Do you remember ever having a misperception about something? An experience or a phrase? My uncle thought “chest of drawers” was “chester drawers”. Or misheard lyrics – some of those are really funny! I enjoy having conversations with family and friends and discussing things we have all misunderstood at times. The Jet Trails quilt is about childhood and a misperception.Continue reading
I’m so happy that I’m all finished with my #sewcialbeesampler quilt! I started this quilt last year with the weekly sew along written by Sharon Holland and co-hosted with Maureen Cracknell. I finished it shortly after the beginning of this year and finally had a chance to get some pictures.
I enjoyed the challenge and look of different blocks each week. Sharon’s beautiful instructions are visually pleasing and easy to follow.
I planned from the beginning to use different fabrics in every block. My only constraint was to use my Art Gallery Fabrics stash. I have built a stash since discovering this fabric line a few years ago. The back and binding are also Art Gallery Fabrics.
This is a large quilt! I decided on an all over geometric pattern for quilting. I used Aurifil thread. Quilting was so easy to do on my domestic Pfaff using my quilting foot.
I’m so pleased with my quilt and the way it turned out. I learned so much while making it, had a wonderful time perusing the other maker’s blocks on Instagram (#sewcialbeesampler), and simply being in touch with other quilters via social media. I’m especially grateful to my friend Shayne, who introduced me to Art Gallery Fabrics, and my local quilt store Sew to Speak because they carry Art Gallery Fabrics and I can see them in person.
Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎
Earlier this year I had a new pattern published in Modern Patchwork. This quilt started with trying to enlarge the patchwork of the crosses English paper piecing design into a pieced quilt block. It did not work exactly like I thought it would but ended up creating a new block!
The surprise and bonus that came from the original block was the secondary pattern that was made by connecting 4 blocks, a sawtooth star turned on point in black and white. The picture below shows the blocks before they are attached.
Each block measures 24″, with the whole quilt measuring 72″ x 72″. One block could make a mini quilt or table topper. A smaller quilt could be made using 4 blocks. So many possibilities and versatility with this pattern.
Almost all fabrics are Indah batiks by Me + You made by Hoffman Fabrics. I wanted the fabrics to feel like solids and these batiks worked perfectly. I kept the quilting simple with straight lines.
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Along with a new year, comes new resolutions and commitments. I had thought about starting this project and then my friend Kate told me she was buying the bundle for the La Passacaglia quilt and starting on January 1. I decided to join her because it is fun and motivational to work on a project with a friend. Mass Drop was offering the whole kit and you could add the book if you needed it.
After receiving the kit, I browsed the book and all of the patterns. Amazing! As time got closer to start the La Passacaglia, I studied the pattern so I would be ready to go. Being a visual learner, I appreciated all of the pictures and diagrams provided. I plan on making at least 2 of the large rosettes first because I want them in specific colors and decided it would be easier to to make those then decide on fabrics for the smaller rosettes that are in-between.
I pulled for both rosettes all at once and set the fabric aside. My daughter, Lucy, helped with the fabric pulls and I loved having another opinion. Having my daughter’s around to ask questions when I’m working on projects is so fun! I am grateful for their input and remind myself to enjoy this time in life with them so close by me. As I progress through, I may change my mind, but pulling all the fabric made it easier for me because my fabric is stored in bins in a couple of different places.
I’m not sure how long this project will take. I’m still working on the Lucy Boston EPP so both projects will be worked on in tandem. I’m happy to start this and excited to learn as I go.
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My play with fabrics, color and various prints continues as I move forward making my Lucy Boston blocks. I take my work with me almost everywhere I go and it feels like I make progress in my spare moments.
I like looking at all of the blocks together because it gives me a sense of what the quilt will look like once it is put together. I’ve completed 23 blocks and plan on making 42 for a quilt that is 6 across, 7 down.
Sometimes fabrics do not come together in reality like they do in my mind…
No and no. I really wanted to fussy cut the butterflies but unfortunately it felt like I had dissected and mutilated them instead.
On this block, if you look at the placement of the grid fabric on the left, it is next to the chartreuse green. After I got them all put together, I realized they did not look good because there was not enough contrast. So I unpicked them and put the purple in their place. Also something to note is how much lighting affects color – the grid fabric on the right appears more cement gray color which is more accurate. The one on the left appears blue.
I went to my LQS earlier this week because I needed thread to quilt. It is hard for me to resist looking around. I gave in and found this fun U.S. states fabric. I plan on fussy cutting all of the states I’ve lived in for one of my blocks.
I even enjoy looking at these little pieces all stacked up and ready to sew.
Happy Quilting and English Paper Piecing ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎
What do you think about the above picture? This quilt is difficult to take pictures of because it is long. I used this fun app on my phone called Fisheye. My other pics taken outside were better since I could move far away and not take pictures of random things like dirty dishes or a kid passing through.
