Welcome to the Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge Linkup! I am thrilled to open the linkup today so we can share what we have made recently featuring Alison Glass fabric (something made in the last 3-6 months is the idea) and enjoy seeing the range of creations using her beautiful fabric. The Alison Glass studio has generously offered a fat 8th bundle of Seventy Six as a prize, and on February 1st I will announce the randomly selected winner from those who link up!
It Comes in Waves Mini Quilt
I am super excited today to share with you the mini quilt that inspired the Alison Glass Charm Swaps which I hosted which in turn inspired this challenge. I agreed to participate in a private swap with a group of quilters last September, and after receiving the lovely Let Your Heart Shine True mini quilt from Kitty from Night Quilter, I put on my thinking cap to consider what I could make that she would enjoy just as much in return. The first thing that I knew was her love for Alison Glass fabrics and all things rainbow, so I quickly latched onto the idea of a rainbow of colors for her quilt in Alison Glass fabrics. In order to not break my bank account to accomplish this goal, I hit on the idea of hosting a charm swap so that I could get enough variety. The next part of the idea came to me when I was on vacation along the Oregon coast last August. As I was looking out over the ocean, I had thoughts about the challenges and celebrations in life: “it comes in waves” and all the pieces somehow clicked in my brain. I would do improve quarter circle piecing using the charm squares and the quilt would be named “It Comes in Waves”! The only challenge was to execute.
It takes time to organize something like the charm swap (which grew into two charm swaps), and I am grateful for Kitty’s patience with me as I worked through the process to acquire the materials to create her quilt. Once I had the fabric in hand it did not take long to piece the improv curve blocks, but it did take me several days of trying many layouts before settling on the final design. In the end I chose this layout because I liked the way that there are 3 different groups or “ripples” in the quilt top also representing all the ways the things interact and intersect in life, thus tying back into the name of the quilt and a reminder to find the calm and spaces between the waves. Or perhaps the idea is to find the joy in the adventure of surfing along the top of a wave.
I took the mini quilt (which finished at roughly 27-inches square) with me to photograph along the California coast just after Christmas in December. I really wanted to capture the quilt with the wave sets rolling in…
I am really thankful that I chose to wash and block the mini quilt before binding and setting out on this daring photographic adventure…
Even with my very wonderful and helpful husband standing just out of frame, sometimes life, well, it just comes in waves…
…and mere seconds after this final photo in the series was taken the quilt was swamped by a wave.
The quilt thankfully was still on the rock afterward, and my husband confided to me that he had no idea how he was going to manage to get in the water to retrieve the quilt had it been knocked off and into the surf, but he was willing to try! I am also happy to report that after rinsing the mini quilt thoroughly to get out as much of the sea salt as possible, the hair dryer in the inn was able to get the mini quilt dry and back to mostly being square that evening. 🙂
I quilted over the colored Alison Glass prints using 50wt Aurifl 3817 (Marrakesh) using a variety of free motion quilting motifs (swirls, loops, pebbles, etc.) and I quilted over the low volume Alison Glass prints using 50wt Aurifl 2024 (White) in a dense back and forth line. The backing, binding, and hanging sleeve are all also Alison Glass prints.
Alison Glass Challenge Linky Party Rules
Now it is your turn! I look forward to seeing what you have made, and I hope you take some time to come back and visit to see what others have created during this linkup.
- Between now and the end of January, make something with the Alison Glass fabric in your stash! You can make a quilt top, a finished quilt, a garment, a bag, or anything else that your heart desires.
- Write a blog post or post an Instagram photo of your creation.
- Link your blog post or Instagram photo to the Make with Alison Glass Linky Party to enter to win a fat 8th bundle of 76 from the Alison Glass studio!
The Linkup is Closed.
Congratulations to #26 Teadoddles (Kristie Cook), winner of the F8 bundle of Seventy Six from the Alison Glass Studio.