My Favorite Quilt: Jess Frost of The Elven Garden

on June 25 | in Featured Creativity, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 6 Comments

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Jess Frost from The Elven Garden is a free motion quilting whiz and maker of all things lovely. Every time I visit her blog, I hear a refreshing voice and see a woman who exudes talent in everything she does! It helps that we share the same name! Anyway, Jess sells patterns on Craftsy, teaches classes at her LQS, and contributes to Fat Quarterly and Moda Bakeshop. This summer she’s hosting the Giant Chevron Free Motion Quilt Along, using her original pattern! You will absolutely drool over Jess’s quilting on her favorite quilt:

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
I started making my Retro Flowers quilt as part of a QAL back in 2012, using the fabulous pattern by The Sometimes Crafter. I didn’t get all that far with it during the QAL, and then it sat untouched for nearly a year before I started working on it again (which is not unusual for me; I have at least twenty part-made quilts at the moment!). I’m not really sure why I left it so long, but I pulled my finger out last April and finished it up pretty quickly. I used my all-time favorite collection for the flower blocks (Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner, which I managed to collect quite a few prints from even though it was out of print and hard to find when I started quilting), and Kona PFD for the background. Good Folks is a collection with such vibrant, saturated colors, and I thought it was a good choice for flower blocks.

Aside from the gorgeous fabric I used, I had a lot of fun quilting this one. It was the first time I tried quilting feathers on a quilt top, and I fell in love with the process of quilting feathers. The background is triple stitched lines (blatantly copied from one of my quilty heroes Lisa Sipes), which really makes the feathers and the flower blocks pop.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I did enter it in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival last May, where it won the home machine quilted quilt category, and I’m planning on entering it in my local quilt show this year.

What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
Put simply, spring. The combination of flower blocks and the colors I’ve used reminds me of all the fabulous color that is part of spring.

What do you like best about the quilt?
Hard question! I think I like the way all the elements work together in this quilt. I think the quilting complements the piecing really well, and gives the background a lot of interest without detracting from the design of the quilt top. I especially love how the triple stitch lines sit behind the feathers in the border; I think the contrast between the curvy feathers and the lines works really well. This quilt just makes me smile every time I see it!

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I learned a lot of new techniques while making this quilt. It was my first attempt at curved piecing, and because of all the curves involved I ended up being quite comfortable piecing curves by the time I’d finished the piecing. It was also one of the first quilts I tried custom quilting on (rather than an all-over design). The triple stitched lines taught me a lot about how to manipulate a quilt and achieve straight lines with FMQ. I also learned how much fun feathers are to quilt, especially free-form feathers like I used in the borders. It gave me the confidence to really push myself to be more creative with my quilting.

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I don’t think I’d do much differently with this quilt. One thing I’d probably try is to fussy cut some of the flower fabrics to try to line up some of the prints better.

Where is the quilt now?
This quilt spends a lot of time lying on our bed being snuggled under (by me, as it’s the one quilt I don’t let my kids near!), and a bit of time folded on the quilt shelf in our lounge room.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt

What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.


Rules:

  • You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
  • Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
  • You can answer all or some of the questions below.
  • Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.

Questions:

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
  • Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
  • What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
  • What do you like best about the quilt?
  • How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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6 Responses to My Favorite Quilt: Jess Frost of The Elven Garden

  1. Beth T. says:

    I love this quilt. I, too, have many partially-completed projects at any moment. Seeing your beautiful quilt is inspiring me to get out my own Retro Flowers (a mini quilt) and work on it. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lisa Moore says:

    What beautiful quits. Its something I have always wanted to do but never seem to get round to it as I”m always felting! And my silly Ipad wont let me change quits to quilts. Oh well I’m sure you knew. Lisa

  3. Anne says:

    I’ve really enjoyed following along all month to see what all the favorite quilts are. Finally got time to write about my own favorite and join the linky party. Thanks for the nice series.

  4. becky m says:

    So beautiful! That quilt is a perfect example of how the quilting makes all the different. Just spectacular!

  5. Laurie says:

    Just GORGEOUS!

  6. Frances says:

    This is spectacular ! I love this quilt! Thank you for this wonderful post!

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