Monday, February 8, 2016

Eggplant Modern Printed Quilt Finish

Last January, my aunt commissioned a quilt for above her fireplace. We chatted about color schemes and styles, and I pieced this large grey and white morning star quilt block. Then I stalled. For months. But in December, knowing that I would be flying to the west side of Michigan for a baby shower for my cousin, I decided that this quilt would be my next completion. And here it is: completed!

Modern Screen-printed Grey and White Wall Quilt | Lovely and Enough

It is based off of Morning Star, a quilt from my senior collection, "She Can Laugh at the Days to Come." The deep eggplant printing lends a stronger graphic quality to the final composition. I also experimented with a dark navy straight-line quilting thread instead of matching the grey, and the pop balances the blooms, I think. At just under 30" square, this quilt is a bit of an up-size from the original Morning Star, and I love the final product.

I bound this baby using my new clover binding clips while watching Ellen's Design Challenge with Brent. Talk about a good evening, and a good finish. I just dropped it off at its new home this past weekend, and I can't wait to get a picture of it above the mantle!

Modern Screen-printed Grey and White Wall Quilt | Lovely and Enough



Modern Screen-printed Grey and White Wall Quilt | Lovely and Enough

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Modern Quilted Pot Holder

DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

I'm usually a complete supporter of purchasing from the wedding registry. Get the happy couple what they want not what you want, for crying out loud. But after buying from the registry for a shower, I decided to go handmade for the ceremony, and I am so happy I did.

For over a year, I've been wanting to try out Purl Soho's Liberty Hot Pad tutorial, and this felt like the perfect opportunity. Plus, I am sewing my stash this year! (The goal is to go from nine boxes to six in 2016. Big dreams.) The tutorial calls for pretty colored twill tape of which Joann does not really carry, so I opted for my own binding. (Plus, I have not mastered the machine-sewn beautiful-on-both-sides binding as of yet. I end up with a wobbly uneven mess. C'est la vie.) I made a little bit of extra binding and sewed it closed and then insided it out for a loop that got stitched right into the binding.

modern fabric pull with stripes and florals | Lovely and Enough

modern quilted triangles | Lovely and Enough

I just love the triangular pockets on the back of the one. Such fun. And I'm a sucker for stripes and florals. You begin to understand why I could not say no to this project!

DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

The pattern calls for straight-line quilting and then quilting at 30º. Now this is a tad ambiguous, so I ended up with one potholder that is 30º and one that is 60º depending where you measure from. Oh well, both look good. And most importantly, the happy now married couple were thrilled with their handmade gift. Day made.


DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Straight-line Quilting + Eggplant Printing


Straight-line quilting on the modern eggplant-printed quilt is complete! I whipped out the second half last Wednesday at sewing night while watching the Philadelphia auditions for American Idol. My current idol favorite is Jenn Blosil. She is hilarious and unique and such a hoot but so great to listen to as well. Have you been keeping up with the auditions? They make for good sewing tv, except that as soon as someone starts singing, I feel like I should stop adding the chug chug of my machine to the mix.

Brent was a doll and held up my quilt for me this weekend since I am out of masking tape. I guess it's time to swing by Target! (Alert: danger zone. Target also has a quilted men's sweatshirt I'm kind of dying to have but since Brent already owns it...I'm not sure if I'm allowed to buy it as well...) The next step is tying all of those threads to the back. Then it will be free-motion quilting time. I decided to try lines first this time to achieve a flatter quilt with less chances of puckers. So far so good.


I've been wanting to get back into posting progress photos, but if I post them on their own, then the finished post doesn't have any progress photos...dilemma. What do you think?


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I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday today over at Freshly Pieced. Hop over there to see some more unfinished beauties.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Eggplant Modern Printed Quilt

My aunt requested a printed quilt for her mantle an embarrassingly long time ago, so I decided it should be my first finish of 2016. (After it failed to be my final finish of 2015, but we don't have to talk about that.) This Saturday evening, I turned on Ice Age 2 and straight-line quilted a whole half of the quilt. Ice Age 2, you ask? Well, I needed a movie that I didn't love, so that I wouldn't be tempted to look up from my machine and take long pauses between lines. Success.

Floral Printed Grey and White Morning Star Modern Quilt with straight-line quilting | Lovely and Enough

I'm greatly enjoying the process of this quilt and plan to finish it in time to deliver it to her in person February 6th at my cousin's baby shower. Baby shower, of course, means baby quilt! My mom and I are tag-teaming on this one, and I sent her some of my mint flamingo fabric. I haven't actually used that in a project yet (can you say fabric hoarder?), so I can't wait to see the final product!

straight-line modern quilting | Lovely and Enough

The printing on this quilt is a dark eggplant. It turned out a little darker than expected but makes for a striking quilt. I decided on a blue grey thread that is a little darker than I used on the previous incarnation of this quilt. It should balance out the dark blooms nicely.

Floral Printed Grey and White Morning Star Modern Quilt | Lovely and Enough

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I am linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced for the first time in a long time.
Head over to see other masterpieces in the making.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Stone + Bloom: QuiltCon

There are simply too many ideas rolling around inside my head to have enough time to quilt them all. QuiltCon was a great opportunity to actually realize one. I have been experimenting with screen printing on quilts for almost two years now, and it was time to scale up. Measuring about 3' x 3', this is my largest printed quilt yet. Big isn't actually all that much slower to piece and sandwich, but quilting it does become a bigger beast.

