Monday, July 17, 2017

Fire and Ice

{A Picture Heavy Post}

This is my Zen Doodle quilt which I designed during a class taught by Sue Patten.  She calls it a "Zen Suedle" or a "Not-Your-Grandmother's Wholecloth Quilt."  I decided to name mine "Fire and Ice" due to the thread colors I used.  During the class we got the quilt top marked.

I decided to quilt this on my Tiara because I have more control with tiny designs while sitting down.  I started out quilting red and a little orange.

I added more orange and then the yellow.

Once I switched to a variegated thread I had tension problems.  Twenty minutes of quilting led to two hours unpicking.

That really slowed me down.  Eventually I was able to fix the tension and quilt all the warm color variegated thread sections.

Then I added a pop of blue variegated thread for contrast.

The blue added so much to the overall look of the quilt.  At that point I realized all my chalk pencil markings for the background had disappeared.  I had to put the project aside until I felt like marking it again.  I find that I need more breaks on more detailed projects.

Finally, I marked the background and quilted it with a very dark gray thread.  I really like that the background thread is a little lighter than the Kona Black.

The quilting took a little over two months.  It has nearly 200,000 stitches.  That is as many stitches as a large queen size quilt I quilted in the past.  I love how all the quilting turned out.

I am so pleased with how it looks on the back as well.

I am grateful that even though I quilted by color and not from the center out, there weren't any tucks on the back of the quilt.  It is almost a double sided quilt with the solid black top and the printed gray back.

 Now on to the finished quilt...

I will let the pictures speak for themselves.  ;)

I'm loving this finished quilt which finishes about 41 by 53 inches.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what other quilters have been creating.


  1. Wow that is beautiful and looks fun! How can you tell how many stitches you have stitched? Does your machine have a counter on it?

  2. Wow Jasmine this is absolutely amazing. Love your design and thread choices. Can't stop looking at it. I would love this on my wall! May have to create my own.

  3. That really shows off your quilting talent! Great job Jasmine!

  4. The quilt is much bigger than I thought it might be (but that is still a lot of stitching for a quilt that size!). I really like how the little bit of blue and dark grey offset the warm colors. The variegated thread really pulls you in to look closer, too. Would you do something like this again?

  5. Great way to show off your lovely quilting. I never get a chance any more to just play with my machine and experiment. Maybe some day in the future! Nice work!

  6. Wow, you found your niche I think!! It's just super, now I am a little jealous as I don't take enough time to just play, hmmm dreaming of someday;)

  7. Oh my goodness, this is stunning! Such a fun exercise in color and design - and stitching!!

  8. Wow!! That's QUITE the stitch sampler. Nice work!!

  9. Pictures - yes, heavy - no. I can look at these pictures all day. Actually drool over is a more accurate description! You are obviously having fun and that is the best part :-)

  10. This is a beautiful work of art!!

  11. I love this - you are seriously talented! I'm so tempted to try something like this - I love FMQ!!

  12. Jasmine what an awesome piece. The blue threads help to distribute the eye for an allover look. I have enjoyed watching your quilt journey.


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