The Sunshowers Quilt

Finally!!!

I have been waiting all month ( and some of April too) to share this quilt finish with everyone!

Way back last year I submitted some designs to the Modern Quilt Guild for the Quiltcon Raffle Quilt. The design they chose was superb and perfect to represent modern quilting. Then I got an email asking if i would be interested in repurposing my submission for the Pattern of the Month program. Of course I said yes!

Meet my newest baby, Sunshowers!

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Sunshowers is my representation of the rainy days in Vancouver, where the sunbeams break through the clouds and you know that it won’t be raining forever. It starte as a QDAD design, but quickly morphed into something more personal as I worked on it.

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Look at all those triangles!

 

I tweaked the size of the design to make it suitable for a child’s quilt. Then I had all kinds of fun putting it together. I freely admit that pressing is my least favorite part of quilting. Thankfully I was at my parents for a weekend and my mom LOVES pressing, so she did it all for me.

IMG_20150405_105727Then when it was all said and done, I loaded it onto the longarm and had at it. I used a lot of the quilting techniques and styles I learned at Quiltcon. I love the varying straight lines, and I threw in some ghost shapes just for fun. I had intended to do just straight line quilting, but I very quickly got bored of it (after about 5 lines). Now I completely understand what Angela Walters mean when she says that she doesn’t fully plan quilting. I changed motifs on a whim, going with what felt right, changing it up when I got bored. Totally works for me. I may never be a Judi Madsen or Marilyn Badger, but “finished is better than perfect!” ( Thanks AW!)

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I am so happy with how the quilt turned out!! Sunshowers is a free download for Modern Quilt Guild Members though the community forum. Members will have the link emailed to them.ย For those of you who aren’t, I will be able to have the pattern made available for download in a few months!

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I used a selection of Cloud 9 Fabrics beautiful organic solids for Sunshowers. They are so super soft and pretty! And that’s without washing them!

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Photo day was super sunny, but super windy! I tried a couple “in the wind” shots, but they almost turned into “gone with the wind” shots. There was also a 100% chance of Toddler, but I didn’t mind =)

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Happy Stitching!

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16 thoughts on “The Sunshowers Quilt

  1. Stacey, This quilt is gorgeous & in my humble opinion the model only adds to the beauty. So sweet & I applaud you “not minding their presence.” Once as I was showing an appliquรฉd wild flower quilt to ladies at a tea & my 2 yr. daughter laid down on it while it was on the bed; some of the ladies were appalled & one of them jerked her off the quilt. She had been with me throughout the entire process & felt it was partly hers & began crying. I quickly rolled the quilt up & stored it back in the quilted bag as the ladies wanted to see more. I was furious & told them so & they thought “I” was nuts. And so it goes. I so enjoy your talent; enjoy & celebrate it.

  2. Gave a little squeal of excitement when this dropped into my inbox from MQG this morning … I know who that is!!! Love the quilt and the story behind your inspiration, looking forward to meeting you Monday very much – Chris ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I saw your quilt on the In Color Order blog and had to know more. Your quilt is simply beautiful! Now I know what I’ll be doing this morning — poring over your blog.

  4. Stacy, the quilt is beautiful. I have my first grandchild due in Nov. and this would be a great project. When will it be available to non-guild members?

  5. What an amazing quilt! I just cannot fathom how you find the time to quilt/design with work and a young family! Congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have adored this quilt since it came out. I finally picked out my fabrics! I just wanted to see if you have any advice on enlarging it to a throw or slightly bigger? I can’t wait to get started!

    • Hi Cheralee!

      Thank you so much!

      If you want to make the quilt bigger, you can enlarge the template by 135%. You would have to measure the background triangle by yourself, but generally enlarging it the same percentage should work. This would give you approximately 60″ wide by 72″ long.

      I cannot wait to see your version, did you pick solids or prints?

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