17 May 2014

Modern Charm for Spring Quilt Festival 2014

AmysCreativeSide.comYes!  It's time to celebrate!

The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side has begun!  Please do make time to visit the festival throughout the coming weeks.  There are always so many inspiring entries.  Beautiful quilts.  Wonderful quilting.  And gorgeous photos!

Have your say and vote for your favourite quilts!

My second entry this year is in the Home Machine Quilted category.  You can see my first entry here.

Modern Charm takes a charm pack of your favourite line....
And shows it off in this minimalist design.

The finished quilt top waited patiently for some happy mail.  When it arrived...

I layered my quilt backing, batting and top in a pin basting session that afternoon.

Four new cones of Magnifico by Superior Threads.
Pink Pink Pink #2008, Aruba #2142, Passionate Purple #2124 and Electric Green #2101.

Then Aunt Elna and I spent the weekend working away on the quilting.

And after three days of intense quilting, I was finally able to apply the binding.

I have long been admiring examples of the Spiral Quilting as shown on blogs such as Amanda Jean's Crazy Mom Quilts and Svetlana of S.O.T.A.K Handmade.

A close up of a spiral. 

With the larger throat space of my Aunt Elna, I was finally able to try my hand at spiral quilting, and added a little interest with echo quilting thrown into the mix.

Close up of the spiral.

I was afraid that those bright Magnifico threads were going to be too much.  That they would detract from the design.  And that each little mistake would be so much more obvious.

But they blend in well.
And it isn't until you see the back of the quilt that you can even appreciate all those hours.

Quilt Stats:
Size:  Quilt finishes at 62" x 67"
Title:  Modern Charm
Designed: by me, Lorna McMahon
Pieced and Quilted: on my own home sewing machine, Aunt Elna
Fabrics:  Charm pack of Simply Style by V & Co., sashing and binding is Folio by Color Principle for Henry Glass & Co., and background in Artichoke of the The Morris Apprentice collection by Barbara Brackman for Moda.  Backing is Winter Parade by Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle for Henry Glass & Co.
Quilting:  Spiral and Echo quilting in a 3.5 stitch length using Magnifico by Superior Threads.

Enjoy the Quilt Festival and...

Keep On Quilting On!


  1. Perfect home machine quilted entry Lorna. I'm off to vote!! Smiles!

  2. Oh my gosh, Lorna! I've been staring at your quilting on this and trying to figure out how you planned out all the echo quilting in between the spirals. It's absolutely amazing and the quilt is gorgeous!!

  3. This is looking awesome! Some of my favorite prints are in there ;).
    Magnifico has been my latest thread crush as well. Haven't quilted an entire quilt with it though.
    Your quilting is just amazing!

  4. Love those spirals and your colorful threads.

  5. You are amazing. You are a real go getter. Have you no quilting fears? Once again...beautiful!

  6. You are amazing. You are a real go getter. Have you no quilting fears? Once again...beautiful!

  7. Beautiful work Lorna! I am totally inspired. :)

  8. I love the piecing design on the front, I am crazy about the choice of colors in the top, and I adore the quilting design from the back !

  9. The quilting looks magnificent. This is really a two-sided delight.

  10. This is seriously my favorite of your quilts!! The quilting is astounding!

  11. I've been trying to figure out how you planned the quilting. Did you draw it out beforehand? Did you plan where you were putting the spirals, then add the echoes?
    It is one beautiful quilt!

  12. Can I just say LOVE and you will know what I mean? That is AWESOME !!

  13. Great quilt. Live how you quilted it.

  14. Now I can follow the quilting and see just what you did.

  15. Beautful! Love how much depth that background print adds to the finished quilt.

  16. Your quilting gave this such great movement. I love the look of the spirals combined with the echo quilting,

  17. I love this quilt,from the design to the spectacular quilting! Good luck in the link up :)

  18. Holy cow; this is amazing! I am literally in awe of that quilting! I love the different colors and that you mixed the spirals and echoes. Just gorgeous! I also love that you named your machine Aunt Elna. That's so cute. I have named mine Princess Pfiona (I have a Pfaff). :)

  19. what a great quilt, fabrics all work so well and love the background one you have used, really shows the other colours so well and as for the quilting I am amazed, you have done a wonderful job, with a little help of course from Aunt Elna.

  20. THE most brilliant quilting : )

  21. I really love this quilt. The minimalism of the front is perfect to show off prints and I'm already wishing I'd made a quilt like this with my charm pack of Bluebird Park... The quilting is beautiful, I love the spiral and the echo and the use of different colours.

  22. Oh, so beautiful! The design is simple and pretty, but the quilting is amazing!

  23. Great quilting design!

  24. This quilt is simply another example of your eye for colour. I looooove it. You did take a chance quilting it with coloured threads but you should know, by now, that your instincts are good. The quilting is phenomenal.

  25. Love this quilt! Your quilting is intricate and really beautiful ... clever Lorna! Off to vote for you :)

  26. The quilting is spectacular! Love it!

  27. I love this quilt! I have a charm pack that I haven't figured out what to do with yet, this will be perfect!


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