I am happy to be finished with this quilt because it is always good to have a completed project and I entered it into the Ohio State Fair and they only take completed projects 😉
The idea for this project percolated for some time in my mind. I thought it would be fun to just randomly place squares to see what I came up with. Then this project took on a different purpose when I had an experience last year. I was the nurse assigned to care for a patient for the day and he was not doing well. His health had deteriorated significantly over the previous year, and he was readmitted again. In talking to him, it was apparent he had a lot of apprehension about the quality of his life and health. After caring for him all day, I left and had a lot on my mind. That happens a lot to me as a nurse and I need time to decompress. In doing that, I ended penning a poem. As time went on, I decided that I wanted that poem to have a visual. The quilt is that visual representation. The quilt starts and ends with white which is light. It also has a variety of colors which represent life and many different times and experiences that people have. The quilting is done in a pointed figure 8 which represents the infinite aspect of life. I hand stitched the poem onto the back of the quilt because the poem is the quilt.
I used Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman and Aurifil 50WT thread 2600 which is a silvery color. The hand stitching is with the Aurifil, but I doubled the thread to create enough thickness. It did very well in hand stitching. I really enjoyed this project and happy that I tried something I had never done.
I wonder if
I would recognize
Through the pain
Through the change
Could I see
Part of nature
Would I be sad
Go create something fun and try something new!
Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎
Last month I started a new project with my friend Kate Basti (IG @katebasti). She had already started and it looked like so much fun that I thought I might finally try English Paper Piecing (EPP). What can I say? I LOVE IT! I have always liked having a small sewing project to take on the go and for a long time cross stitch filled that need. But I have a new passion now and there’s no turning back. I got my starter kit from Alewives Fabric which included the Lucy Boston quilt book, acrylic honeycomb template, honeycomb pieces for basting, needles and glue. I prefer to baste mine with thread but I know I will use the glue for other projects.
Kate helped me so much by giving me a hands on tutorial. My mom had tried a few years ago, but I must have not been ready because I felt like I had 10 thumbs trying to baste the pieces. Plus I was trying to baste mini dresden plates. Not only were they small, but they had a curve. Not what I would suggest for a first time EPP project.
There are several parts of this project which help me enjoy it so much. First, there’s the picking fabrics. Kate is really good at this and also had to give me a little tutorial in fabric pairing. Even though I’ve matched fabrics for years for quilts, this was different for me. I now get really excited when I see a fabric I want to use and I go hunting for other fabrics that will work well.
Next, I like it because it is a project I can take on the go. And I’m always on the go. Work, and numerous activities for my kids like soccer, band, choir, church, etc. Even when I’m visiting with friends, I like to work on my EPP. So with all of the running around, it’s like I’m sneaking in a free quilt. I have large box that can hold many blocks worth of pieces cut up and ready to baste. The small box, which Kate gave me, can fit in my large purse or small backpack. It is ideal for toting all around with me.
Another reason I’m such a fan of this process is that I can fussy cut my pieces. I search for pieces to fussy cut. It is so much fun to play with the fabric and come up with “new” designs by realigning the fabric.
Here are fabrics in the pairing up process. I ended up choosing the set on the right, but after posting these pictures, I’m going to have to go back and revisit the others . I have many many blocks to make so it won’t be a problem 😉
I’m also naming the blocks as I go, which is fun. I have a lot of time to think since each block takes a few hours. I just returned from vacation on the North Carolina coast and I spent some time on Shackleford Banks, an island along the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The block I happened to be working on had horses designed by Sarah Watts and made by Cotton + Steel. The day we were there, we saw an 8 day old foal with it’s mother feeding along the shore in the marsh area. I will always remember this block in association with my trip this summer. So naming the blocks can be fun plus a bit of a timeline of sorts.
If you follow me on Instagram, you can see blocks as I complete them. I’m also naming the fabrics and fabric makers just in case anyone wants to know.
If you haven’t tried EPP, you should!
Happy Quilting and English Paper Piecing ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎
Welcome to the Minis Blog Tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics
I am happy to be a part of this mini quilt blog tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics. Being given beautiful fabric and asked to create a quilt is one of my favorite activities. My take aways from this project are:
»»»A reminder of why I enjoy Art Gallery Fabrics
»»»Challenging myself with a new quilt block
If you have not had the opportunity to sew with Art Gallery Fabrics, I would encourage you to get some and treat yourself. Art Gallery Fabrics have a distinct feel to them, very soft with a gentle drape. As a member of the tour, I received a bundle of fabrics from Pat Bravo’s new lines Essential II and Dare. I chose to use five of the fabrics to make my mini quilt:
If I had to use one word to describe my 5 fabrics together it would be eclectic. At first glance, I was not sure they would work, but I like the end result. I named my quilt Daring Edge because of the Dare fabrics and all blade edges from the different pinwheels. A favorite aesthetic details about the quilt is the Hula Hoops in Azure background around the perimeter and how it reminds me of water.
