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Friday, April 18, 2014

Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements Quilt(#25)

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop

I fell hard for this Eclectic Elements fabric collection by renowned paper crafter, Tim Holtz.  Tim is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries and all you have to do is go down an aisle at a Michael's or JoAnn's and see walls of his wonderful product creations.
 Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop
This is his first fabric collection, and it comprises of 3 design categories:  Documentation, Labels, & Melange.  In order to retain all the good scrapbook/grunge/steampunk vibe - I used my trusty pattern:  Easy Bake from Cluck Cluck Sew.
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt
It was not easy to find the entire collection (24 fat quarters total) and I wanted to use every bit of it. After making the bulk of the quilt -  I measured the remaining fabric and found that 4" square gave me the most pieces.  These squares were put on the front sides and back.
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop
My first time making a quilt with a cotton top, traditional batting & a cotton back - (used Warm and Natural batting  / pre-washed and dried before quilting).  The back is Michael Miller's couture cotton in Nite -  which comes in 85 colors - and has a wonderful soft drape -  (while it looks rather bright in the pictures, it blends well overall - another option could be the Midnight Blue which is darker).

Quilted top and bottom with  Aurifil 50 wt. ( light sand #2000 & dark cobalt #2740).  Spray basted (and ironed to fuse them even more), I had a few hiccups (and 3 rows to rip out) as the bottom tension went all wonky - but a few turns on the bottom bobbin case screw worked fine.  Each time I re-loaded the bobbin - I had to make minor adjustments. 

April 2014
Size:  60 x 72"


  1. Love your quilt! I'm a new quiltmaker and am going to be making a smaller version of this, and was wondering, is that quilted with a grid pattern using a wide zig zag?

    I'm going to use Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting and a layer cake, with most likely a flannel for the back, so do you think it's going to be okay if I don't wash the batting, and just wash the quilt after it's done?

  2. thanks Deb - I answered you in an email with more detail - please let me know if it doesn't come through - Ruthie :)

  3. Love this look. Son & his wife will get a steampunk quilt gifted to them. New to quilting so it may be a while coming though!