Posts Tagged ‘whole cloth quilt’

It finally dawned on me that if I waited for the sun to come out,  photos might never be taken and the Whole Cloth Class sample never make it up at the shop.  At some point I swear I’m going to learn how to use my camera more successfully.

I picked the Heather Ross up at Drygoods here in Seattle last month.  The minute I saw it, the cheater print screamed, “whole cloth quilt!”

Keli instantly pointed out these flannels she had that were just the perfect match.Both the Heather Ross and the flannels washed as beautifully soft as she said they would.

I tried for some new examples of quilting with a walking foot which is part of the class’s technique/design focus.

I had yet to do a continuous circle and somewhat pulled it off.  The first circle is the most difficult and I need to try out burying my threads, mostly because I am never pleased with stay-stitching or backstitching.

The citron quilt turned out ok.  It’s sweet, but where I tried to quilt a design that left some spaces blank to look like blocks from the back it sagged.  I had the same problem with the similar quilting on this one.  Perhaps it is due to prewashing or just too much space.

I worked from stash for the bindings, using some older Lizzy House and Alexander Henry.  Both turned out super cute and are finally up at the shop!

Hope you had a great Halloween!


::Improvisational Stitch and Flip Triangle Workshop:: $85 Saturday, November 3rd from 10am-4pm at Island Quilter on Vashon Island. All levels of sewists welcome.

An all day workshop to explore creating your own quilt designs utilizing stitch and flip triangles. We’ll cover this improvisational patchwork technique and construct blocks for your own quilt design. All level of sewists welcome. Quilting Modern Book required.






::Whole Cloth Quilt Finishing Class:: $85 Thursdays, November 15th and the 29th from 6-9 at The Quilting Loft.

Quilt top, batting, and a backing…baste, quilt, and bind! Learn the essential basics of finishing a quilt without piecing a thing! Create a simple crisp modern baby quilt while learning the process. Quilting designs with a walking foot will be a covered. Walking foot required.

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I thought long and hard about sponsors on my little blog.  I feel strongly that my local shops have had my back and have supported me throughout my adventure here in Seattle.  So I reached out to them and you can find their buttons along my sidebar.

This week I hightailed it to Ballard to see Keli at Drygoods Design.  If you haven’t had a chance to browse Drygood’s well curated collection, then the time has come to pack yourself up, hit the farmers market and tap your credit card.  You won’t be disappointed!

They are now open Tuesday-Saturday 11-6pm and Sundays 10-4pm and online 24/7.  Keli has started a studio night one Thursday night a month and  is hoping to kick it up to two.

I love this Nursery Versery.

I knew the minute I saw this line that I wanted some new samples made with it for my Whole Cloth Quilt Class.  I picked the Ruby Sunday flannel and the Crumb Grass flannel by Cloud9 to coordinate.  I threw it in the wash last night and just as Keli said, it is remarkably soft.

Happy Sunday and hope to see you at the opening for Krista Wither’s exhibit at Island Quilter on Friday!










::Improvisational Elongated Triangle Blocks:: $45 Thursday October 4th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Create an edgy block of triangles with this simple improvisational technique. Follow up with an invisible zipper class or create your own quilt. All levels of sewists welcome.









::Invisible Zipper Class:: $45/ Thursday, October 11th from 6-9pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

Installing invisible zippers if easier than you think. Come learn how to make professional looking pillows, you’ll be hooked! All levels of sewists welcome.


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I know I am not alone in thinking morning till night about quilt design.  If I had a large studio, all walls would be design walls, covered in the latest, or not so recent, but percolating ideas.

I’m not sure if it is good to dream of living in a padded room, but projects wouldn’t get tucked away in whatever space available to become ignored or forgotten.  I would just do a little of each as to not get bored or feel an idea forced.

But I get bored and projects get put away.

Ashley’s herringbone quilting on Swirling Swans, her version of the Swirling Medallion quilt in Quilting Modern, inspired me to shake the wrinkles out of a whole cloth quilt that was already basted, but tucked away.  Even the bindings were produced and rolled along with it.  The fabric had already driven my vision in this direction, but knowing that this type of quilting would take time set the procrastination in.

I obviously had not thought out the binding’s contrast very well.  Placed next to the herringbone fabric it simply disappeared, so I added the faux binding.  It is a simple technique that I teach in my whole cloth quilt class.

It turned out erratic and fun.  I placed the vertical lines first and then used two pieces of masking take horizontally to keep somewhat straight in placing the zig zags.  A fabric marker would do to.

I created a whole cloth quilt flickr group to share.

I’ll be missing my niece Ella when the family leaves back to Northern Ireland Tuesday.  Be still my heart, when she exclaimed as we were cutting squares and placing them on the design wall that she could just play with fabric all day!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law Hallie.  Her pillows match my couch so well it might be hard to let them go!  I added invisible zippers of course.  Tutorial here.


::Swirling Medallion Quilt:: $85 Saturday, August 25th 10am-2pm at the Quilting Loft in Ballard.

A merging of two blocks!  Come see how this quilt comes together while learning proper technique for cutting, piecing to create sharp points and sewing rows. All level of sewists welcome.   Quilting Modern book required.

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The day started with rain and ended with a little sun.

It seems fitting this summer in Seattle to be appliqueing a raindrop here and there.

My Sheets of Rain whole cloth quilt has a few now and has become my companion as I sit on the sidelines at various kid summer lessons.

I have a puddle full of raindrops made to add.

I’ve enjoyed picking the scraps from my favorite long gone fabrics for each raindrop.

You can see the process I use to applique them here.

Those appliques come in handy for covering up the free-motion-quilting mistakes.

I love the little bit of shine the yellow flannel adds.

Here’s what it looks like so far.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the rain shower grows.

Though I’m far from ever teaching free-motion quilting I see this as an addition to my whole cloth quilt class with applique potential follow up.

My students and I had a load of fun in my whole cloth quilt class last month.  I made this chevron style one right along with the students to show them the various steps.

The orange stitches sunk into the pink flannel nicely.  I can’t recall the maker of this flannel, but it is super buttery and thick.

The stripe and binding fabric are old Amy Butler’s that had lost their appeal for making their way into a pieced project, I’d just had them too long I guess, but worked perfectly in this quilt.

Now I have another to add to this one as my class examples or for that next special baby.

I’ve enjoyed making these so much that I created a Whole Cloth Quilt Group to showcase them.  I hope if you make one you’ll add it.

Now I have plans for one on my bed!


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