Thrown for a Curve
2021 Finished Quilts

Thrown for a Curve {Finished Group Quilt}

Over the past week and a half, I had so much fun getting to quilt and finish the group quilt. We have named it Thrown for a Curve.

Thrown for a Curve - Aurifil Thread

Thrown for a Curve – Aurifil Thread

First, let’s take a look at the 8 coordinating thread colors I used to finish the quilt. I used 50wt Aurifil in:

  • 2460 (Dark Carmine Red) to match 9000-252 Marrakech
  • 2235 (Orange) to match 9000-590 Tangerine
  • 2145 (Yellow Orange) to match 9000-580 Carrot
  • 2140 (Orange Mustard) to match 9000-550 Saffron
  • 2130 (Medium Butter) to match 9000-530 Cheese Sauce
  • 1231 (Spring Green) to match 9000-71 Lime
  • 2312 (Ermine) to match 9000-314 Shortbread
  • 2024 (White) to match 9000-11 Eggshell

I had all of these thread colors in my stash, so in a few of these instances the color match is not 100% perfect. If I had pulled out my Aurifil color card and color matched to the fabrics, I probably would have opted for a few different options (specifically I think there are better options to match to the Tangerine and Carrot fabrics), but these worked really well.

As a reminder, the fabric for the group quilt was generously donated by Northcott Fabrics and are their ColorWorks Premium Solids in the colors noted above.

Thrown for a Curve

Thrown for a Curve

Originally concepted in 2019, Thrown for a Curve is a group project based around curved piecing. In 2019, we did not anticipate being unable to get together in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we waited until we were vaccinated in 2021 to get together to finish this project. The ghost quilted leaf represents the year we missed getting together, and the randomly spaced echoing quilting lines represent our occasionally bold and hesitant steps back toward normalcy.

Thrown for a Curve - Quilt Back

Thrown for a Curve – Quilt Back

All fabric was prewashed prior to use. When I received the quilt top it was approximately 50 1/2-inches wide by 51 3/4-inches tall. After quilting and trimming the quilt square, it finished at 48 3/4-inches wide by 50 1/4-inches tall. The quilt lays nice and flat and was easy to square up (the vertical quilting lines were excellent guides for my rulers!).

Thrown for a Curve - Detail

Thrown for a Curve – Detail

As you may remember from my quilting plan post, I decided to stitch around each pieced component, use a faux-Trapunto technique underneath the solid portions of each leaf, add straight lines in the dark background, curved echo lines in the light background, and then add some random free motion quilting into other areas. Once I had all of the pieces outlined and the background quilting complete, I felt like the background also needed some areas with free motion quilting added.

Thrown for a Curve - Detail

Thrown for a Curve – Detail

I used 3 rounded free motion quilting motifs for the accent areas: string of pearls / pebbles, ribbon candy, and wishbone. I wanted the free motion quilting to add accents but to leave you perhaps wanting a bit more. Much like the quilt name suggests (Thrown for a Curve), I think the past 18 months have all left us wanting a bit more.

Thrown for a Curve - Label

Thrown for a Curve – Label

The quilt is bound using the bright lime green. Thanks to all the group members who contributed to help make this quilt a reality: Valore Kasten, Travis Seward, Faye Jones, and Cheryl Brickey. I’ll be submitting the quilt to the group quilt category for QuiltCon and we’ll see if it gets accepted.

Thrown for a Curve

Thrown for a Curve

And as always, thanks to my husband, the professional quilt holder. For those who are curious, the plants behind the quilt are Ti plants (pronounced tea).

Linking up with August 2021 Favorite Finish, Finished or Not Friday and Beauties Pageant 142.

17 thoughts on “Thrown for a Curve {Finished Group Quilt}

  1. Julie says:

    The quilt looks right at home in the Ti plants.

  2. Lea says:

    Wow Yvonne!! This is one gorgeous quilt!! It is amazing. The fabrics, colors and quilting … just wow! The last photo is so perfect the way the flowers match the quilt so perfectly. Well done.

  3. Patti says:

    This is a WOW for sure! And the name fits. Nice job quilting…good job group!

  4. So fun to see collaborative works, and this one is a beauty. The colors and design are just fantastic, and your quilting just takes it to the next level.

  5. M M Mullins says:

    Your quilting and thoughtful attention to meaning make this design extraordinary.
    Keeping a group project going through these upside-down times also deserves
    congratulations.

  6. aquilterstable says:

    A beautiful finish. Your quilting was truly inspired and brings the components together so well. Love the ghost leaf!

  7. Joanne H says:

    What a fun quilt!

  8. Suzanne Gabel says:

    Amazing! And it looks as thought the TI plants were your inspiration for colors. They are the perfect background.

  9. Melanie says:

    Love the colors of the quilts in front of the plants!

  10. Liz Wilson says:

    That quilting is so cool and modern. It looks fantastic! The whole quilt is gorgeous.

  11. Preeti says:

    Makes me ache for Fall. Love everything about it 🙂

  12. WOW!!! this is just a visual stunner!! the colors, the abstract piecing, the quilting… amazing!!

  13. This is a real stunner and what a great piece with all the cooperative efforts of all. I really love the surprises in the quilting, not all straight or curved, but some whimsy thrown in. Congratulations!

  14. Kris Jarchow says:

    oooo I love this it is sort of minimalist and the quilting is unexpected.

  15. What a beautiful quilt. It’s so much fun to see a collaborative effort. Fingers crossed it gets accepted to Quiltcon.

  16. I love your quilting! I hope that it gets to hang at QuiltCon. Thanks for linking up to the Favorite Finishes Monthly Linkup Party!

  17. Nancy Bekedam says:

    What an awesome photo with the Ti plants, Yvonne! They look like the inspiration. I love your creative FMQ. And the lime binding is the icing on the cake!

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