Friday, January 17, 2020

Blue Diamonds

I'm calling this quilt "Blue Diamonds" and it was one of my last 2 quilts made in 2019.


The design evolved when I was playing in the quilt design program EQ8. I've been interested in creating some designs with half-rectangle shapes and was actually working on a Christmas Tree design with the blocks.


As I colored the patches this design started to emerge and of course I had to change it from green to blue. I loved how the diamond shapes were created simply by the play of light and dark. At that point, I abandoned the Christmas Tree quilt and made this one :)


I quilted it with straight lines that emerged from the upper right third of the quilt. I started with 1" spaced lines and went back and quilted again between each one, creating lines that are spaced 1/2" apart. I find I get much better results doing it that way.


The quilt is 48" x 48" making a nice size wall quilt.



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Camden road Quilt Along!


How about Quilt Along to start the new year?  Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs  has a new pattern and I was immediately excited to make the Camden Road. It was my last quilt of 2019 and you can read all about it here.

We decided to join forces and host a Quilt Along to start the year! It's such a fun block based quilt and perfect for a bundle of fat quarters or stash fabrics that you have on hand.


The Camden Road Quilt Along will run from January 28th - March 24th, 2020.  The pattern contains instructions for baby, lap, and twin sizes and you can make any size you would like during the QAL.

Post on social media with #CamdenRoadQAL to share your progress with the other quilters.

How many blocks you should aim to complete each week depends on the quilt size you are making. We will have 5 weeks of block making, followed by 3 weeks to catch up on blocks and sew the quilt top together.

You do not have to follow the number of blocks per week, if you prefer you could make all of the flying geese one week, the corner units another week, etc.  The only link-up for prizes will be at the end of the quilt along with the quilt top and/or finished quilt 


Baby size - 9 blocks - aim for 2 blocks/week
Lap size - 20 blocks - aim for 4 blocks/week
Twin size - 30 blocks - aim for 6 blocks/week

Pattern

The Camden Road pattern is available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop for 25% through January 28th using the code CAMDENROAD.  The code will only work on the Camden Road pattern and only in the shop (not on Etsy).



QAL Schedule

You can find all of the quilt along related posts on the Camden Road QAL page.

Tuesday January 7th (today) - QAL Announcement and Fabric Requirements
January 14th or 21st - Prizes Announced
Tuesday January 28th - Official QAL kick-off
Tuesday February 4th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday February 11th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday February 18th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday February 25th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday March 3rd - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday March 24th - Parade and Prizes


Prizes

We will have a bunch of great prizes announced within the next week to win if you link up with the parade with a quilt top or finished quilt for the March 24th reveal.



Fabric Requirements





Kits

Bear Creek Quilting Company and Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics have come up with some wonderful quilt kits options.



The Bear Creek Quilting Company has put together two quilt kits:

Rosewood Kit (this kit will make up to the twin size)



Amethyst Garden Kit (this kit will make up to the twin size)





Quilt Kit 1 - baby & lap sizes



Quilt Kit 2 - baby & lap sizes



Quilt Kit 3 - baby & lap sizes


I hope you decide to join in!!  If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comment section below or e-mail Cheryl at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com



Saturday, December 14, 2019

Camden Road

Camden Road is a new pattern by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. I got an early look at the pattern and I knew immediately that it was the perfect quilt for a stack of fabric that had been sitting on my shelf waiting to be sewn up!


I started with this great print from one of my favorite fabric designers, Leah Duncan. It was easy to pull colors from the print and I found blacks, greens, yellows and coral-y oranges in my stash to compliment the print. I used Kona Ash and Snow for the backgrounds.


This is a block based quilt, so it was simply a matter of finding great fabric combos and stitching up the blocks.


For the quilting, I sewed straight lines vertically and horizontally through the center of the blocks. I framed the gray "pluses" with some ruler quilting and free motion quilted within the frames.



I splurged on a backing and used this great Leah Duncan print from the same line.


It's really a pretty Fall quilt - so I guess I'll have to wait until next Fall to appreciate it!


And some fun news! Cheryl and I will be hosting a Quilt Along for Camden Road starting in January. It would be  a fun quilt to start off your year of sewing and I can envision it in so many color combinations. Stay tuned for more details and see Cheryl's version here!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Garden Fence Variation

Garden Fence is a block I originally shared here on the blog and then provided the full pattern in my book, Simply Modern Christmas.

I thought it might be fun to play around in EQ with the quilt design and this is what I came up with.


Here is the book version...


And my original...


I used the method, Subtracting for Minimalism that I learned in a workshop from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. By using the paintbrush tool in EQ I "erased" portions of the quilt.


It's quilted with straight lines that radiate from the offset center block.



I'm pretty pleased with the experiment!


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Plot Twist Quilt

Plot Twist, a pattern by Anna Maria Horner is my first appliqué quilt in quite a while! I thoroughly enjoyed getting back to the slow process of hand stitching - this quilt has been in the works since January. All the shapes were appliquéd by turning under the edges with starch and freezer paper, then stitched with matching 80 weight Aurifil thread.



I modified the pattern a bit, to create the size I wanted to work with. Several sizes are included in the pattern and I created my version combining elements from several options.



The background is Essex Linen in white and gray and quilted with straight horizontal lines. After the machine quilting was completed, I hand quilted the appliqué shapes with 12 weight Aurifil thread.



It's been such a fun project and I think there is more handwork in my future!


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 💗