Friday, September 21, 2018

Aurora Borealis

The On Point Triangle quilt is from way back in Season 2 of the Midnight Quilt Show. Now, I'm not sure if I would have chosen this pattern if I just saw it in the wild, but after watching Angela make it, I was determined to make one myself. I'm just a sucker for presentation, and I can't think of a better presentation than seeing it made on the Midnight Quilt Show!

The pattern calls for a jelly roll, but I'm using fat quarters instead. After one of the most intense fabric auditions ever, I decided on the Wanderlust bundle curated by Jen Rossotti for Stash Fabrics. On a cursory glance, I recognize some Katarina Roccella, Alison Glass, Me + You, Leah Duncan, and Libs Elliott. The colors are so beautiful and the Aurora Borealis inspiration really comes through!

I haven't done tube piecing since Lakeside, and there's a good reason ... I think it's so hard. Piecing the individual blocks wasn't bad, but because of all the bias edges, assembly was a total nightmare. I can't stand the smell of spray starch so I don't use it, but without it, the edges literally stretch if I just look at it wrong. (It didn't help that there's also multiple substrates in here!) All in all, the piecing looked so easy on the Midnight Quilt Show ... but it sure wasn't.

The fabrics are easily the best part of this quilt, so my only job as a machine quilter is to not mess it up. I kept the quilting simple with some echoes and dot-to-dot so that the fabric really shines.

Of course, around the pretty focal fabrics, I like to quilt more heavily in the negative space. Make that a lot more heavily. I did a swirl chain and then, to try something new, I quilted a leafy chain. It was an experiment but I think it turned out alright.

Not every quilt that comes off the frame becomes my new favorite, but this one sure has. It turned out better than I had hoped for, especially given my shoddy piecing job. I adore the fabrics, the quilting, and I even love the binding. So all in all, I'm totally in love with it!

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Linking up with: Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Cooking Up Quilts, Sew Can She, and Powered by Quilting.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

#100Days100Blocks2018 Blocks 64 - 70

Finally, finally we're at this point. This is my last week of #100Days100Blocks2018, and it's been a long journey. I always knew I was going to make it here barring unforeseen circumstances, but I didn't realize it'd be so much dragging my feet. I blame myself really, I got the idea to do 2 quilts, doing 1 would have been less mentally exhausting. But now that I'm done with the blocks ... I look forward to assembling them!

#64:

After block #64, the rest of the blocks will only be completed with the black/white colorway. That's because the quilt layout I'm planning for the Pacific colorway is Trellis which only has 64 blocks.

#65 + #66:

#67 + #68:

#69 + #70:

At this point, I'm so excited to put these quilt tops together!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

#100Days100Blocks2018 Blocks 57 - 63

It's week 9 of #100Days100Blocks2018, and I'm so close to the finish line that I can taste it. This is my last full week making blocks using the Pacific colorway, as I'm only making 64 blocks total for that quilt.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Shades of Blue

The first black and white (with some color) quilt I made was Crossroads, back when I had first started. I've been wanting to make another black/white/color quilt for some time now, but I was looking for the right pattern. That seemed to come up one day when I was looking at quilt photos from Cheri House's City Quilts.

So I purchased a copy and waited for it to arrive with excitement. When it did, I flipped through the book immediately to find the pattern, but couldn't find it. I checked the table of contents in confusion, and then I realized it ... this quilt, called City News, was not in the book as a pattern. I had bought a book for a pattern only for that pattern to not be in the book!

But I still wanted to make this quilt, so I couldn't let a thing like a missing pattern (but seriously, false advertisement, C & T?) stop me ... so I drafted the pattern myself.

I used a combination of black/white prints from a Kim Schaefer bundle, and Kona cotton in various shades of blue. I love the way the beautiful blues look with the black/white. The black and white fabrics create octagon shapes in repeat, and I'm really enjoying the visual effect! I played with secondary patterns by creating diamond shapes in the space between the octagons and filling it with a contrasting design to the swirly background.

I did some dot-to-dot designs in the black/white areas since that's my preferred design for prints. I usually draw the shape on a whiteboard, pick out some dots, connect them, and it almost always looks fine as long as it's symmetrical.

The original quilt by Cheri House was done in black / white / reds, which feels energetic. My version, however, feels tranquil due to all the blues. I love how changing up the color changes the feel completely!

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Linking up with: Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Cooking Up Quilts, Sew Can She, Powered by Quilting, and The Devoted Quilter.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

#100Days100Blocks2018 Blocks 50 - 56

It's week 8 of #100Days100Blocks2018, and even though I'm feeling a bit burnt out by this point, now is not the time to quit! This week features more triangles.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Cross My Paws

A few weeks ago my daughter and I finished piecing a quilt together called Cross My Paws. The pattern is from Amy Gibson's Craftsy class, The Twisted Irish Chain.

My daughter loves puppies and has since I can remember. I've made 3 quilts specifically for her so far, and all of them featured puppies. The first one is my second quilt ever, and it was a tied quilt. The second one was a paper pieced quilt that took forever and ever.

And this is the 3rd one which I just finished. What's special about this quilt is that not only did she decide the fabric placement, she even helped to sew it!

I kept the quilting fairly simple, with continuous curves in 9-patches. I love quilting continuous curves but if I don't pay attention, I can accidentally close myself off. It's a teeny bit of a brain puzzle, and I love it!

I quilted some straight lines in all the gray areas to really emphasize the X of the chains. But in the white areas, I quilted swirls ... and embedded some words into it. I've always wanted to try this technique, and I thought this is a good opportunity. But as it turns out, it was hard! I found it challenging to break out of the rhythm of the swirls to quilt a word, and I also had trouble remembering how to write in cursive. It's been years! But I hope she will have a fun time looking for her name and other words I quilted into this quilt.

I hope she enjoys this one as much as the others!

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