Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sparklers Quilt & Pattern!

At last!  Today I am so happy to share a doubled finish - my Sparklers Quilt and the Sparklers Quilt Pattern!  This pattern includes directions to make a queen OR king sized bed quilt.  It's going to be big, and it's going to be fabulous!  I hope you're as pleased as pie when it all comes together.

Sparklers Quilt finished!

I made this quilt for my mom, using mostly Kona solids and a sprinkling of text scraps.  Clearly my mom is one hip lady!  The quilt turned out so modern and fresh.  I love it!  We photographed it yesterday on another windy afternoon at my parent's home on Lake Murray, SC.  Emily's quilting was the perfect finishing touch!

Sparklers Quilt

Thanks to those of you who encouraged me to produce this pattern!  You can find it now at the Stitched in Color Pattern Shop (where access to Curves Class Premium is still available through March 30th).  As noted in the Sparklers Quilt pattern description, I recommend this pattern to quilters with some experience (intermediate and up).  It's not actually a hard quilt, but the pattern is written to an audience who has some general understanding of how to piece blocks.

Sparklers Quilt

There are 3 layered effects where blocks appear to overlap, though they of course do not. One layered effect is created with a partial seam. Pictures will walk you through step by step!  Also, the sparklers block construction includes a touch of improvisational piecing. This makes each sparkler block slightly different, though finished at a standard size. I believe you'll find this process much more enjoyable than striving to churn out block after "precise" block.

With over 30 pictures, I believe this 28-page pdf pattern will make your experience a pleasure!   I hope you or your loved one will be snuggling under your very own Sparklers quite soon. 

quilting by Emily Sessions

Thanks, Mama, for inspiring this fun project. I hope you and Dad are reminded of how much I love you every morning and every night.  You are always a blessing.

With all my love,

Rachel

26 comments:

  1. Love this. Just ordered it. Thank you!

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  2. Oh this is amazing!!!! I kind of want to make it using the mixmaster dots!

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  3. this is just so simply beautiful, rachel. your mom is one lucky lady.

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  4. oooh, what a beauty. It looks AMAZING!!!!

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  5. beautiful quilt and note to your mom!

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  6. I love this quilt more every time I see it, it really is amazing, I will definitely be buying the pattern once we've moved house and re-settled, it is an amazing quilt, well done! :)

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  7. Such a beautiful quilt ~ and love the settings you chose to photograph it. Love what you wrote at the end of your post ~ you are a sweet daughter.

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  8. So very lovely! Colors, design, everything!

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  9. This quilt really did come out so well. The letter to your parents was just so sweet too. :)

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  10. Gorgeous quilt! And made for such a happy reason makes it doubly lovely. :-)

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  11. rachel, this is amazing! i wanted to comment after your post about the quilting of this quilt (which is fantastic!) but i usually read on my iphone while nursing the baby and for some reason, i can't comment from my phone. it's the weirdest thing! this quilt is perfection!!!! i LOVE it!

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  12. Thanks Rachel! Already ordered!

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  13. This is so gorgeous!!!! Congrats!!! And the setting for the pictures... It brings so many good and cherished memories! I live in Spain now but I spent 5 years in Columbia, where I met my hubby. And we had so many barbecues and days out at Lake Murray! Thanks!!

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    1. Oh, what a small world! I never would have guessed that a Spanish reader would have memories on Lake Murray!

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    2. And I, that someone I follow would have a home there! Hahaha! Small indeed!

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  14. Oh Rachel, that is very beautiful! Nice work lady. : )

    ~Monika

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  15. It's beautiful! I love the "overlapping" blocks. :)

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  16. Very pretty and very brave holding your mama's quilt over the lake like that! ;)

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    1. Haha, well, my mom and dad were holding the quilt!

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  17. Love this! But what are the fabric requirements? I like being able to see that before I buy.

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    1. This quilt is difficult to pin down for fabric requirements, since it depends on how many colors you want to use and how thoughtful you are about using scrap trimmings for smaller blocks (a technique explained in the pattern). My estimations in the supplies list are generous: 8-10 half yards of solid colors or near-solid prints for the Sparklers blocks and 6-7 yards (queen) or 8 yards (king) light value solids for the sparkler blocks and quilt
      background. Hope that helps!

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  18. I love how this one came out! The quilting really makes it pop, but I like the placement of all your sparklers too. What a wonderful gift!

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  19. I love string quilts and this improv look is so fun!

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  20. AAAH! I'm just now seeing this post! The quilt looks so beautiful all finished! Wow. Gorgeous pics. Thanks again, Rachel! xoxo

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