Monday, April 29, 2019

Dragon Fruit Quilt Fill

Today, it's all about the Dragon Fruit quilt fill.

Dragon Fruit quilt fill on the United runner by QuiltFabrication

Quilted on the United runner made for the Be A Diamond Blog Hop, it's a fill I created specifically for this runner. With all of the star prints, I wanted some kind of a star motif in the background. But drawing a star, and nesting them attractively in a small space was not an adventure I wanted to take on. Hmm, what else would look nice?

So, I got my handy piece of vinyl and my favorite Expo Vis-a Vis WET erase marker (affiliate link), and started drawing over the background space. I tried swirls and pebbles, swirls with feathers, right angled lines that crossed each other, triangles, and stars. Nothing felt right. 

Then I put the swirls together with straight line spikes - now the design is coming together. Add in some echoing around the spikes, and fill is born!

drawn out Dragon Fruit quilt fill

Below are the four steps on how to make one motif of the Dragon Fruit fill - it all starts with a curl, then back a bit to make a hook, add three triangle spikes, then echo back around those spikes.

the four steps drawn out to make the Dragon Fruit quilt fill

Below are three of these motifs put together. Starting with the 'in' arrow, each motif is drawn with a changing swirl direction, so as to move around and fill in the space.

 Dragon Fruit motif to make a quilt fill

Now that the basics of drawing the Dragon Fruit quilt fill are covered, here it is in action:

Keep in mind that I was quilting this fill to get it done, and not to focus on perfection. That's only necessary for show quilts. But there are a couple of things to notice when quilting:

1. Don't worry if the echo is narrower, shorter, or even a bit curved. Or sometimes it's only halfway or missing. It depends on the amount of space that the machine is in at that moment, and the area that the machine needs to travel to next.

2. Backtracking is your friend. Use it in the ditches to move from one area to the next, or use it over previous stitching if all of a sudden the design is boxed in with nowhere to go. The golden rule is to not have more than 3 layers of stitching. More than that, and the thread buildup is really noticeable.

3. Just let the quilting flow! Repeat this mantra - curl, hook, spike, spike, spike, echo. Repeat. After several repeats, the design will become second nature.

So why is this named after Dragon Fruit? Well, hubby went shopping with me, and discovered Dragon Fruit.

a pile of Dragon Fruit

Quite a beautiful pile, yes? Though we didn't buy one, their uniqueness stuck in my head.

Dragon Fruit

With this view from the bottom, I think the Dragon Fruit fill is aptly named, don't you think?

Dragon Fruit bottom

Go ahead and bookmark this page for that one day when Dragon Fruit happens to be the perfect fill for your project. Be sure to send me a picture when the quilting is done - I'd love to share it with everyone!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, April 26, 2019

United Runner

Welcome to my day of the Be A Diamond Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of 
Just Let Me Quilt. May I introduce my United table runner!

United table runner by QuiltFabrication

This table runner received the name United, because lately, I feel we all need to set aside our own agendas and come together as one for the good of all. And of course, it helps United was done in patriotic colors, though any other color scheme would look just as fantastic!

Now, if you're feeling the same way I do, and would like to have a more united feeling around you, there's a pattern available to make your own. Through the end of April, the United pattern will be available for $5 in my QuiltFabrication Etsy shop - grab it now before it goes to full price!

Ready for some closeups? Here goes!

United table runner closeup by QuiltFabrication

Just look at the awesome fill - I'm calling it Dragon Fruit because of the spikes. There's now a tutorial/video on how to quilt this - check out the Dragon Fruit Quilt Fill. And yes, it can be done on a domestic machine too.

Here's a closer view:

United table runner quilting closeup by QuiltFabrication

such yummy texture! Notice that the red/white/blue lines are stitched in the ditch - I wanted them to have a different dimension than the dense fill.

And one more pic, showing the patriotic backing fabric on this 15.5" x 41" runner - the perfect fit!

United table runner with backing by QuiltFabrication

Oh - did I mention how easy the United runner is to put together? A couple strip sets plus a very easy, creative way to cut the background triangles make this a project that can be done in a day. I know I'll be making another with a fall theme - stay tuned for that later this summer.

I also want to give Carol a big thank you for hosting this hop, plus all the others I've participated in - they have been a ton of fun! I do hope there's more in the future. 

In case you're just joining in, here's a full list of quilters participating - check out all the fabulous Diamond eye candy!

April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26

Enjoy the last day of the hop!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Midweek Makers #172

Welcome to Midweek Makers! My share today is the beautiful quilting on Ketra's quilt that I completed last week.

client quilt

The top and backing were pieced by Ketra's sister, Kondra Thomas, who unfortunately passed away last fall. Ketra wanted this put together to use instead of allowing it to languish on a shelf. Measuring in at 100" x 100", it just fit on my frame. And with her and hubby's perfect choice of both pantograph and aqua thread, the back looks just as beautiful as the front!

quilt back

Quite a lovely quilt - I'm happy to have helped make it a sweet remembrance of Konda for Ketra.

As for shares last week, there were several that caught my eye:
this large, pretty block that adorns the front door of Grace and Peace Quilting,


this very fun personalized baby quilt for a granddaughter of Kat's at Scrapbox Quilting,


and several aqua blocks by LeeAnna, along with aqua's color personality description over at Not Afraid of Color.


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Be a Diamond Blog Hop Starts Today

Ready for another blog hop full of eye candy? Then check out the Be a Diamond Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.


Once again, there's an impressive list of quilters participating all this week -                                                 
April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26

I'm showing off my project on Friday, April 26, but I'll give you a sneak peek:

yep, my favorite color scheme - red, white, and blue!

Enjoy all of the other projects throughout the week, and I'll have mine ready for you on Friday.

Happy Hopping!

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