04 October 2011

Ripple quilt

I'm finally ready to stamp the Ripple quilt "finished."
It began in the spring when Robert Kaufman Fabrics distributed solids charm packs to the quilt guild and challenged us to make quilts using only solids. About the same time Accuquilt sent a fabric cutter to try out. As it turns out, working together solids from all (dusty) shades of the rainbow, and block-based quilt design are both outside my comfort zone, so I decided to wrap it up into one challenge.
I cut a quarter circle and a corner from each charm (5") square, then an equal number from various off-white solids. I wrote a tutorial for assembling the drunkard's path blocks in Die Cut Drunk and described how I arranged the blocks in Drunken Progress.
The quilting uses several different colors, with all of the concentric circles around any drop in the same color. The colors are light blue, light ochre, moss green, deep red, and white.
The drops overlap in different amounts. Some drops have more rings than others. Some of the quilted drops are set completely in the white background, with no drunkard's path blocks.
I quilted the circles using the walking foot. I hadn't really thought through the amount of turning required to quilt all these circles on my little machine. In the future I wouldn't try this on anything as big as this 61" x 69" quilt.
The back is Kona Snow with a stripe of natural Kaufman Chambray and a pieced circle.
the label is embroidered at the center on one of the quilting drops. I'm so happy with how the quilting turned out, both front and back.

UPDATE: If you're interested in making a drunkard's path quilt, Kate and Kristie are hosting a quilt along over at Needle and Spatula and OCD.

33 comments:

  1. This is awesome! Very modern and unique, and I've got to say, I'm a sucker for concentric circles in quilting.

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  2. I am in love with this quilt - it's one of those ones I wish I'd thought of but I'm just not that artistic. I love how you mixed in different pale solids too

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  3. I'm in awe that you did all of those circles on your home machine. That makes my arms hurt just to think about it, lol. Beautiful job!

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  4. I loved this quilt top before seeing the quilting, but you have really outdone yourself on this one! It looks fantastic!

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  5. Just three words to say: I LOVE IT!!!

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  6. Just amazing! Love the quilting and the overall design.

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  7. LOVE IT! I will try something similarly swirly! Cheers! Linda at www.quti.org

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  8. I'm totally in love - it's such a beautiful quilt.

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  9. Gorgeous! Love how this turned out. The concentric quilting was worth wrestling it through the machine.

    Drunkard's Path has been on my "someday" list for a long time, but seeing this puts it in boldface... the deconstructed layout is genius.

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  10. What a beautiful finish. Absolutely the most original use of the drunkard's path block I've ever seen.

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  11. I love your use of negative space...the quilt looks fabulous.

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  12. Fantastic use of the drunkard's path bits. It all works together so well. Love it!

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  13. I'm whimpering in awe again! I simply love this quilt.

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  14. whoa, yet another masterpiece!

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  15. You did very well for being outside your comfort zone!

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  16. this is absolutely stunning! love the piecing, love the quilting... love it all.

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  17. Great job...especially the quilting.

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  18. just incredible. Your work is beyond inspiring. I loved just the top, but the quilting pushes it to a whole new level. Brilliant, you!

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  19. can i ask how you marked your circles? i used chalk on a recent quilt and some of my stitches kept the chalk color. i think i may have to soak it :(

    oh, and your quilt is freakin' gorgeous.

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  20. I would love for you to come and link up to a show I am doing on male quilters. it is on my blog now through the 15th! Hope to see you over there!

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  21. visiting from Pigtales & Quilts...your quilt is amazing! Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. visiting from the Quilt Show on Pigtales and love it, love it, love it.....

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  23. Stopping by from the Men Quilt Too quilt show. Great quilt, I love the round quilting on it!

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  24. I just love this quilt-hope you don't get tired of hearing that. What a terrific job.

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  25. Amazing, Dan! I love the back as much as the front, but it's all wow, wow, wow, WOW! You are brilliant.

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  26. I've been contemplating a quilt inspired by raindrops for a long time. This is the quilt I wish I'd thought of.

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  27. I'm here from Generation Q magazine - what a wonderful quilt! I really like the concentric circles in the quilting making the ripples. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  28. This is a fabulous quilt Dan, I adore your fresh interpretation of the drunkards path layout and your quilting is incredible, esp done with a walking foot, wow!! xo

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