Pickle Burst Quilt

Hi from the USA all! It is once again that time of year for the Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Rebecca Bryan, Bryan House Quilts, and Sarah Elizabeth Sharp, No Hats in the House.  As always this inspires me to write a blog post!

This is my entry in the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2018 quilts category. Check out all the entries, so much fun!

I just settled on a final name for this quilt yesterday, Pickle Burst. I find it fitting as it uses Kona Pickle for the background color. The yellows and purples are assorted RJR solids.

This quilt I started in a Jacquie Gering workshop hosted by my local Q.U.I.L.T. guild in July 2017. I completed the top a few months later then it sat a waiting for amazing quilting plans. Fast forward to March 2018 and it was still unfinished.  When I saw some other members were entering their versions in @nwamqg quilt show I knew I needed to just get it done.

I went to my current go-to of straight lines using my Juki 2000 on a grace frame. TO still make it a bit ‘fancy’ I spaced the lines at 3/8″. I used Aurifil 5015 in 50wt and Quilters Dream Wool batting. It finished at 62″x78″. At the end of it all I love the straight lines and how it adds texture but lets the improv and quilt design be the star.

I posted these pictures on Instagram April 9th and response has been vast and spectacular. RJR Fabrics even reposted it a few weeks later.

When I was working on pulling a stack of purple solids for my Ramps quilt for this Ultra Violet challenge in late April 2018, a friend commented “Do I see some of your Supernova purple in that stack?” Well… probably but I used up most of those cuts and had restocked!! Long story short, it occurred to me to enter Pickle Burst in the Ultra Violet Challenge too.

Pattern is Supernova from the book, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. In the workshop I learned to gather some like colors to create interest and not make it all so sprinkled about.

I am so impressed with this quilt it has a hanging sleeve (I sewed on after this picture) and it will be hung on our wall soon!