Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 Quilter's Planner Sampler Quilt

First of all - thank you for supporting my quilt sale and fund raiser last week. I raised $965 for Fostering Great Ideas. Quilts doing good again!

I recently finished quilting and binding the Sampler Block of the Month Quilt that was featured in this year's Quilter's Planner. This is a block-of-the-month that is included in the quilt pattern magazine that comes with each planner. The quilt was designed by my friend, Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs. She created a very interesting setting for the sampler blocks, but of course, I had to do something different.


I used 5 of the blocks from the Sampler Quilt and set them diagonally, adding some negative space to square it up.


The fabrics are all blues and blue-greens, mostly prints from various Alison Glass lines.


The center block section is quilted with a grid, with diagonal lines in the striped and solid white areas. In the white, I spaced my quilting lines to mimic the spacing of the quilting in the striped sections.


The backing is a white with gray Alison Glass print and the binding is the same solid used in the stripes.


I've been waiting for the perfect quilt to photograph in front of this beautiful mural in my home city of Greenville. It was done by local artist Joseph Bradley. My friend noticed the cute bird peeking around the quilt on the right. I wish I was clever enough to have planned that, but I got lucky!


It's quite large and makes such a statement! I think I need to make another quilt to photograph here :)



Thursday, August 22, 2019

Charity Quilt Sale!

I'm popping in today to let you know about a quilt sale that I'm having on Instagram.

Most of you know I've made a lot of quilts and have a lot of quilts! Over the years, I've donated quilts to different causes when I could. This time I'd like to do a little something different.

I'm auctioning off 4 of my large quilts. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go to a non government funded non-profit that provides support and assistance to children in foster care in South Carolina called Fostering Great Ideas. This wonderful organization hosts programs such as Moms Matter, a free peer support group that helps Moms on their journey to get their children back. In addition, they offer tutoring, mentoring, sibling visitation, college support and so much more.

I would like to support their Carry On program which provides luggage to children who are often moving from home to home. When a child moves, trash bags are used to carry their belongings. Providing luggage allows children to move on with dignity. I'll use much of the proceeds to purchase these rolling suitcases from Amazon in some fun colors. Any remaining monies will be used for a cash donation.

The auction will take place on my Instagram account @clammon. Two quilts will be posted on Monday and two on Tuesday around noon Eastern. Bidding will start at $100 and payment will be by PayPal (US only).

And now on to the quilts up for auction!

"Marmalde" is a quilt made from a pattern by Camille of Thimbleblossoms. It's 67" x 76" and made in "Bliss" fabrics from Bonnie and Camille.


The back is Red and pink polka-dots from the "Bliss" line also.


"Rise and Shine" is also a pattern by Camille of Thimbleblossoms. It measures 58" x 70".


The back is a mint colored floral print.


This is the original "Garden Fence" quilt. The pattern is featured in my book "Simply Modern Christmas" and measures 60" x 80".


The back is pieced in yellow and gray prints.


And finally, my Summer String Quilt. The pattern is from a free tutorial by Jessica of  A Blue Sky Kind of Life.


The backing is pieced and features a large floral print by Anna Maria Horner.


All of the quilts are clean, never been used and from a smoke-free, pet-free home.

And finally - I have a big favor to ask - since most of you are quilters (and maybe don't need another quilt), can you let anyone who might be interested know about the sale? All they'd need to do is check out the Instagram posts on Monday and Tuesday.

Thank you so much! Let's help some kids get a good start in life 💗

Thursday, July 25, 2019

100 Day Project

Have you heard of the 100 Day Project? Click over to the website to learn more. Basically it's an exercise to boost your creativity. Officially it starts in April, but I decided in March to start my own version.

My plan was to take one "quilty" photo every day, trying different staging set ups to create photos of whatever I was working on that day.

It's good to do a bit of pre-planning and set your project up so that it's simple, fun and fairly easy to achieve. I first decided that I would aim for photos that fit my "style" - light, bright, clean and simple. I decided to do all square photos since much of my work is posted to Instagram. Each day I took 3-4 photos of the same thing, changing angles, closeness, and maybe moving items around a bit.

Every Friday night, I uploaded my photos to my computer, edited and chose my favorite from each day. I tried to learn what I liked about each one and what I didn't like. I numbered each photo using the iPad app, A Design Kit. Then using the online photo printing site, Artifact Uprising, I added my 7 photos from the week to a soft cover book.

I missed a few days along the way, but finished up the project by taking my 100th photo on July 7th and ordered my photo book as a record of the project.


Here are just a few of the pictures...












Did I learn anything? You bet I did!

Number one, I learned to get my lighting correct. Lighting is everything in photography. In May, I was lucky enough to take a quilt photography class from Kitty Wilkin through the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild. As a result of the class, on Kitty's recommendation, I purchased these simple and inexpensive studio lights. They have made a world of difference and allowed more freedom as to where and when I can take a photo.

