bella, bella, bella quilt

Many months ago I received a charm pack of Lotta Jansdotter’s new line, Bella, and made up this quilt top to show off a few of those squares. I outlined each in solid white and made a patchwork background out of many shades of turquoise solids and a few prints.

As I looked at it, I worried that the background was a bit too busy and kind of overwhelmed the rest of the quilt. So when I contemplated the quilting, I decided to do a more dense quilting for the background and charm squares, leaving the white sections unquilted, hoping it would pop a bit from the background.

I went for a free motion square meandering pattern for the background sections. As an aside, have you tried it? It’s surprisingly hard to get out of the habit of making smooth curves and instead make sharp angles! I quilted a spiral square in each charm square, in an attempt to try using more than one quilting pattern on a quilt. I love it when I see other quilters do this, but somehow I can’t fully embrace it on my own quilts. Maybe I’m just too used to an all over design, or perhaps I need to do a bit more practice… in any case, I’m not totally psyched with the quilting on this here quilt. If I could do it again, I’d probably pick something else (something that didn’t require burying quite so many threads!)

The backing is a stripe from the Bella collection, and the binding is a bit more turquoise with a spot of yellow.

And in case anyone’s keeping track, this makes another finish off my ‘taking stock’ list… 8 done, 7 to go – at least things are moving in the right direction!

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15 Responses to bella, bella, bella quilt

  1. 1
    Suzanne says:

    Thanks for your candid thoughts about the quilting. I like it very much because it looks extra crinkly and cuddly!

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    Marla says:

    So beautiful. The turquoise frames everything perfectly. I am not a huge fan of Bella (gasp, I know!) but your quilt is doing Bella justice.

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    Anna says:

    I love the background! I don’t think it distracts from the Bella squares at all 🙂 Beautiful quilt!

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    Susan says:

    Ashley, I love every single thing about this quilt. Every choice you made led to the creation of this most excellent (in my eyes anyway) quilt. The colors are superb, as is the overall design. Bravo!

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    Annalia says:

    Cute. I love the backing you chose to go with it.

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    nicke says:

    8 done, 7 to go! you are amazing!

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    Camilla says:

    Tis beautiful! I love the varied tonal background and the squares do pop. You’re churning through the UFOs.

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    Linda says:

    I love it! I don’t think the background is overwhelming. As the baby bear in Goldilocks said, “it is just right!” Congrats on branching out w/your FMQ. You are a brave woman…8-) Time for more pictures of Mr. Max! Did he dress up for Halloween this year?

    xo Linda

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    Carla says:

    Wow. I have a fat quarter bundle of this. Very cool quilt and I love your quilting ; )
    I recently saw you in a magazine, so had to but it because I love your quilts!

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    This is one of my favorites! It is gorgeous. Love the background and the quilting! An amazing job!!!

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    Jamie says:

    Ashley, since you had to do it so much in this quilt, I am wondering if you have a good technique for the “burying of threads.” I have tried to find online tutorials and they seem SO complicated, so I have shied away from any quilting lines that don’t start and end at the edges of my quilts! If you have any tips or tricks, I’d LOVE to hear your opinions! On a side note, your quilts are such an inspiration to me! I’m so happy there are so many amazing modern quilters out there bringing new life to the art (esp for new/young quilters like me). Thank you for sharing your awesomeness on your blog!

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    Nanci Byers says:


    I check your blog and saw this post. I am just getting started in quilting and am really drawn to the more modern improvisational piecing. I want to make this quilt using a different color scheme and wanted to know if you think it would work. The charm pack I have is Zen Chic Comma and I want to use a dark grey instead of the white to surround the charm and different shades of oranges instead of your turquoise background. I am not sure if you read older post comments or even respond to this time of question/comment, but if you do I would to hear what you think.



  14. 14

    Cant find you on CardsApp. Whats your cbn?

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    Liz says:

    I know that you said you did not use a pattern for this, but I absolutely love the design and would love to make it for my first child’s nursery! Do you have any notes or even rough pattern that you’d be willing to share or sell to me? In love your work!

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