out beautifully, Pam! Such a calming quilt. I can totally see this in use at the cottage! Well done and Congratulations!

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    1. Hi Lorna, it took some time and a few prototypes - no paper piecing on this one, it wasn't needed

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  6. Gorgeous! I really like the thin border around the block centres. Really lovely design!

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    1. The thin boarder is a double layer on the binding, I split the colors 1/4" each. I wanted white and with some of the prints coming to the edge I added yellow.

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  7. Just love everything about this quilt Pam!! great job :)

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  8. That is such a cool block Pam! A very awesome design and you solved the problem of having a nice area to show off bigger prints - I love it!

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    1. So many of my newer fabrics have repeats every 3 or so inches, you just cant cut them all to little pieces. I plan on using this again and again

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  9. This quilt is amazing! I love the block you created. It achieves your goal beautifully. The echoing out of the colours is wonderful. And the quilting! I've really been enjoying seeing what everyone is creating with their challenge fabrics, but yours is a special treat! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by with such wonderful words, thank you

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  10. This looks wonderful. I really like the description of your inspiration; it helps me read the pattern and see the influence in your layout and quilting. Beautiful!

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    1. Fall is my favorite season but summer colors make me happy

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  11. What a fun, summery quilt. Well done!

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  12. I love it! I'm part of my local Modern Quilt Guild, too. Looks like you've got a great contribution. I'd love to see a tutorial for how you put this together. I can try to imagine, but...

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    1. I thought about it but its not a square block, not sure it would be of interest. Its 8" x 9 1/2"

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  13. I love that you created your own block ... it's a lovely design. Good luck in the challenge :)

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    1. Thanks our guild is small and new but we wanted to represent plus it was fun

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  14. Beautiful! I love your asymmetrical layout and the narrow border within the block.

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    1. Asymmetrical was my first vision, the rest fell smoothly into place

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  15. This is such a gorgeous quilt ~ I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out how you did that block! Love the colors and the quilting is perfect for this!

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    1. You have convinced me, I will do a pattern soon on the blog. It was fun~ thanks

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  16. Love this quilt! You captured the essence of summer in your quilt! Great job!

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  17. So creative and so beautiful! This is a great quilt; it will be so fun for you to snuggle up with!

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  18. those blocks are awesome! you need to publish the pattern :)

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  19. This is a fantastic block design. I love the outcome. Your quilting also adds to the overall affect.

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  20. Thank you everyone, I will be writing up the pattern. Give me a little bit ~ I have never written one before so someone other than me can understand.

    You are all so very kind

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  21. Beautiful! I love all of the soft colors and your pattern you designed!

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  22. this is such a gorgeous quilt. I love the block you designed

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  23. Gorgeous! And am I reading right, that it's not paper pieced?! I don't suppose you'll be releasing a pattern soon? ;D Excellent work.

    I wanted to ask you about a comment you left on my blog, but you're a no-reply blogger, so I hope you don't mind me asking here. In regards to washing an unfinished top, how much do you recommend folding it? And then baste the edges with a straight stitch? Thanks!

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