Monday, April 18, 2011

The Atomic Firecracker

Atomic Firecracker
I have no idea what that is either ~ Seemed like a fitting name for this quilt. I have been playing with half-square triangles lately and I wanted one that was a riot of reds. I love the modern feel of this HST when all the triangles are arranged in the same orientation. So here it is, the atomic firecracker.
Atomic Firecracker

Lots of reds, plums, deep pinks and some oranges thrown into the mix. The solid fabric is Japanese Echino in a solid natural tone. This fabric has the appearance of linen but is actually a cotton linen blend with a nice tight weave and a soft hand. Love that stuff ~ it’s great for quilting and nicer than anything I’ve found in the domestic fabric market. I think the Echino really offsets the colors nicely.

Atomic Firecracker

I played around with some new quilting techniques in an effort to move away from stippling. This pattern was traced onto the quilt with a template and then free-motion quilted in rows. I’m not sure I’ll do this again, it was a lot of work and I’m not sure how much the quilting really stands out from afar.

The back is just a solid piece of Andalucia by Patty Young.

Atomic Firecracker

This HST quilt is really the 2nd one I’ve done. The first was made for the Japan Modern Relief effort but that is currently on hold at the moment so more on that one later.

11 comments:

RamonaX / Gail said...

absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE the reds!

Jess said...

I super love it and the backing is perfection! <3

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a beauty Caroline!

Manda said...

Lovely! Great colours, and I really like the quilting!

Lesly said...

The Andalusia is a perfect choice! What a beauty!

Samelia's Mum said...

What a beautiful quilt. Loved all of the shades of red. Especially love the back.

Leanne said...

This is a great quilt! Thank you for sharing it.

mommypants13 said...

THIS is amazing! Good job I wish that I had a quarter this much skill!

http://mommypants13.blogspot.com

Hoot Couture said...

incredible!!!

Moia said...

Looks great. Love the "firework" Hugs from Moia

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I'm getting to make my first HST quilt. I'm curious, what size HSTs did you use?