June 23, 2009

Sizzling Summer Twilt Tuesday

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , at 9:01 AM by Shelley Swanland

Summer SizzleThe sun batik and the Asian print at the bottom  were laying near each other in my stack of fabric, calling out to be used together. I pondered what to do with them for several days and decided that sometimes the fabric wants to be the star and you don’t want to cut them up. Still they needed some piecing to make them spark. I tracked down the feather and crane prints and then used the flower colors in all the fabric to pull batiks for the multi colored bands.Summer Sizzle Sun

The bands tie all the other pieces together. Add a little black to outline the bands and sections and it was ready to quilt. For the quilting I chose to leave my feed dogs up and use a straight stitch. In addition to background stitching and stitching in the ditch, I outlined the suns in the batik and the bamboo.


Summer Sizzle Bamboo


I think “Summer Sizzle” turned out quite nicely for a simple design.

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  1. Rebecca said,

    This quilt is absolutely stunning! OMG I want to make one NOW! Too bad I have other stuff to do:( I have a black and white with red accents planned and a TON of cowboy/Indian/western fabrics I really need to use up. Our quilt guild is doing a tropical challenge though hmmmmmm.

  2. Thank you Rebecca! I love black and white with a little red myself. Would love to see what you come up with. I’ve quit worrying about using up all my fabric. Who made that rule anyway? And, if someone did, aren’t rules made to be broken. :+)

  3. jules said,

    Wow what a stunning summer sizzler! I love the way you come up with something completely different each week, they are always fabulous, and I always want to have made them!!

    • Thanks Jules,
      This whole Twilt project has been an interesting journey. I have no idea where I will go with it. Should I write a book about them, do patterns or something else. I have even been asked if I will sell them. What I do know is that I have made a committment to do one every Tuesday and other than my last road trip, I have. It is a creative challenge and an opportunity to put fabrics and ideas together in new ways. It is a deadline and for me deadlines are helpful. I am so glad everyone is enjoying them and look forward to where they will take me in the future. You know, at the end of a year I should have 50. Yikes!

  4. Angie said,

    Shelly – your twilts are stunning. Please think about having an exhibit somewhere so we may see how beautiful they are in person and inspiring.

    Look forward to the next one,
    Angie Nudge in Riverside

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