Fireburst QAL – Fireworks Quilting
We joined Tish’s The Madd Quilter Fireburst QAL back at the beginning of July. The last clue which included the layout was given at the beginning of November. We had the quilt top all together by the second week of November. Shortly thereafter it was layered and awaited its turn at quilting. During that time, I stalked other friends who were also making this quilt to see how they were quilting it. Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing finished and shared hers and that’s when I found my inspiration. Her quilting shows a lot of movement and she even refers to it as fireworks.
Fireburst a.k.a. Fireworks
Aha! Back in June, we visited a quilt shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. We were able to meet the owner who loved to quilt and design original patterns. She didn’t have time to write them up though! I took a few pictures with her permission, especially this fireworks quilting design with stars interspersed throughout.
This little fireworks pattern has been milling around in the back of my mind since then. With my newfound success in quilting the second Plus Playtime quilt for Luke, I felt like I should give this a shot. And Fireburst would be the perfect medium for the test trial.
Variegated Thread Necessary for Fireworks!
I really think the variegated thread makes the whole statement complete with the fireworks pattern. We worked with some pretty variegated thread when we took that hands-on FMQ class back in August in Michigan..
One is in different shades of green, while the one chosen is in yellow, orange and green. Perfect don’t you think? Especially since those exact colors are in Fireburst.
Jump Right In the Fire(works)
I did give the design a trial run on the acrylic board. Not sold on the stars originally, I quickly saw their value in moving from one spot to another. Here is a close-up shot of one of the quilted fireworks
and some of the stars leading to or after a fireworks burst.
Fireburst Finally Revealed
We used the same orange fabric for the binding. It’s nice and bright, and does its job of framing the final quilt. For the backing we chose a multi-colored polka dot.
Here is our finished quilt after it’s been washed and dried! The fireworks and stars are just randomly placed throughout the quilt – wherever the mood took me, kitten.
This quilt already has a home on a square, tiled table that used to be my mom’s. It will provide a nice bright spot in the kitchen.
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