Fireburst QAL – Fireworks Quilting

We joined Tish’s The Madd Quilter Fireburst QAL back at the beginning of July.  The last clue which included the layout was given at the beginning of November.  We had the quilt top all together by the second week of November.  Shortly thereafter it was layered and awaited its turn at quilting.  During that time, I stalked other friends who were also making this quilt to see how they were quilting it.  Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing finished and shared hers and that’s when I found my inspiration.  Her quilting shows a lot of movement and she even refers to it as fireworks.

Fireburst flimsy

Fireburst a.k.a. Fireworks

Aha!  Back in June, we visited a quilt shop in Bar Harbor, Maine.  We were able to meet the owner who loved to quilt and design original patterns.  She didn’t have time to write them up though!  I took a few pictures with her permission, especially this fireworks quilting design with stars interspersed throughout.

This little fireworks pattern has been milling around in the back of my mind since then.  With my newfound success in quilting the second Plus Playtime quilt for Luke, I felt like I should give this a shot.  And Fireburst would be the perfect medium for the test trial.

Variegated Thread Necessary for Fireworks!

I really think the variegated thread makes the whole statement complete with the fireworks pattern.  We worked with some pretty variegated thread when we took that hands-on FMQ class back in August in Michigan..


One is in different shades of green, while the one chosen is in yellow, orange and green.  Perfect don’t you think?  Especially since those exact colors are in Fireburst.

Jump Right In the Fire(works)

I did give the design a trial run on the acrylic board.  Not sold on the stars originally, I quickly saw their value in moving from one spot to another.  Here is a close-up shot of one of the quilted fireworks

Quilted Fireworks 2

and some of the stars leading to or after a fireworks burst.

Quilted fireworks and stars 1

Fireburst Finally Revealed

We used the same orange fabric for the binding.  It’s nice and bright, and does its job of framing the final quilt.  For the backing we chose a multi-colored polka dot.

Here is our finished quilt after it’s been washed and dried!  The fireworks and stars are just randomly placed throughout the quilt – wherever the mood took me, kitten.

Fireburst Finish

This quilt already has a home on a square, tiled table that used to be my mom’s.  It will provide a nice bright spot in the kitchen.


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15 Responses

  1. The fireworks are such a cool design, Roseanne. What a bright and cheery quilt. Love the color combo.

  2. Wowza! That quilting is absolutely perfect for this quilt. I think you know how much I love bright colors, and I am a total fan of this quilt! Take care, Mary.

  3. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    You are amazing! Yup…definitely sending all my quilts to you for quilting! Either that or I am coming over so you can coach me!

  4. Susan says:

    Love it, especially the solid colors you pulled out from the background, and the yellow for the quilting!

  5. dezertsuz says:

    AND did you see the e-mail from Superior today with *32* new King Tut colors, many variegated?

  6. Susan says:

    It looks wonderful! You did a great job of both stars and fireworks. I’m so proud of how you’ve decided to do this FMQ stuff and are attacking it full force with such great results!

  7. Lisa says:

    I love the background fabric you used in this quilt. It looks great with the orange gold and blue. Nice quilting job as well. Have a great weekend

  8. What a great quilting design. It’s perfect! Your Fireburst is so bright and cheerful. I’m sure it will look great on that kitchen table.
    Carol Andrews

  9. Yeees! I love a good variegated thread, too. Your finish is beautiful and bring — but more important, you seemed to have had a blast putting it together. Well done!

  10. That quilting is the perfect choice! Beautifully done 🙂

  11. Your Fireburst quilt is bright and lovely! The quilting is awesome and perfect for the quilt design! Happy Friday!

  12. quiltinggail says:

    Roseanne, what a perfect quilting design for Fireburst! Your quilt looks wonderful: bright and cheerful!!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    Seems to be the perfect design for this quilt,keep up the good work.

  14. Kathleen McCormick says:

    It looks terrific Roseanne! Thanks for the mention. Do you regularly come to Maine in the summer or was this a one off adventure?

  15. Look at you go with your great new quilting skills! I love King Tut variegated cotton thread. I have several, including a delicious purple and blue one. Great choice! xx

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