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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Barb's Brown & Turquoise

Barb pieced this fabulous top.  I see another element every time I look at it. 
 It's 108 x 108 and is a wedding gift for a family member.

There are the obvious turquoise stars, but between and around them are 16 brown stars that are very subtle.  There are cream/brown blocks around the outside that create a border, and another block in each corner.  The batik fabrics add so much more movement to the quilt.  There is a narrow cream border around the outside that is hard to see under the brown binding that I applied to the front so she only has to hand stitch it to the back.

The small turquoise angle pieces create a circle around the stars:

I used 5 different colors of thread - 3 browns, the cream and turquoise

The cream thread creates a square-in-a-square pattern around a brown 4-patch

All of the diamonds were quilted with 2 hooks and stitch-in-the-ditch around them, 
with a line 1/2 inch away in the side angles

There are double connecting curves in the brown squares

The center square of the stars have a square in the middle, and curved lines around the edges

The brown stars were so subtle that I added a turquoise line along the edges to give them just a little pop

The corner blocks have just enough quilting to enhance them

The borders have scrips e's and l's to soften all of the points and angles in the quilt.  The 2 narrow cream borders have a wiggly line just to fill it enough to keep it from popping out too much.

The backing is a great batik that makes the turquoise on the front rally dominant.  The busy back hides most of the different color quilting threads.

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