Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monochromatic Layers of Charm Quilt

Two years ago, the FatQuarterShop asked me to test of a new free pattern of theirs: Layers of Charm. While I was very tempted by the prospect of new Cotton+Steel fabrics, I opted for a red flannel with black and white front. The quilt was a cinch to pull together! Just a charm pack and a layer cake and couple Saturday afternoons (more than one only because I enjoy being distracted by Netflix and such) and I had the coziest quilt ever! Did I mention that I used high loft batting for extra squish?

Well, when my sister felt my quilt, she got a little jealous and has been bugging me to make her one ever since. This fall, I walked into Joann, saw their crazy soft flannels, and knew what I'd be making my sister for Christmas. With a buttery black and white flannel in hand, I went home, ordered the precuts, and then set about sewing. So many times I thought about keeping this quilt for myself and giving my sister the original. I debated with myself about giving a "used" gift, and then I debated whether you could really call a quilt "used." In the end, I decided to be the bigger sister and give away the cozy new one. But that was just the beginning of the saga of this quilt.

layers of charm modern and easy black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

The night before my early flight home, I had packed everything but the quilt. Before zipping my bag, I went to tuck the quilt in...and I couldn't find it. Anywhere. I realized that I must have left it at school because I had been hand-binding while I worked a couple days earlier. Since it was nearing midnight, I vowed to get up early and retrieve it. However, when I arrived at school, the quilt was in neither of the labs, nor my office. I double and triple checked to no avail!

Dejectedly I went back to my apartment, unpacked the needle and thread I had tucked in my backpack to finish binding on the plane and waited for my friend to pick me up for the airport. I packed up my quilt to give to my sister instead. When my friend arrived, I climbed in the car and told her the story, how I was trying so hard to remember when I'd last seen the quilt that I literally couldn't remember anything about Thursday afternoon anymore. We were part way to the airport when she asked me if I had stopped in the bathroom before headed home.

"YES!" I exclaimed. "I remember setting the quilt on the shelf in the bathroom and thinking, 'Wouldn't it be a bummer if I left it there?'" She turned around the car, racing back to school, and I found it on the shelf!! When we arrived at the airport, I unpacked my quilt from my bag and tucked my sister's inside (much easier to fit hers since I used regular batting for hers, and as you might remember I used high loft for mine).

Unfortunately, I had unpacked the thread and needle to finish the binding on the plane, but luckily (?) both of my flights were delayed. I had time to check out every news stand in the airport to find a sewing kit and then sat contentedly in multiple airports binding up a storm.

Needless to say, this quilt had quite the adventure, and as you can see below, its new owner is very happy to have received it.

layers of charm modern and easy black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

layers of charm modern and easy black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

layers of charm modern and easy black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

layers of charm modern and easy black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

layers of charm modern and easy black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

Monday, December 19, 2016

Interview by Patch Work Life

This past month, I had the pleasure of chatting with the passionate modern quilters behind Patch-Work-Life. Patch-Work-Life is a Japanese brand that is working to promote modern quilting to creatives in Japan. Quilting is a dwindling art in Japan, but Patch-Work-Life has watched the resurgence of quilting as a modern handcraft in the United States and would like to see the same revival in Japan. Hop on over to their website to learn a little bit more about me and my quilting philosophy and to see the lovely set of photos that the curated of my work!

Follow the link below to read the interview:


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Modern Courthouse Quilt | featuring navy Pistachios

I can't get enough of the Modern Courthouse Baby quilt pattern. This is the fourth I have made. Someone needs to stop me. The pattern is just so perfect for highlighting a hand-printed panel while maintaining a minimal aesthetic.

modern minimal Courthouse Baby Quilt in grey and navy | Lovely and Enough

modern minimal Courthouse Baby Quilt in grey and navy | Lovely and Enough

This little guy was happy to be my quilt model while we were hanging out one afternoon. I mean, who wouldn't rather lay on a quilt on a warm fall day than go car shopping with mom and dad? And how perfect that he was wearing such a fun citron diaper, since I didn't manage to sneak any citron into this quilt. Pudgy thighs, stylish cloth diaper, quilt to be photographed: it was a match made in quilting heaven.

modern minimal Courthouse Baby Quilt in grey and navy | Lovely and Enough

modern minimal Courthouse Baby Quilt in grey and navy | Lovely and Enough

denim binding on a modern baby quilt | Lovely and Enough

Sometimes picking out binding and backing can prove tricky, but with my hand-dandy quilt consultant (aka boyfriend) along, it went very smoothly. First, he pulled this lovely lightweight denim off the shelf at Joann that matched perfectly. Navy with a bit of a fleck, I could not have chosen better myself. Then when I sliced it up, I realized the fabric is automatically on the bias. That is what I call WINNING in the binding fabric department.

