This Quilt Finish Threw Me a Curve

Well, it’s July 3rd and I’ve finally gotten my June Island Batik quilt done! This month’s challenge was curves.

Some of you saw my sneak peek on Wednesday, at my Wednesday Wait Loss. It’s not too late to link up a photo of a work in progress….just click here. WWL is a fun group of quilters that help each other get things done, so if you would like some encouragement on a project, I encourage you to link up!

I’m calling this quilt Sunrise Temple. When designing this mini, I started with a Sweet Nectar charm pack. I printed out some templates from EQ to fit the 5” squares, then manually cut out my pieces. After sewing the drunkard’s path blocks, I trimmed them to 4”.

I needed a background that complimented the colors in Sweet Nectar and after scanning the fabrics I’d been sent from Island Batik, I decided on the Marbled Blackberry blender. I really, really love it—especially the way that reddish violet complements the colors in Sweet Nectar.

Marbled Blackberry

Marbled Blackberry

Sweet Nectar

After making my blocks, I started playing with layouts. I tried quite a few before I decided on the one I used in Sunrise Temple. Here are just two of the many layouts I tried. Notice in my final layout how I placed the warm colors to the left and the cooler ones to the right. To me, that resembles a sunrise—how the sky changes from warm spikes of color to a bright yellow-blue sky when the sun rises.

Final Layout

If I’d had more of the Marbled Blackberry, I probably would have used it as the binding as well. But it’s July and we’re getting to the end of fabrics I was sent in February so I need to be strategic in my fabric choices. I had lots of 2-1/2” Pressed Petals strips left over from my Slice of Orange Peel quilt so I looked there for a binding and found #121612875. I really love how it complements the colors in the quilt.

From the Pressed Petals collection

I quilted the purple areas with Aurifil 50 wt #2545 Medium Purple. I didn’t have a purple thread that exactly matched the background, but I think it works well and really warms up the purple. The Sweet Nectars areas were quilted with Aurifil 50 wt #2132 Tarnished Gold. I tried out a lot of thread colors but quickly decided that yellow worked the best. I have a lot of different yellows so choosing the exact one that complimented but didn’t draw too much attention took some time, but I love my final choice.

I used mostly utilized edge-of-foot quilting to quilt this piece because it’s easy and you don’t need to mark anything. I quilted circles in the center, and followed the edges of the curves in the outer ring. For the inner ring and the corners, I quilted star points. I traced some paper templates for the points so I could mark them uniformly. I think the star points really reflect the name of the quilt—Sunrise Temple.

Here's a look at the finished quilt, along with the quilt details.

Sunrise Temple
14-1/2” x 14-1/2”
Original Design
Island Batik collection, Sweet Nectar
The background is Marbled Blackberry BE24-A2 from the Blenders collection
The binding is from Pressed Petals
The backing is from Vineyard
Batting: Warm and White
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 Grey
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2132 Tarnished Gold and #2545 Medium Purple
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

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Tell me…what is your most memorable sunrise/sunset?