As I've mentioned a few times already, I attended Sewtopia in Chicago this April (2015). As part of the retreat, they sent us a collection of Michael Miller Fabrics. The idea was to make something (anything!) out of the fabrics and enter them in a friendly competition or "challenge." This was a new one for me! You had to use some of the fabrics that they sent us, but you could add any other Michael Miller Fabrics.
The colors of the fabrics that were sent out were bright and a little bit outside of what I normally work with. However, I found a very cool coordinating fabric to use for the backing and used that as inspiration for the front. (Is that backwards?)
I used all of the fabrics that were sent, and added: White! (Michael Cotton Couture in Bright White to be exact), and went with a very traditional "broken dishes" layout of half-square triangles. The HST blocks finish at 5 inches, and the entire quilt is 40x40 inches.
I echo quilted on both sides of every seam and love how it created little perfect stars where the blocks meet.
This quilt has been listed for sale in my Etsy store.
It is time to make my To Do list for Quarter 2 (Q2) of the 2015 Finish-A-Long. Here goes (the first 5 are shown above):
1. The last of my Cabin Quilts: the Purple Wonky Flying Geese. This one needs to be basted, quilted and bound. You can see this quilt here.
2 & 3: I have made two quilt tops from donated scraps. These tops will be donated to a local charity. These needs to be basted, quilted and bound. You can see the quilt tops here and here.
4. I have all but one of my 2013 & 2014 Mod Q Impro B Bee blocks. In 2013 I asked for people to make me improv house blocks, and then in 2014 I asked for improv trees. The one block missing is the block that I need to make. (Ha!) These guys need to be laid out, sewn in to a top, basted, quilted, and bound. You can read more about this quilt here and here.
5. I've finished hand-quilting (and embroidering a nose for) my paper-pieced Rudolph block. This is destined to be a pillow It needs to have the envelope backing assembled and attached.
The last two projects are ones that will be started (and hopefully almost completed) at the Sewtopia retreat next week. The patterns are picked and the fabric has been pulled (and some cut) for these two projects:
6. A pillow made in Rita Hodge's class on how to make Kansas Dugout blocks.
7. A baby quilt using Latifah Saafir's Molehill pattern.
Linking up with Adrianne from On the Windy Side.
I finished another in my series of "Cabin Quilts." This is the second of my "Cabin Quilts" to be completely done and is the second (and last) item that I finished from my Q1 Finish-a-Long List.
You can read more about my Plus quilt here and here. This quilt is made entirely of Kona Cottons. The background is Kona Wine, the pluses are Ivory, Holly and Eggplant. I backed the quilt in Spruce and bound it by machine in Windsor. As I did with my the first cabin quilt that I finished, my Bear Paw quilt, I did straight line quilting every inch or so.
Outstanding items from my Q1 List:
- I still have my last two Cabin Quilt tops to baste, quilt and bind
- I haven't managed to get any further on my improv house and tree blocks.
Linking up to Adrianne from On the Windy Side.
On to Q2 now!
One of my personal goals for 2015 was to attend a sewing retreat. To that end, I've signed up to attend Sewtopia in Chicago next month (April). There's more info on Sewtopia below.
Now that we are less than a month out, I'm starting to work on a few projects for the retreat. First on my list was to create something (anything - there were no restrictions!) for a swap.
Just when I was starting to seriously think about what I wanted to make for the swap, I received an email from Kristy at Quiet Play asking if I would be interested in testing a new paper-pieced pattern for her. I jumped at the chance and decided to kill two birds with one stone: I pieced her new "Geometric Butterfly" block and then finished it off into a 12.5" mini quilt for my swap item. (Earlier I had a chance to test a penguin block for Kristy. You can see my finished guy here.)
For this project, everything that I used came from my scrap bins, except for the black and white stripe fabric. I had a lot of fun digging through my pink, red and orange scrap bins. Since the block is so bright and busy, and the background is full of words (Allison Glass Sun Print Text), I opted to keep the quilting simple and just stitched in the ditch around the red wings, and then did 1 "echo" line around each wing in white (hard to see, but it's there in the above photo - and is clearer in the photo below).
I bound the quilt in a skinny black and white stripe from Timeless Treasures, and added a few hanging pockets on the back. (Click here for a tutorial on the hanging pockets from Lori Holt.)
For fun, I added one of my labels from my fabric gift bags and called it done!
Two other projects for Sewtopia, involved picking fabrics for the two classes that I will be taking with Latifah Saafir from Latifah Saafir Studios and Rita Hodge from Red Pepper Quilts.
Latifah is teaching us to make her molehill quilt (curved piecing - upper left). Above (right) are the fabrics that I've picked out.
Rita is going to work with us on making a Kansas Dugout mini-quilt. I had fun using Electronic Quilt (design program below) to try out different color and fabric schemes for this one.
Last up on my Sewtopia To Do list is to finish a challenge project using designated fabrics from Michael Miller. More on that one to come...
I finished my first quilt for 2015!
I've been working on 4 quilts that will live in the bunk room of a cabin here in Colorado. I talked about these quilts here and here. All of the quilt tops are done and I'm working on getting them all quilted.
This one is my "Bear Paw" quilt. The top is pieced using Kona Cottons from Rober Kaufman in Spruce, Cayenne, and Ivory. I backed it in Eggplant, and it is bound in Windsor.
I quilted straight lines every inch (and plan to quilt all four quilts in the same way).