For the back, I was hoping for a grey or navy lowkey print or solid. When the quilt consultant suggested robot for his nephew's quilt, I was rather skeptical. Robots? For a minimal modern quilt? However, after circling the store a second time, I started to appreciate the minimal nature of the robots he had chosen. As you can see below, robots won.

flannel robots for the back of a modern baby quilt | Lovely and Enough

This quilt should have arrived at is new home last week! I hope that the second little guy who gets to lie on it likes it just as much as the first.

modern minimal Courthouse Baby Quilt in grey and navy | Lovely and Enough

Check out the other versions of the Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt (named by their centers):

Follow the progress of this quilt with the links below:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Pattern Play

With Thanksgiving drawing quickly closer, I found my mind dwelling on the lovely foods that will grace our tables next week. Inspired by the book Taste, illustrated by Vicki Turner, I sketched some holiday edibles and turned them into patterns! As the perfectionist I am, I also decided to create my own stock images to mockup my patterns, and these are the first two results. Although the patterns were just for fun, I have been finding myself wanting an garlic apron now... What about you? What would you do if you had a yard of one of these prints?

modern Thanksgiving-themed coral and tan pattern design | Lovely and Enough

modern Thanksgiving-themed onion navy pattern design | Lovely and Enough

Thanksgiving-themed navy pattern design | Lovely and Enough

modern Thanksgiving-themed turkey pattern design | Lovely and Enough


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Black and White Quilt Printed

I finally finished printing this black and white quilt, which meant I could stitch up the remaining seams. I am so pleased with the results.

1. Larger Scale: I have been trying to work on a larger scale. From 6"x6" farmer's wife quilt blocks to 2'x2' senior show quilts to 3'x3' for QuiltCon last year, and now almost 5'x5' !

2. Within a Design Challenge: Seeing the "Black and White, Twelve Quilts" show this spring inspired me to create a quilt with the design parameters of monochromaticity. I work with light grey in almost every quilt, but I stretched myself and chose an off-white instead. I love the warmth the cream adds!

3. Stretching My Process: As I explore the process of printing on quilts, I don't want to end up in a rut. With Stone + Bloom for QuiltCon last year, I experimented with masking off sections of the quilt. For this quilt, I went a step further and only partially pieced the top before printing. 

The next step in the process always takes me the longest: deciding how to quilt the quilt. I printed out my design sketch to audition several quilting options, and after some layering with tracing paper and several long collaborative FaceTimes spent staring more at my quilt than my boyfriend, I think I have decided on the direction I want to go. That boyfriend of mine is such a trooper.

black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough

black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough

black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough

getting creative with methods for hanging quilts for blog photos | Lovely and Enough

black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough

sketching quilting ideas for a modern black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

Follow the progress of this quilt with the links below:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Navy and Grey Courthouse Baby Quilt in Progress

I have found my go-to baby quilt pattern. This Spring, my Mom made a modern baby quilt that highlighted one of hand-printed fabrics, and just like that, she started an addiction. This is the third one I have made now. For the center of this modern courthouse baby quilt, I printed a panel of navy and white pistachios to pair with the bold Lotta Jansdotter stripe and solids I had chosen. The panel was a tad subtler than I intended, but I forged ahead. I am so happy with how bold and modern this one is turning out!




Check out the other versions of the Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt (named by their centers):

Follow the progress of this quilt with the links below:
Finished

Monday, October 24, 2016

Improv Half Log Cabin Finish

Perusing Instagram, I am constantly inspired by other quilter's work. Several months ago Heather Jones Studio had been creating quilt after beautiful quilt of improv half-log cabins, and I decided that I must try my hand at it too. I pulled out some of my hand-printed peach fabrics and went to town. Whenever I had a break between projects, I would slice more strips and add them to my four funky blocks. Before I knew it, it was time to sandwich and quilt it! All bound up, it hung on my quilt ladder un-photographed for a couple months. Until last weekend. I ironed out that lovely improv beast and took it to my favorite quilt photo spot for some quality time. I may have been yelled off the property by a startled Amtrak employee, but without missing a beat, I headed to campus and discovered a lovey white industrial backdrop across the road from the library.

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

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