I've been teasing you with a few pictures of a new pattern that I recently tested for Rachel Rossi, but today I can finally show you the entire quilt. Yay!
I'm very happy to introduce Hypersonic
Not only is this quilt cool to look at and make, but there's a secret code in the design. The pattern includes instructions to make three sizes (baby, throw, and twin) and you can make it following the exact layout that Rachel has. Or, if you want to step outside your comfort zone a little bit, Rachel has included instructions on how you can create your own variation using the code as the basis of your layout.
So what's the code? Its the Fibonacci Sequence code and it's pretty cool. The pattern includes a brief explanation of the code and how to incorporate it in the layout of this quilt. I made my sample following the pattern exactly for the twin quilt, but I'm working on another one that is different and it's making me feel a bit like a math whiz. 😄 (I have to say that because I am far from a math whiz!)
This is a fun quilt to make and I was honored to test it. Here's Rachel's blog post about the new pattern, including some really awesome pictures.
Rachel always captures her quilts in some amazing pictures, and this one above is one of my all-time favorites.
This pattern is very well-written and easy to follow. I found the cutting instructions easy to follow, even though they look intimidating at first. There is a separate page with cutting instructions for each size, which I really like! I don't always love it when the multiple size options are listed in parenthesis because it is too easy to misread and miss-cut something.
Another really neat thing about this pattern is the coloring page. Instead of using crayons or colored pencils, I used strips of fabric to get a visual of how my quilt was going to look.
I did move a few fabrics around to avoid a concentration of certain colors. I REALLY liked doing this.
The curved pieces on this quilt look challenging, but they were very easy. They were appliqued using a technique involving interfacing so you don't have any raw edges. I've used this technique before and love it. It's easy and precise! Rachel suggests using mono-filament thread to stitch the pieces down, but I used matching thread color.
Is it sad that all of the fabric (except the backing), and thread for this quilt came from my stash?
I like this quilt so much that I just had to take a bunch of pictures.
This twin quilt is a decent size - 62" x 90" so I took pictures from the balcony again. I'm not sure how I missed getting my husband in the pictures, but I did.
I've become quite fond of taking pictures of quilts hanging from a tree limb, so here's another one. :-)
And of course I have to take a picture of just about every quilt I make with it hanging on the wood pile.
I decided to quilt this with a swirly design to counteract the linearity of the piecing. I liked the results.
I machine bound this quilt, using my flange binding technique. I am very pleased with the little splash of color along the edge.
Before I quilted this, a couple of the grandkids wanted to use it as a backdrop of one of their "shows," so of course I obliged. The only problem was that they liked it better hanging upside down.
The girls said that they liked it upside down because it reminds them of melting ice cream and that made them laugh. Yep! I can see that and the discussion quickly moved to the idea of having a snack and of course it had to be ice cream. Yes, I obliged with that too. 😀
Upside down or not, I really like this quilt!
It's too late to make this long story short, but I enjoyed making this quilt and know you will too. You can purchase the pattern, along with Rachel's other patterns HERE. I know you won't be sorry!