Sunburst at Badwater Salt Flat, Death Valley National Park

Sunburst {Original Design Category | BQF}

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Many thanks to Amy @Amy’s Creative Side for continuing to host the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. This year, instead of 2 festivals that align with Quilt Market, Amy has offset the festivals from market and moved to hosting an IG Quilt Festival in the spring and the online Blogger’s Quilt Festival in September. I am always so inspired by the quilts that are shared during the festival, so even if you do not link up, I hope you hop over and take a look at the amazing quilts that are being entered this year.

The festival requires that we create new blog posts to link up, so many thanks to my patient long term readers for allowing me to get to re-share quilts from this past year of which I am particularly proud. We are allowed to link up two quilts to the various categories, and my second entry to the festival is Sunburst, which I am entering into the Original Design category.

Sunburst at Badwater Salt Flat, Death Valley National Park
Sunburst at Badwater Salt Flat, Death Valley National Park

Sunburst is probably still my most favorite quilt finish to date. The colors are my absolute favorite, probably because they are derived from an underwater inspiration photograph (I *love* being in, around, and near water). I designed Sunburst as part of the Quilt Design a Day Facebook group in May 2015. The spark / inspiration image was an underwater photograph looking up at a scuba diver who was enveloped by a Sunburst – streaks of light emanating from the sun above the diver.

2016 QuiltCon Magazine Cover - Featuring Sunburst by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
2016 QuiltCon Magazine Cover – Featuring Sunburst by Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

I submitted the quilt pattern for consideration in the 2016 QuiltCon Magazine, and I was thrilled when it was accepted (my first magazine publication)! I was absolutely stunned when it was chosen as the quilt for the cover of the magazine as well.

*Note: I believe my photographs of Sunburst capture the true colors of the quilt and that the magazine cover has been altered to make the tones a little less teal and more blue.

Sunburst Detail
Sunburst Detail

The piecing of the quilt came together very quickly, and I then spent 4 long days quilting it on my domestic machine. I learned a lot about quilting a larger quilt on my domestic machine as I worked through quilting Sunburst. I learned to start in the center and work my way to the edges and wrote about it in my Crosshatch Quilting Tips. I ripped a lot of stitches to fix areas where my quilting wobbled. I ripped a lot of stitches to fix areas where my stitch length was super irregular. It was not perfect when I was done, but I was pleased with what I was able to accomplish.

Sunburst - Working on Binding
Sunburst – Working on Binding

One of my favorite parts of the quilt is the binding. I spent another 2 days putting the binding on after the the quilting, washing, and blocking. I wanted to continue the sunburst idea across and into the binding, also playing off of the idea of water reflections and how light refracts in water. I think this in process photo really shows how I laid out the strips and planned the binding. I wanted the lightest portion to be centered, so I actually started sewing down the binding in the center of the light portion and worked to an end. Then I loaded the quilt backwards from how I normally work to start back at the center. I did this for the 2 sides and then had 2 binding joints to make at the top and bottom of the quilt.


Sunburst finished at 60-inches wide by 80-inches tall, and she is currently away from home and will be showing at the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2016: International Quilts.

If you are new to my work, a few of my recent finishes from this year are featured above. I hope you stick around and explore my free Tutorials, and if you have more time, I urge you to peruse some of the Discussions that we occasionally have here as well (be sure to read the comments on each Discussion post!). Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and (re)read about my quilt, Beacon.



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