Saturday, 18 April 2015

Pantone Marsala Challenge Finish

Wow- my first ever challenge quilt finish! I'm very pleased with myself, and the result. Marsala is not really a colour I am drawn to in the fabric store, so I had to think outside the square for this one. It all started with this fabric - a pure linen shirt weight fabric that I used long ago for making - you guessed it - a shirt.
Then my loyal assistant Mr Mouse and I rummaged through the stash to find whatever we could to match. I declared that no new purchases would be made, and creative recycling would be encouraged. This is what we came up with:

I have quite a lot of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric in my stash, purchased as both fat quarters and scraps, and discovered marsala lurked within many prints. I also have a passion for velvet, and have a number of rescued garments waiting for a new life. Not least of which were the dungarees of glory (or Hell - depending on your point of view). 
These are made of a gorgeous deep plummy/sort of marsala velvet, and I took to them with my scissors with gay abandon. 

As often happens around here, I had no plan, just enthusiasm, and started improvising some blocks randomly. I had one rule - each block started with the original marsala linen, and was built around that. In my vintage thread stash I found several rolls of perfect marsala cottons. It was meant to be!

So I made nine blocks. Originally I was going to sash the blocks, but when I put them together they belonged. Can you see where the blocks start and finish? 
As you can see, the result was lumpy and bumpy because I was not working with a lovely orderly selection of quilting cottons. Stretch velvet is a rather uncooperative fabric to work with, but so perfect for this job. 

At this stage I had visions of Gustav Klimt paintings, and got the idea of gold quilting thread in my head. I was well and truly prepared for a disaster - gold embroidery thread + free machine quilting? It was perfect. One breakage when I started and the rest went smoothly. I did a wiggly pattern all over. 

I'm a bit disappointed that the photos don't show the metallic glimmer of the gold stitches. The thread catches the light just how I wanted it to. 

I backed the quilt in the original linen. I included the wee triangle fabric corners to hang this. 
When I looked at the quilted panel I decided that it was so deliciously tactile that it would have to be a cushion. I imagined it being the perfect choice for the iron throne from Game of Thrones -  that thing looks horribly cold and uncomfortable. But then my darling husband declared it is too fabulous for people to put their backsides on, so I made a mini wall quilt instead. I can still stroke the velvety fabrics as I walk past it. 

After binding with dungaree velvet, I must admit I am totally thrilled with the result. I wasn't expecting to be as enamored with something based around what is almost a brown shade. With the mixture of fabrics, the golden thread and the rich colours, it almost glows. 

So I am entering my creation into the mini section of the Pantone 2015 Quilt Challenge - Marsala and linking up my entry at Adrianne's blog On the Windy Side
Vital Statistics: 
Size 22 inches x 22 inches. 
Fabrics used - Kaffe Fassett Collective quilting cottons, various velvet fabrics (including stretch) and linen shirting. 
Batting - cotton offcut from stash. 
Threads - from stash including marsala tones and gold metallic Mettler. 

Bonus: This is the first finish of the Finish-Along with Adrianne at On the Windy Side


  1. Looks wonderful! All the colours weld so well together, like the gold thread too. Xxxx

  2. Wow, looks fantastic!! Who would have thought those heinous dungarees could be part of something so stunning!! Love it.

  3. Oh wow, it DOES almost glow! I love the depth that velvet adds, and the gold thread is genius! This is really beautiful and makes me wish I could touch it. :)

    1. Yes it is amazing with the interesting textures! I am delighted that an experiment turned out so brilliantly. Thanks so much for the lovely comment x x