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Rock Concert - A Michael Miller Project

Kimberlee Tanner

This quilt isn't new, but as one of my absolute favorite patterns, I was delighted to remake it in one of Michael Miller's basics, Hash Dot!

This fabric collection is perfect for all those tone on tones you are looking for. The mix of lights and darks in each print adds depth and texture to your finished quilt and they have so many colors to choose from, 46 to be exact!

For this pattern, you'll need 6 different colors. You can do a basic rainbow, or pick and choose for your recipient. Due to the scrappy nature of the pattern, your guitar can be anywhere from 1 to 6 fabrics. Do a fun mix of blues, or reds, or any specific tone, or just pick a couple different fabrics. It's easy to customize.

Rock Concert is an Electric Guitar quilt that really makes an impact. When we were designing it, we knew we wanted it to be big and fill the space. Instead of doing repeating blocks we opted for one big guitar. This allowed us to add more detail while keeping the actual pattern quite simple.

While it looks complicated, it's actually still made out of squares! The blocks are nice and square and except for a couple of thin lines, beginner foundation paper pieced friendly. If you are new to foundation paper piecing, complete the blocks with only a few pieces, and by the time you have finished those, you'll be ready for the slightly more complicated sections.

For this version we used:

  • Hash Dot Pink
  • Hash Dot Malibu
  • Hash Dot Grape
  • Hash Dot Green
  • Hash Dot Papaya
  • Hash Dot Yellow
  • Cotton Couture White
  • Cotton Couture Bamboo
  • Cotton Couture Charcoal
  • Cotton Couture Fog

We used the same color for binding and backing and went with the Malibu. 

We opted for a darker color of binding to give it a nice frame and really contrast against the white background.

I had lots of time to think about how I wanted to quilt this version. After the last one, there were a couple things that didn't work quite like I wanted, so I knew I wanted to mix it up. One thing I didn't want to change, though, was the music notes.

I loved the little bit of extra in the background they provided and what goes better with a guitar than music! As a background for the music notes, I opted for a row of circles. This is a nod to records, as well as providing a way to break up the space a little bit. I felt like the notes would get lost more if I just put them directly in the background fill. I extended the circles and notes over the small contrasting border, but stopped the white fill at the border and did something different on the outer white border. Since I didn't want it to distract from the notes and records and also contrast the curves, I chose piano keys. They are one of my favorite elements to use in borders.

A few accent lines to draw in more detail on the guitar itself and this top was done!

For the quilting, I did mark out the circles and notes. I used rulers as needed to keep things nice and evenly spaced, and freehanded the curves on the notes. All the wavy lines in the background are just freehanded and totally not perfect, but that doesn't bother me and the texture is what really shines through here. I also love the depth that a nice and densely quilted background gives to the overall look.

To mark the top, I used a water erase fabric marker by Dritz. Since I was spending more time quilting, I wanted to make sure it was something that wouldn't disappear before I was done like an air erase pen. For the notes, I simply printed off some images of notes from the internet, cut them out, and traced around them. There was no way I was going to be able to keep things consistent if I free handed them completely. After they were drawn on, it was easy to quilt.

We don't remake quilts often, but I have been wanting to redo this one for awhile and have plans to even do one more, but changing things up slightly and doing different colors for the guitar. It's not at the top of the list, but I may have to bump it up a little farther, just so I can see how my final plan works out!

If you are looking for a fantastic set of basics to use in your quilts, definitely check out Michael Miller Hash Dots. For solids to coordinate, we also LOVE the Cotton Coutures. They are soft and luxurious and so fun to sew with.

 If you want to make your own guitar, you can get the pattern as a PDF Download or Physical Pattern in our shop!

 Happy Quitling!

Kimie and Missy


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