|Sets of HSTs made for the Black Opals Blocks|
|Black Opals Laid Out on Design Wall|
During the workshop, I worked on the colorful Black Opals half square triangles (HSTs) using Thangles paper templates and then tucked them away when stumped on the sashing fabrics. I made so many HSTs, that I had enough to piece two quilt tops, once I figured out my sashing to create the Ribbon Candy effect. Almost a year later, I pulled out all my HSTs and set out to create two different qult tops using the same pattern and sets of HSTs: One quilt used mostly cool color fabrics (teal, blue and purples) for the sashing and borders, while the other used mostly warm colors (pink and reddish-purple) to surround the Black Opals blocks. Once they were pieced, I then challenged myself to create slightly different quilted motifs.
Here are pictures of the Warm Version of Black Opals & Ribbon Candy and its progression:
|Black Opals & Ribbon Candy Quilt Top Sans Borders|
Here are the quilted center blocks and sashing...
|Close Up of Black Opal Blocks Quilted|
|Serpentine Quilting for Sashing, Swirls and Pebbles in the Corner Pieces and Preview of Border Quilting|
Border Quilting Evolution...I was stumped on the design for the longest time, but once inspiration struck, I had it quilted in just 2 days (despite it taking 2 hours to quilt each side!!)
|Round 1: Blue Tape with Tick Marks to Create Quilted Diamonds|
|Round 2: Echo Quilted Diamonds|
|Round 3: Fill Diamonds with My All Time Favorite-Figure 8's!!|
|Round 4 and 5: More Echo Quilting and Even More Figure 8's (Notice My Quilted Signature in the Corner?!?)|
|Reverse Side of Quilted Borders|
|Fun Large Scale Print for Backing--Although IWish I Had Used a Solid So the Quilting Would Really Pop!|
|Finished and Quilted Black Opals & Ribbon Candy-Warm|
I am in the process of quilting the borders of the cool version of this quilt...can't wait to post pictures of the finished quilt!!!