Do you ever have trouble coming up with the words to describe a quilt finish? What I mean is…have you found yourself so caught up in a project itself, the challenge of taking an idea and making it visual, that you forget about documenting the process? Putting nose to the grindstone and working straight through until it’s done, leaving you breathless and without words when the end result is more than you could have hoped for? That’s a little bit how it was with this quilt.
It started out as a Quilt Design a Day exercise, with a pre-selected palette based on this Design Seed. Having just purchased a set of quarter circle templates from Jen Carlton Bailly, I was anxious to use them in a design. It seemed like fate that this day’s palette was that little bowl of buttons — perfect for my experiment!
After sketching out the design, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it!! The colors were a bit muted for my liking, so armed with my Moda Bella Color Card, I promptly got to work mixing and matching to brighten it up a bit. When this lovely stack arrived on my doorstep, I literally dropped everything and began cutting out all the pieces!
And that’s when it gets hazy. ha ha! I went to a sewing retreat that weekend and spent the majority of the time working on the top, but have no pictures other than when I finished piecing it.
I remember it being fun, yet challenging. Most was a breeze to piece, however, several overlapping sections required a bit more thought to recreate the original sketch. That’s one of my favorite parts of the process…all that figuring. I knew I could do it, but deciphering the “how” was what made this project so incredibly fulfilling.
It’s quilted with dense straight lines in a minty color that blends so well with all the fabrics. I really wanted the design to pop and felt this type of neutral quilting would add texture without taking away from the intended visual impact. Another design feature that puts this quilt over the top for me is the matched binding!! While time intensive, the end result is worth every single laborious moment.
All in all, this was such a joy to work on. It reminded me of all that I have on my plate as a wife, mom, friend, quilter…all those responsibilities that are stacked on top of one another. It’s a true Balancing Act to keep it all running without “dropping any balls” so to speak. Sometimes you have to make room for new things and the old must be carefully removed to keep some sense of equilibrium. I’ve had to do that over the course of making this quilt so it seemed to be the most appropriate name I could give.
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)”
-Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Finished Size - 58″ x 70″
Techniques – Machine pieced, matchstick quilted with straight lines 1/8″ – 1/4″ apart using a long arm quilting machine, binding stitched down by hand
Fabrics – Moda Bella Solids in Horizon Blue, Blue Chill, Blue Raspberry, Thistle, Lavender, White Bleached, Backing in Lizzy House Jewels in White/Blue