The Traveling Quilts – Round 1

Jacquie's Blocks

You may remember my post a couple months ago about a new bee I’m in, The Traveling Quilts. Well, we were going to keep our quilt additions a secret to surprise the bee member at the end of the year. That lasted about 3 weeks. LOL So now that we are NOT keeping things a surprise anymore, I can share with you!

For round 1, I received the below blocks from Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

Traveling Quilts: Jacquie Blocks - Before

She started her quilt using bright colors and improvisational piecing. My additions are at the top of this post. I continued her use of purple and small punches of bright colors. I am really happy with how they turned out, and now they are in the hands of Ashley to continue the quilt top. I have Penny’s quilt blocks now and can’t wait to share what I’m working on for Round 2!

Liberated Sampler

Liberated String Block

Since I am still Bernina-less, I have decided to work this weekend on liberated (or wonky) quilt blocks. I’m having trouble getting an accurate 1/4″ seam on my backup machine and I figure the seam size doesn’t have to be perfectly exact with this type of block. The above square is an improvisational string block and will be squared up with white sashing.

I’m speaking next month to the String-A-Long Traditional Quilt Guild in northwest Indiana on modern quilting. I thought it would be fun to bring a mini sampler full of liberated quilt blocks. Below is a mock up of my plans, and hopefully I will have a finished quilt to share next week!

Liberated Mini Sampler

For the Love of Solids ~ A Work in Progress

FTLOS Blocks

I’ve started work on my first item for the For the Love of Solids Flickr swap. After spending some time studying my secret partner’s inspiration mosaic, I decided to embrace the improvisational, liberated sewing technique. I made these blocks using just my rotary cutter and no ruler. This photo shows the blues more accurately:

For the Love of Solids Blocks

Part of the swap involves posting work in progress photos and getting feedback from your partner (without them knowing it’s their project). I’m now trying to decide on whether or not my partner would like blocks pieced directly together or maybe off centered in some sashing… We shall see!

ABC 123 – Mini Quilt Monday

ABC 123

Welcome to our third Mini Quilt Monday! This week I decided to dive right into the book Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. I recently discovered Tonya’s blog, and wow, there is a lot of inspiration on there!

I have future plans to make a quilt with some words on it, but I was a bit intimidated when it came to making letters. I’m *pretty* sure I’ve mentioned that geometry and I don’t exactly get along. And this style of letters looked like you needed to know something about that. Tonya’s book makes it SO easy! She has step-by-step instructions for all letters and numbers.

ABC 123

I also followed tips that I learned during Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class:
1. I followed basic color rules when making my letters. Each letter/number is made with either warm or cool fabrics. I alternated warm/cool/warm/cool/etc.

2. I didn’t use my ruler once when making this mini quilt. I freehand cut all pieces with my rotary cutter. If a piece had a slight curve to it, I incorporated that curve into the next piece I sewed on.

3. When sewing letters together, if one letter was smaller than the next, I added fabric to the smaller piece rather than trimming fabric from the larger piece.

4. I used mostly solid fabrics, but incorporated a few prints to add a bit of interest.

I know this improvisational style of sewing makes some of you break out into a cold sweat. I won’t name names. You know who you are. LOL But I just love how it turned out!

ABC 123

I quilted this mini using straight lines in varying directions on the background portions of the letters. As for the fabric, I used a selection of solids from my stash: Kona cottons, Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, Moda crossweaves, Free Spirit Designer Solids and Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements solids. Phew! The binding is a Kei Honeycomb. The final size is 14″ x 12.5″. This is one mini quilt I think would look great hanging up in a nursery with little clothes pins. I’ve added it to my shop.

So let’s see what you made this week. Link ‘em up!