Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Clamshell and Whale

The next in my series of clamshell/wave quilts is Mr. Whale. For this one I went back to the coral color palate because I still had plenty of this fabric left to use.

Not much to say about this one. It's very similar to the last one, here's a close up of Mr. Whale and the quilting. It was again free motion on my domestic Bernina.

For the back I found lots of cool stash prints to use.

Here's a close up of the fabrics within the clamshell waves:

The binding is scrappy, made from the prints within the clamshells.

And my label is pieced in the back as usual.

If you know anyone who would like this quilt, it is listed in my Etsy shop.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Clamshells and Whale
Pattern: original design
Fabrics: stash
Finished size: approx 50" by 60"
Finished: August 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Clamshell with Seahorse

After designing this Clamshell and Anchor quilt, I thought it might be fun to play with the idea in different colorways and see what I could come up with. The next few posts will be some of the results I've had with that experiment.

My first version is using a similar blue on blue color scheme with a cute little seahorse (they are one of my favorite sea creatures). Here's a close up of the little guy!

As you can see from the first photo, I was lucky enough to have this quilt chosen for a Philly MQG  Exhibition at the Mancuso quilt show. It hung next to Andrew Joslyn's modern quilt.

And I got the obligatory shot of me with the quilt!

Some details on it... here is a better shot of the fabrics used in the clams. This was all stash...surprise, I have a lot of nautical fabrics!

And this one is a better view of the quilting. I did this free motion on my little domestic Bernina.

The blue ocean fabric is a jaquard and the photo below shows the cool blue dots that are on it. I don't know enough about how this fabric is made, but the spots aren't printed, they are done with the weave somehow.

The back is more stash pieces put together with my label.

I'm really happy with this little guy and hope you enjoy seeing a few variations of this quilt in the future!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Clamshells and Seahorse
Pattern: original design
Fabrics: stash
Finished size: 58" by 70"
Finished: August 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Prism quilt and a free motion experiment

My most recent quilt finish is one that has been waiting in my sewing room for a few years. I very rarely remake a quilt that someone else has made, but this one caught my eye and for some reason I really wanted to make it just like the sample. This is the Prism quilt by Zen Chic which uses her fabric line Prism as well. 

The piecing was all done by paper-piecing which was actually quite fun. And satisfying since all the points lined up so nicely.  But when I was done, I was totally stumped on how to quilt all that white space. My generous friend Denise agreed to let me use her long arm for this one. So I started marking out the lines I wanted to quilt on this.

 Here it is in progress on the longarm.

I did a combination of ruler work and free motion within the lines. It's in no way perfect, but as it's my first attempt at this kind of work, I'm pretty proud of the results.

I deliberately chose a variegated thread that blended with the background fabric just in case my quilting was atrocious! But that made it really hard to photograph the actual quilting.

It was really fun to work this way and of course not be shoving this through my 5" throat space on my Bernina!

I used the fun dotty print from the line for the binding.

And the back is a solid piece of fabric that I got from my LQS that matched well. I don't remember the name of it, but it has a subtle pattern on it (again, to mask the quilting if it turned out terrible!). I have since added my label.

Overall, I'm so happy with how this turned out and I hope to get to do more of this work in the future!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Prism
Fabrics: Zen Chic, Kona Cotton
Finished size: 73" by 73"
Finished: April 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My christmas quilt - a bee quilt with lessons

Last year I joined the Bee Hive quilting bee run by Blossom Heart Quilts and got put in a wonderful hive of women. We got along so great last year we decided to keep going this year!  More about that later though. My month to bee queen was August and I decided to make a Christmas quilt since I still don't have one. I chose the Ripples Block in red, green and black.  And I'm so thrilled with how this came out! Though it wasn't without drama.

I decided since this was a quilt I would bring out once a year that I wanted to so some special quilting on it. I have also been taking  Amy Johnson's Craftsy class "Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine" and wanted to try out my new skills. By the way, the class is wonderful! I loved it so much I'm taking her 2nd class. And here are the results!

I even used a sparkly thread for those stars. It was very finicky to work with, but the sparkle it adds was totally worth it. It was very hard to photograph and capture it, but I tried...

