Did you know the Olfa Rotary Cutter turns 35 this year? Which means I’m actually older than the rotary cutter. I think this gives me some sort of quilter street cred, right? Except that I never actually quilted without using one. I honestly can’t imagine creating a quilt without these handy little cutters and I’m guessing most of you feel the same way.
At Quilt Market last Spring I was lucky enough to attend a breakfast with the Olfa team – and we were able to see that original invention. The first one was yellow and everything!
In celebration, Olfa asked me to participate in a project and make a 6-1/2″ quilt block for a big birthday quilt. They sent this very fun box of goodies to use – a mini rotary cutter (I’m told these are great for cutting curves!), a 6-1/2″ frosted quilting ruler, and a spinning cutting mat. I was most excited to try out the cutting mat. I’ve been eyeing these for quite some time.
These mats are fun because you can place your fabric/block once – trim.
Then spin the mat – trim again. You don’t need to pick up your fabric and reposition.
I decided to make my block using 3.5″ flying geese blocks. (Get it – 35th anniversary…3.5″ blocks?) For the background I used some scrappy patchwork which reminds me of the 1970′s.
The flying geese are yellow because – well Olfa = Yellow!
Happy 35th Birthday Olfa!
July 14, 2014 39 Comments
I finished my Glimma quilt just a couple of hours ago and I am pretty proud of myself for braving the frigid cold outside to get pictures! It helped that my car has heated seats. And I think it’s actually 20 degrees which feels like a heatwave after the sub-zeros from the last two days!
I’ve decided to call this quilt “This Way, That Way”. I love the effect of the flying geese going in all the different directions.
As I mentioned here and here, Windham Fabrics sent me a little pack of charms from Lotta Jansdotter’s upcoming line Glimma, due out in April. I decided to mix it with two shades of Essex Linen – yarn dyed in black and flax. Paper piecing the flying geese made working with the linen quite easy. When it came to removing the paper and sewing everything together however, I really relied on starch. It stiffened up the fabric enough to make it easy to work with, not stretching all over the place.
I quilted this with diagonal lines, randomly spaced. They are each between 1/4″ and 1/2″ apart. I bound it with the Yarn Dyed Black Essex Linen. The back is a Moda Crossweave in a coral color (not sure the exact name). It measures 30″ x 40″.
Have I mentioned that I’m actually going to get to meet Lotta at QuiltCon? I signed up for her Textile Printing class and I can’t wait! Is anyone else taking it? And speaking of QuiltCon, I am honored to have two quilts selected to be displayed, my Off Centered Improv and my Belle Wave quilts. I’ll be spending the next week getting them ready, sewing hanging sleeves, labels, and packing them up to ship. Fun, fun!
January 23, 2013 44 Comments
I’ve made a bit more progress on my Glimma quilt! This one has been a lot of fun to make. I didn’t really have a plan when I started on my flying geese. I loved the look of the Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Black next to the fabric, but I decided to use Essex Linen in Flax for the main backdrop of the quilt. (I posted where you can buy the Essex Linen in here, as well as my flying geese paper piecing template.)
I improvisationally pieced the blocks from the top down. Literally – I started at the top left of the quilt and worked my way over and down like reading a book.
It’s all pin basted now and ready for me to quilt! Let’s see if I can get that done today.
January 18, 2013 18 Comments
Just a quick post to share what I’m working on today. I’ve finally found the time to cut into my Glimma charmpack! This fabric is the latest by designer Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics and will be available in April.
I’ve decided to pair it with Essex Linen Yarn Dyed in Black. I am loving the look! I’m using the flying geese paper piece templates I created for one of my autumn pillows a few months ago. You can download the template here.
You can find Essex Linen at the following shops:
The Intrepid Thread
Pink Castle Fabrics
Stash Modern Fabric
Canton Village Quilt Works
Hopefully I’ll be back soon to show you the finished layout!
January 9, 2013 30 Comments