A Finish: Paraffin

This quilt is Paraffin, and it was designed to look like a lava lamp. I learned about how they work while making this quilt – that carbon tetrachloride is added to the paraffin to make it denser than water, where wax would normally float. The bulb heats the wax and makes it expand, making it rise to the top in the smooth and unpredictable shapes that the lava lamp creates. The random shapes property appealed to me, since I planned to piece it in a mixture of random and uniform (the curves) ways.

This was a quick quilt to assemble, and it took 4 1/2 hours of long arm rental to quilt it. It is constructed with improv orange pieces and added curves, reverse appliqued to a solid blue background. I used a ruler foot to quilt straight lines in the orange and I free motioned like crazy with curvy designs in the blue.

I finished the edges with a facing to give a borderless look and hand stitched to the back, now I just need to enter it into Quiltcon and hope it gets selected!

Size – 38″ wide x 66″ tall
Number of blocks – n/a
Time to make – About 14 hours, including 4 1/2 quilting hours
Fabric – Background is Kona Pacific, with a mix of different oranges from scraps and stash.
Binding Fabric – A blue solid from stash that is very close to Kona Pacific
Backing Fabric –
 A Michael Miller extra wide, from the half price section at My Sewing Room.
Threads – Pieced with off-white Wonderfil Konfetti, quilted with a blue and a orange Isacord on top with a terracotta Decobob on the bottom.
Batting – 100% Cotton – Quilters Dream Select (crib size)
Quilting- Ruler work grid on the orange, feathers and swirls and feathered swirls and pebbles on the blue.

This is a Q4 Finish Along Finish!

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