Friday, May 8, 2015

chopin, in memory of Jordan

One can not express the feelings of sorrow felt when a dear friend's child passes away.

The afternoon of Jordan's viewing, I awoke from a nap with the image in my head of log cabins in these deep rich fabrics from my stash.



It came together in a few days.
The negative space has quilted feathers and tiling.  The logs are stitched in the ditch.






This quilt was made in memory of Jordan, who was 1 semester away from finishing a piano performance major.   The design, straight predictable lines of a log cabin, read Jordan, pure and simple.  The deep, rich colors read his love for the beauty and richness in the classical pieces he played.






He was a brilliant musician.  His friend made a youtube video about Jordan that you can see here, where he's playing his favorite Chopin piece.















Rest in peace, Jordan.


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Bonnie and Camille Basics - Limited Edition



It's hard to find quilting fabrics that aren't floral.  Maybe it's part of the whole quilt look, to have flowers.  but it's just not me.

This is a limited edition, so act fast!

Limited Edition!! Bonnie and Camille Basics Stash Box

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

arrow tail boy quilt

I just love these fabrics from Tasha Noel. I knew an arrow tail quilt was just the place for them.  You can find the tutorial for this quilt here.


This pattern looked so easy, but if you look close, you'll realize that you're sewing vertical rows on the bias.  Which means that they move.  So when you sew the rows together, they don't always line up, but I remembered a trick that Carrie Nelson taught me back when I took a class from her to make this quilt.  

trick:  
If you have 2 segments that you're sewing together, and one is bigger than the other, you put the bigger side facing down, and the feed dogs inch it in by the time you get to your next seam.  She said sometimes you have a row that you have to flip back and forth, if you have larger segments on the top and bottom of the rows you're sewing together.

 I've used these fabrics before on several plus quilts back here and here.




 Here's my little helper spraying the quilt down.  I find that a little mist before pictures helps to deepen the colors.  


quilt stats:
38 x 52 washed
fabric - Tasha Noel's Country Girls for Riley Blake
and the mice are from Lizzy House
binding - "out to sea" by Sarah Jane
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by winline
pattern -arrow tail by Laurel at Sing all you want
quilting - 1/4 inch from angular seams





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Friday, March 27, 2015

yamaha keys


This quilt has been on and off the design wall for months!



After sewing 4 rows, I decided I was NOT a hexi girl . . . have you ever sewed hexi rows together?  not. fun.



Then I discovered this pattern:


believe it or not, adding the white strip in the middle is much easier than sewing hexies together.



I wanted to make it look like a piano key board
You have to turn it sideways to see the key board, like this:
Do you see the keys?  (my husband didn't either)  This quilt is for my niece who is extremely gifted on a piano.  I wish you could hear her, her fingers fly back and forth along the keyboard.


fabric is:





My favorite part is that little tease in the binding.




In the quilting process, I got lots of "swirl with a hook" practice.




and match stick practice. 



            Quilted on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.  Have I mentioned how much I love it?  
It's the perfect option for me.








No scraps were left behind, ha ha.







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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

summer blanket tutorial

When you have a baby in Texas, most of the year they wear onesies, a t-shirt or just a diaper.  A quilt becomes a "decor" item.  So, I've decided to incorporate a "light summer blanket" into my baby gift repertoire.




This blanket is large enough to put on a baby when it is in it's carrier and needs a light covering.  The soft back is perfect as your child moves into the toddler phase and wants something slinky to sleep with.  It's "satin-backed flannel" from the big box sewing store.
This one measures 21 x 26 inches,  the goldfish blanket measures 21 1/2 inches square.  I make them 2 at a time, it's just as easy that way.


INSTRUCTIONS:

You will need 1/2 to 3/4 of a yard of 2 fabrics.  Fabric A needs to be a cute print.  Fabric B is satin-backed flannel.

Fabric A - Cut the width of fabric by 27 inches (or  your preferred length).  Press your fabric.  Then, fold in half, selvage to selvage, creating a fresh fold, cut new squared edges.  Cut in 1/2, along the fold, creating 2 equal pieces.

Fabric B - Lay satin-backed flannel down on your cutting mat, satin side up.  Lay one of your Fabric A's down, right side down.  I like to pin heavily (every 3 to 4 inches) at this point all the way around before cutting, because the slinkiness creates movement (headaches).  


Sew 1/4 of an inch all the way around your front and back pieces, leaving a 5 inch opening.  
Turn right side out, pull out your corners and press edges flat.  Fold opening and press.  





 Press your blanket nice and square like before top stitching edge.




Sew all the way around the edge of blanket just inside the edge.  DONE!  



I broke into my Heather Ross for these projects.





Changing topics . . .


A recent project I need to document is another plus quilt.  You can see the other pink plus quilts here and here.  (notice the contrast between those quilts and this one with the quilting thread color choice)

 This one is different because I quilted it with this yummy variegated orange and pink thread





I'm reporting on an experiment.  I wondered what this pink and orange plus quilt with white negative would look like quilted in the pink/orange varigated thread.

I've always quilted in the thread color of the back ground fabric, so don't tell the "quilt thread police", but here's what it looks like when you use a colored thread against the white.  I think I like it.  



 






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Friday, February 20, 2015

monte's window

I love a masculine looking quilt.  It's not easy finding quilting fabric that doesn't have flowers or bright girly colors. 





That's why I adore carolyn friedlander's fabrics.  This line is called architextures.  It came out several years ago, and I went on a hunt.  


You will also find some "sphere" by brigitte heitland for Zen Chic.


quilt stats:
55 x 78 (washed)
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by winline
fabric is -  architecture by carolyn friedlander for robert kaufman
                  sphere by brigitte heitland for Zen Chic, moda
negative fabric is kona graphite
binding is - from sphere
quilting is crosshatch
pattern is "open your window" by brigitte heitland for Zen Chic






I've just started using this 80/20 comfort blend batting (see stats).  The 20 poly gives the quilting a nice lift.  Though I never thought I'd use anything polyester, I think I like it.





 backed with flannel for the winter . . . so cozy!!
By the time I had finished the top, I had a nice collection of these triangles left over for the back which I played around with until I came up with this flying geese design.   I try to work on the idea of the back with left overs from the front WHILE I'm sewing the front, otherwise, I'm too lazy to put something together if I've waited till the end to create the back. (wow, I think my English teacher would call that a run-on sentence).











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