Monday, January 20, 2020

Frosty Lace

Welcome to my day of the Winter Blue Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks. My creation, Frosty Lace, is sure to chase away those winter blues!

Frosty Lace wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

I'll admit that I struggled with an idea for this hop till well after Christmas. While bargain shopping, I spied a flower spray on a gift card and finally felt some inspiration.


petal spray for Frosty Lace quilt


Reworking it a bit to come up with the design above, I started playing in EQ8 by showcasing that idea in half circles in the border. And then a funny thing happened - I don't know exactly what I did, maybe a re-size, but EQ burped and gave my design wings. 


EQ design burp

Wow! Love it, but is it sew-able? With a few seam changes here and there, I determined it was very sew-able. Yeah! After re-positioning my inspirational motifs, I kept designing, adding a center 'snowflake', enlarging bits here and there, and sending pics to my son for critique. He suggested the four sharp seeds in the center outside be larger, then I finished the design with value changes. More Wow!


Frosty Lace quilt design evolution

And I fell in love with Frosty Lace - it's lacy and delicate, with the center 'snowflake' lending a bit of frostiness. Perfect for winter in blues, it could be just as pretty in green for spring - I'm imagining flowers coming into bloom.



After all that designing, next came the sewing. After careful cutting, those curves were pinned at both ends plus the center for quarter circle blocks (aka a Drunkard's Path block). A stylus helped to pull the smaller, outer piece into alignment. 


sewing drunkard's path blocks

Treated gently, those curves just moved into position without much fuss. Though it's been a while since I've sewn curves, I enjoyed it so much that there may be a few more quilts this year that have curves. 

With the half and quarter circles done for the borders, I set in on the rest of the quilt, which is mostly applique. Taking a tip learned from one of my fellow bloggers, this homemade light box using flashlights and a clear sewing machine extension table worked wonderfully!


homemade light box for pattern transfer


All that was left to finish for the top were 4 paper pieced units, a few more strips for borders, and the remaining appliques. Then on to the quilting! 

This 46" x 46" wall quilt begged for custom treatment, and is certainly full of beautiful designs to set off the applique - enjoy the eye candy!

The Frosty Lace overall texture:


Frosty Lace quilt quilting texture










a border corner:


Frosty Lace quilted border corner











detail of the plume around the circles (that was a bit of thinking outside the box):

Frosty Lace quilt corner plume








a border center, showcasing the petal motif:

Frosty Lace quilt border center quilting









the same showcasing design repeated around the petal motifs in the quilt center:

Frosty Lace center quilting











and finally, the center. Notice all of the quarter inch stitching is outside the applique.


Frosty Lace quilt center




Now come down off that sugar high, cause there's a few more very important items left to go over:

1) visit the other participants in today's Winter Blues Blog Hop

2) if you wish to make your own Frosty Lace wall hanging, the intermediate level pattern is available in my Etsy shop for $5 during the hop (now thru January 24)

3) and don't forget to enter for my birthday giveaway prizes, now through January 31st.

Enjoy the rest of the hop, and chase away those winter blues with quilting!




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55 comments:

  1. So much work, and such a beautiful quilt. And the quilting brings this quilt up to a really high level. You're so talented, and I love what you did.

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  2. A beautiful quilt that certainly banishes the winter blues.

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  3. Your design is stunning and the finished quilt is amazing!

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  4. It's gorgeous! You have so much imagination in your designs, and the colors are so right.

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  5. Beautiful! Great design and quilt!

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  6. This quilt is breath taking!! Great job with designing and quilting. Also, happy birthday!! I'm a January birthday girl also!!

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  7. Fabulous design and love the texture created by the special quilting. Great job!

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  8. I love it when EQ cooperates and your design comes into play. The quilting really ties everything together. Beautiful Susan.

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  9. Hi Susan! Love this and all the variations from EQ8. That is exactly how I sew my drunkard's path blocks - just three pins. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  10. Oh my goodness, Susan, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the little details and quilting. You really knocked the Winter Blues out of the park with this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. The inspiration may have taken a while to arrive, but the final result is gorgeous. The quilting enhances the design even more than most quilting. I like your choices, and especial that single feather on the light blue curves. Beautiful all over!

