Tuesday, November 27, 2018

🎉 Party Quilt 🎉

This quilt was named by my blogger friend, Wendy, when she commented on Instagram, that quilt "looks like a party!"

The pattern, Pixelated, came out in Issue 51 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. It's also available now in the designer's store, Down Grapevine Lane.

This is a fun quilt to make from 2 1/2" strips! I made mine from a Tula Pink "True Colors" jelly roll. I took out several of the strips that didn't play nice, added other Tula Pink strips, and I inserted 4 more rows in random places to the pattern. That took a bit of graph papering!

I did matchstick quilting on this 60" X 85" quilt. I was totally inspired by @SheCanQuilt on Instagram, and the throw size quilt she was matchsticking. 


I used 100 weight Invisifil thread, which is super thin, compared to the usual 40 or 60 weight Glide thread or 50 weight Aurifil thread I typically use. That made for a less "thready" look. I used most of two 2,700 yard spools.

The quilt spacing is less than 1/8" apart. I typically quilted  20+ rows per 2" strip.

The quilting is freehand. No channel lock was used. I worked on it for two days, roughly 16 hours.



I used 100% white cotton batting, which will make the quilt soften up with washing. Here's the extra-wide backing I used:

Here are the latest 7 quilts of my own, all lined up on my longarm:

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy 
   
Linking up with Freemotion by the RiverMidweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, WIPS on Wednesday, Needle & Thread ThursdayConfessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFFFriday Foto Fun, Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, Crazy Mom Quilts.

30 comments:

  1. Oh wow it's so stunning! That quilting looks absolutely luscious. I LOVE that matchstick quilting! How was it working with the thin thread, did you find it breaks more?

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  2. Oh wowee,that is a whole lot of quilting-did you set your channel locks and away you went? It is such a pretty quilt and it does look like confetti from a party:) So are you saying you have all of your own quilts done?

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  3. Gorgeous. That fine quilting looks great with the pattern as well.

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  4. Nancy I love your party quilt! Tula was such a great choice for that quilt and the matching quilting, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

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  5. Love everything about this quilt. And although I'd love to make this pattern, I would probably not quilt it the same matchstick style. I really do not have the patience. Kudos to you on a gorgeous finish. Where did you find that yummy backing? I need it. Really, I do.

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  6. The quilt looks great but the quilting is amazing. You have a lot of patience to do that. It looks great.

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  7. Great and amazing quilt all around! It's inspiring how you keep on keeping on!
    Quilter Bonnie

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  8. I love this quilt, Nancy. I've decided you should use it for a party quilt, like those red birthday plates that used to be popular. The one plate that the person with the birthday got to use for the day. This can be the quilt that the birthday person gets to use for the day. Haha. I need more coffee . . . Anyway, great finish! Twenty rows of stitching on each strip had to be a little hypnotizing?!

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  9. Wow wow wow! I love the matchstick quilting on this bright, happy PARTY! I think this is the largest, most densely quilted matchstick piece I've ever seen. That's perseverance!! Congrats on a wonderful finish :)

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  10. I just love this! can't believe you matchstick quilted this on a longarm. channel setting is what I heard you needed to do line quilting but I have never seen anyone do matchstick so close together..great job.

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  11. No channel locks?!? How is that even possible?!? It looks SO amazing!! Spectacular job!!

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  12. Hi Nancy! I agree with Wendy! Love, love, LOVE this - it is fun, fun, fun and pretty, pretty, pretty. WOW! The quilting looks beautiful, and that backing is just perfect. I like the kind of parties you throw! Happy Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  13. Beautiful!!! The quilt is so bright and cheery!! Now that's some intense quilting. I'm always worried about quilting so tight as I don't want the quilt to be able to stand up on its own.

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  14. Such a pretty, fun and uplifting quilt. Beautifully done.

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  15. Wow! I love your Party quilt; I have to check out the pattern. I can’t believe your quilting is 1/8” apart-that is really dense but the texture looks great. All of your finished quilts look wonderful displayed on your long arm.

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  16. This is AMAZING!! I can't believe you were able to do all of that freehand.

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  17. It DOES look like a party! Beautiful colors! The back looks pretty party-like as well. Beautiful. And I am really impressed that you put that much time and thread into this!!!!! You should calculate how long a walk that would be, if you were to walk the same number of yards :)

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  18. Oh I love everything about your quilt! The design, the fabrics, but especially your quilting. It really finished this beautiful quilt off in style. Great finish!

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  19. It looks like confetti shimmering down! The matchstick quilting is amazing and the perfect complement to the piecing :)

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  20. Hi Nancy. I popped by to thank you for giving me the heads up on my no reply comment situation last week. I have it all sorted out now. I'm glad I did visit as this party quilt is sensational I just love it.

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  21. Hi Nancy, your quilt is great. That's a lot of matchsticks! The back also looks like a party :-)

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  22. It definitely looks like a party! Congrats on a fun and colorful finish.

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  23. What a stunning quilt! I love it and it inspires me to maybe make one with some of the jelly rolls that keep following me home from quilt shops. xoxo

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  24. That quilt really does look like a party. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  25. This is just gorgeous! The freehand matchsticks gives it an organic look.

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  26. I adore this design -- well done! Your dedication to matchstick quilting is admirable!!

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  27. Wonderful quilt! That quilting is amazing!

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  28. Look at that awesome matchstick quilting!! So amazing! <3

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  29. I cannot add any more superlatives! It is stunning, Nancy! I think I need to come to MN to meet you! Well done!!

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