welded quilt agf stitched with kimberly

Welded Quilt: AGF Stitched {& Giveaway}

I’m excited to share one of the big behind-the-scenes projects I’ve been furiously sewing over the past few weeks: my version of the Welded Quilt, the newest free quilt pattern released as part of a collaboration between Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop called AGF Stitched with Kimberly (or #agfstitched).

agf-stitched-LOGOwelded quilt agf stitchedThis quilt is the third pattern released by Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery fabrics (you may have seen the Birchen and Fractal quilt patterns already released). The original version of the Welded quilt features Artisan by Pat Bravo. There’s an awesome instructional video HERE that helps make the organization and piecing of this on-point quilt very straight forward, without having to worry about bias edges. Fat Quarter Shop also has quilt kits and backing sets available.

When I was invited to be a part of the team to make this quilt, I accepted excitedly. I loved the idea of making an on-point quilt, and I knew that I wanted to use the focal diamonds to feature some meticulous cutting (fussy cutting to the rest of the quilting world). I also know how easy Kimberly makes quilt-making with her simple instructions.

utopia fabric fussy cut welded quiltI was invited to use the Art Gallery fabrics of my choice to make this quilt, and the fabric was generously provided by AGF. I quickly selected fabrics from Utopia by Frances Newcombe, including this Dreamlandia Irradiated (featuring the awesome deer), and some coordinating Curiosities by Jeni Baker. I added Art Gallery Pure Elements in Raspberry Rose, Teensy Weensy Lotus from Littlest for the light sashing, and Optical Origami Mod from Urban Mod by the AGF Studio to round out the palette.

utopia welded quilt agfstitchedI did have a few extra dates with my BFF the seam ripper due to directionality miscalculations, so pay extra attention to directionality of your edge pieces if you choose fabric with a distinct top and bottom. Those seam ripping dates were well worth it, though. I’m thrilled with the resulting quilt.

welded quilt in a treeI quilted it with straight lines in a grid work pattern framing the center diamonds, using my domestic Bernina 560 and a walking foot. I kept the quilting fairly minimal to preserve the super softness of the Art Gallery fabrics. I used my go-to thread, Aurifil 50wt in 2600-Dove for both piecing and quilting. I LOVE how this thread complements just about every fabric color combination and pattern.

machine binding welded quiltI machine bound the quilt for durability using the fabulous machine binding tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, and it turned out so well. Practice certainly helps, but I’m finding myself favoring the sharp look of the machine binding more and more (although I will always love hand stitching binding!).

welded quilt deer peeking through fernsI just can’t get over how cute those Utopia deer are peeking out from this quilt. As you can probably tell, I had a blast prancing through our front field with the rest of my family for this quilt photo shoot.

Quilt Stats

Pattern: Welded, part of the AGF Stitched with Kimberly collaboration (instructional video here)

Size: 61” x 79.5″

Fabric (all by Art Gallery Fabrics):
Front: Dreamlandia Irradiated, Specks of Carambola, and Atomic Influx Perse from Utopia by Frances Newcombe;  String Lights Carmin, Book Pressed Memories, and Firefly Jar Dark from Curiosities by Jeni Baker; Art Gallery Pure Elements in Raspberry Rose, Teensy Weensy Lotus from Littlest, and Optical Origami Mod from Urban Mod by the AGF Studio.
Back: Candied Lollies Mint from Curiosities by Jeni Baker.
Binding: Firefly Jar Dark from Curiosities by Jeni Baker.

Batting: 100% cotton Soft n’ Crafty batting

Thread: Aurifil 50wt in 2600 – Dove for both piecing and quilting

Quilting: Straight line quilting in a grid work pattern using my Bernina 560 and a walking foot

Time:
Piecing the top: 14 hours 20 min (includes fussy cutting and seam ripping to fix directionality)
Piecing the back: 45 minutes
Squaring, layering, and basting: 1 hour
Quilting: 5 hrs 10 min
Finishing (squaring): 25 minutes
Binding: 2 hr 30 min
Total: Approx. 24 hours 10 min

Why did it take me so long to bind!? Meticulous machine binding, I suppose! It was worth every minute!
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Now, for a giveaway!

