Sunday, December 27, 2015

Modern Buzz Saw Quilt

Back in June I finished a quilt for my dad, but I never got around to taking pictures of it before I gave it to him. Thankfully my amazing husband gave me a new camera for Christmas, and I was able to get pictures of my dad's quilt while we were in Austin for Christmas.
The name of the pattern is Modern Buzz Saw and it is from the book Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart. The book is fantastic, and is filled with 12 patterns that all come together really quickly using pre-cuts or yardage.

I knew this pattern would be perfect for my dad because he owns his own construction company, and has a garage full of tools. Plus he's had his fair share of run-ins with a buzz saw... What I loved about this pattern is that it looks very complicated, but it actually came together quickly and easily.
The fabrics I used were from a fat-quarter bundle of Hammer and Nails by Peter Horjus that I found on Hawthorne Threads. Then the background fabrics I used were Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in flax and olive.

Thanks to my amazing Janome 8900, I was able to get this twin sized sucker quilted in just a couple days. I probably could have gotten it done faster but my family needed to be fed lol. I quilted it in an all over stipple with lovely 40wt Light Khaki Green Aurifil thread, number 2900. I love how the quilting disappears into the olive colored Essex Yarn Dyed fabric.
My backing for this quilt was this amazing print from the Hammer and Nails fabric line. Aren't those emblems just amazing?! I love the retro feeling they have, and I didn't want to be distracted from their beauty with a seam down the middle. So I decided to match the design so that I could hide the seam.

You can see in the picture below where it is not quite 100% lined up, but from a distance it looks like all one piece. Would y'all be interested on a tutorial on how I did this? I know that I will definitely be matching more of my backing fabrics from now on, and I would love to share how I did it. (Hint: it is easier than it looks)
What I love most about this quilt is how much my dad loves it. His mom was a quilter, and he always tells me how proud she would be of me if she was alive today.

4 comments:

  1. My Grandmother was a quilter. I learned the skill from her and my sisters have said they are glad someone got the quilt bug from her. Makes me proud and you should be too! Your quilt for your Dad is great! Great thing for your husband to give you a camera for Christmas, I think cameras and quilts go hand in hand! Happy New Year Hilary!

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  2. Such a wonderful gift! I like your color choices and the fact that the fabric is coordinated with your dad's career makes it so special. I've been looking for a Southwestern pattern for my daughter who loves all things Texas. This looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hi Hilary! This is gorgeus quilt! I have seen few quilts made with this pattern lately and love most yours! Beautiful colours! You inspire me to try this, too! x Teje
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  4. I would love to know your technique for the backing!

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