Quilt top finish! This top is the third in a series of four quilts that are destined for a bunk room in a cabin. I first mentioned these quilts in my 2014 Kick-Off post in January. I originally had these on my Q1 FAL list, but alas, I haven't totally finished any of them. When I completed the first one I decided that I wanted to see all of the tops together before I made a decision on how I wanted to quilt them. (As you can see, I decided to eliminate the chunky borders that were part of the original designs.)
This Plus quilt is Kona cotton in wine with pluses in eggplant, ivory, and holly (though you can't tell that there are any light green pluses in these photos).
We've had a string of beautiful sunny days, which is great in general, but makes it difficult to take quilt photos. This picture (above) shows the colors in the quilt a little more accurately.
As I went to write this post, I realized that I had posted pictures of the Flying Geese and Bear Paw quilts on Instagram, but never talked about them here.
The Flying Geese Quilt is Kona eggplant, with geese in ivory and sage. The Bear Paw quilt is Kona forest with prints in ivory and cayenne. One more cabin quilt top to complete (Stars) and then I face the huge project of quilting all four of them.
Today I am linking up to WIP Wednesday!
Several weeks ago I signed up to be part of a "round robin" through the Modern Quilting Facebook page. For those of you who aren't familiar with a quilt round robin, participants are organized in groups and then each person makes a center block for their quilt. You then send you block to the next person in the group and they add a border. The quilt makes its way through the group with each person adding a border until the quilt lands back with the maker of the original block. We all had to have our center blocks finished and sent off by May 1, and now we have 2 months to add a border to the block that we received. (Click here to see my center block.)
The first block that I received is this fox block (above). Isn't he cute? Once he becomes a quilt, he will be a keepsake for a 10-year old girl who is infatuated with foxes. When thinking about what to do for my border, I wanted to make sure that a young girl would think it was "cool."
After thinking for a few weeks and spending an evening sketching on the front porch with my 5 year old son, I decided to piece an improv border of thin stalks of grass (click here for a tutorial on how I made the borders). Two borders are complete and here's what he looks like so far:
Two more rectangular borders to go, and then 4 corner blocks to make. I'm thinking of doing butterflies...
Today I'm linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday. Enjoy your week!
Update: A tutorial for the Fox block can be found here, and a tutorial the cross-stitch block that was used to make the fox can be found here.
This weekend I spontaneously decided to clean and organize my sewing room. In the process I re-discovered some turquoise strips I had assembled around the time I was working on my Turquoise HST Low Volume Quilt and the Turquoise Chevron Quilt. I decided to finish ironing and cutting my strips in to 6.5" squares and now I have this on my design wall:
When I was done cutting my strips I realized I had way more blocks than I needed to make 1 baby quilt, so I separated the blocks (I was able to cut 3 blocks from each strip set) and laid out 2 quilts. That means I still have 1 set of blocks to play with.
The blocks on the left in the rail-fence layout have been assembled in to a quilt top and are ready to be basted and quilted. I still need to play with the blocks on the right to make the quilt look balanced with those dark gray prints and the super saturated turquoise fabrics.
Today I'm linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday.
Time to look at what I'd like to get done in the last quarter of 2013. There are many projects that I'd like to have completed, but with the holidays approaching, I'm trying to be realistic about how much time I will actually have to sew. I decided I'd be a little bit conservative - so I can hopefully feel good about getting lots of things on my list done come the end of December.
First on the list is a holiday mini-quilt for an exchange that is being hosted on the Modern Quilting Facebook page. This is my first exchange and I have to say I'm a little nervous about sending my projects to another quilter. I feel like it has to be perfect! The person who is assigned to receive my mini-quilt selected Christmas as her holiday of choice (you had to choose a holiday to be the theme of the mini quilt). I opted to try out my new flying geese bloc-loc templates (rulers?) - and they were so fun and easy to use! All I have left to do on this project is finish the binding.
Next on the list has to be the King Chevron quilt (again). I'm sooooo close.
Quilt top - check
Backing fabric - check
Binding made - check
Batting in hand - check!
Now all I have to do is put it all together. My personal goal is to have it done and off to the customer by the end of October.
Third on the list is my Modern Trees QAL with Christa Quilts. The blocks are done (officially done - since I've run out of the white backing fabric), and are up on the design wall. Sorry about the horrible picture - but the lighting in my sewing room isn't great for photos). I chose to "slash" my trees to make garlands and like the result. I also chose to alter the pattern a little to make more white space around the trees. Now I have to assemble the squares, add sashing (?), maybe a border, layer it...and I think I'm going to treat myself and have this one quilted by a professional long-arm quilter! This quilt is for ME. So I think I'll give myself a break and let someone else do some fun and fancy quilting on this.
Last up on the list is my Texty St Louis 16-Patch. This was a spur-of-the moment project that I whipped up in a weekend or so. It was a lot of fun. Now it just needs to be layered, quilted and bound.
Confession 1: I have changed my mind. I thought I wanted to go with wonky improv circles in deep saturated cool colors for my block. But I've decided to go a completely different direction.
For the ModQ ImprovB August block, I'd love it if everyone could make me 12.5" square blocks with a wonky improv house in the center. (The photo above was originally posted on Lark Crafts website. And the image below is from Quilt Dad.)
