Quilt: Lenten Twelves Two (2017)
Listening to While Quilting: Invisibilia (Season Three)
Favorite Part of Quilt: I love this quilt so much, it can't be just one.
- fresh springy colors
- citrus over-printing
- fun and easy quarter-square-triangles
- rearrangeable on the wall!
Place for Improvement:
- turning corners with serger and tucking in the loose ends
- hiding white batting edges
Quilt: Lenten Twelves One (2017)
Listening to While Quilting: Despacito (Remix Audio) ft. Justin Bieber on repeat
Favorite Part of Quilt: my first experiment with stripes printed on quilts
Place for Improvement: printing stripes with thinner ink for more even printing
I have to write a lot for grad school. (One year from my PhD if anyone else is counting!) Because of that, writing on the blog does not bring me joy right now. However, formulas do, so in true scientist fashion, I am going to follow this formula of indexing my quilts with: the music/tv/podcast I was listening to while working on it, my favorite part of the quilt, and something I want to improve upon. Thanks for sticking with me.
New screen!!! I designed a new citrus pattern and made a screen of the one-color version to print on quilts. I love it!! I am so thankful that I have the resources at the College of Textiles to put patterns on acetate and then burn them onto screens.
With new screen in hand, I printed a translucent white onto my springy mini quilt.
Then I free-motion quilted around a trailing path of fruits and leaves and finished off the background with scattered aqua straight-line quilting. I love how it is turning out! I will definitely be trying more of these this summer. Next up is chopping this quilt into teeny minis and then finishing them with my serger!
I have a new screen! It's a 12" x 12" square of graphic lines, and I love it! I masked out the bottom so that it would line up perfectly with two seams in my mustard Lenten Twelves One. Although I think my printing ink should've been a bit thinner to get in the crevices better, I like the overall effect, and I am excited to try it on more quilts!
Right after printing Lenten Twelve One, I ironed this grey guy flat onto the printing board and printed him too! It is so fun to add movement with such a graphic statement atop a quilt.
I didn't really mean for the second set of lines to perfectly align with the center of the quilt, but oh well! When you're sketching, sometimes your pencil lines don't quite go where you meant. When you're quilt sketching, I think the same is true.
Seeing my collection of Lenten Twelves grow this year has been fun. I feel like I am stretching my creative boundaries with these quilt sketches, and I am having a last in the process!
Last week, my sewing group started making quarter-square triangles out of scraps. We love to use scraps for charity quilts, and these quarter-square triangles are so easy and fun that we can't stop ourselves! I decided to include a tutorial so that you can join in on the fun too!
Materials: fabric scraps (8 5"x5" squares), rotary cutter, mat, sewing machine
Time required: 20 minutes tops
Makes: four 6.5"x6.5" quarter-square triangles
1. Cut 8 squares each 5"x5"
2. Sew your eight squares into two four-patches.
(Note: I like to open up the seam on the back so that the seams all pinwheel. This helps avoid bulk and make all of your seams nestle in future steps, which makes matching corners really easy!)
3. Place two four-patches right sides together and sew around the edges.
4. Cut across both diagonals of your connected four-patches.
5. Open up your quarter-square triangles and press!
If you like to watch video tutorials, Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Co has an awesome and easy video explaining how to make these "super easy hourglass blocks." These blocks were featured in the most recent issue of Block, the quarterly project magazine put out by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Let me know if you decide to make any quarter-square triangles with this method! I would love to see your projects. Just leave a comment for me here or tag me @lovelyandenough on Instagram. I hope you have as much fun as I am!
This week's Lenten Twelve was a creative block. It wasn't the kind of block that hinders all ideas completely. It was the kind where one idea fills your mind so much that you can't think of anything else.
Every Wednesday night, I eat dinner and sew with a group of ladies from my church. It is home away from home, and I look forward to that restful and creative time of fellowship. A couple weeks ago, we started making quick quarter-square-triangles (QSTs) out of scraps for a quilt to donate. I LOVE QSTs. And this method is so easy and fast! (I will be sharing a tutorial soon.)
After that, I could not stop thinking about QSTs in my favorite springy colors. Every time I tried to brainstorm a Lenten Twelve. Springy QSTs springy QSTs springy QSTs. So here they are! This block too will be overprinted in the next couple weeks. Check back to see some printed progress!
My goal for each week of Lent is simply a quilt top. Designing, piecing, printing, quilting, and binding a mini quilt each week felt daunting! Especially considering I am traveling or busy every weekend of Lent but one. Do not get me wrong. I would not give up my weekend events: a retreat in the mountains, a Michigan wedding, and a conference on communicating science. However, to keep life sane, I decided to set reasonable expectations for myself this Lent. Piecing (and hopefully printing), a top each week feels manageable.
Here is the top from Week One. I wanted to play with tone-on-tone and simulated transparency. The band across the middle inverts the two colors, creating interesting interactions between the shapes and colors at its borders. I particularly enjoy the mustard arrow in the second row that has one tan corner!
The screens are not quite ready for printing, but I have put the grid designs onto transparent plastic and prepped two screens for exposure. Maybe I can print this weekend!! Follow along on Instagram @LovelyandEnough to see real-time progress!
In 2014, my mom challenged me to feast into creativity during the season of Lent instead of fasting from something. We both set out to create a 12"x12" min quilt sketch each week to stretch our creative muscles and boundaries. These we named our "Lenten Twelves." That first year, I tried new piecing methods, explored ideas for printing on quilts, and most of all, had such a creative blast that I decided to repeat the ritual every year. You can check out her Lenten Twelves quilts on her blog, Fibermusing, as well as mine using the links below.
Last year, our Lenten explorations took on new sizes. My mom went from 12" squares to 15" squares, and I decided to play around with baby quilts. Since they weren't 12"x12," we decided to call our series Forms of Lent. My sister and boyfriend also participated, She stepped out of her architecture comfort zone and took a black and white photo each week. He explored a new material, walnut plywood, and designed and built a bench.
This year I am setting out to create mini quilt sketches again. Each quilt will be printed with a 12"x12" grid. Although I haven't completed a quilt a week yet, the creative juices are beginning to flow! I have sketched, designed, and cut the pieces for my first Lenten Twelve of 2017.
Let the Lenten Twelves begin!
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
, 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?
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:
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.
Follow the progress of this quilt with the links below:
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!
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.
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.
Follow the progress of this quilt with the links below: