Thursday, March 14, 2019

Midnight Mystery Quilt

My Bernina 710 is finally recovered from surgery, back home, and running perfectly! It was gone for almost 4 months and in that time a few quilt tops piled up. I'm happy to say I'm making progress on the pile-up and have a finish to share today.

This one is Midnight Mystery from my friend Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. You may remember that I started this one and discovered my dislike for yellow-green, which required me to start over.

The blocks are large, making the quilt finish at 72" x 72" and a real stretch for my quilt holder :)

If you've seen this pattern you may have noticed that mine is set a little different. The pattern offsets the blocks in the three rows, the middle row requiring half blocks at top and bottom. I didn't look back at the pattern when I restarted from the first version and completely forgot about the setting. The blocks were made and ready to sew together before it hit me that something was different! At that point, I just went with a traditional setting...

I had this Anna Maria Horner print in my stash from a sale, that I thought looked great with the colors of the quilt.

Straight line quilting again! I really felt like the quilt needed the straight line quilting to modernize the traditional blocks. And I love doing it - so there you go! The lines are spaced an inch apart and stitched with Aurifil 50 weight in color 2021.

Do you think it feels a little like Spring?!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt

I was honored to be part of the committee tasked with designing and creating the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt for QuiltCon 2019.

Elise Dunbar and I brain-stormed ideas for the quilt, and Elise proposed making a child's bed quilt that would work similar to a play mat for toy cars. Our guild members made the blocks and Elise, Paige, Didi and I assembled the quilt top.

You can read more about the process here, but I thought today I would share the results with you!

 We decided on a mix of free motion and straight line quilting and I did all of the straight line quilting. It difficult to see in the pictures, but the lines go in different directions, some horizontal, some diagonal and some vertical. It meant a lot of starting and stopping, but the result was totally worth it. We used Aurifil 50 weight thread in color 2021 for most of the quilt.

After the straight lines were quilted, I passed the quilt off to Cheryl and Faye to add the free motion designs. Paige from Quilted Blooms did the binding.

The compass in the lower right corner was such a great addition and I volunteered to piece the block. The compass is paper pieced, then framed using the 6-minute circle technique.

For the back of the quilt, we used some leftover blocks and I decided to improv piece some letters, spelling out our city's tagline "Yeah That Greenville". I used the book Word Play Quilts as a guide.

It was so much fun collaborating with other members of my guild! And I think we ended up with a pretty fun quilt!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Economy Block Quilt

Last Fall, you may remember, I participated in the South Carolina MQG Mini Quilt Swap. My swap partner requested purples, greens and navy. One of her favorite fabric designers was Jessica Swift. I really didn't have a lot of purple in my stash and I wasn't familiar with fabric designer, Jessica Swift. So I decided to purchase Jessica's latest line of fabric to make my partner's quilt.

Once the fabrics arrived and I started sewing with them, I completely fell in love with the fabrics and colors. Luckily, I had purchased a bit extra and vowed to make something for myself with the leftovers.

The Economy Block has always been a favorite, and I decided it would be a great block to showcase the beautiful fabrics.

The Economy Blocks are 10" finished and I alternated them with a 10" Hour Glass Block to create a setting for them, inspired by the Economy Block quilt made by Saija that she featured on Instagram.

I love how the black and white blocks create space for the print blocks to shine. This setting required large Flying Geese Blocks and background rectangles to finish off the pattern on the borders of the quilt.

Straight line diagonal quilting, spaced at about 5/8" created simple texture.

The solid backing shows off the quilting lines nicely. I auditioned several binding choices, including purple, green and black, but ended up with a dark charcoal gray that frames everything nicely.

A quilt that's not predominately blue? Unusual for me! And I love it!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Campfire Quilt

I have a new quilt to share today! This quilt is a pattern from Suzy Quilts called Campfire. I just love the modern play on a Log Cabin design.

I took advantage of a beautiful February day in SC to photograph this one in our city park...

In addition to Kona Ash, Kona Snow and Kona Navy, the fabrics are all from Jen Hewitt's line, Imagined Landscapes for Cotton + Steel. I love Jen's printmaking work so much, and was thrilled to see a line of fabric released with her designs. I sat on some half yards for a while hoping, to come up with a pattern that would do it justice. 

I quilted this one on my Bernina 440 using the walking foot and a curved cross hatch. It's a quilting design I hadn't tried and it was so simple to execute. I drew the first curve in each direction, then used the guide on my walking foot to space my lines 1" apart.

For a backing, I used this Loominous fabric by Anna Maria Horner. I think it compliments the fabrics really well. Be forewarned though, that this fabric bleeds considerably. I washed it 5 times and still found blue Color Catchers in the wash. I went ahead and used it, but I very likely will avoid washing the quilt.

The binding was made from a couple of leftover strips from the fabric line and Kona Navy.

I'm so happy with how it turned out!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Triangle Transparency

Last October, Greenville Modern Quilt Guild hosted Yvonne Fuchs from Quilting Jet Girl for a lecture and workshop on Transparency Quilts. In the workshop, we made Yvonne's Triangle Transparency Quilt, and mine is quilted and finished!

Yvonne was such a great instructor! The focus of both the lecture and class was on creating the illusion of transparency with fabric selection. I was able to use some blues that I had in my stash - 3 solids and 1 print - to create the shading necessary.

I used my walking foot and straight lines to machine quilt the project and I'm pretty happy with how the quilting lines compliment the design. I used a medium blue 50 weight Aurifil thread. The center design is one from Jacquie Gering's book, Walk and I love how it turned out!

It was such a fun quilt to make - with so many possibilities!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Best of 2018

Time to wrap up another year of quilting!

Although I didn't feel as though I'd accomplished as much this year, I ended up with 12 completed quilts. I have a few more tops to finish, but I'm still waiting on my machine to come home.

I also continue to love sharing and documenting my finishes here. I plan to continue that through 2019 and I'm sure hoping you'll continue to join me.

What were my top 5 blog posts this year? Here you go:

Number 5
Playing with Triangles

Number 4

Number 3
New Sewing Room

Number 2
How to Make a Quilt Pattern Your Own

Number 1
Summer String Quilt

I'm linking up with Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs as she and others also share their top posts of the year. Be sure to check it out!

My final words for 2018 are Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I so appreciate your visits here, your comments and your questions. I'm looking forward to another great year of quilt making!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Hand Made Hexagon Quilt

I have one last quilt to share before the year ends! I'm very pleased to have this one finished as it's completely hand pieced and hand quilted.

My photos aren't great this time, but I'm running out of 2018 days to get it documented.

I started the quilt this past Summer when I was looking for a sitting-on-the-couch-watching-TV-project. I've tried English Paper Piecing, but still haven't found a love for it. I decided to try and hand piece larger sized Hexagons together and found it fun and relaxing. The stitching line was drawn on the wrong side of each of the hexagons before hand stitching them together.

Once the top was completed, I thought it appropriate to hand quilt the top. I wanted a modern look of straight lines, in a more vintage hand quilted look.  I hadn't tried wool batting before, but was told it is easy to needle and perfect for hand quilting. It seemed the perfect fit, so I basted the top, some wool batting, and a Cloud 9 solid organic cotton in aqua blue for a backing.

I hand quilted all my quilts many years ago, and always used a hoop for lap quilting. I have a large hoop, but it turned out very impractical for straight lines of hand quilting. Although I was quilting with multiple needles, doing multiple rows, I found it difficult and not much fun. I pulled out all those rows of stitching.

Next I thought I would machine quilt straight lines, just to get it done. I sewed about 8-10 lines and really didn't like how it was looking - pulled those stitches out too.

The quilt sat for a while, with me thinking it may sit for years before I'd come up with a solution. Then I watched the Hand Quilting video tutorial from Suzy Quilts. It's a fantastic tutorial if you're new to hand quilting. I was very familiar with all the techniques, but she quilted in a way I hadn't thought of. I ended up laying the quilt across my cutting table and hand quilting each of the long straight lines across the top. You'd think that would take forever (or what seems like forever), but I spent every evening quilting 4-5 rows and had it done in no time!

I used #8 Pearl Cotton and a fairly big stitch. I'm so pleased with the result - the quilt has a soft, drapey texture to it.

So that's my last quilt for 2018! I'll be back before the end of the year with a post of my favorites from 2018. Merry Christmas to you all!