King-sized Hearts Quilt by Gilly Riccio
We giggle like schoolgirls when quilters send us their beautiful projects made from our fabrics! We see our batiks every day, but they are just more . . . . special? fabulous? BEAUTIFUL?! after they have been cut up, pieced, and stitched by quilters like you.
Gilly tempted us with tweets about a project she had in the works weeks ago, and we were thrilled to see the finished product!
Meet King-Sized Hearts!
Here’s a note from Gilly:
I first designed this quilt simply because I had a hankering to try quilting my first king size quilt. Being a very new-to-the-business Longarmer, I hadn’t yet had opportunity to tackle anything larger than a full size quilt but I was ready and determined! I had first envisioned an entirely dark quilt, using only black based batiks but, as often happens with my designs I changed it up, on-the-fly, and in went the dusty burgundy. This was also my first attempt at a ‘quick quilt’ having been made up 10″ cut squares and I love the easy movement that the larger squares offer as they are rotated and pieced together. The backing I pieced in simple thirds using two of the top fabrics along with another of stacked hearts design for an added splash… I just liked the thought of a tri-coloured fold over. I had wanted a tighter quilting pattern for this one, mostly just for the extra challenge, and used a patten from Designs by Vickie called Straight Edge Shapes which, I think, pulled everything together perfectly and almost gives a broken glass effect in the sun. As I do with most of the quilts I make, I used a multi-colour binding to finish and frame this one and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Gilly also mentioned a local quilt shop – Circle of Friends Quilt Shoppe in Thunder Bay, Ontario – and thanks Lucy for her support and encouragement as she gets her Longarm business, Curly G Quilting, up and running! 🙂
Thanks for sending us your fabulous quilt, Gilly!
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