Thursday, February 23, 2017

Everyone's a Star Quilt Along - Week 4

I'm part of the Everyone's a Star Quilt Along @Sewinlovewithfabric. The Quilt Along is in its 4th week--next week it'll be time to assemble the quilt! I'm making the quilt using the Zentastic fabric collection.

Here's my digital rendering for the entire quilt. I used the same white background print and black and gray coordinates in each block, and then chose one bright print as an accent. 
Scrappy, but organized. 

These are my Star #3 blocks--four different colors. 
You can find the tutorial for these blocks here.

I made the blocks just like the tutorial, except when I was cutting the 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" black pieces, I cut half of them from a 4-1/2" wide strip (so I cut 2-1/2" segments) and half from a 2-1/2" strip (where I cut 4-1/2" segments). This allowed me to keep the directional black print all going in the same direction. 

One more week and this quilt top is finished! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Introducing Diamond Drama!

I've spent much of January and February playing with Paintbrush Studio's Painter's Palette Solids. These fabrics are soft and silky, and with 168 colors, there are plenty to choose from! 

I didn't realize until I started doing this how much I enjoyed designing with solids. You'll see over the next few weeks just how much! 

I'm on my way to QuiltCon right now (yippee!), where I'll be giving a few demonstrations using these lovely solids. After I'm done, I'll post about the sample quilts I've made here and tell you more about them, but for now, I'm sharing my newest quilt design.

Introducing....Diamond Drama!

I'm the first to admit that this quilt is quite simple, construction-wise. The key is color choice and placement. I picked four colors to work with--teal, orange, purple and lime, and selected four different shades of each color. Then I paired these brights with white, black, and a variety of grays. The result? Dimension and depth! (Which just might be the theme of one of my demos...)

Of course, fabulous quilting is key as well. Fellow guild member Brianne Moores did a fantastic job quilting it--I'm in love with her stitching!

I will soon be offering this quilt as a pattern for sale (the pattern also includes two additional size options). Stay tuned! 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Everyone's a Star Quilt Along

I'm part of the Everyone's a Star Quilt Along @Sewinlovewithfabric
Do you know what's great about a quilt along? The peer pressure. Five weeks to make the quilt. It's doable, and if everybody else is doing it, you can too! You won't end up with another half-finished quilt to hide in a drawer. 

Plus the design uses a variety of simple star blocks, and I don't know about you, but I love star blocks! And I love a quilt that doesn't require making the same block over and over again. If you're looking for a fun and easy star sampler quilt to make, give this one a try! 
I'm making the quilt using the Zentastic fabric collection.

Here's my digital rendering. I used the same white background print and black and gray coordinates in each block, and then chose one bright print as an accent. 
Scrappy, but organized. 

These are my Star #2 blocks--four different colors. 
You can find the tutorial for these blocks here.

The only difference in how I made the blocks is that I accounted for the black fabric in my quilt being directional, so when I cut the two black squares diagonally in half for each block, I cut them like this (note how the pattern runs in a different direction in each square): 

You definitely don't have to do this--if you're using a directional print, you can ignore that completely. But remember up above when I described my quilt as "organized scrappy?" Yep. That "organized" bit compelled me to make sure all of my black pieces run in the same direction! 

If you're just catching onto the Quilt Along, here are my Star #1 blocks. 
You can find the tutorial here.

Here's the cutting chart. Click here for a printable pdf. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February OMG: Binding!

February is always a fast month! So I've picked something super easy for my One Monthly Goal, especially because it has to be done by February 22nd (hello, QuiltCon!). I can't show the whole quilt yet, but I need to bind the quilt you see a sneak peek of below. I'll be binding it in the bright green you see below. 

Here's a look at the back, where Diane Oakes' beautiful quilting shows up! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monkey in the Middle

I finished my January One Monthly Goal for the link-up over at Elm Street Quilts
I love how fast the quilting on small quilts goes!

I freehand quilted a spiral int the center block and then pebbles in the green monkey strips and various wavy lines in the rest. Circles and a Figure Eight design from Angela Walters' Free Motion Quilting book fill out the borders. I have tried this Figure Eight design before and struggled with keeping the shape. After a failed attempt on this quilt, I decided to sketch the design with a fabric marking pen. I didn't follow the lines exactly, but it really helped to keep me focused! I'll be trying that technique again until I am more comfortable with it. 

Always fun to see the quilting on the back! 

Now to bind this and deliver it to a charity! 
(Binding might be my February goal...)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Purple Stitch and Flip Quilt Top

I've had blocks from one quilt taking up half of my design wall since October. Every couple of weeks, I'd find time to add a few more blocks and play with the layout. 
(Note to self: Don't make quilts with 4" blocks--you have to make so many!)

I've been wanting to make a big push to get this finished and off my design wall (as well as off my UFO list!), and I finally have. Now it moves to the "needs to be quilted" list. :) 

Which quilt is it, you ask? 
My Stitch and Flip Improvisation quilt I started in Jacquie Gering's workshop in September. 

It went from here: 

to here: 

 to a month or so of this:

to sewn vertical rows:

to a finished quilt top! 

Love these close-ups of the improvisational corners. 

And individual "four-patches"

Can't wait to quilt this! 

Find my original post on this quilt here.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

OMG: January 2017

I'm starting off 2017 with a clean slate of One Monthly Goal projects! Thanks to Elm Street Quilts for organizing this fun monthly goal keeping endeavor!
(ahem, I didn't finish my December OMG project--ran out of embroidery floss mid project and didn't have time to get more)

I made this cute kids quilt back in 2014 using Benartex's Monkeying Around collection. Last year, I sporadically looked for it, thinking I could quilt it and donate it. I looked through all my UFO piles and nothing...
I found it recently in a pile of finished quilts. Totally makes sense, right? 

Anyway, I figure this one will be fun to quilt, and I'll be thrilled to get it out of my UFO pile! Did I mention that it's fairly small as well...a bonus for getting it done quickly! 
So my OMG January goal is to machine quilt this top.