Category — Blocks
If you are a regular visitor here, you know I’m teaching in a couple weeks at the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. One of the techniques we will be practicing is partial seams.
I decided to make a quilt that features a few partial seam blocks. We won’t be making this quilt in class, but hopefully you will feel comfortable with this technique by the time you get home, so you can make your own partial seam blocks.
In other news….tonight is the third Naperville Modern Quilt Guild meeting!
I’ll be doing a little presentation on “What is Modern Quilting”. I’ll bring this quilt finished too! If you live in the area, I hope you will come!
September 27, 2012 24 Comments
This is a quilt I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I wasn’t sure what the design would end up being, what fabric I would use…but I knew I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl’s bed. I feel a tad bit guilty that although I’m a quilter, the quilts on my kid’s beds are store bought. Well now at least one is handmade by mommy.
I started this quilt earlier this summer and planned to make a couple blocks a week. I sized each block at 17.5″ x 17.5″ unfinished so I would only need to make 20 for a twin sized quilt. My block progress stalled for awhile but when I went up to Holly’s for the weekend in July I finished them up.
Of course it took me a bit longer to make the back, baste and quilt. But I’m really happy with the results! The quilt is centered around Sarah Jane Studios’ Children at Play fabric line (one of my all time favorites).
I incorporated a lot of blenders from my stash. There’s really a little bit of everything in here – Patty Young’s Lush Running Stitch, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy circles, some Art Gallery Oval Elements, dots from Heather Ross Lightening Bugs, some of the new stripes from Cloud 9′s Simpatico, some of the yellow Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson, a yellow print from Maude Asbury’s Kitchy Kitchen…plus some of the Children at Play blenders.
I didn’t follow a pattern for the blocks. I just started cutting the center squares and then pulled fabric and worked my way out from the center using different widths for each ring until I reached my goal size. I tried to follow a few rules for my blocks, such as each uses either 3 or 4 fabrics, no more, no less.
One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the back. I decided to incorporate the Parade print from Children at Play. I wanted the print to show across the quilt when it was folded down on her bed.
My poor husband, this quilt was SO big to hold up!
That meant the print needed to be upside down on the back. I added a bit of patchwork above and below. The solid pink is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Blossom – SO wonderful.
I wanted this quilt to be nice and soft so I quilted it in a grid with horizontal and vertical lines, about 2″ apart.
I love how the quilt compliments her room. She clearly loves it as well!
I know there will be a time in the future (probably way too soon!) where she outgrows this quilt and doesn’t want it on her bed anymore. But I’m hoping it will always hold a special place in her heart and she will maybe even let her own little girls cuddle under it one day.
September 24, 2012 69 Comments
I finished my Quilt Camp Poinsettia Pillow last week! This pillow (or mini quilt if you’d like) is the project I’m teaching at Quilt Camp in December. The individual block is a design by Nancy Cabot (1937) called Miller’s Daughter. I shrunk the block down in size, pieced 4 and added a border to make an 18″ pillow.
I quilted this pillow with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams (and beyond into the sashing). The fabric is mostly Denyse Schmidt’s latest line Chicopee which I’m officially in love with.
I also worked in a bit of her lines for JoAnns Fabric and a print from Anna Maria Horner’s discontinued line Good Folks. (I needed some green.) The neutrals are Art Gallery Fabrics Linen White and Free Spirit Design Solid Sand Dune.
The back of the pillow is a simple envelope enclosure. I bound my pillow just like I would a quilt, so I can either use it on my couch, or hang it on my wall as a mini quilt.
At my class in Quilt Camp, we will work on paper piecing the corners of each of these blocks and then piecing together the rest of the block. It is a great project for those that are new to paper piecing and/or want tips on precision piecing and getting everything to line up just right. There are still some spaces left for Quilt Camp. Check out my post from a few days ago for all the details and the link to sign up!
September 11, 2012 15 Comments
We are running a bit behind on the Traveling Quilts Bee, but I am happy to have Round Four to share with you today! For this month, I worked on Monica of The Happy Zombie‘s block. I love everything Monica does, so you know, no pressure!
Monica started her quilt with this section – the house, surrounding star and perfect embroidery. Dan added the Flying Geese, Penny added the undies (can’t forget those on your travels! Also a little birdie told me these might be coming out as a pattern in her Sew-Ichigo shop later!) and Jacquie added the HZTV (Happy Zombie TV) section.
I decided to carry on with the “Travels” theme and add an airplane! I used Rashida‘s latest tutorial for the Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang, Fly With Me. My only issue was I didn’t check my scale when I printed it, so everything printed a bit smaller than it was supposed to. It just involved a little extra trimming to make seams match, but wasn’t a serious issue.
I picked a rainbow of colors to coordinate with Monica’s original block. (I switched out the purple at the last minute). I included some prints from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road because I knew Monica and Violet were friends and thought she would like seeing some of that fabric in her quilt. The plane is a black and white text print from my local quilt shop.
I hope you enjoy your new block Monica! This quilt is now with Ashley where I’m sure she will add something amazing.
August 27, 2012 11 Comments