Finishing the “Inspired” Quilt

The “Inspired” block is a free-to-download pattern that you can access here. For the background story behind this block, you can check out this earlier post.

It’s been a while since I’ve finished the “Inspired” quilt top. I really like how it turned out:

This quilt top features the Blueberry Park fabric collection by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman and Kona’s Ice Frappe solid.

When the fabrics are this colorful and busy but there is a very stark design element that needs to be accentuated, I find it challenging to find a good quilting pattern. In this case, the solid strips are what makes this design interesting, and I thought an overall quilting pattern would not do them justice. So, I took my time to think about how to quilt this piece.

The first question was the choice of thread color. I didn’t want the quilting to dominate the patchwork design. Given the white prints on all the fabrics and the light-colored solid, I gravitated toward light colors ranging from white to light greys and light blues. In the end, I decided to go with two colors: light grey for the solid light blue fabric and white for the rest.

The next question is, of course, the quilting pattern. I wanted to preserve the angular design of the quilt, so I decided to stick with straight-line quilting. Generally, I am not fond of very dense quilting, mainly because I get bored of quilting if I need it to do it for long periods of time. But also, my patchwork designs usually feature specific shapes or geometric patterns that I want to keep in the spotlight and not behind heavy quilting. In this case, I knew that I wanted the colorful squares to pop and the solid strips to be more subdued, so I started with quilting those strips. I’m still working on the quilting, so I can’t tell you how it ends up just yet, but I can say that I’m quite excited about this quilt!

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