Sunday, May 19, 2013
Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy.
For this season's entry I would like to enter my Good Folks Orange Peel quilt in the bed quilt category. Since I started quilting about seven years ago, I have not been able to let go of the practical side of my nature in that I tend to focus on making quilts with the intention of one day being used on a bed. I have made many bed quilts, enough to fill an entire large castle should I one day live in one, but I just can't seem to stop. I may also have chosen to enter my quilt in the bed quilt category simple because if you happen to nominate me for the prize, I would be completely thrilled to win Amy's book "Modern Neutrals", which I've been anticipating as soon as I first saw the cover of the book!
This quilt is King size measuring 104" x 104" square. It is made up of one of my most treasured fabric collections, Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner mixed with one of my favorite neutral solids Kona "Stone" by Robert Kaufman.
I used an applique method which involves using fusible interfacing, sewing the fabric directly onto it, turning it inside out and fusing it down onto the background fabric. I used a monofilament thread by Superior to applique the peels down to the background.
For the quilting I used my Gammill long arm machine and free motion quilted simple back and forth quilting between the Orange Peels to make them stand out as much as possible. This was a fun experiment for me as I generally do computerized quilting on my machine, but I like experimenting with my own quilts and trying out my free motion skills.
This quilt has been one of my all time favorite finished quilts and I am excited to share it here with you!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This week I finally worked on Charlotte's blocks, which I had been looking forward to making. She gave us three solids fabrics to work with and requested 12 inch finished blocks with the freedom to make anything as long as there wasn't any applique! That was fine by me!
I'll have to admit, I buy quite a lot of fabric and I am addicted to quilting tools, but in fact, I do not buy very many quilting books. I do however love reference books. The book pictured above, "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns", by Jinny Beyer, is one of my favorite books for block reference. I knew I would enjoy diving into this book to search for blocks to make for Charlotte.
The first block I made shown in the top photo is a Nancy Cabot block called Dancing Pinwheels, 1935. The second block is known as North Carolina by Nancy Page, 1938.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tasmania was wonderful! No, it was more than wonderful, it was truly amazing! You'll get an understanding of what I mean as soon as I update you with pictures of our trip. We decided to go at the last moment as we realized that we better take the trip before it got too cold down there. When we were there I got to meet the lovely Jess in person, who I could have chatted with all day. I wish we lived closer Jess!
Before I left I actually made all these Steam Punk blocks pictured above. I wanted to have a hand sewing project while we were away so now all the center circles are attached. It was good to take them with me as one must have beautiful fabric to stroke and admire at all times! The photo above does not depict the way the blocks will look once sewn into the quilt as they will be sashed and set on point--not horizontal as shown.
If you haven't joined the Steam Punk Quilt Along, then you must! We have lots of tips, advice and general help and encouragement within the group and all are welcome! Even if you just want to peek in and see what we are up to. Just watch out, you might catch the Steam Punk fever as well!
If you tweet or are on Instagram, you can find us, or post your own progress using the hashtag: #steampunkquilt I hope you will join along with us!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Steam Punk Quilt Along. Here is the start of my quilt, now I will hold off making blocks and let all of you catch up a bit! I'm very much looking forward to seeing each and every one of the blocks you make. Come on, join the fun! Check out the tips and tutorials in the Flickr group. We are doing this for the pure fun of it!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
After visiting Amitie last week and purchasing Jen Kingwell's Steampunk pattern I've been very motivated to start making the quilt. It seems as if I am not the only one that has been motivated to make this gorgeous quilt! A few of us online have decided we need a support group to keep us motivated through this somewhat difficult pattern. Amy and I have decided to start a no pressure/no time limit Flickr support group which you can find here. We will be posting tips and tricks on how to make the quilt and providing encouragement to help us get through the making of this quilt. It's a Quilt Along at your pace. Please come and join us!
I also wanted to add in case you haven't worked with freezer paper previously that you can use the same paper templates over and over... The same templates should last for the entire project.
I am by no means an expert, but I thought I would share with you this mini tutorial in pictures the method with which I am using to cut my fabrics out in case you might not have worked with freezer paper in the past. This is just my method, I am sure there are plenty of other ways to go about it, but I thought I would share with you!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This photo is of what I acquired from my visit to Amitie in Melbourne. Wow! Can I just tell you how inspiring this shop is? It was probably the most inspiring shop I have ever visited. The projects, the fabrics as well as the people! I was lost amongst the fabrics as soon as I entered the shop. It felt like I had been there 10 minutes, but in fact my dad mentioned that I was in there for over an hour. Ooops. What I liked best about the shop is that there are plenty of fabrics to be found that one does not find easily on the internet. Many of the fabrics are Japanese, but there is also a substantial supply of Liberties, linens and eclectic styles of fabrics. Right at the entrance, the Steampunk quilt by Jen Kingwell was displayed in all its stunning glory! It is quite something to behold in real life and I could not resist buying the pattern for it. It is now high on my must do list!!!
If you ever get a chance to visit a quilt shop in Melbourne, I really recommend a visit to Amitie!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It's ironic that when I first started quilting about 8 years ago, the first magazine I ever purchased was a copy Down Under Quilts from a Barnes & Noble store in Michigan. I'm kind of particular about my quilting magazines, but Down Under Quilts is one of two magazines that I purchase on a regular basis. I'm thrilled to be a part of it!
Friday, March 29, 2013
You may or may not have seen this picture that I have posted previously. By now this photo has been around Flickr, Pinterest, etc. What may not be apparent though is that this is only a photo of blocks I have made that I scanned into my computer to make this mosaic. I'm still playing with the design and have all along planned to make this quilt much larger than the 9 x 9 layout shown here. My goal with this quilt was to make each block special and personal with a theme of its own. The theme may be a color combination, a play on words, a person that I know, an event or anything really. My objective was that I wanted to create a quilt that was extremely scrappy with each block telling its own story.
When it came time for my month in the Must Stash Bee this past January, I asked the girls if they would send me Plus and X blocks and tell me a story with each of their blocks. Here are a few of my favorites that the girls made for me:
Actually, they are all favorites! Here is a mosaic of the bee blocks all together, plus a few more that I made to fill in the spaces: