Mood Ring Meltdown

One of the reasons I didn’t have anything to show yesterday for Sunday Stash #126 is because I spent my weekly fabric and notions budget on cushion inserts for this (and another) cushion I recently completed. I had some extra Mood Ring blocks left over from my finished quilt, and I had a cushion to make for some good friends. So I thought, why not kill two divas with one diamond, and here we have it, Mood Ring Meltdown!

I wanted to try out a few new things with this small project, the first of which was matchstick quilting. I had read that drag (of the fabric variety) can be a nightmare with matchstick quilting, but I thought I’d just see what happens regardless. It, of course, happened, (apparently I’m unable to defy the laws of the quilting universe yet), but I just went with it.

I like how it changed these really rigid blocks into more fluid forms. For the process minded out there, I used Aurifil 2620 Stainless Steel to first do quarter inch lines. I sewed these in alternating directions with no real intent, just when I wanted the fabric to drag the other way. I then came back in between these lines with random purple, yellow, and teal threads wherever it felt right.

After the first few grey lines I thought I had ruined my cushion cover, but after persevering, I’m all “hot dayum, that looks pretty nice.” For the surrounds and backing, I used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in blue (the savvy reader might guess where it came from), and a zipper method that was also new to me. I’ll try to speak on that one a bit later when I show you the next cushion.

I’ll definitely be using all of these new methods more in the future, and I can already say that this Mood Ring Meltdown was welcomed into its new home with great appreciation!

10 Responses

  1. Jo says:

    I love how you have quilted this with the close lines and changing colours. I wish I could do such a neat finish on a zipper. Good on you

  2. Jayne says:

    It looks fantastic! When I've done that type of quilting ~same thing happens. Not always. And I have to say it really doesn't bother me!

  3. The extra touches of color in the matchstick quilting really compliment the mood ring pattern and colors of the piecing. So glad it was warmly welcomed!

  4. Debbie says:

    This is really lovely. The matchstick quilting is perfect on it!

  5. Julie Beard says:

    Very nice indeed! Great job with the quilting too with just the right amount of colour thread used Mr Sparkles. I really love the linen used. Although one cushion is nevere enough! Julie Beard

  6. Carol Q says:

    Love the effect of the matchstick quilting – especially with all the different colours of thread.. I've been thinking about trying this too. Now I really will have to give it a go.

  7. Laikabear says:

    That is so gorgeous! Daaaang I love that mood ring block and the colors you chose. Is it weird to you that you are pretty new to quilting and you just constantly hit home runs? I know you have put a lot of work in but it also seems like you just have an amazing aptitude for everything quilty. It was nice to see that you experienced drag instead of defied it. ūüėČ

  8. Laikabear says:

    That is so gorgeous! Daaaang I love that mood ring block and the colors you chose. Is it weird to you that you are pretty new to quilting and you just constantly hit home runs? I know you have put a lot of work in but it also seems like you just have an amazing aptitude for everything quilty. It was nice to see that you experienced drag instead of defied it. ūüėČ

  9. Pam says:

    Love the colors and design of the pillow as well as the quilting!

  10. Looks fab! Love the quilting. I'm impressed with the "tailored looking" zipper. It's Divine, Miss Molli!

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