I was introduced to Amanda @The Quilted Fish last year when I chose to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Riley Blake fabric challenge. The fabric they selected to use was The Cottage Garden, which was designed by Amanda. I jumped at the chance to participate because the colorway, patterns, and detail in her prints really spoke to me, and I created Lucent as a way to showcase the beautiful prints. So when Amanda contacted me to see if I might have interest and time to work with her newest line, Desert Bloom, it didn’t take long before I had a seed of an idea and was off and running! I am excited to introduce you to my newest quilt pattern today, Double Mobius.
I’m going to step back for a moment and talk through the process of how I created this quilt and design.
The first thing that really pulled me in about this fabric line is the name, Desert Bloom. I live right on the edge of the Mojave Desert (my husband commutes to work in the desert), and that connection spoke to me. The next thing that occurred to me is that my parents would be celebrating their wedding anniversary during the blog hop. In fact, today is their anniversary – Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! I also realized that I had never in fact made and gifted a quilt to my parents.
Looking through the prints in the Desert Bloom line with my parents in mind, I selected the palette of 5 prints above. I love the Desert Text in White. It is a fantastic low volume print, and it contains lovely botanical terms and information, which made me think of my mom, who majored in biology in college and taught it in high school for years. The Desert Bird in Blue was an absolute delight to find as it was the perfect print to represent my father, who has a love and passion for flying his Bonanza airplane. I really love the graphic nature of the Desert Stripe prints and how they lend a more masculine feel to the balance of the fabric, and the Desert Main in Blue is the perfect print to pull the grouping together.
As for the quilt design, when I was at QuiltCon in Pasadena in February, I shared a room with my mom and Renee @Quilts of a Feather. One morning, I pulled out my quilting idea sketch pad and doodled this design. I liked the connection that my mom was there with me when I designed it, and looking it over, I also liked how it felt like a modern interpretation of the double wedding ring. Because the design is a bit of a brain teaser, I chose to name the pattern Double Mobius.
Mobius Strip: a surface with one continuous side formed by joining the ends of a rectangular strip after twisting one end through 180°.
For the quilting, I used 50wt Aurifil: 2610 (Light Blue Grey) on the top and 6736 (Jedi) in the bobbin (because I did not have enough of either and the tones were close enough to blend). I wanted to use quilting motifs that complimented the botanical feel of the fabrics and filled in all the negative space with a fun combination of flowers, leaf vines, swirls, double loops, large swirls, stipple, back and forth lines, and a few occasional feathers. I also wanted to reinforce the anniversary and interlocking aspect of the block design and left a large un-quilted heart in the center of each Double Mobius.
I love how the Desert Main in Blue works as the quilt backing, and you can just see that I placed a heart shaped quilt label inside one of the un-quilted hearts in the center of the bottom Double Mobius.
The Double Mobius quilt pattern contains instructions for a very generous lap size (60″ x 80″) and baby (30″ x 40″) quilt top. I was able to finish the quilt and get it mailed to my parents late last week as an early anniversary gift, and I have visions of them cuddled under the quilt on the sofa together. <3
The quilt itself took me 7 hours to piece, 5.5 hours to quilt, and 3 hours to bind (I hand stitched the binding to the back), for a total of 15.5 hours.
Thanks so much for visiting my stop in the Desert Bloom blog tour! If you are new to my site, please consider visiting Week 1 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, where you will be introduced to great new quilt bloggers and where you can enter to win one of many wonderful giveaways from generous sponsors.
In addition to the beautiful quilting cotton that I worked with, the Desert Bloom fabric line also contains knits. Below is a link to the full blog tour schedule and so that you can see the other amazing projects that are being made and shared as part of the Desert Bloom blog tour!