Many moons ago, when I was an Island Batik ambassador (2018-2019), I received this lovely collection of fabrics, called Graphic Gems. I was thrilled with the gears and the graphic motifs – but I never made it work with one of the challenges – or maybe I just wanted to save it for me. The colors, well let’s just say they are among my favorite combinations, purples and greens and teals. I held on it until something crossed my path that felt right and it was the Kimberly Quilt Along with Gudrun Erla of GE Designs this past July. You can get the pattern here.
Mock Up in Electric Quilt
I almost always mock up my quilts in Electric Quilt 8. I sometimes am very exact about things, but this can be a bit frustrating with a quilt like this. In reality, I cut and paired colors together and did not replicate the exact matches in Electric Quilt. I could have, but it would have been time consuming. What I prefer to use Electric Quilt for is to see how this will work and not sweat the small stuff. So, I have a mock up and I know it will work….on to the construction.
Construction of the blocks
The blocks were fairly easy to make. The cutting instructions from Gudrun are perfect. I do own a Stripology* ruler but it was in another location so I made do with my other creative grid rulers. Looking at that picture above makes me dizzy! It truly is the hardest part of making this quilt – the trimming of the blocks. I did discuss what saved me, a few weeks ago, in my tips and tutorials post.
I choose the Peaceful Swirl from Ann Bright Designs. This is a pattern that can be used in corners…but I wasn’t doing that. I liked adding the curves to the quilt, as the lines are all straight in the piecing.
The design also mimicked the fabric in places, so it turned out even more delightful than I imagined. I set it up with two rows, one indented to make it less “regular” on the quilt, which you can see in the bottom right corner, below. For quilting threads, I used So Fine Lorenzo Lavender and a Wonderful DMB-103 Grey in the bobbin.
My label was added to the back. My binding was once again sewn to the back, and then brought to the front and sewed by machine. It works, and I think it gives the best finish for a machine binding. It is so easy to do it this way when the binding matches the border and there was no need to worry about cutting off points or anything.
The Whole Quilt
I love the way it turned out! I tried a random layout, but I did not like it. It worked better to keep the pairs and the color groupings together, except for a few blocks in the bottom. This is the first time I tried the “remove background” on a quilt – tell me if you like it.
The backing was pieced with another Island Batik fabric inserted. The celery colored fabric came with the collection but worked better as a backing than on the front. I needed a touch of something and that fat quarter fit in perfectly.
Here is the picture before cropping and the remove background. What do you think – do you like it with the remove background? I would work harder to get a flat picture – in the best of all worlds – but already delayed getting this done.
Diamond Gears 48″ x 56″
Fabric: Island Batik – Graphic Gems Collection, Celery
Pattern: Kimberly by GE Designs
Threads: Piecing: Aurifil dove for piecing
Quilting: So Fine 50 wt Lorenzo Lavender & Wonderfil Grey Decobobs 80 wt
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Request Cotton*
Coming Up on the Blog
Next week I host TGIFF…so come back and show your finishes. I have a binding to finish on my table runner that I will show you.
A Christmas TableRunner/TGIFF
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (12/22/22)
Shades of Blue Blog Hop 1/20/23
Tips and Tutorials 1/22/23
Villa Rosa Blog Hop 1/24/23