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  12. So glad your inspiration lead you in this direction it's absolutely gorgeous.

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  13. So, so pretty, I had to buy the pattern! I love it: "EQ burped....", it's like "We make plans and God laughs!". You and the Quilt Muses were in synch on this one. Love the quilting of it too!

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  14. Love your Frosty Lace! The quilting really enhances the applique and I love the overall snowflake feeling of it. Cracked up at the "EQ burped"!!

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  15. OOOh...thats very pretty and the quilting really sets it off! Love it!

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  16. That's a pretty one! Great tip on the light box idea!

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  17. Oh, Susan, this is so amazing and love that you showed your design process. Thanks so much for the quilt design eye-candy and thanks for joining the Winter Blues Blog Hop!

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  18. Wow wow! You had some great fun with this one! Love it bunches. You truly have a great eye for design.

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  19. Beautiful quilt. Thanks so much for sharing your design process. It is amazing!

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  20. Beautiful quilt ... wonderful quilting ... :-) Pat

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  21. This is so striking! I love seeing the design process, and I agree that the green version looks like spring bursting through!

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  22. So beautiful. The green version would be perfect for Spring for sure.

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  23. Your Frosty Lace quilt is so beautiful! The flower petals and the quilting are wonderful.

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  24. Its beautiful. I have been watching the tease on IG and this sooooo did not disapoint . Great job with the design and the execution.

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  25. Beautiful, Susan! Gotta love it when those "burps" turn out awesome!!

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  26. Love how lacy you quilt looks!

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  27. So, so pretty! I love sewing curves!

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  28. Frosty Lace is so, so pretty and your quilting is lovely and is consistent with the block design. Winter Blues...gone!

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  29. This is gorgeous. A great design, and stunning quilting.

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  30. Very pretty. I loved watching your process when quilting.

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  31. Gorgeous block! Impeccable workmanship with the applique and quilting. Such a striking looking quilt!

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  32. Fabulous! Yeah for EQ8 tweaking it. ☺ The quilting suits the design.

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  33. Not only the quilt is beautiful. So is the machine quilting. Icing on the cake.

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  34. Hi Susan, your quilt is really stunning. Well done!

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  35. This is so beautiful. Inspiration can be found in many places, that's sure. And to have EQ8 throw a glitch that help create this gorgeous quilt is wonderful.

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  36. What a happy accident with EQ8 to make such a unique and beautiful quilt! Your quilting is just stunning - such a gorgeous quilt!

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  37. Very stunning and it even looks great in the green mock up. Wonderful quilting to accent the piece.

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  38. I love your quilt and the quilting is beautiful!

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  39. You turned that burp of EQ into something so marvelous. The quilting is extraordinary!

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  40. Holy cow...when you get inspiration, you really take off and run with it. This is incredible. I love all the little details and the quilting is just icing on that cake. Spectacular is all I can say right now! :-)

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  41. Frosty Lace is just gorgeous! I really like the two different blues together with white. And that's a great tip for making a homemade light box!

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  42. I love how you explained where your inspiration came from. Such a pretty finish.

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  43. Hi again - of course, I forgot to say thank you for linking up! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  44. Beautiful - both color and design!

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  45. Susan, I love your Frosty Lace pattern. Gorgeous!

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  46. What a unique design, Susan. Great Hop project!

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  47. I love the unique design! Has somewhat of a Nordic vibe! So beautiful!

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  48. Beautiful quilt, thank you for sharing.

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  49. Love the colors, it looks so pretty!

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  50. Truly a stunning quilt. I absolutely love the design of this and the delicate appliques on the top with the gorgeous quilting. It's just perfect.

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  51. it is beautiful!! it sorta reminds me of a snowflake in the blues - an the quilting is amazing. glad to see you at finished(or not) friday!! I love that you linked up!!

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