I finished my Quilt Camp Poinsettia Pillow last week! This pillow (or mini quilt if you’d like) is the project I’m teaching at Quilt Camp in December. The individual block is a design by Nancy Cabot (1937) called Miller’s Daughter. I shrunk the block down in size, pieced 4 and added a border to make an 18″ pillow.
I quilted this pillow with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams (and beyond into the sashing). The fabric is mostly Denyse Schmidt’s latest line Chicopee which I’m officially in love with.
I also worked in a bit of her lines for JoAnns Fabric and a print from Anna Maria Horner’s discontinued line Good Folks. (I needed some green.) The neutrals are Art Gallery Fabrics Linen White and Free Spirit Design Solid Sand Dune.
The back of the pillow is a simple envelope enclosure. I bound my pillow just like I would a quilt, so I can either use it on my couch, or hang it on my wall as a mini quilt.
At my class in Quilt Camp, we will work on paper piecing the corners of each of these blocks and then piecing together the rest of the block. It is a great project for those that are new to paper piecing and/or want tips on precision piecing and getting everything to line up just right. There are still some spaces left for Quilt Camp. Check out my post from a few days ago for all the details and the link to sign up!
September 11, 2012 15 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
The quilting is straight lines, randomly spaced between 1/4″ and 1″.
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!
September 3, 2012 6 Comments
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.
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.
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 comes out in September, keep an eye out for it at your favorite local or online fabric shop!
August 23, 2012 15 Comments
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.
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!
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.
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.
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