Fat Quarter Shop has generously offered a giveaway to one of my readers. Comment below to be entered to win a bundle of your favorite Art Gallery Fabrics collection!  You can enter by leaving two comments:

  1. What Art Gallery Fabric collection would you choose?
  2. If you follow me, Night Quilter, let me know how–or visit my right sidebar to follow me if you don’t already, then tell me how! (e-mail, WordPress, Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter, Craftsy)

The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, September 30th 12noon EST. I will select one winner randomly from the comments below. Good luck!  Note: This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations, Nicole!

Once you enter, be sure to check out the versions of Welded created by the other talented quilt bloggers participating in this event (links will be added as soon as available):

Cara of That Crafty Cara
John of Quilt Dad
Dana of Old Red Barn and Co.
Michele-Renee of Quilt Matters
Corey of Little Miss Shabby
Christina of Sometimes Crafter
Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Sinta of Pink Pin Cushion
Jess of The Elven Garden
Svetlana of Sotak Handmade
Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
Katarina Roccella
Caroline of Sew Caroline
Riane of Vessel Quilts
Megan of Quilt Story
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N Quilt

Just for fun, here are some behind the scenes shots from our frolicking fun family photo shoot:

behind the quilt
My awesome husband not only is a champion quilt holder, but he also climbs downed branches to help adjust the quilt *just so*.
behind the quilt
Finn cheered us on from the stroller while Maddie and Max ran wild.
behind the quilt
Max needed a piggy back all the way home after playing in the field and climbing the apple tree to pick apples.

SnapChat Welded Quilt Photo ShootEveryone’s husband makes a SnapChat story about his family’s quilt photoshoot adventures, right? Yes, my husband is a tech geek extraordinaire! We had fun. Thanks again to Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics!

I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday and TGIFF, because seriously…. I’m so glad it’s Friday and I finished this in time!

P.S. I always try to respond to comments, but may not be able to on the giveaway posts due to the high number of comments.  Please know I appreciate your visit and hope you follow or come back again!

192 thoughts on “Welded Quilt: AGF Stitched {& Giveaway}”

  1. I follow on Instagram. If I had a choice, I would pick Amy Sinibaldi’s first collection, Paperie. If not available, I really like Blissful Melody.

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  2. Love those deer, Kitty! Who doesn’t need a magical deer peering out at them from their quilt? I’ve always been smitten with all things Jeni Baker, so I’d really like to win her Curiosities Fresh Encounters bundle. (See you love her, too!)

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  3. I happily follow you via email. BTW–all the men in your life have the most gorgeous eyes–swoon! (I.m sure your daughter has those same gorgeous eyes, too 🙂

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  4. I’m now following you on Bloglovin (just found this treasure). I love the fabrics you used. I would probably choose Midnight Outburst. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. Super cute family pics! And I love your quilt. Thank you for sharing and for the give-away! I follow your blog with Inoreader (a newsfeed reader similar to Blogloving)

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  6. Having to pic a favorite AG bundle is harder than picking my favorite child – ok, since I’ve got only one son, that’s easy 😉 But I’d probably pick Maker since I love neutrals.

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  7. If I won, I would choose Curiosities by Jeni Baker. I love that collection. Isn’t it fun trying to get quilt pictures? I always worry that the people around me with think I’m insane for toting around big quilts and sticking them in trees and over fences while taking pictures!

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  8. I love your quilt. And I am in love with way too many of the fabrics to list them all… All the Bari J, Bonnie Christine, Maureen Cracknell, April Rhodes, Pat Bravo. I wish I could sew with them all.

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  9. Well, I’m not much of a bundle/collection buyer as I don’t usually like all the prints someone else bundles. LOVE LOVE LOVE Art Gallery fabrics. If I had to choose a line I liked best as an entire u it, it would be Artisian or Bound…but I certainly love many of the prints singularly in many other collections. I tend roared darker colors and I’m not much of a flowery gal so I am drawn to the great, blacks and Browns most.

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