I am super excited to introduce the newest Scrappy Appliqué pattern: GLOBE.
GLOBE comes with 12 different templates: 4 different views of our planet (see views below), and each view comes in 3 different sizes (small, medium, large). So you can choose your favorite angle of the globe, and make a quilt in whatever size you'd like! Includes instructions for a wall hanging, crib, throw, twin, full/queen, and king size quilts!
Let's take a closer look at some of these globes I made. On this one (globe 2, size medium), I wanted the land fabric to be super saturated, so I chose a bright white for the background and binding to best show off the vibrant silhouette.
I quilted a grid pattern around the globe, and a water-like meander in the oceans. I quilted a pebble/clam shell motif over the landmasses.
For this next quilt (globe 4, size small), I found this great limey-chartreuse yarn that I wanted to use to finish the edges, so I chose a super neutral fabric palette with pops of black. In this quilt (as well as the previous and next quilts) I finished the edges of the appliqué pieces by couching yarn. It adds a really pretty texture, and I always love playing with new appliqué finishing options! Please note, the pattern includes directions to finish the edges by satin stitching, not couching, but you can always play with different stitches.
I quilted a woodgrain motif over the whole quilt. I really love how striking the round silhouette looks on its own, so for all of these, I used the same fabric for the binding as the background. You could use a different color for the binding, but it would frame the piece, creating a different effect.
For this quilt (globe 1, size large), I knew I wanted a dark cobalt/gold palette. Like the previous 2 quilts, I finished the edges by couching yarn (again, the pattern instructions are for a satin stitch-- I may teach a class in the future on how to finish appliqué edges by couching yarn, so make sure you're signed up for my newsletter to get updates).
I had a lot of fun quilting this one. I quilted the Carl Sagan "pale blue dot" quote in the land masses:
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." Carl Sagan
We're big Carl Sagan fans in the Brinkley house and have a framed print of this quote in our living room, so it was a natural choice for this quilt.
I really love the texture quilting words creates. In the oceans, I quilted a large, echoing baptist fan-type motif, and in outer space, I went to town doodling! The motifs include lots of swirls, paisleys, clamshells, pebbles, and straight lines. You can see the quilting better on the backside.
Here is a close up of the globe 3 (size small) quilt I made. I finished it as a pillow, which I'll share in a future post. Here, though, I finished the edges with a satin stitch, which is how I typically finish appliqué edges, and how I wrote the pattern instructions. A satin stitched edge is going to be much more durable for quilts that will get more wear.
As described in the pattern instructions, you could just leave all the edges raw, which is a nice/quick option for quilts that won't get a lot of wear.
This pattern looks much more challenging than it actually is. It is simpler than my other map pattern (found in my book), since it doesn't include nearly as many islands. One of these quilt tops can be finished in a day or so, it's quick, but striking -- you can totally make one, I promise!
I can't wait to hear what you think, and I am so excited to see all of your worlds!