Saturday, October 7, 2017

OMG: Quilt it!

This quilt, which I'm so far calling "Angled Stripes," has been in my head for a while, and I finally turned it into fabric. My OMG for October is to machine quilt it. I'm excited to see how it turns out!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

OMG: Quilted Wonky Spirals Quilt

Not only did I achieve my One Monthly Goal of making eight more wonky spiral blocks, using Painter's Palette Solids, but I also assembled them and quilted the quilt! I got on a roll and didn't want to stop. (Thanks, Elm Street Quilts, for hosting OMG and keeping us accountable!)

Here are the twelve blocks: 
These blocks are fun to make--no measuring, no points to match, just pure improv. And I sew on two different colored pieces at a time, which minimizes the possibility for error in the color placement. 

And the quilted top. I quilted each block individually, using a wonky square spiral design. I used my walking foot. Lots of stopping and turning, but I'm really happy with how it turned out! I timed it and quilting each block took about 15 minutes. 

A close-up of the quilting: 

I'm hoping to ultimately teach this pattern as a class at a local quilt shop.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September OMG

A few months ago, inspired by this image I found online, I started making some wonky blocks. 


My palette is gray paired with brights--all solids--trying to use up many of my Painter's Palette Solids scraps! I have four done so far. They're actually just wonky Log Cabin blocks with careful color placement. I love this kind of piecing! 

My OMG goal for September at Elm Street Quilts is to make eight more of these blocks so that I'm ready to assemble the quilt top with a total of twelve blocks. I'm not sure if I'll try to assemble them like the image I found, or if I'll just stick with straight rows. Maybe that'll be November's goal! :) 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Twisted Squares in Modern Patchwork

I'm excited to share that I have a quilt featured in the September/October issue of Modern Patchwork magazine! The quilt is called Twisted Squares, and I used the Zentastic fabric collection from Contempo Studio to make it. 

I'd been playing around with this block for a while--12" blocks in four rows of three blocks, just one large block, and then ultimately this four-block version. I really like the design created in the center where the four blocks come together. The blocks measure 24" square. 

I had fun picking the fabrics for this quilt--the Zentastic line has a lot of single-color prints with simple designs--circles, asterisks, wavy lines--so I had plenty of colors to choose from! 

This issue's cover; my quilt mostly coordinates, colorwise! 

Here's the spread with the photo inside. 

I love the texture Diane created with the quilting. She had previously quilted a quilt of mine with the illusion of overlapping pieces, like this one, and I asked her to use the same treatment--to give each color/position its own stitch pattern to help along that overlapping feeling. She did a great job! I especially love the lines in the block centers. 


Find the September/October issue of Modern Patchwork here.
See more of what's in the issue here.
See the Zentastic fabric collection here.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August OMG: Chicago in fabric

My August OMG was to (start and) finish a Chicago-themed applique wall quilt (Chicago CityStamp by Zebra Patterns). I bought the pattern for it at Quilt Festival in the spring and just needed to get started. 
I had a lot of fun choosing the fabrics for it--all from my stash. And not as much fun cutting out all the intricate applique pieces! :) 

I really love how it turned out. Here's a close-up of the details:



I changed a couple things from the pattern--I only used one tail on the kite (instead of three), I skipped the transparent organza for wind swirls (I feel like there is enough going on without adding it), and I found an easier way to do the postage stamp edge border. The pattern suggested fusing interfacing to the back of the white fabric so the black background didn't show through. I didn't want to bother with that, so I cut reverse applique pieces out of the black and just fused it onto the white border. Much easier! 

This is a birthday gift for a Chicago friend of mine--planning to pop it in the mail tomorrow! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

August is here! OMG

The photo for my goal for August is not terrible exciting...not even a scrap of fabric! (which means I have a lot of work to do...)

I bought this pattern at Quilt Festival in Chicago in April with plans to make it for a college friend who lives in and loves Chicago. And guess what...her birthday is August 31st! 


So my One Monthly Goal for August is to (start) and finish this fun wall hanging. I just stocked up on fusible web, so I'm ready to go.
Can't wait to get started! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

OMG: Chorus Line Quilt Top!

My July One Monthly Goal, which was to finish my Chorus Line quilt top, almost didn't have a happy ending. I re-figured the quilt assembly (the original called for a separate "frame" around each row of blocks, but since my frames were all the same color, I didn't want double frames). I assembled the quilt center. And then I went to cut the borders. 

And ran into that oh-so-common tale of woe that all quilters know--not enough fabric! I'd purchased the black/gray/white stripe on a slight whim, hoping it would work for this quilt but not knowing. I just bought a yard or so, not thinking about it being directional. Oops! I didn't have enough to cut directional borders. 

I found 2 remaining yards of the fabric on Fabric.com and ordered it on July 25th. I left town on July 26th with my quilt looking like this: 


I came home today, July 31st, with a few hours to spare and a box of fabric on my front step. Borders added! Quilt top finished! Happy ending!
And the quilt is upside down in this photo. But it's done, so I can't be picky! :)
Thanks to Patty at Elm Street Quilts for hosting OMG!