Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Cosmos Ribbon

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

I was lucky enough this past week to have the chance to work with artist Laura Gunn’s upcoming line, Cosmos. Laura sent me a charm pack with 5″ squares of each of her new designs and Painter’s Canvas. As usual, the fabric is beautiful. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be the Tiny Cosmos print. I’m already thinking I need to buy more and make some pillows for my couch with it.

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

I was debating what I should do with charms, and I decided to use the Ribbon Star tutorial from the Solstice Stars Series, with some minor changes. Since the charms were a bit larger than I needed for the 12″ block, I decided to increase all the squares that make the block slightly (up to 4″ x 4″ after trimming rather than 3.5″ x 3.5″). Simple enough change that resulted in a slightly larger finished block.

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

I also decided to use several different shades of tan for the background rather than white. I just randomly selected these as I was sewing my HSTs. I quilted in diagonals, 1/4″ away from each side of the diagonal seams. The binding is Skinny Stripes in Citron, from another Laura Gunn collection, Poppy.

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

Cosmos comes out in September, keep an eye out for it at your favorite local or online fabric shop!

August 23, 2012   15 Comments

Rhapsodia Ice

Rhapsodia Ice Front

I just finished up my Ice Pops quilt this week. You can see more about the pattern in this blog post. I’m very happy with how this one turned out – especially because my husband really likes it and he is just a tiiiiiny bit picky.

Rhapsodia Ice 1

The print fabric in this quilt is from Art Gallery’s Rhapsodia line. The light putty sashing is FreeSpirit Designer Solid Sand Dune and I never did figure out the dark putty color. That’s what I get for not labeling the fabric when it arrives!

Rhapsodia Ice 2

I quilted this one in a couple of ways. First, I pebble quilted all the white areas. As usual I way underestimated the amount of time this technique takes. But I am really happy with the results – it was worth the time. After I took these photos I washed the quilt and the pebble quilting looks SO great after a wash, I am very tempted to do an entire quilt this way. I’m sure I’ll be exhausted while I am doing the actual quilting…but boy would it make an amazing quilt.

Rhapsodia Ice 3

Then in the lighter putty sashing I straight-line quilted lines 1/4″ apart. I don’t often mix two types of quilting but I am happy I did with this quilt.

Rhapsodia Ice Drape

I am heading out of town on Saturday for a few days…I’m bringing my computer but not sure if I will be blogging. If not, I hope everyone here in the USA has a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

June 28, 2012   24 Comments

Off Centered Improv

Off Centered Improv

Next month I’m lucky enough to be leading a sewing workshop at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. I grew up in Cincinnati and my family all still lives there, so this will be a really fun opportunity for me to hang out with all the talented modern quilters in my hometown.

Off Centered Improv Top

The guild was really great and left the decision as to what we would be working on up to me. I love improvisational quilting so I thought that would be a fun technique for everyone to explore. This is our class sample ~ improvisational log cabins.

Off Centered Improv Center

These blocks are a bit similar to the pillow I made Jennifer last October. You can see the work in progress below.

Improv Piecing

I broke down the log cabins by warm and cool colors, incorporating a bit of grey and just a small amount of prints.

Off Centered Improv Pre-Quilting

The border is a black and white Alexander Henry crosshatch.

Off Centered Improv Bottom

I quilted this mini quilt with randomly spaced organic lines. They are all around 1/4″ apart, but I didn’t mark or measure. I used my walking foot and slowly moved the fabric back and forth ever so slightly as I quilted.

Off Centered Improv Workspace

This new quilt has a home above my new computer workstation in my sewing space! For more information about the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild, you can contact them through their blog or email them at cincinnatimodernquiltguild (at) gmail.com.

June 25, 2012   40 Comments

Catching Up on Quilting

Pebble

I’ve spent the majority of this week catching up on quilting a few things. Pebble quilting part of my Rhapsodia quilt (above).

Organic Lines

Organic lines on an improv log cabin quilt I’m making for a workshop I’m teaching next month at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild.

Can’t wait to share them with you, hopefully next week! All they need now is binding.

June 20, 2012   8 Comments