Online Market Quilt Showcase 3 – silhouette quilts

The Yellow Daisy Festival Online Market begins on Tuesday, Sept 8th. In anticipation of this, I’m making some posts about the quilts I have ready to go. Each day I’ll feature two or three quilts and tell about their process and what I like most about them. These and other quilts can be found in the Quest Quilts shop on this website or in my Etsy shop.

These quilts were made using one of my favorite forms – the silhouette. I’ve used it for many quilts before these, and I just love it. The idea that you can convey detail and form with just an outline fascinates me.

The wine quilt was one of two that I had made, but the other one sold rather quickly. This one can be draped across a couch or even hung on a wall with the proper curtain hardware. It features a wine bottle and white wine glass silhouette with complimentary wine-themed fabric. In the black area I kept up the theme with a vine quilting pattern. I love this style of quilt and think it would fit in nicely with any wine-enthusiast decor.

The next silhouette set features the often overlooked viola. I like having a silhouette inverted set and think it lends some fun and style to any decor. This set already has a hanging sleeve attached to each hanging. These are meant specifically to be wall hangings. They would look great in any musician’s home or in a school orchestra room. The cool blue, green, silver, and gray tones help it maintain a gender neutral look.

Wine Silhouette Quilts

Disclaimer – I LOVE silhouettes. I am fascinated by the idea of how something so simple can convey so much, especially with people. I’ve experimented a lot with them in previous quilts: Star Wars lightsaber duels, Disney Princesses, Hocus Pocus, Darth Vader, Luke Skywaker, and Rey and BB8. From there, I began playing with jelly rolls and making some half-and-half images: guitar quilts and viola quilts.

I’ve had a wine-themed jelly roll for a while now and finally figured out how I wanted to approach it. I’m proud to say I free-handed the wine bottle and the wine glass. I added a burgundy border around them to make them more lap quilt size instead of wall quilt size. One of them was claimed pretty quickly, but the other one is still up for grabs.

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Wine Quilts

I’ve made a couple of wine-themed quilts in addition to a coffee-themed quilt.  They’re fun.  The first one I made was really and truly a whim.  I was sitting at my sewing area and saw two fabrics that made me think of wine.  One was some label-print fabric meant to mimic the old wine bottle labels.  I’d bought too much of it for a different project, and it had been folded up for a couple of years with nothing in mind.  The second fabric was a textured purple fabric from a completely different project – a t-shirt quilt.  But they looked so pretty next to one another that I dropped whatever I was working on and began making squares.  I loved the contrast!

A couple of days later I went out to JoAnns because I remembered they had wine-themed fabric.  I found one I liked and gave the quilt top a small border around the edges to tie together the front and back.  The fabric has the phrase “Like wine I get better with age.”  I thought it was particularly cute. I used a close stipple with variegated purple thread to quilt it together.

Normally I use the fold-over method for my binding, but this one needed a more traditional one, so I kept up the purple fabric for this purpose.

 

This quilt was bought on my Etsy store for a wife’s birthday!

I have a second wine quilt for sale on my Etsy store right now.  Like the first one, the second was made on a bit of a whim.  I was speaking with a client at JoAnns, and we were standing beside one of the fabric bins that hold all of their jelly rolls.  I looked over and spied a wine-themed jelly roll, and I thought it was pretty cute.  So I decided to grab a couple and see what I could make.

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At first I had planned on making a rail fence design, and that’s why I originally had cut the stripes and sewn them together in blocks.  But I realized it wasn’t going to look like what I had envisioned, so I stepped back and decided to make a more modern design.  I went back and forth on whether to use black stripes in between the rows or wine-colored fabric.  I polled my ever-patient husband, and we both agreed that the black made a better frame and helped the different colors from the fabric stand out.  I did a rotating pattern and liked the staggering design that came out as a result.

For the backing on this one, the colors were different from the backing on the first quilt, so I chose a wine-glass themed flannel instead.

Just like the first one, I used a close stipple and maroon thread to quilt it together.  Then I put on the black binding and was all set.

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Wine themed quilt made from two jelly rolls.

 

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