Boho Herringbone by Terrysim

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Quilting
Started:
2013-05-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:

Description

I was inspired by the Madrona Road Herringbone quilt I saw on The Sewing Chick's blog. (Thank you, Tessa Marie +Thesewingchick!) I had a jelly roll of Boho by Urban Chik that I wanted to use, so this seemed like the perfect match. I added some strips of Kona Snow and one or two other fabrics here and there. I'm still going to add sashing of Kona Snow around the outside. Not sure about the backing yet.

I didn't have any pattern for this and have never done a herringbone before. I think it came together fairly well, considering all the possibility for stretching on those bias edges, but I'd love to hear any tips from those of you who have more experience with this kind of construction.

Update 6/11/13: Borders added to the top.

9/7/13: Finally got this quilted! I started out doing straight line quilting, echoing the seam lines between the columns. But I got so much rippling on the back! That's never happened to me before and I really don't know what was going on, but I couldn't stand it. So out came the ripper. I used basting spray the second time I put the quilt sandwich together. I've never used it before and I doubt I'll use it again - don't like the smell or the stickiness on the needle while quilting. But no shifting this time!

I quilted a flower pattern that loosely mimics the flowers in some of the fabrics, with loops and leaves between them, and did straight line quilting around the border.

I used the trimmed chunks from the top to piece together a column of herringbone blocks for the back.

Pictures

Top quilted
Back quilted
Close up of quilting
Laying out strip sets
Rows assembled (greenish hue from overhanging branches!)
Borders added
Finished top

Loves

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Comments

crimsonrabbit

What a great pattern! Think the balance of bold and 'quieter' fabrics works really well smile How will you quilt it do you think?

Terrysim

Thanks, crimsonrabbit ! Getting a nice balance of fabrics sure is easy when you start with a jelly roll! wink I'm thinking I will just straight line quilt it, echoing the vertical seam lines. Although, I'm afraid that in the process I will discover that those seam lines are not exactly "straight!"

Terryt1955

You did a great job of balancing the solids. Usually I get dizzy looking at these but this is so pretty you have me even considering one. And no pattern! Impressive !

Jessicalam

I love what you've done with the different widths of fabrics. It looks great so far! I'm working on a herringbone now but I'm just starting to brainstorm. I'm waiting on my fabric to arrive so I can get started.

Terrysim

Thanks, Jessicalam . All of the strips were 2.5" (from the jelly roll) except for the 1.75" strips of Kona Snow that I cut. I added one to each of the sets of 5 strips that I made.

Terrysim

Thanks, Terryt1955 ! I like the solids in there, too and am glad the jelly roll had a good balance of prints and solids. Because I doubt I would have achieved that balance on my own! wink

Jessicalam

I ordered jelly rolls too! I'm far too lazy to cut from yardage so I try to plan my quilts around precuts. ;-) I love that your white strips are thinner. As of now I'm planning to keep mine the same width as the colored, but I can't make up my mind.

Terrysim

Jessicalam , maybe you could make 2 different trial strip sets, one with the wider white strip and one with a narrower one, and see which you like better.

Jessicalam

Good idea! :-)

Missriain

I love this!!

Terryt1955

This came out so pretty! And look at you doing FMQ like a pro!

Terrysim

Thanks, Missriain and Terryt1955 ! I am putting this quilt in a show soon and I kind of hope it doesn't sell 'cuz I'd love to curl up in it this winter! The FMQing was fun but far from being "pro!" I still have lots to learn, but that's what I love about quilting. It's never boring!!

Terryt1955

But you took the plunge. I keep saying I'm going to and still I straight line quilt! And if you want it then you better overprice it or just keep it out altogether because it will sell.

Terrysim

Terryt1955 : I actually find straight line quilting much more challenging. Every little blip seems to show up so much more. Do you have any tips to share? I feel like there is more random puckering with straight lines, too. I am just getting ready to quilt a gingham quilt and am praying that what I want turns out OK - quilting 1/4" away from each seam.

Terryt1955

I tape the backing nice and taut, but not stretched if you know what I mean, to whatever surface you're working on. I work at the kitchen table and bring in another table if it's a big quilt. Then after smoothing and re-smoothing the batting A LOT, i then lay the quilt top on top. I pin it like crazy not allowing a space between the pins to be more than the size of my fist. Let's just say I have purchased a lot of pins! But I don't get any wrinkles so it must be worth it. Hope it helps...
I'm like you, I wouldn't be able to handle the smell of that spray stuff. And I thought everyone says it doesn't gunk up your needle?. Well that can't be good for the machine either so I'm glad I haven't tried it.

Terrysim

Terryt1955 - Thanks for the tips. I do pretty much the same as you, sounds like. Maybe I didn't put in enough pins last time. This time I am trying thread basting. It goes pretty quickly once you get the hang of it. I watched a great YouTube video on it. Tomorrow I will start the quilting so we'll see how it goes.

Missriain

It looks amazing!!! I have a layer cake of this line and you're totally inspiring me to cut into it. Beautiful quilt.

Terrysim

Thanks, Missriain ! It is really a very happy collection of fabrics, a very cozy-feeling quilt. Go for it!!

emptysea

Your back is beautiful~! Riain is always doing fancy backs and now I've gotten into doing that... Really makes for a special quilt.

Terrysim

Thanks, emptysea ! Mostly I just wanted to use up all the ends of the chevron columns that had to get whacked off to square up the top. It was fun to figure out a way to put them together.

emptysea

Terrysim Ohh. I didn't even notice that. Sneaky. What a great use of those leftovers.

Terrysim
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