- Feel free to use any sort of modern fabrics for the house in any bright colors.
- The house can include trees or fences, or whatever your little improv house needs to feel complete.
- I like how these quilts (shown in photos) have lots of white space (negative space) around them and the improv houses are relatively simple.
- Please use a solid white or off-white background for the house, and include a 2" border around the house block. (ie: The house block would be pieced with a solid white/off white background and would measure 10.5" square, and then would have 2" of the white/off-white fabric around it, so that the finished block would measure 12.5" square.)
- I'm a pre-washer! If possible, please use pre-washed scraps.
Confession 2: I haven't attempted to make one of these blocks yet!
Let me know if you have any questions. I'm sure there are some things that I've left off here.
I'll update my shipping address on the doc shortly.
I've decided to join the Pile O'Fabric "Retro Rubies" quilt along. Why not? I could use some practice on sewing curves. Plus, it's fun to share my projects on Flickr with people who are doing similar projects.
I'm thinking this would be a fun project to try using black & white text prints for the background, and a fun bold solid or two. I have a bunch of Kona solids left over from the quilts for my twins! Ok, I'm off to search the internet for as many text prints as I can find. (I've already ordered this pack from Pink Castle Fabrics to get me started.) Stay tuned!
It's so funny where a day can take you, creatively speaking. I started out working on my Skill Builder BOM blocks for February. Honestly I wasn't a huge fan of the "Em Dash" block, but I went ahead and made it and hung it up on my design wall.
As I stood staring at it, I realized that the thing I DID like about the block was the little white triangles. So, I wondered, what would happen if I switched the positive and negative spaces. I went back to the cutting table, made some more squares (in reverse this time) and then sewed this one up. And I liked it!
Then my mind really started going a million miles an hour. If I like a block, I then usually wonder "What would this look like in a quilt - set with many similar blocks?" So I hopped on the computer (thank you EQ4) and laid out this.
Now things were clicking! This quilt looked like a couple of different things I had "pinned" on my sewing ideas Pinterest page. Specifically, if you start playing and rotate some of the blocks, you get a quilt that looks very similar to one by Andie Johnson that was shown on the Modern Quilt Guild page a while back. Here's my EQ4 version:
I also re-discovered a bow-tie quilt by Anna Joy of the The Joy Cottage that is made with a similar block. It just has smaller corner triangles. Here is my EQ4 version:
This is not rocket science, and obviously many other people have figured this out before I did. I just got excited when I took a block that I didn't like, turned it in to one I did like, and then put 2 + 2 together and had an "Ah Ha!" moment. Thank you for letting me share. Happy weekend. I'm headed back to the sewing table to sew up the next BOM block.
Remember this? After making my postage stamp table runner, I treated myself to this fat quarter bundle of Aneela Hoey's Cherry Christmas fabrics - with the idea that I'd make a couple of holiday table runners when I finished making all of my holiday gift bags.
Well, I finished my bags a few weeks ago and got straight to work cutting fabric for my table runners (1 for me, 1 for my sister). I used the same method as I used for my first table runner (strip piece, but don't use full-length strips). You can find a tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts here. I roughly calculated that I only needed to cut two 2 1/2 in strips from each fat quarter in order to make two table runners.
Next step: sew strips together and try to make as many random combinations as possible!
When I was finished sewing all my mini-strips in to sets, I quickly realized that even though I had completely thought my pattern through, and sketched things out, when it came time to sew my strips together, I got over-excited and sewed strips in sets of 4, rather than sets of 3. Oops. Oh well, "No biggie," I thought. I can still make a table runner, it'll just be a bit wider than I had originally planned. So I continued on...
I cut all my new strip-squares, put them together as randomly as possible, and sewed them all in to 16-patch squares.
At this point I started to think. "Hmmm...I'm going to have a lot of fabric left over. And this might look pretty cool as a quilt..." And that was that. My table runners turned in to a quilt. Hence all the new mini-strips seen above with my 16-patch squares! So, back to the cutting board for me! I chopped all the remaining fabric up in to 2 1/2 in strips (and then cut those in half length-wise) and started again. It has been kind-of fun to not really plan out a quilt. As I was building blocks, I had no idea how large the quilt would end up (how many blocks I would have in the end). But I went with it.
Once I got all my 16-patch squares completed, I decided I needed a better way to lay them out and play with them than my current method of placing them all on the floor. So I took down the artwork on one of my sewing room walls, sewed together 6 yards of white flannel, and thumb-tacked the flannel to the wall. And voila! I had a design wall. Merry Christmas to me!
My design wall doesn't look too fancy, and perhaps some day I'll trim it out with maple trim board, and cut it down a little, but I love it! It is so much easier to lay out a quilt when you can stand back from it, than it is to lay blocks out on the floor. Using my new wall, I had some fun playing with the layout and now have begun sewing all my squares together.
I'm rather amused that what began as a rush project to complete two table runners before Christmas, has resulted in a large quilt (roughly 64"x74" I'm guessing) for my sister, and a design wall for me! (The quilt will totally not be done before Christmas.) Now on to thinking about how I'm going to quilt this one...