I love flat lay photography and learned to improve my composition in flat lay, primarily through trial and error. Practice makes perfect (or almost perfect).

Do you take pictures of your quilts and their progress? What I love about it, is that it makes me stop and appreciate what I'm doing, what I've done and where to go next. As someone who has a tendency to go, go, go, it's good for me. The proverbial "stop and smell the roses" or in my case, stop and appreciate the work.

I loved doing a 100 Day Project so much! Have you ever done one? There's definitely another in my future :)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Modern Fans Quilt

I have a new finished quilt to share today!

This one has been in the works for a while - not difficult - but a little time consuming with all the curved piecing. The pattern is Modern Fans from Suzy Quilts.


There are several variations of the design in the pattern. They're all very similar and this one is the "Calm Lagoon" version which uses blocks 1 and 3.


Suzy hosted a Sew Along on her website and has many helpful posts for the curved piecing and the trimming.


I had a hard time coming up with a quilting design for this one, typical for me. Circles would have been a great choice, but it seemed too obvious. I went with a simple stipple in the background, back and forth lines on the circles and echoes in the back curved diamond shapes.


The batting is Hobbs Silk. I won it in an online giveaway and it was my first time trying it. It's definitely nice and light and shows off the quilting well as it has a bit more puffiness than my usual cotton. The back is a lawn from Bonnie and Camille's recent line "Little Snippets".




Happy to add this one to my finished quilt inventory!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Trinket

Trinket is a quilt pattern by Alison Glass. She recently hosted a Quilt-Along for the pattern on Instagram and I decided to join in. I thought the blocks were unique and adorable finishing at 4" square.


I used Alison Glass' Kaleidoscope fabric in Sapphire for the background and set the blocks together in the checkerboard design featured in the pattern. Since I used the Sapphire for the background of the blocks, they appear to float on the quilt, losing the checkerboard effect. All of the blocks finish at 4", and I placed them on the quilt from smallest to largest motif.


For the quilting, I used angled straight lines that were spaced more closely at the top of the quilt and further apart toward the bottom the quilt. I started at 3/8", increasing by 1/8" increments until I got to 1" spacing.


I decide to create a bit of an "X" design near the top for more interest in the quilting. The thread color is a medium gray. (Note: this photo was taken indoors and the above photos better represent the color of the quilt).



A couple of my favorite little blocks...



This quilt is a really fun one to make as long as you like paper piecing!


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Turning the Kids' Clothes into a Quilt

I can finally reveal the quilt I made for my daughter's family using the kids' worn and outgrown clothing! I've been working on it for several months and gifted it this past weekend.

I started with a big box of clothes that included knits, denim, cotton, and polyesters - many items featuring embellishments that were too cute not to include (like the little owl). I carefully cut each clothing piece into several 3 1/2" squares, fussy cutting here and there. I salvaged the clothing pieces where I could, using a sleeve for example and turning the item into a short sleeve dress/shirt. Most of the pieces were stained and/or worn and unwearable.


All of the knit fabrics were interfaced with a super lightweight fusible interfacing. Next, I turned the 3 1/2" squares into 9 1/2" Nine-Patch blocks.


I set the blocks by alternating them with a 9 1/2" white square to create a simple Irish Chain Quilt.


I used the graphic tees on the back and pieced them together with a lightweight denim chambray. The purple cat in the lower left corner was a hat, that I appliquéd onto a gray background square.


I didn't get a great picture of the quilting, but I used the serpentine stitch on my Bernina and quilted vertical lines 1" apart. I was a bit worried about the thickness in some areas and decided to use a poly thread and a number 90 needle. It quilted up without a problem!


The kids loved it and it was fun seeing them find some of the fabrics from their treasured outfits!



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Pike's Peak

It's been a busy and fun month! I've been working on a quilt that is yet to be gifted, so I need to wait a few weeks to share that one :)

The house was in disarray for a couple of weeks while we had some painting done, but once I had everything put back together, I decided the dining room wall needed a new quilt wall hanging.

I've had my Sunburst quilt (actually a couple different versions of it) hanging since we moved in 3 years ago. I felt that I wanted something simpler and more modern, and after searching for ideas, I landed at Meadow Mist Designs and found Cheryl's quilt Pike's Peak.


Since it would be hanging in my house, you probably know that it had to be some version of navy, blue, aqua or green. Wow, do I have the hardest time choosing colors when there are only a few needed! I spent days going through multiple combinations - all of them probably would have been great!


I'm pretty happy with my navy combined with dark and light shades of aqua.



The quilting on Cheryl's version is awesome, perfect and fairly simple to execute. The only problem was I made a big mistake right at the beginning and since I wasn't willing to rip out rows of quilting, I went with a slight variation of her quilting design.


My lines go straight through the center, creating a plaid effect, while Cheryl's turn at a right angle at the center without crossing ( creating a wide V-shape). The addition of the free-motion back and forth design between the straight lines adds a really nice touch.


All in all, it looks great hanging in the space!