The drama came in when I washed it. When the quilt came out, it had bled ALL over. This was despite having about 6 Color Catchers in the wash with it.

 This is one small area, but the entire thing looked like this. I literally stood in my laundry room and cried! All the work my bee mates and put into it and all the work I had done quilting and it was a MESS! Then I hit up the internet.  People recommended a product called Synthropol which is apparently sold in quilt shops. However, it was Sunday evening so that wasn't going to happen.  A friend from my guild told me that Blue Dawn has the same chemical make up as Synthropol and what it does is keep the dies in the water from adhering to your fabric.  So I got out a big plastic bin and filled it with water, Dawn, my quilt and a bunch of color catchers. I let it soak overnight and in the morning, dumped out the pink water and pulled out the color catchers which were dark pink.   I soaked it again all day and this time the water ran clear.  I let the quilt line dry and to my immense relief it looks SO much better!

There are a couple of small spots, but for the most part, you'd have to be looking for them to see them.  And the lesson I've learned going forward... add 1 cup of white vinegar to your wash load with a fresh quilt. It will also keep the dyes from sticking to your quilt!

So back to the photos. Here are some more close ups of my quilting...

 The back still needs its label (i have it ready!)

And the binding is a fun polka dot.

Many thanks to the ladies in my bee hive. They did tremendous work! I almost hate to put it away until Christmas!!
Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Christmas Ripple
Pattern: Ripple Block
Fabrics: scrappy
Finished size: 48" x 60"
Finished: April 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Another nautical quilt!

A few months ago I posted this little quilt. It was a commission piece for my sister so I had to send it to Florida. I loved it so much that I decided to remake it in another colorway. My intention was to enter it in our Guild show in the fall.

As with before, the clamshells were cut on my Accuquilt Go and pieced together. The anchor is applique.

The fabrics are Kona solid and Michael Miller The Littles. I forget what the white fabric is. It's a tone on tone that I got at my LQS.

I quilted free motion swirls on this one with my domestic machine and was pretty happy with how they turned out. I will say - it was tough to find a mint green thread to match that fabric. It's an unusual color!

I used the stripe from The Littles for the binding because I LOVE a stripey binding!

My label is pieced in the back.

Shortly after I finished this, we had Volunteer Week at work. Each department decorates to show our appreciation. The theme this year was...wait for it.... anchors!  Needless to say, I was in charge of decorating. I hung this quilt and this quilt in our entry area. When people found out I sell my work, the baby quilt was immediately snatched up!  Guess I need to make another one! :)

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Anchor and Waves in Blue
Pattern: original design
Fabrics: The Littles plus stash
Finished size: 58" by 70"
Finished: April 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

A little boy Boomerang quilt.

I've been wanting to make the Boomerang Pattern from Crazy Old Ladies for a while now. I'm trying to pay more attention to "my style" and I'm definitely drawn to more graphic, geometric quilts.

Probably over a year ago, I saw this little monster fabric and just had to have it. Since then, I've been collecting what I would call "little boy" fabrics with no specific purpose.

Aren't those monsters adorable? (there are also lady bugs and pandas)
Then inspiration struck and I knew this pattern would be great to show these fabrics and still keep the quilt masculine.

The dinosaurs are my absolute favorite
I didn't have enough "novelty" fabrics so I hit up my stash to fill out the requirements for this quilt.

Backing with flannel is my new favorite thing and I found the most adorable 'monster' flannel!

 And sure enough, as I was putting this one together, my 4 year old little boy (he's four!?) was totally drawn to this and kept asking if he could have it! Of course he could have it, but then he didn't understand that he had to wait until it was finished!

I think I've mentioned before that my quilty goal for this year is to improve my quilting skills. I've been taking this Craftsy class  from Amy Johnson and got all the gear to start ruler work on my domestic. This quilt had to be a guinea pig!

I used one of the Westalee rulers that is intended for concentric designs but put them on end instead within the "boomerangs".  (btw- this company has the BEST customer service)

And I just used my walking foot for the straight lines.

Binding is all polka dots.

I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out. My son is already snuggling with this one and that's really all that matters.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Monster Boomerangs
Fabrics: The Littles plus stash
Finished size: 58" by 70"
Finished: February 2016


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