Happy Monday Peeps and greetings from Palm Springs:)
It so turns out that I managed with some help to have a finished quilt to show you along with my obligatory palm tree photo. I’m happy I did because I haven’t been able to talk quilt all week with anyone;)
I can’t even tell you when I made it. I guess it’s what you would call an ‘Oldie but Goodie’ in the UFO pile.
It’s been folded, refolded and moved.
It must have come about around the time I made HST LOVE and Pantone Pop. Both very traditional quilts in block style, but I had fun mixing up the fabrics, picking the color way and giving them some random placement. It all breaths some fresh air into those simple half-square triangle blocks that you can do so much with.
I’ve got a huge bucket list of ideas built off knowing this block and how you can twist it or add to it.
Well anyway, babies need quilts and this quilt needed a baby.
It also needed a star center, because of course I wasn’t thrilled with what I originally picked AFTER I had sewn the whole thing together. With my friend Sandie’s help we decided to fill it in with a corduroy print.
Sandie quilted it up with the maze pattern and finished it with this lovely binding. The binding and the star points in the Alexander Henry Heath add some texture without too much print distraction.
I never alone would have thought to go with the maze she picked and we both were so happy with how it turned out. Collaborating on quilts for babies is so fun.
The color way was inspired by my suitcase.
The back turned out amazing. I’m still up for my challenge to myself of using fabric from my stash and left overs from the front.
It’s made up almost entirely of a fine wale corduroy and a few left over half square triangles. I’ve now made four backs with this goal and have loved them all.
Quilt is now with happy baby. So fun to gift.
The pile of finished quilt tops is getting smaller! I believe I have three complete quilt tops left to quilt and certainly a lot in pieces;)
Have a fun week.
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Paper piecing workshop development and sample made, CHECK! And totally drool worthy if I don’t say so myself.
The Foundations of Paper Piecing Workshop is listed if you find yourself with some spare time on March 14th.
A New York Beauty block has been on the bucket list F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
I bought just enough new make me happy fabrics and combined them with some old to create a new to me color way. It seemed to just come together on the design wall so effortlessly. As usual it matches nothing in my house.
The white/creams I pulled from the scrap bins. There’s even some flannel in there.
It ended up that neither the shot cotton and the flannel on the front, nor the voile on the back created the headaches I imagined.
I crosshatched it in a lightly variegated lilac thread. This easy off the edge quilting design has the kind of impact makes me happy. Off course all quilting minds of Seattle that I saw last week were consulted;)
I almost put the voile back into the stash.
It’s one of those fabrics I have to force myself to cut into if I had curtains in mind five years ago. There’s still that hope of getting to that alive;) The decision was a good one, it pairs perfectly with the front.
If you’re headed to Quiltcon please go say hi to my quilts. There are two on exhibit and I just finished up this one here for display there in Island Quilter’s booth.
It will look a little bit more lively than it does it this taken at midnight photo.
This quilt thoroughly falls under the “it doesn’t have to be perfect to love it” category and I considered not sending it due to some obvious struggles I had quilting it, but then I reminded myself that perfection isn’t what it’s all about.
Happy week peeps. I hope it’s a good one;)
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You’re probably thinking,
“When will she ever finish that quilt already?”
And I’m with ya.
I’ve had a very genuine desire since the beginning of the year to clean up and clear out projects. A noticeable dent has been made in the pile and though there is still plenty of the unfinished, the process has been a good steady pace. Having quilts at each stage of the making process allows my attention to wander to what ever is in the rotation because it ALL needs to get done.
And bloody hell, Somewhat Circular Hex is D-O-N-E!
All inspired by the Alexander Henry Kokeshi doll fabric, then onto the color way this little Kokeshi doll/bank sported and certainly the Japanese art that I grew up with.
I love how the Essex background forms another Hexagon. Let’s pretend I planned that;)
Extreme binding auditions happened and this Denyse Schmidt standby won.
It just popped the other black prints.
I’m sticking with the use what you have stashed when it comes to backings program. Simple Simon on this one.
It held the diamond grid quilting texture well, as did the Essex on the front.
My seam widths annoyed me enough that I finally took action and had my Juki walking foot replaced. Juki is sitting on a quilting goldmine if they would step up and add all the measurement markers and width to their walking foot that Bernina has in my opinion.
Well and crap, then this happened;) But starting new projects is part of the process. You can see the other hexagons by machine I’ve done here and here.
Happy Monday Peeps!
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That leftovers thing happened again. Hexes turned into triangles, and now I have another shape to show as an example in my triangle workshop with a hexagon shape center to boot!
The stars turned out pretty wee by the time I cut them from the left over hexes.
The precision I’m pretty happy with, no paper piecing involved for those of you that asked, just 60 degree triangle piecing.
