Riley Blake Piece Almost Finished

About ten days ago I was arranging pieces (here); now it is quilted.

I was about to quickly sew one seam to make the back. Luckily I had the smarts to lay it out before stitching (I had cut the yardage in half, though).  Oops. I’d needed 3 yards, but purchased only 2, operating from memory, not measurements and math. Must have been memory of a smaller quilt. Since the quilt needed to be made of Riley Blake fabrics for the challenge, I got out the print pieces left over and found enough to add. (There went all hope of eking out enough of the background for binding.) So I ended up with this.

RB back

Someday I’ll hire a full time quilt holder and take straight photos, meanwhile the sofa will have to do.  The mood of the back is quite different from the front. The main fabric was purchased with more red planned for the front and sharper divisions between pieces.

All along I had oriented the top this way.

RB quilting started

When I finally got it quilted, I reversed it.

RB quilted

And I like it better this way. Not sure why. Maybe the two aqua rows were too top heavy the first way.

The quilting is fairly simple: lines following the long curve made with the walking foot; the red curves free motion quilted–some zigzags to flatten the lightest red wedges, an X in the triangle print, and nothing on the red with white dots. All the rest a moderate size meander.

I gave brief thought to doing fancier quilting, different in each wedge.  However, because I’d preferred the blended look to a graphic look, it seemed unifying the pieces was a better choice this time.

I still have plenty of time to bind it by April 30. (And the Threads of Resistance piece is quilted too, but that is another post.)

ETA: Linked with Freemotion by the River and AHIQ

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12 responses to “Riley Blake Piece Almost Finished

  1. I really like this quilt! I was searching for a word to express what I feel it communicates, and the closest I can come is ‘Playful’. It’s spontaneous (despite being meticulously planned!), gentle, fun and non-linear. Gorgeous!

  2. Cher

    what a wonderful quilt ! so what are you going to use for binding??

  3. Carol

    I love your quilt!! Very well done.

  4. dezertsuz

    I think it flows downward better the way you turned it now. Our brains like things to be logical! It’s beautiful!

  5. What a fun quilt! Lots of movement!

  6. I love the back too, and the texture looks wonderful.

  7. I love the curves. It’s a beautiful quilt.

  8. Ann

    So many things to admire. I like your pieced back; it add so much interest. I would have trouble identifying requisite makers after purchase, though. Ha.
    Gorgeous curves. And I agree it looks better in the new direction – because of the two large arcs. Your quilting choices complement the style.
    Congratulations on a beautiful finish. Thanks for linking with AHIQ>

  9. I love the curves in this quilt, and yes, I like the way it looks reversed, too, although I can’t say why. Will you need to buy new fabric for the binding to meet the requirements of the challenge or doesn’t the binding need to be Riley Blake?

  10. A lovely quilt, the curves are really great!

  11. This is such an interesting design of fans blending into one another. I like the way the eye is led from one to another and back.

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