Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Pick Up Sticks

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This is one of those posts that for the last 5 months I couldn’t wait to share…but then that changed to dread over the last 2 weeks. Last December I made this quilt and pattern for Issue 2 of Modern Quilting Magazine. For those of you that haven’t heard, this UK based magazine, owned by All Craft Media, went into bankruptcy about 2 week ago. There were a lot of people with subscriptions that will probably lose out on the magazine and their money. Some did receive Issue 2…not me though so I haven’t actually seen my quilt in it. Lots of artists have projects still with the magazine and may never see their quilts and projects again. I actually thought I would never see this particular quilt again, but I did receive it back about a week and a half ago and for that I am very grateful. I don’t really want to make this post about ACM though, so let’s just focus on the quilt. :)

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These quilt blocks were made by placing fabric strips improvisationally through square blocks. I used all solids – a combination of Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, Moda Cross Weaves, Art Gallery Pure Elements, FreeSpirit Designer Solids, and Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids. The blocks measure 9″ x 9″ unfinished. My blocks alternate warm/cool/warm/cool… colors.

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I decided on a scrappy binding and quilted this in a free motion meandering design. I am really happy with the finished product and it will probably now live in my daughter’s room.

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So, I’m sure I don’t need to say this, but just because I like to keep my blog a positive place, please let’s focus on the quilt in the comments and not negative or disparaging comments surrounding the now defunct magazine. I know for those involved, emotions are high. Thanks everyone!

Updated:
Wow, I am really overwhelmed by all the emails and comments from you guys offering to send me a copy of the magazine! I am actually practically speechless over it, this is just the best community.

Since people are just now getting their magazines late, I’m going to wait a couple weeks and see if mine makes it over here. Looks like there is hope! Thank you so much everyone. xox

Another Update (early July):
Thanks so much to one of my readers who let me know she found the magazine at Barnes & Noble. I just found and bought a copy there! So if you are interested in making this pattern, check your bookstore for the magazine.

May 21, 2012   59 Comments

FreeSpirit Essentials

I’m working hard this week on a quilt for FreeSpirit Fabrics. I wanted to share photos of the fabrics they sent me, all part of their Essentials lines. I will be honest, I didn’t know they offered anything like this, other than the solids! Besides the Designer Solids, I’m working with some of the Instincts, Rhinestones, Houndstooth and Beads.

I’m seriously crushing on the black and white Houndstooth!

So…if it’s quiet around here over the next few days, you know what I’m doing! :)

April 19, 2012   20 Comments

My First Finish of 2012 ~ Morning Tides

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First, I just want to thank everyone for your kind comments on my “A Million Thanks” post! You all are seriously making me blush and I am looking forward to coming up with new ideas for tutorials and quilt alongs for everyone! It’s going to be a great year I think.

And I’m happy to share my first quilt of this new year, Morning Tides. Designer Mark Cesarik sent me a bit of his fabric collection last month and I knew right away that I wanted to make improv blocks with it.

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I incorporated a few shades of tan and some white into the blocks. They are all a bit different in size. I sashed them in white then to make the center of the quilt.

Morning Tides Blocks

I can’t take credit for the idea of off-centering the main focus of the quilt. Heather did this last year and I loved it! So I added a border of purple, wider on the right and bottom sides. I also added in a bit more of the Morning Tides fabric for added interest. The purple is FreeSpirit Designer Solids Lavender and it is a perfect match.

I quilted the blocks and white portion of the quilt in a meandering, free motion style. Then I quilted the purple border with straight lines, spaced about every 3/4″.

I went out yesterday in the freezing cold to try to get some photos with my camera’s remote. I was laughing at some of the photos when I got home. “Is this thing working??”

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And then half the photos were like this – sideways! Oh well, live and learn!

Morning Tides Sideways

January 5, 2012   32 Comments

Prism : Quilt and Pattern for Quiltmaker Magazine

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** Update: For those that missed out on the issue of Quiltmaker Magazine, I’m excited to announce this pattern is now available for sale for instant download in my shop. **

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to show you this quilt. Last July, Quiltmaker magazine asked me to create a quilt pattern for their January/February 2012 issue that fit into the category of “modern color”. I designed this quilt, which I call Prism. It uses 99 paper pieced blocks. Simple paper piecing though, I promise!

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I spent August working on the quilt, and that even included taking it and my machine on vacation with me so I could get it done on a tight timeline! Luckily I have a very understanding husband.

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The quilt is made using all Free Spirit designer solids. These are all the bright colors, except for the dark purple.

Free Spirit Designer Solids
Pink, Fuchsia, Tango, Orange, Saffron, Lemon, Kiwi, Apple Green, Sky, Rocket Blue, Lavender, (Violet not shown)

So the magazine article itself is really cool. I’m lucky enough to be featured with two other bloggers I’m sure you know – Rachel from Stitched in Color and Elizabeth from Don’t Call Me Betsy. They both also have great patterns in the issue. We were all interviewed on our thoughts regarding use of color and there is a write up before the patterns.

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My two pages in all their glory!

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The final quilt measures 70″ x 85″. I quilted it in straight lines, on both sizes of the horizontal and vertical seams. I also quilted in the ditch on both sides of the white fabric.

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The back is solid white with a simple stripe of all the colors I used on the front.

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The solids and the pattern of this quilt make it probably the most modern I’ve created. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and am really thrilled to be in my first print magazine. I hope you will check it out!

And speaking of pattern making, Generation Q has a post up on their blog about what *really* goes into writing a pattern. If you are interested in pattern making yourself, or just are curious into the time and effort involved, head on over.

December 6, 2011   88 Comments