I floated them in Essex Linen.
These prints are favorites and deserved some limelight.
The diamond shape the quilting forms was simple enough to execute.
And it matches the pillows on my couch;)
Finished off with my Invisible Zipper Tutorial.
The weather couldn’t be any more perfect for quilting and if my child’s mood this morning is any indication of how most of Seattle is feeling today I think I’ll make the best of it and stay home to sew.
Chin up Seattle.
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As I’m making one quilt I generally have block cast-offs and another design lay out evolves. That’s just what happened with the leftovers from the Scrappalicous Double-Trouble Quilt I made a while back.
What I call the Double-Trouble block is a half-square-triangle with an improv Stitch and Flip triangle on one side. Merging the two triangle techniques creates a block that is both controlled and chaotic. The Swirling Medallion quilt we made in Quilting Modern has the directions for the Stitch and Flips and my tutorial for hst is combined with my value quilt tutorial.
This time around I thought I’d try out the squares by turning what I had on point and giving them some space to breath. I love the scrappy controlled sets.
I tried my best to create the whole quilt, even the background with scraps. There’s a mix of flannel, muslin, and other neutrals that I used for landing the improv triangles. Anything goes for the triangles, voile, flannel, home decor and corduroy are all present.
I failed on using left overs for the binding. This small scale print from Alexander Henry’s Farmdale line was perfect.
I could have adjusted my neutral squares in some places with a larger size, but keeping everything to 3 1/2″ squares created more texture and depth.
The backing is another old Alexander Henry. Shocking I know.
One of my goals this year is to have my backings consume cast offs from the front and fabric from stash. This challenge so far has led to creating some backs that I’m rather smitten with. Unfortunately I don’t have a current full shot to show you what I’m talking about.
The quilt hangs at Island Quilter on Vashon Island for the month of January with other lovelies made by my peeps in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Go take a ferry trip!
Happy Monday Peeps!
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I didn’t manage to get a good full shot of my Somewhat Circular Hexagon quilt before bolting out the door to teach. I had to move it out since I wanted it to be hanging in the shop as a new sample for next Thursday’s Hexagons By Machine workshop. There are openings in this class if you are curious about the methods of strip cutting hexagons and piecing them by machine.
I’ll be sure to get some photos of it next week and post them. I’ve got my eye on some huge floor pillows that want this design on them. You know I like pillows.
Somewhat Circular is my second quilt finish for 2015, I think this quilt doubles what quilts I produced in 2014. My first was my Double-Trouble quilt hanging at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit opening at Island Quilter. I’ll be on the island Sunday for an Open Quilting Studio at IQ and hope to snap some pictures of it to share. Anyone’s welcome to come work on projects and check out the guild’s quilts.
The binding was a hard pick on this one, but the black print worked great with the backing.
As you can see there are a few lines of quilting still needing to be removed and some to be added in, but the color way is spot on and the Essex linen really works with the black background fabrics.
I used this quilt to photo my Cutting Corners Binding Tutorial this week if you missed it.
It’s a beautiful Seattle day to stay inside and sew (and avoid laundry;).
Happy Friday Peeps!
I had a cancellation and now how one slot left in my Improv Log Cabin Workshop on Tuesday. Come play!
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I posted a photo on my Instagram the other day and a comment was made about how I stitch the corners of my binding. Years ago I noticed my mom used it on a quilt and I just messed with it until it was second nature for me. I’m sure the method has a name. I’ll call it the Cutting Corners binding technique.
I use a ladder stitch to bind my quilts and if you need some direction on that Turning Turning’s blog has a great tutorial.
1) As I approach a corner I fold the corner binding towards the middle of the quilt and bring the binding’s folded edges on the right and left sides together at the inside corner so that they just touch.
Secure where the right and left sides come together with a clip.
The goal is to aim for the right and left fold of the binding to come together at an equal measurement and create 90 angle at the corner. Binding clips on either side of the corner can help even things out.
2) When I approach the corner I take the needle into the quilt back and bring it out through the binding’s corner fold. It might be easier to do the next step before pulling the needle through.
3) Grab with your needle the opposing folded corner of binding and if things are looking even pull your needle through.
These two points where the needle is pictured above is where you will complete some tacking stitches.
4) Once you feel it’s got enough stitches to be secure, take your needle into the right side and through into the quilt backing, coming out into the fold of the binding. Continue with the ladder stitch.
It should look all nice and square from the front. I’ve never had any issues with it coming untucked. Anyone know of the name of this technique?
Let me know if you have any questions.
Poof, Somewhat Circular Hex is another sample for my Hexagons by Machine workshop next week;) Now I need to get a post up on it.
Happy Tuesday. I’m off to get my tax crap together, exciting stuff Deb;)
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