Last year a friend who travels often, gave me a panel of alaskan animals and a yard of coordinating marbled fabric. In the last couple of months the northern lights have been showcased on the news and I thought of the fabric. How perfect would that be!
I cut out the panel and then needed to decide what to do with the marbled fabric to break it up. I came up with the modified bear paw pattern that would allow me to have a solid square in the center, showing off more of the marbled fabric.
|One of my fave blocks! Love how the colors glow out of the fabric.|
I got some help from my DH to figure out the measurements and got to work. I LOVE how the block pattern came out. It shows off the amazing fabric beautifully, it looks like an alaskan-inspired pattern with the bear paw, and the black fabric makes it also look like the northern lights at night.
The backing is actually a fabric I've had in my stash for years. It has been waiting to back the perfect quilt, and it seems I found that perfect quilt. It matches the theme wonderfully, as well as the colors. The joke is that I used about 3 yards to complete this backing and I still have at least 2 yards left. I guess I over-purchased, but now I have enough for another backing.
It felt like the best quilting pattern was a thin, long meander. I only quilted on the pattern fabric, not on the black, to uphold the movement of the marbled fabric. I also used a variegated blue thread. I wasn't sure how that was going to work out, but I'm super happy with the results! I finished it off with a hand-binding.
The best part was that I used just about every scrap of the fabric, and you can't even tell where I had to do some patchwork to complete the border because of the pattern. Awesome! I love this finish! It is my hanging prominently on my display wall when you walk in the door. I love it so much.
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finished Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Come on by and see what everyone has been working on.