For inspiration in creating the quilt block, I used the book 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon. Using the Double Pinwheel III block as a starting point, I resized it from her original and modified the block to tailor it to my fabrics. I like a challenge and enjoy learning with every quilt I make. My big lesson with this quilt was in creating half-square rectangles. Online tutorials helped, but I had a lot of testing with scrap fabrics to get the size just right. And learning how to mark and line them up was a bit of a lesson in math, but now that I understand it, I’m looking forward to future quilts with this versatile and interesting technique.
Being a part of this tour has been enjoyable. The other quilters involved are so talented and creative and I enjoy seeing all of their beautiful creations using the Dare and Essentials II fabrics. If you would like to see their work and get some inspiration for yourself, check out Pat Bravo’s Blog and the following links:
Ellen Ault – May 5
Michelle Bartholomew – May 5
Kate Basti – May 6
Kate Lyons – May 6
Cindy Guch – May 9
Lucy – May 9
Marija Vujcic – May 10
Isabel Kelly – May 10
Samantha Green – May 11
Tara Curtis – May 11
Samantha Dorn – May 12
Maja Wlusek – May 12
Jemima Flendt – May 13
Kerry Smith – May 13
Creative inspiration can be found at the Essentials II Lookbook and the Dare LookBook. If you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio, you can stop by one of my favorite local quilting stores, Sew To Speak, and check out their beautiful selection from various Art Gallery Fabric designers.
Daring Edge Quilt Specs:
20″ x 20″
4 blocks total
56 pieces in each block
224 total pieces
5 fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Essentials II and Dare collection
Quilt Back in Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Icy Mint
Aurifil Thread 2600 (a light silvery grey) used for piecing and quilting
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Last September I joined a mini quilt swap on Instagram hosted by Kerry (@kidgiddy) and Christopher (@the_tattoed_quilter). This was a first for me. I actually signed up for 2 swaps within days of each other but they were a little different. The Banner Swap required the making of a mini quilt of a specific size and fabric. Fabric was limited to April Rhodes Bound line through Art Gallery Fabrics or any of her previous lines plus 2 solid colors if you wanted. We were also encouraged to use additional materials for our creation including leather, feathers, beads, and other types of fibers.
I started by sketching ideas and then using graph paper with the actual largest dimensions of the mini.
In thinking about constructing different parts, I knew I wanted to be as accurate as possible. I decided that the easiest way to make the top portion of my quilt was to paper piece it. I recopied the graph paper design for my pattern and then used old fabric to mock one up…
How about those bees? Yikes! But they were helpful bees because the paper piecing worked perfectly giving me confidence to cut into my limited fabric supply.
In trying to harness my “inner April Rhodes”, I decided to incorporate leather. I found a skirt at the thrift store and cut it up. The suede appealed to me because the texture and color was slightly different on each side.
Details that my partner liked included a previous favorite fabric line from April and the color gray. I did my best to bring it all together. I was hesitant and critical of myself throughout the process because I was worried about trying to please a stranger! One unique detail I decided to add at the end was an oar because my partner is a member of a competitive outrigger canoe club. The leather tassel and fringe were a first for me too.
I enjoyed the process so much! This project took me out of my comfort zone and propelled me to be creative. And being a part of a group and following the hashtags on Instagram, I was able to see an incredible amount of creativity. I was happy to mail this mini off to my partner but a little sad to see it go. The big bonus was that I received a mini from my secret partner @finnsdoor. The detail in the leaves and the hand quilting are some of my favorite parts of the mini. The overall design is so pleasing to look at, I will treasure this.
To see all of the beautiful and interesting banners, click on #banneradventureswap on Instagram.
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Wednesdays have been dubbed Work in Progress Wednesday. I could think of slogans for every day of the week to talk about trying to catch up on my quilting -“Full Throttle Thursday” or “Finish it Friday”. I always seem to have many projects going in various stages and it has always been that way for me. When I was a kid and practiced the piano, I had 5-15 songs I was always working on. So, as an adult I guess I have not changed.
Before I tell you about changing my mind, I have to post some pictures from my walk this morning. I love nature. So many colors. Green is my favorite and the midwest delivers plenty of green to look at this time of year. I also appreciate so many different textures and shapes. I have a trail that I like to walk on often. I am able to notice subtle changes as seasons change. A favorite trail is like a favorite song – I can enjoy it over and over.
Last week I posted 3 different blocks that I practiced quilting for my Great Granny Squared quilt. I was so certain of my plan. I started quilting and finished about 4 lines and quickly realized I did not like it. So I unpicked :-) and then I looked at the quilt and the blocks and decided to slightly modify my plan. And….I LOVE IT! At least the first 4 blocks I’ve completed.
The lines are 1/2” apart and each block is outlined.
This is a large quilt!
My plan is to finish quilting this in the next week and get the binding on. Enjoy your week and here’s to hoping you can get through your projects! Happy Sewing! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