TGIFF – Sparkleworks Quilt Top

Yesterday I promised to show you a batikin’ good time. Oh, I never disappoint! I’ve got moves you’ve never seen! May I present to you, Sparkleworks. This is the finished quilt top from the Bloom Bloom Pow QAL that Lee at Freshly Pieced hosted earlier in the year. It was my first experience with a QAL, and I jumped in head first (quite haphazardly) with a few other Australian quilty friends. (Shout outs to Kristy, Midge and Mishi!)
As soon as I saw this pattern, I instinctively knew the batik rainbow fat quarter bundle Grandma Sparkles had sent me had found a purpose in life. I immediately thought of fireworks when seeing the blooms, and this cacophony of colours further inspired that train of thought.
While most of the other QAL-ers used white as a background fabric, I found that a bit too precious for my tastes. Plus, I had several cuts of black, nearly black, and dark, dark blue that I thought would suggest a darkening sky. What I love even more about those dark fabrics is that many have flecks of other colours running through them.  This became the colourful embers emanating from the bursts, and the smoke drifting through the sky.

This was my first time working with the triangle shape, and I have to tell you, I love it more than a flaming queen loves fabulous! Snap! What’s left to say, except, IT’S FABULOUS! I learned so much from making this quilt top, and I consider it my greatest quilty accomplishment. In even better news, I’m keeping this one for me!
The story doesn’t end there, though. Oh, no, no, no. There’s a back that has to be made, right? Well, you’ll just have to tie your willie in a knot for that one, because it’s still in production. (Sneak peeks might be making appearances on Instagram though, so follow molli_sparkles for the latest!) If you’re not on Instagram, just trust that it’s going to be scraptastic! Join me in finally celebrating the birth of Sparkleworks, it’s been a long time coming!

33 Responses

  1. Mishi Kichi says:

    Oh my Jolli Molli its Fanfairyfreakintabulous!! i dont think mr sparkles wld let u give that one away even if u tried! (unless it was to me??? No?? Okay it was worth the try ;)…..) This post is very envoking xoxo

  2. Well done! It turned out fabulously and yep – looks like fireworks. I love the little peek of the blocks on the side edges.

  3. Sooli says:

    LOVE it! I love batiks and what you said about your background fabrics is why I love them. Your dark fabrics have life because they aren't flat like a solid would be. Great job all round. Who knows you may just sway some non-believers over to the batik dark side!

  4. Waverlee says:

    It's absolutely fabulous. Seriously.

  5. The O's says:

    That's awesome! I instantly thought of fireworks when I saw the first photo before reading the details. Really, awesome, you are going blow my mind with all your fabulousness!

  6. Adrianne says:

    Gorgeous Molli! This is a fantastic use of batiks – and I love the use of the dark fabrics as the sky.

  7. Stunning quilt top Molly, those batiks are just amazing with this pattern!

  8. Lovin the batiks and yep…you NEVER disappoint! Sparkle on!

  9. Megan says:

    I struggle to like batiks but your quilt is gorgeous. It works so well – I like the texture and depth the batiks give it.

  10. Leigh Anne says:

    I'm not a batiks kind of girl but you make that shit look gooooood!

  11. That quilt is gorgeous. I love the dark background. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  12. MsMidge says:

    Hallelujah! I shall await patiently (again) to see the back!

  13. audrey says:

    Yay! I loooooove this! 🙂

  14. Auntie Pami says:

    Have you thought is using silver thread to quilt it? Talk about sparkle, your piecing is perfection! You've outdone yourself

  15. Vera says:

    I haven't realized untill now that it's actually made out of hexagons. You found a good balance between those fully looking (same colors) and those kind of single looking. Well done with your fabric choice! And those points! Sparklastic! lol

  16. Janet M. says:

    You just made batik fabric cool! Lovely top!

  17. Green says:

    OMGeeeeeeeeee!!!! Molli, THAT quilt is gorgeous! I love the batiks and the background gives the top so much depth. Really great job. Colour me impressed!

  18. Liz says:

    Very very nice. I generally don't like Batiks that much, but yours looks great. I love the dark background it really makes the colors pop… I bet this quilt is even more fab in person.

  19. giddy99 says:

    Stunning! But I wouldn't have expected anything else. 🙂

  20. Gorgeous! I love the batiks!

  21. Katy Cameron says:

    It looks great, and when I scroll down it kind of swirls, which is extra cool…

  22. Linda K says:

    I love batiks, but haven't known how to use them in a lively fashion; you sure nailed it! The varied, shaded background is a stroke of genius. Fabulous!

  23. Love how you used the batiks. I struggle with batiks but you have shown me there is a way to make them sparkle.

  24. i was thinking: "fireworks" and then you said "fireworks". soul sisters. this looks AMAZING! amazing. thanks for showing how batiks can rock it.

  25. Very modern usage of batiks! Knew it could be done.

  26. Jenny says:

    It's really, really pretty. So pretty.

  27. Sam says:

    Wow, it's amazing!

  28. It's great to see this one finished! Love the sparkle against the darker background. Well done! 🙂

  29. charlotte says:

    Beautiful! Really beautiful! I don't think those lovely batiks would have worked with a white background. You picked some great background fabrics.

  30. Julie says:

    Fabulous quilt and very inspiring with the batiks being displayed in such a large format – can't wait to see the whole quilt finished.

  31. Julie says:

    Fabulous quilt and very inspiring with the batiks being displayed in such a large format – can't wait to see the whole quilt finished.

  32. Oh, two things I love: SCRAPPY AND BATIKS- and you put them together! Your fireworks look great- I wish I could see them sparkle in real life! I love it.

    Thanks for linking up!

  33. Ida says:

    Beautiful quilt. Can't wait to see it backed and bound.

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