TGIFF – Sparkleworks – Turn Me Over, Turn Me On

Hey lovelies! Last week I introduced you to Sparkleworks, my take on Freshly Pieced’Bloom Bloom Pow quilt along. I promised you I’d show you the back, in all its technicolor glory, this week. I only lie 5% of the time, and lucky for you, that was not one of those times! 
So I think you’ll now understand why this quilt took me ten months to finish. The front was a piece of confetti cake compared to the back. If you’ve worked with the Bloom Bloom Pow pattern, you know that it generates a lot of odd-shaped scraps. It was my mission to use all of them! “Waste not, want more,” I always say!
As the front was a semi-literal interpretation of fireworks, I wanted to achieve an abstract, cubist approach to the back. It is representative of that massive, last colourful bloom you expect at the end of a fireworks extravaganza. Embers fly through the sky, and a cascade of light reflects off the horizon and water below. If you were in Sydney for the New Year, I’m sure you experienced this!
The large bloom sections were constructed by sewing hundreds of similarly-coloured scraps together. I did this in a vague, improv, sort of way (and this way too). At the time, I had no definitive direction about the final outcome, but once I let go of the control-freak wheel, I allowed it to just take me where it wanted. “Yes, papi, take me!” I screamed! Seriously, just scream it out loud, I’m positive you’ll get some satisfaction.
Well and there’s my glitter-flecked binding, which I positioned near the orange bloom, as if orange sparks were flying off the quilt. Would anyone like a tutorial on this? If so, I’m happy to spread the glitter! While we’re here, how fantastic is that dragon tears print (I just made that name up, but I’m totally calling it that). It has to be my favourite batik print in the history of ever. That teal combined with copper… mmm… show me a quitling cotton that can do that!
Jane Davidson’s quilting (Want it, Need it, Quilt!) really adds to the pulsation of the quilt pattern, whether it be from the fireworks or them hitting the water. For me, it also references the sound waves as they echo across the sky. You can tell I’ve thought a lot about this quilt!

I hope you can appreciate how many seam lines are in this quilt with all these scraps. It’s definitely a heavier quilt, and needs to be scrunched up and thrown about the room to get it worn in. I’m hesitating to put it in the wash for the first time as I don’t want to lose any of its saturation levels. (I didn’t and don’t prewash fabrics). You should see me flailing it about the room as I spin in circles. Fabulousness, personified.

The triangle, colour gradient is just another favourite part I just can’t get enough of (LR!). I had made this strip as one of the first parts of the back, again, not knowing how I would end up using it. (See it in its naked glory here). I think it is a bit of alright. Ya know, just a bit.
I so enjoy how colourfully intense it is on both the back and front (or is that the front and back?) Which side do I like more? Ugh, don’t even. But I will tell you I love my middle child the most.
I made my own label for this quilt by folding over a scrap piece, and sewing it into the binding. I then wrote on it with my Sharpie Stained pen. Some quilts I love the handwriting, others I want to eschew it for professionally manufactured labels. This one works for me, though.
And who’s that handsome man? Oh, it’s Mr. Sparkles holding Sparkleworks. My cup runneth over! He’s hating me for posting this picture, so show him some love! Mwah!


Some quick quilt facts:

Title: Sparkleworks
Size: 57″ x 80″
Quilt Design: Designed by Molli Sparkles
Quilting: King Tut Superior Threads
by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane) of Want it, Need it, Quilt!
Binding: hand stitched with Aurifil 28 weight
Backing: Or is that the front!?
Label: Hand-written, sewn into binding.
Favourite Part: The pure, creative journey.
Linking up with TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts!

See you for Sunday Stash! New fabric! Squeal!

29 Responses

  1. Charlotte says:

    bloody hell, that's amazing! (and so is your husband!)

  2. Absolutely stunning! I wouldn't expect anything less from the fabulous Molli Sparkles! Shine on!

  3. Oh, and Mr. Sparkles has great gams!

  4. charlotte says:

    Love the back as much as the front. Two quilts in one. And the others are right…Mr. Sparkles is a hottie! But you knew that.

  5. Paula says:

    Oh my. I somehow missed the front last week – that's holidays for you – and now I've popped back for a look I have to say its really beautiful, but the back…. it's just wow. Like really wow. Definitely sparkling! How lovely to see Mr Sparkles making an appearance.

  6. Elaine says:

    Gorgeous! (the quilt AND Mr. Sparkles!)… Congrats on a fantastic finish!
    –messygoat

  7. Leanne says:

    I like those mountain triangle bits, I am going to try to use that idea one day soon. It is a fun quilt, and will be even better once you wash it.

  8. audrey says:

    Squeal! I love it so! And those little triangles, OMG. And Mr. Sparkles is so adorable!

  9. ~Diana says:

    Tell Mr Sparkles "WE APPROVE"! 🙂 Love how you used up the scraps!

  10. Sheryl says:

    I almost can't believe this is the quilt back. You've certainly got a reversible quilt there – both sides are so lovely. Those dragon tears are enough to make me want to get my hands on some batiks.

  11. Jenny says:

    verrrrrrry nice.

  12. I want you to know that my life is made better with you and your quilts in it! This is just awesome, in every way! I don't know what else to say! Great, great work! Also, you'll have to get your improv piecing a la this quilt back game on in October, because it's very similar to how I want my blocks. Love…period.

  13. The O's says:

    Love the dragons teeth to go with the tears… love this finish. Now, can Mr Sparkles get a pic with you holding his second love with such tender and affection? Wha…!!! Get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking the Thermomix!!!!!

  14. Wonderful! You have out sparkled yourself Miss Molli. Now I want to try this improv piecing malarky. 🙂 And I do love your little glitter binding signature.

  15. Ali w says:

    love it. love the dragon's tears name. love front and back. you must feel very satisfied – I know that I would!

    you mentioned that you get labels professionally made – where do you get those please?

  16. Incredible! So much work, it's really amazing. Lots of love for Mr. Sparkles, he makes that quilt look even better!

  17. Kara says:

    The triangles. Be still my heart. Ooooooo…

  18. I totally love how you use the scraps 🙂 I LOVE colour , bold and bright, you got it nailed

  19. mumasu says:

    Love the front, love the back, love the fabric, love the piecing, love the quilting. Yay for Mr Sparkles 🙂

  20. Anne says:

    Love it! I love those rows of little triangles all in color sorted glory! I can't get enough of that. 😀

  21. Am L says:

    You are brilliant. Seriously. It took a second look, and a squinty-eye to realize the brilliance of what you did on the back. At first glance, I just thought it was cool, but now I totally see it. The (abstract) fireworks in the air, and the reflection of the fireworks in the water's waves. It probably helps that I've seen fireworks over an ocean before. I don't know how you will decide which side of the quilt should be facing up. Beautiful job on both sides of this quilt!

  22. Love love love love. What a beautiful use of those "scraps"! Loving everything, including the pictures of Mr. Sparkles. He looks so much happier than my man-candy-quilt-holder. Beautiful finish – it suits you perfectly 🙂

  23. Kylie Lloyd says:

    Now you have an absolutely gorgeous reversible quilt

  24. Katy Cameron says:

    Way to use all those scraps, I especially like the triangle rolls (whilst thinking never in a million years would I have the patience for that ;o) )

    I bet Mr S is only upset you made him look like he's about 3 ft tall in that photo ;o)

  25. Awww…he's so cute!! And I love the back of the quilt. There is so much dimension to those blocks:)

  26. Amy says:

    This is one amazing quilt, held by one awesome guy with great taste in T-shirts. More, more, please!

  27. Cheryl says:

    I love this quilt back, it is a color explosion!

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