I attached the binding by machine and am pretty happy with how this corner turned out!
This is my first finish for the Q1 2015 Finish-a-Long (hosted by On the Windy Side). Now on to quilting the second cabin quilt! Thanks for stopping by.
Ps - it's rather difficult to take quilt pictures in Colorado in February. Here I am standing up to my knees in snow...
Here we are in a new year and it is time to make my Q1 To Do list!
I am still working away on my 4 cabin quilts, and have been disciplined in not starting NEW projects until I get these guys done, so all of these are left over as unfinished projects from Q4 of 2014.
1. Bear Paw Cabin Quilt - this one is basted and I am in the process of quilting!
2. Star Cabin Quilt - Top and back are finished, but it still needs to be basted, quilted, and bound.
3. Plus Cabin Quilt - Top and back are finished, but it still needs to be basted, quilted, and bound.
4. Flying Geese Cabin Quilt - Top and back are finished, but it still needs to be basted, quilted, and bound.
Last Up: I'm getting close to having all of the blocks for my last two years as Mod Q Improv B Queen. They're up on the design wall, and I'm working on making final layout decisions. So #5 is my Improv Neighborhood Quilt (hmmm....I'm not settled on a name yet either). I talked about this quilt previously here and here.
Linking up with Adrianne from On the Windy Side for the 2015 Quilt-a-Long.
I completed my addition to the 5th round of our Modern Round Robin. You can read more about this group project here (fox quilt and ocean quilt). You can read about my center block here.
This quilt was started by Kimberly Swink (one of the Swink Girls) and has been added to by three other people. When I received the quilt it looks like this (below) and came with a few extra blocks (shown on the left).
For my contribution, I added the asymmetrical wonky triangle border using a paper-piecing pattern that I won a couple of years ago from Owen's Olivia. I used a text print from Alison Glass' Sun Print collection as the background for the triangles, and used fabrics that were provided by Kimberly Swink for the triangles. The Sun Print Text fabric was part of the stash of fabric that Kimberly sent along with her block, and luckily I had more in my own personal stash to complete the border.
This quilt's journey is now complete and it will head back to Kimberly. Now all that is left of the round robin for me is to wait for my quilt to be returned. I'm very curious to see what all was added to it and how big it is now!
Thanks for stopping by.
Just before the holiday break I bound this quilt, and then yesterday I got around to finally taking pictures. It's hard to take quilt pictures when your backyard is full of snow and it's COLD out!
I first mentioned this quilt here and it is on my Q4 Finish-a-long list. This is my third finish for Q4! I used a fatquarter bundle of Emily Isabella's Everyday Party collection for Birch Organics and I am very happy with how it turned out.
I used the low-volume print for the backing and quilted it "in the ditch." For the binding I used the light blue print with bears.
This quilt sold prior to this post and will be on it's way to a new home shortly!
My other December finish was a swap gift for my Mod Q Improv B group. It was finished at the beginning of the month, but I couldn't share it until my partner had received it. I had a lot of fun with this one!
My partner is a Harley girl and I was happy to find the paper-piece pattern on Craftsy. However, it took me a few days to decide what color to make the bike. Eventually I decided to skip having a color theme, and just used all the colors from my scrap bin. The background is Kona Ash, I did echo quilting all around the bike, and bound it in Kona Hibiscus (all of that makes a combination that is hard to photograph).
Happy New Year to Everyone!
This weekend I finished a quilt that has been a long-time in the works. Back in January of 2013 I started a slew of turquoise quilt tops. I've already finished a Chevron quilt, a Half-Square Triangle quilt, and most recently, a Turquoise Strip quilt. Now that this basket-weave quilt is finished, I think I'm done with turquoise for a while - at least for quilts.
For this quilt I paired turquoise and gray low-volume prints with more saturated coordinating prints. The pattern is very traditional, but I feel that the fabrics give it a contemporary feel.
For the back of the quilt I again used the turquoise polka dot print and added in a strip of fun turquoise-on-white fabric to bring it up to size. I quilted this quilt "in-the-ditch" between each block, and then added diagonal quilting through each block. It wanted it to crinkle nicely once it was washed.
I machine-bound this quilt with the turquoise color-way of Patty Young's Running Stitch fabric.
It was a snowy day when I went to take pictures. I love how the above photo looks like a black/white photo other than the turquoise quilt.
This is my second finish on my 2014 Q4 Finish-a-Long To DO list, and has sold.
Thanks for stopping by!
This week I managed to finish not one quilt top...but 2! Above is the last of my four cabin quilts: Stars. You can see the other three quilt tops here.
My next project is to finalize my fabric choices for backing and binding the quilts. (Excuse the iPhone pics please). Now that the end is closer, I'm enjoying looking back at my patterns and seeing how the patterns evolved, even as I was piecing the tops. In the beginning they all were going to have chunky pieced borders, and you can still see that in the pattern for the purple flying geese quilt.
The second quilt top that I finished was this herringbone pattern. For this project, I used a fatquarter bundle of Emily Isabella's Everyday Party collection from Birch Fabrics (organic).
I also had a "finish" this week: the skeleton costumes for my three boys! And just in time for their school carnival. (One had tumbling class and wasn't home when I took this picture.) These costumes were on my To Do List for Q4 of the Finish-a-long, and now I can cross one project off!
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Since I have progress to show, this week I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee from Freshly Pieced.