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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Come Together - Project Quilting Season 8, Project 4

The challenge for Project Quilting this week was "Brighter the Better."
(yes it is!!!)

Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

This is the fourth challenge of 6 for Season 8.
The Rules:

1. Your project must be bright and colorful - and the more colorful, the better! 
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (February 12 through February 19, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after February 12 through February 19, 2017)

4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
5.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, February 19th, 2017, at noon CDT.

When the challenge was announced, I listed all the projects I could do 
had to just pick one out of a hat.  
This challenge was just too much fun.
I decided on a technique I hadn't tried before with a pattern (Peace and Harmony) I made years ago.

I drew a grid on HeatNBond fusible light weight interfacing and cut 1" squares of batiks and some of my own hand dyed fabrics.

Once the pattern was laid out, I started sewing and trimming seams.

Next I added a white border and cut about
  a billion 1/2" colored squares 
that had been backed with HeatNBond lite 
and I laid them (with my daughters help) into the swirling pattern and bonded them.
Thank you Trista!!

The quilting had to be spiraled (my feeling).  
The center was free motion and then I switched to a walking foot.
I used my "go to" color of Aurifil 50 wt.  (#2600)

The binding needed to be bright for this one.
I pieced the binding with the color changes of the pieces whirling around.

All through this process I kept thinking, "it's coming together" and then that Beetles song, "Come together" start playing in my mind (only the Godsmack version)
and that's when it hit me, 
there is the name of this quilt.
Little pieces coming together- maybe people should be like this.
Different colors and cultures coming together....

Come Together

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 4 - Brighter the Better
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  17" x 18"
Piecing with interfacing, Fusible Applique,  Pieced binding for color change
Freemotion and walking foot spiral by me

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
February 19th
by clicking 

Come Together is #114
out of 120 entries.

See you on the flip side.


Kris said...

As usual I love this! You are amazing ! I have done the small pieces on fusible grid before but the way you finished it off in that outside border with all those tiny bitty pieces. Love this so much I want to do it now!!!!

Janet Hartje said...

Love that you related this to people! Awesome work.

Lacy said...

Even the back is awesome! Beautiful!

tubakk said...

I love your quilt and the way you take us through the making of it. I've once made a quilt with that small squares, but a little different technique. So exciteing to follow your progress.

Patty said...

This one is a classic! I love the way you think outside the box and make things "come together"!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

So cool. My grand kids and I tie dye shirts every year and this could be one!!! Congratulations on a job well done.

MCW Quilts said...

Loved learning how you did this. The result is beautiful

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow that is fabulous. Love how it turned out.

Kathy E. said...

This is so creative and such fun to look at! What patience you have to sew all of those tiny squares together! You've got my vote!

Needled Mom said...

That is incredible! Love all of the thought processes that went into it too.

Mel Beach said...

Wow! This came out awesome! Love your design and seeing your process!

quiltingbydawn said...


Unknown said...

Wow, this is beautiful...like a quilt labrynth...such talent.

Dani Kollman said...

wow! You are an inspiration. Just a beautiful piece.

PersimonDreams said...

i adore this! Seriously - you amaze me EVERY WEEK!!!!!

Trish Frankland said...

WOW! The center alone was awesome, and then you kept going! <3