Alison Glass’ Quilt of Many Colors
It’s official name is Ex-Libris by Alison Glass, but I affectionately call today’s quilt, ” The Quilt of Many Colors”. Below is a photo of the unquilted quilt top….see what I mean!
This quilt had me stumped for awhile. It was so bright and vibrant, I wanted to do something amazing on it….but what to do? I ended up taking a picture of the quilt top on my cell phone and sketched several different options. This is the sketch that I ended up going with:
Once I decided on the design, I just knew that I wanted to match the thread colors to fabric pieces, even though they contrasted with the background fabric. I really wanted to play into the color wheel effect she had going on with the colors of the quilt. But…..Eek, it’s little nerve-wracking.
I have to thank Alison for her trust in me. I sent her a text that only said, “Are you ok with contrasting thread on your quilt?” She immediately agreed and I starting picking out thread colors…..my favorite part!
It’s convenient that most of the colors I needed were in my new Aurifil thread collection….
I used two types of thread on the quilt, a 50 wt. Aurifil cotton thread and So Fine, a 50 wt poly thread. The 50 wt. thread is thin and helps keep the contrasting colors from overwhelming the quilt.
It was a lot of thread changes, and more than once I questioned where to put each color. But in the end, it was well worth the extra effort.
For the rest of the quilting, I used a matching thread color to the background.
I was so, so very happy with how it turned out! Using a lot of different contrasting thread colors isn’t something that I do often, but it was definitely worth the risk!!
Have you taken a quilting risk lately? How did it turn out?