At long last, I’m excited to show you the finished version of Squiggles, made from my first fabric line with Benartex, Modern Marks that released late last year.
Squiggles version made from Modern Marks with black background
You may remember that the original version, shown below was made from precut squares with a cream background and overlapping wavy line quilting using a walking foot. The step-by-step instructions for both piecing and machine quilting this version are included in my third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts.
Squiggles, original version from Piece and Quilt with Precuts
When I got my fabric samples last year, this was the first (of many) quilts that I wanted to remake using my fabric. It just goes to show how different a quilt can look using the same pattern, but different fabrics.
I love the bold bright colors against the black!
With the updated version I really wanted the modern fabrics to pop, which is why I paired them with the deep black. I think it gives the quilt a more contemporary/modern vibe which I really like.
Choosing thread color was the hardest part of this quilt! I knew that any colorful thread would work, but I opted to go with the bolder Turquoise Aurifil to really give it some punch.
Although I love to piece, machine quilting is still my favorite part of the process. I absolutely loved adding an extra layer of texture to this quilt using random crosshatch quilting, which is really just quilting parallel straight lines in random intervals across the quilt in both directions.
Here are some pretty “scenic” shots, taken in the desert behind our house. My husband Jason really enjoys doing photography and capturing photos in interesting spots.
I love how the bright colors contrast with the softer, muted desert background.
This is my favorite picture: showing the Las Vegas skyline behind the quilt:
Squiggles Finished Quilt Stats
- Size 50″ x 63″
- Completed October, 2017
- Pattern is in my book Piece and Quilt with Precuts
- Fabric is Modern Marks by Christa Watson for Benartex/Contempo
- Pieced and quilted on my BERNINA 770 QE
- Random crosshatch quilting design with Aurifil Thread #1148 Light Jade
- Batting is Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly in black