12 April 2013

Tula Pink Salt Water Colorblocks Quilt!

My first queen-size quilt!!!  I saw the salt water line from Tula Pink and I knew I just had to make this great Colorblocks quilt that she posted free on her blog!  I love the blocks of color, and because it's SO modern, I knew that my husband would allow it on our bed!  So here is my first queen-size quilt!!  

It's also my first REAL endeavor into free-motion-quilting!  I decided to use wavy lines (like waves!) on the grid pattern, and then I added a sea weed pattern I made up on the edges.  On the corners, it needed something different, so I experimented with some "sea bubbles" which are really not as hard as I thought!

I recently took my first FMQ class from Lisa at Sew Modern in Los Angeles where I live.  She taught me how to do a bunch of different patterns and told me and my classmates just to jump in and not be scared!!  I did just that, and while there are MANY imperfections, you can't really notice them!

We went to the beach for a 50K bike ride Sunday and took the quilt along for a little photo shoot.  It was kind of a gray day at the beach, so the photos could be clearer. I have to give my husband credit as he took some of these!

The lifeguard station was a good backdrop!

Doing any kind of pattern from one end of a queen-size quilt to the other is a daunting task!  All the starting and stopping to move your hands is not easy.  I got better at it as I had a lot of practice!

A seagull wanted to see what was up!

Here's the entire quilt top - I used the Free Spirit solids to match that Tula recommended in the pattern.  I used all the Salt Water coral fabric scraps for the binding.

The hubby trying to hold it up in the wind!  Funny!

On the back I did a mirror image using only the solids from the front.  I love how it turned out and I really think it's a reversible quilt!!