Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Improv Half Log Cabin Quilted

I tried my hand at Denyse Schmidt loop-de-loop quilting. It's pretty wobbly, and I got some puckers, but hey, practice is practice. 

loop-de-loop quilting on peach floral quilt

loop-de-loop quilting on peach floral quilt

loop-de-loop quilting on peach and navy modern improv quilt

loop-de-loop quilting on peach and navy modern improv quilt

loop-de-loop quilting on peach and navy modern improv quilt

loop-de-loop quilting on peach and navy modern improv quilt

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Black and White Twelve Quilt, a beginning

Inspired by the Black and White Twelve Quilts exhibition in New York this past weekend, I decided to make my own. You don't get to be included among the quilter's you admire by sitting on your hands, right? This is the first stage of piecing completed. (Although after taking pictures, I did realize that the outside two black stripes might not quite be in the right spots...)

I am planning to print it, but instead of masking out sections like I did for Stone + Bloom, I decided to try a partial piecing method. Then I can flip sections out of the way to get continuous printing that skips a strip or two. If that doesn't quite make sense to you, stop back in a couple weeks. I am hoping to do a time lapse video of the printing process as I print and flip and print.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Modern Courthouse Quilt | featuring Hortensia test print

This crinkly version of the Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt in navy and grey was delivered to its new parents. It is backed in a soft and silky stripe and bound in it as well. The bindings that I had chosen ended up feeling a bit staid, so I trimmed off the excess backing and pieced it into binding tape! It adds a fun finish as the stripes alternate around the edge. Plus, who doesn't love a good striped binding?

Be advised. I think I'm going to just be posting photos on the blog for a bit. My work has been demanding quite a bit of writing, so my heart just hasn't been in my blogging. That said, the lapse in my blog is disheartening, and I would prefer for silent photo posts than no posts at all. Enjoy the eye candy!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Modern Courthouse Quilt | featuring citron Hortensia

I may have mentioned last week that I want to make a baby quilt for every one of my fabric designs. Here is the first. Let me tell you, I am just getting started.

Digging through my stash, I am realizing just how many colorways and test prints I have accomplished. There could be a lot of baby quilts in my future. Inspired by Hopewell's Courthouse Steps Baby Quilt and a quilt my mom made with my minty Longlegged print, I jumped right into the pile.

I paired some gorgeous buttery Art Gallery Pure Elements solids in Empire Yellow and Peach Sherbet with my very own Hortensia in citron (available for sale in my Etsy shop). Magically, I had a sumptuously soft peach floral stashed that went perfectly for the backing.

When I sat down to quilt it, I made a discovery. My stitch guide does not attach to my walking foot. How silly is that? (I have now seen Nicole of Modern Handcraft masking tape her guide to her foot, so I will try that next time.) Not to be stopped, I had a masking tape party with Paul and Mary of the Great British Bakeoff. Together we plowed our way through cakes, biscuits, and quilting. I have found my new favorite quilting companions!

Initially I thought a fun stripy citron binding would do the trick. However, the longer the stripes sat on the folded quilt, the more I felt they clashed with the backing. At the last second before walking out the door to sewing night, I traded the stripes for Pure Elements Apricot Crepe. The result is delicious.

Per encouragement from my mom, I practiced my machine binding skills to give it a sturdy washable finish. It truly is much faster to machine bind. (If you get it right the first time and don't take the whole thing out twice like I normally do.) I think I am going to keep practicing machine binding. It adds a quick and sturdy finish to quilt.

And on the next baby quilt! (Shh don't tell, but I've actually already finished the next one and will be sewing on the binding tomorrow night.) Can't stop. Won't stop. Have a lovely Tuesday.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt | featuring minty Longlegged

My cousin is having a baby! We all know what that means: baby quilt time. Her nursery colors are mint and grey, and she is expecting a boy. Mint and grey boy baby quilt. Challenge accepted.

My mom (also an avid quilter) and I decided to tag team the effort. I picked out my coveted minty long-legged flamingo fabric print to use as the central print. (After all, if I will not cut into my hoarded fabric for family, is there anyone I will cut into it for?) Then my mom went to Pink Castle Fabrics to find more greys and mints. (I may have slowly siphoned them all out of her stash and into mine...)

Mom decided to pattern the quilt after our mutual quilt-design idol, Hopewell Quilts. Although Hopewell has closed their doors, you can still find many of their quilts on Pinterest and Instagram. The pattern we chose was their modern Courthouse Steps variation.

There were many iterations of color choices. Sometimes choosing just four fabrics is much harder than choosing ten! I didn't see or feel the final product until my cousin opened it at her baby shower, but backed in light gray double gauze, it's just about the softest cutest minimal modern baby quilt I've ever seen. (I, of course, am biased, but there you have it.)

I now want to make a baby quilt for every one of my hand-printed fabrics. It requires less than a fat quarter of the focal print and then can be paired with solids and low volumes from your stash or local quilting shop. Which of the prints in my shop would you like to see made into a baby quilt next?

In all honesty: I have an entire slew of photos ready to post about the second Modern Courthouse Quilt I just finished a few nights ago, but I realized that I should perhaps post the inspiration first.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Propeller Pillow | by Suzy Quilts

When Suzy of SuzyQuilts posted her new pattern the Propeller Quilt pattern, I knew I had to try it. Bright, fun, and geometric, this pattern goes together in a cinch. As I was pulling out fabrics for this quilt, the hand-printed Maze and Vale fabrics that my mom gave me for Christmas fell from the shelf. I decided it was a sign. Beautiful fabric is meant to be used. 

That grey and white dash is one of my favorites of hers; it hurt to cut into (can you say fabric hoarder?) but now I get to enjoy it on my couch everyday! The mustard and white dandelion is a Maze and Vale print as well, and it went so well with my own hand-printed citron pistachio fabric, that I knew they needed to come together in this pillow.

Plus, this is my year of sewing my stash. (Yes, last year might have been as well, but we didn't make any progress on that so here we are again...) I am looking forward to using up all the yummy design goodness that I have stored away in boxes on my shelves. I'm coming for you, you gorgeous Lotta, April Rhodes, and Cotton + Steel.

The piecing flew! It's amazing how much faster it is to quilt when you are following a pattern and not designing at every step! My finished block was 20" x 20," (I modified those corner pieces to be large enough to fit my pillow) but even at 14" square, the blocks are a nice size to whip up a larger quilt in no time. What little weekend projects have you made time for recently? Have you committed to sewing your stash in 2016?

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