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt | Lovely and Enough

I began with free-motion quilting the blooms one Wednesday. It seemed like the logical place to begin, and then I stalled. I always forget the number of hours I can spend staring at a quilt deciding how to quilt it. Eventually, I decided on matchstick quilting the white bars, but stopped at the edge of the printed blooms.

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough


The grey was more difficult. Beginning with 1-inch spaced straight lines, I wasn't happy with the wrinkles and how much the pistachios faded from the design. After several more hours of staring at it taped to the dining room wall over Thanksgiving, I added more quilting to the the solid grey to achieve half-inch spacing.

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough

The whole quilt was a little wonky after quilting, so I pinned it to my printing board and blocked it with a spritz bottle and then began the Great Binding Debate. (Did you know that I have had multiple quilts that arrive at this step and never make it further because every binding I audition feels like it will ruin the design? #perfectionistquilterproblems) Eventually, I decided red but with bits of grey. That way red wouldn't touch the red blooms along the edge. I still think light grey could have been zen...or boring...we will never know.



I also can't decide which side I like up. What do you think? Horizontal or vertical bars?

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt | Lovely and Enough


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Friday, November 20, 2015

QuiltCon Making in Spare Moments

loose free-motion quilting in red on modern printed minimal quilt | Lovely and Enough

In the spare moments between class and collaborations, I have been working my way towards my first submission to Quilt Con. I'm pretty pumped. It is a scale up of a Lenten Twelve (below) from this spring combined with some of the quilt printing I have been experimenting with, such as Lenten Twelve II and Evening Star.

modern minimalist neutral mini quilt | by Lovely and Enough

I wanted higher impact, so I scaled up to 3' x 3.' It's funny because piecing it took just as much time as the little one, but voila: more bang for your buck! I say that now, but I know that it will take me longer to quilt it...

minimalist modern wall quilt in grey and white | Lovely and Enough

Then I printed it with my iconic hydrangea print and blocked out the white bars from being printed. (Iconic is my way of saying that I have used that hydrangea print for so many projects now that...well...I am looking forward to designing new patterns.) I bit the bullet and loosely free-motion quilted around all of the printed hydrangeas, and now the past two evenings have been spent staring at the quilt trying to decide how to proceed with the quilting.

loose free-motion quilting in red on modern printed minimal quilt | Lovely and Enough

I have two questions for you:

1. Is there a specific way that you must tie off your quilting on the back for an exhibition? Must we bury our threads on the back? Can we reverse a little? Is it personal preference?

2. How big is too big of an area to have un-quilted on a quilt?

I hope your QuiltCon making is going smoothly and wrapping up! Or that you are enjoying watching everyone else sweat while you stay above the scramble.

Best,
Kelsey

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DIY Professional Quilt Labels

If you've been wanting to make professional quilt labels from the comfort of your home, this is for you. In a matter of an hour, you will have color-fast printed labels to stitch onto backings or into bindings! My favorite part about this version is that I don't have to rely on my hand-writing; I can design my labels with real fonts, which lends a crisp and professional look to the labels.



Supplies:

  • freezer paper
  • fabric
  • computer + inkjet printer with black ink
  • rotary cutter + cutting board


Step One: Design and Test Print
Design your labels and test print them on a piece of printer paper. Test printing is a good idea so that you catch mistakes before it is on your fabric! The design must be in black for it to be wash-fast.

You have options here: I like to fold my labels in half and sew them into the binding, so I leave a large portion blank below each label for the back. I also like to print cut lines, so that is is easy to trim the labels to the correct size. You can also print something on this side if you want! Or you can print labels that will remain flat and are stitched onto the backing. The sky is the limit.



Step Two: Cut
Cut freezer paper to 8.5" x 11"



Step Three: Iron
Iron your freezer paper to the back of the fabric you would like to print your labels onto. Give yourself a small margin of fabric around the edge of the paper. You want a warm dry iron (around the wool setting).



Step Four: Trim
Trim the fabric to the edge of the freezer paper. If you iron on the freezer paper before trimming, it minimizes fraying of the fabric which could jam up your printer.



Step Five: Print!
Run your freezer-paper-fabric combo through you inkjet printer just like a normal sheet of paper. Make sure you are printing on the fabric side!


Step Six: Peel and Heat-set
Peel the freezer paper off the back of your fabric and heat-set the black ink for washfastness. Simply press with a hot dry iron for ~30 seconds.



Step Seven: Cut
Cut out your labels!





Step Eight: Fold (optional)
This step is optional depending on whether you are folding your labels or not, but I press mine in half.



Step Nine: Fray Check
Fray check the edge of your labels to avoid nasty fringes and fraying through the lifetime of the label.


And voila! You have made professional quilt labels from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost of ordering them from a company!

NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS WITH A LASER PRINTER.
THE FREEZER PAPER WILL MELT AND RUIN YOUR PRINTER.

DIY Quilt Labels | Make Your Own Professional Labels with Just a Printer and Freezer Paper

Special thanks to my mom who took all the photos for me and has made me my quilt labels the past two years. She is truly amazing.
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