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Scoop {November MDL Challenge}

I wasn’t surprised to realize that I did not have enough fabric to make my initial November MDL Design Idea that I shared early last week. I didn’t need to change much, and I have to admit that I really liked how the design evolved with just those few changes.

Scoop - Design Idea Updated for Yardage

Scoop – Design Idea Updated for Yardage

After getting the design modified for the fabric I had on hand, I pulled out my 6 1/2″ quarter circle templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly, and got busy piecing curves.

Curved Piecing

Curved Piecing

It was really satisfying seeing the curves stacking up waiting to get pressed. And I’m really pleased that the two non-solid prints show their slight metallic flint in the photographs!

Scoop

Scoop

Once I had the curved piecing complete, the quilt top came together very quickly. I love a quilt that looks almost exactly like it’s design graphic!

Scoop - Quilting Detail

Scoop – Quilting Detail

I matchstick quilted Scoop using 5 colors of 50wt Aurifil thread: 2810 (Turquoise), 1148 (Light Jade), 2220 (Light Salmon), 2423 (Baby Pink), and 2024 (White). I started with spacing my lines every 3/4″. Then I cut the spacing in half to every 3/8″. And finally I cut that in half one more time for about every 3/16″ (just barely over 1/4″).

Scoop - Backing

Scoop – Backing

The backing and binding finished off most of the Kona Oasis that I had in my stash, and I think that the varied thread colors look great against the deep turquoise color. Scoop finished at 36 1/2″ by 36″ prior to first wash. The dense matchstick quilting caused it to shrink vertically, and I expect that the quilt will end up closer to roughly square when I get around to washing it for the first time.

I also have to admit that I really like the touches of brown in the quilt. This year I have purposefully been trying to use colors that I haven’t used much in my work (like red, purple, and brown), and so far I’ve been really happy with the results. Have you tried something new lately?

12 thoughts on “Scoop {November MDL Challenge}

  1. Shannon says:

    Soooo fun, Yvonne! I love a good curve and love how you mixed it with HST – too cute! Particularly love the quilting from the back – varigated thread really does work some quilty magic!

  2. Patty says:

    Love the quilt – its gorgeous!

  3. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    It looks great. I can’t wait to take a class with Jen at QuiltCon. Must remember to bring money to buy her templates.

  4. You’ve been quite busy since you returned–were all these designs bottled up and waiting to burst out? I just finished reading Anne’s post, seeing her Circling the Square, and then yours pops up. Even in using similar ideas of a circle cut out of a square, you both achieve such different (equally fascinating) results. I think your idea to use different colors is a great one. Does that mean I have to use purple? (ugh)

  5. aquilterstable says:

    Love this AND that you were able to wing it in the best way. Plus YAY for brown!

  6. Izzy says:

    This is gorgeous Yvonne! I really dislike piecing curves, but I do love how they look. The quilting you added to the quilt is just perfect too – love that you added different colours of thread.

  7. Quilted Pants says:

    This quilt is just great! So inspiring – I have been itching to do some curved piecing all year. I feel even more itchy now! 🙂

  8. springleafstudios says:

    I really like the graphic quality of your quilt. The shapes and how they interact are so interesting.

  9. Kaja says:

    I like this a lot (though I knew I would already). The combination of curves with triangular shapes somehow reminds me so something vaguely industrial, like a section of a giant machine, cogs and blades intersecting.

  10. Liz says:

    That is a very cool quilt. The combination of curves with HSTs is very clever. I love all those different color threads on your quilting!

  11. Susan says:

    Such an innovative use of the good old Drunkards Path block. Love the quiting too. Well done.

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