I’m so excited to finally be able to share with you the Automatica Quilt (originally called Rainbow Rounds) – a quilt I made back in July which is now available in Issue 81 of Love Patchwork & Quilting.
Automatica Pattern PDF
I always think it’s really interesting to see how different people go about designing quilts so, if you don’t mind, I thought I’d give you a little behind the scenes of mine!
So, this quilt was completely inspired by a music video! Weird, huh?! Mr f&f loves music, and one day he came home saying “Check this out!”.
It was a song called ‘Automatica’ by Nigel Stanford, where robots were programmed to play music – you can find it here. It gave me goose-pumps the first time I saw it!
Towards the end of the video, there’s a part where the guitarist’s eye dilates and the pupil morphs into an octagon and the iris into segments (at 3.44min!).
I loved the imagery and I grabbed a pen and paper with the idea that one day it would make the basis of a pattern.
Each block is quite big, finishing at 16″ so you could easily make just the one block for a cushion, or more for a quilt.
There are so many ways that you can play with colour in this design too – I played with the positioning of the wheels in the blocks so that it looked like the colours were spinning.
I’ve also been thinking about making each block one colour but playing with colour values to make it ombre…….sooo many ideas!
Making the Quilt
This was definitely a quilt where the method and technique came after the idea (as is normally the case with my designs!).
After a bit of thought and playing around, the quilt actually came together in a much easier way than you might imagine, and is quite quick to make!
I used the fabulous Art Gallery Icon Elements for the rainbows and my, they are fabulous!
I’ve always loved the feel and drape of Art Gallery fabrics, and the colours in this range are fabulous.
Rainbow Rounds is wholly machine pieced (no foundation paper piecing in sight!) and relies on accurate cutting and piecing throughout, with one partial seam.
And a little bit of curved piecing to put it all together, just for fun! If you are really nervous about curves, you could applique the wheel on to the background block instead, there’s lots of flexibility with this pattern!
You may remember a little while back that I shared how to piece a quilt back diagonally (you can find the tutorial here).
Well, that was a sneaky peek of this quilt back! If you’ve not tried this quilt backing technique before, it’s definitely worth looking at – it’s a great way of making a little bit of fabric stretch a lot further!!!
Automatica Pattern PDF
When it came to quilting, I decided on diagonal organic wavy lines using a dark grey Aurifil. It felt a bit daring in the beginning but I think works really well as the quilt is so bright I think it helps to ground it a little?!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the making process – do you enjoy reading about the inspiration behind the quilt? Would you like me to share more? I’d love to know what inspires you – do drop me a line!
Today’s sky::: overcast but bright and not raining for once!
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