A Little Sewing Progress

Log Cabin2

I have a few works in progress that have been occupying my time this week. The Naperville Modern Quilt Guild is currently doing a “log cabin challenge”, due at the end of March. All the quilts have to be 36″ x 36″ finished and use log cabins in some way. I was throwing a few idea around in my head, but in the end decided to make white log cabins with pops of color throughout them. I had a vision in my mind….they probably won’t be ALL white in the end. But I’ll wait to share the finished quilt in a couple weeks.

Log Cabin3

And if you are on Instagram, you probably know about my very, very sad moment with one of these blocks. The biggest one. (of course!) When I started sewing, I pulled some whites out of my scrap bin, before I continued to sew the block with white yardage off a bolt. Horrible idea!

Log Cabin1
Mistake block, before it got bigger

I brought my block down into natural light yesterday and discovered there are 4 logs in the center that don’t match the rest of the blocks. I think the scrap bin white was a Free Spirit White and the yardage is Moda Bella Solid White. And although many on Instagram suggested I leave it or work some other whites into the blocks, it wasn’t in my vision, so I’m going to attempt to rip it out. And if that doesn’t work, I’m just going to remake the whole thing. You’ll probably hear me crying all the way from my sewing room to yours!

Arkansas Traveler

I’ve also been working on my special-quilt-gift-project. Remember this stack of fabric? They’ve been cut and are in the middle of piecing.

Arkansas Traveler2

Someone guessed correctly that I’m making Arkansas Traveler blocks.

Arkansas Traveler3

I’ll leave the final layout as a surprise! Ok, now off to shovel the driveway for the 4th time in less than 24 hours. Please someone tell me Spring is coming soon!

100 Quilts for Kids

100 Quilts for Kids is a charity quilt drive started in 2010 by Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt and the DC Modern Quilt Guild. The first year, the goal was to create and collect 100 quilts to donate locally to children in need of some extra comfort. By the second year, several hundred quilts were made and donated. I’m sure the quilt drive will be even a bigger success this year.

100 Quilts for Kids

It’s very easy to participate. Simply make a quilt, donate it (locally if possible), and post a photo in the “Link Up” party, which also enters you to win a few fabulous prizes which are listed on Katie’s blog.

100 Quilts for Kids Blocks

For my quilt for donation, I decided to use my Quilting Bee Blocks from the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee which wrapped up earlier this year. I sent a lot of bright fabrics to my bee group and asked them to make scrappy log cabins.

100 Quilts for Kids Layout

I posted a photo on Instagram asking if people thought I should finish with sashing or no sashing – the vote was for no sashing and I think it looks great for a child, lots of color! The back is a collection of fat quarters and a half yard from my stash.

100 Quilts for Kids Back

The quilting is straight lines, randomly spaced between 1/4″ and 1″.

100 Quilts for Kids Quilting

Some ideas of places to donate quilts are Project Linus, Wrap Them in Love Foundation, Newborns in Need, the (not related) Quilts for Kids organization, your local women’s shelter or your local hospital. If you are still stumped, check with your local quilt shop and I am sure they know of organizations in your area that need donations.

If you aren’t sure what sort of quilt to make, Katie is also hosting a quilt along as part of 100 Quilts for Kids. And finally, don’t forget to post photos of any finished quilt for the drive in the Flickr Group.

Thanks for donating everyone!

Solstice Stars Series ~ A Finished Quilt

Solstice Stars Series

This post feels so good to write! Last winter I hosted a quilt along on my blog called the Solstice Stars Series (see tab at the top of my blog). I wanted to make a quilt that focused on traditional stars, but arrange them in a non-traditional way. I purposely only made 5 stars so we would all be a bit forced to think outside of the box regarding the quilt layout.

Solstice Stars Series Steps

My quilt top has been sitting finished for months. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to quilt it…I had some dreams of hand quilting. But last week I decided to face reality, it was not going to happen. I feel like every second of my day is filled up and I really wanted to finish this quilt. So I decided to try one of the free motion quilting techniques in Angela’s new book, a double loop.

Solstice Stars Series Quilting

I’m really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I love the colors (the fabric is Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson). The scrappy part of the quilt is similar to my Good Folks Scrappy quilt. You basically just cut strips of varying widths and sew them in columns. Then you sew the columns together until you have your desired width of quilt top.

Solstice Stars Series Detail

The back is a mixture of a solid I had around the house and left over fat quarters from the Secret Garden line. The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solid Flamingo.

Solstice Stars Series Back

The final quilt measures 54″ x 60″. You can find links to all the star tutorials as well as more layout ideas on the Solstice Stars Series tab at the top of my blog.

Traveling Quilts ~ Round Three

May was the third round of The Traveling Quilts bee. (You can see more about the bee here, Round 1 here and Round 2 here. This month I worked on Dan’s quilt.

Dan started his quilt with scrappy green circles. In round one, Penny had the guts to cut one of them right in half! (She’s cool like that.) Jacquie created a moon rising section of the quilt.

So…this was the first round where I felt like I had a vision of how I wanted to combine some of the rest of the group’s blocks and start forming the quilt top. I really thought that Penny’s section and Jacquie’s section were meant to be sewn together, right where the negative space intersected. (See below where the Ash and White meet.)

Then for my addition, I added a scrappy section of diagonal turquoise piecing. I actually started working before reading Dan’s journal of inspiration, but it all worked out because in his journal, he wrote that he was inspired by Lu Summers, specifically this style of quilt. I think by breaking from the beginning theme of curves, I went in the direction of that inspiration. Also, in a nod to Lu, I add in some of her new fabric line Summersville. Finally, I think the vertical strip of turquoise echo’s the vertical strip that Penny added when she cut into one of Dan’s original circles.

The quilt is now off to Ashley!