Flying High

A few weeks back I joined a sew-a-long that I had been seeing floating around Instagram. I not only joined it but dove in full-force. I was mostly done cutting and piecing by the end of that first day. The only thing holding me back was not enough background fabric. Etsy to the rescue but that meant that I had to wait a few days to finish it up.This is my first transparency quilt attempt but I had been intrigued for a while. I’d really only seen them in solids and I don’t tend to use that many solids so that was holding me back from trying my own. I saw this Hold Tight pattern on Instagram and just had to give it a whirl. I knew that if I was going to use blenders that they needed to be the same pattern in order for the transparency effect to work. I had this gorgeous bundle of Pick up Sticks just hanging out in my sewing room that I received as a birthday gift from a great friend.I started throwing them on the floor using the pattern color chart as inspiration.Then the cutting and piecing began. I am not afraid of piecing curves as I gained a lot of experience with my Teal Fizz quilt top. I loved the first section as I was very secure about the color pull for those balloons. I cut out and pieced all that I could before my perfect background fabric ran out. Waiting for the next weekend was hard….but then I was back in business and got the rest of this top pieced.I pieced the backing by using a pastel charm pack and some leftover green and blue minky that I had in my stash. I also had the perfect binding fabric (Kona Oasis) and the absolute best shade of Aurifil to go with it. This 50 weight Mako Cotton (#4182) was in the Alison Glass box set. I love breaking open a new spool. So exciting.This quilt went together super fast and is so adorable. I want make all the balloons all the time!I used that same Aurifil color to create strings for the balloons and had them mimic the wavy quilting that I did. The quilting shows the movement of them just floating away.I’m hoping to finish a bunch of quilts this spring as long as I don’t continue being distracted by new projects. I think I’ve added about 5 within the last 2 weeks. Does anyone else have this problem?

Happy sewing everyone!

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5 thoughts on “Flying High

  1. rl2b2017 says:

    Good Morning! Wow – what a cool quilt. I just LOVE the fabrics you chose for this quilt, and the transparency portions look just perfect. What an inspiration this is – makes me want to just drop everything right this minute and make it. RIGHT now! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. You did an amazing job with this quilt!! Your transparency effect is spot on!! 😍

  3. What an awesome quilt! Your fabric picks and the execution and the backing are all truly fantastic.

  4. This is another quintessential DrEAMi! Roseanne indirectly referred to my linky party in her comment: a Drop Everything and Make it! occurrence that happens to a lot of us! I just LOVE your quilt, fantastic transparency effect, and love how you nearly, but for running out fo the perfect background fabric, made it in one sitting!! Could you perhaps link it up with my linky at https://www.mmmquilts.com/2019/04/dreami-27.html ? I found you through Kelly’s NT&T. 🙂 Now I’m off to check out the link to the pattern!

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