Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Want My Space

As a quilter, have you ever said, "I want my space"? While we'd all like a little more room for sewing and storing fabric, that phrase has a different meaning as the name of one of our new fabric collections. As in outer space

Space lovers will adore Stephanie Sheridan's "Atlantis" quilt made from the 
I Want My Space line, featuring the space shuttle panel, fussy-cut squares, 
and cool gradating star prints.
"Atlantis" designed by Stephanie Sheridan and quilted by Linda Leathersich;
featured in Quilt Trends Spring 2014

Stephanie shared with us just how she designed and made such an out-of-this-world quilt:

What makes the I Want My Space fabrics so appealing?
I was drawn to the realism of the panels in this line as well as the unique
gradated star prints. Another great thing about these fabrics is their size...they are 58" wide, which opened up more design options for me.

Can you talk about how you used the gradated fabrics? They really make the quilt.
By carefully placing the lights and darks in the gradated star fabrics I was able to achieve a lot of dimension and movement. The shadows and highlights of the lights and darks gives the outer borders a three-dimensional feel.


What do you envision it being used for?
I think it would be a perfect focal point as a wall quilt in a little boy's room, or would make a great toddler bed quilt for a child who dreams of visiting the stars.

Any tips for fussy cutting the panel and squares?
I like to press the panel using some spray starch before I start cutting, as it helps the pieces keep their shape and prevents the edges from raveling. And always measure twice...cut once! Take your time and be sure that your motif is centered before you engage your rotary cutter.

What is your favorite part about the quilt?
The large pieces and simple piecing make this quilt go together very quickly
(a single weekend...or even less!) but because of the great fabrics it looks like you spent much more time!

How is it quilted?
My mom, Linda Leathersich, did the long arm quilting on this quilt and really brought it to life. She outlined all of the panel motifs to make them pop, and then used an edgy swirl in the background to add movement. The blue border has a really modern angular spiky design, and in the outer border she outlined the planets and added stars to bring the whole design together.

See the entire I Want My Space collection here.
Find the kit for this project here.
Find Quilt Trends magazine here.

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