I posted here earlier about finding some fabric in my grandma’s attic. It was all calico and country-looking, not really my style, so I decided to incorporate some solids and lots of white for a more modern design. Using this tutorial from p.s. i quilt I got to work constructing lots of half square triangles!
And voila! A (mostly) done quilt top. Ignore the errant threads and not completely matching points! I’m going to add a white border all around, then need to sew together the quilt back, baste, quilt, and bind.
1. Solid Challenge AAMQG Detail, 2. Sticks and Stones, 3. Rip, Rip, Ripping fabric challenge, 4. Dresden Gone Urban 2011 (Back), 5. Sam’s quilt, 6. Black Opals quilt, 7. 3LC in process, 8. Kona Challenge, 9. KHQ back view, 10. IMG_4883, 11. baby Ingrid in progress, 12. Chartreuse and Raspberry, 13. seaglass quilt top, 14. Broken Dishes Quilt top, 15. solids challenge quilt top, 16. love those geese!
Um, it’s July already? When did that happen? I suppose I’ve been making steady progress on my quilting projects — besides my three completed quilts, I have three quilt tops (two with backs) done and four others in various stages of planning and cutting. Here’s what’s coming down the pipeline…
When I found out that one of my best friends from middle school, Chelsea, was getting married, I knew I wanted to make them a quilt. It had to be special because she’s a dear friend and it had to be cool because she has an amazing design sensibility. I decided to go ultra modern with a bright, solids-only quilt with strong lines. I was highly influenced by a rug from Tree Fall Designs and this driftwood art by paintsquare on Etsy. It’s primarily Kona Cottons (seafoam, candy green, spruce, coral, gold, and natural (I think?)) with a couple scraps of other naturals and a linen. I also did some hand embroidery (for the first time!) to personalize it. And it’s meant to be a lap quilt, but I don’t remember the exact dimensions — something around 50″ by 70″, maybe?
When the Modern Quilt Guild announced its second challenge, the monochromatic challenge, I knew I had to participate. My mind immediately jumped to whites/naturals, so I started collecting fabrics before solidfying a design.
I decided to base my design on a sort of plaid pattern, with interweaving stripes of various widths. I started with an Illustrator mock-up, which I’ve just begun experimenting with as an initial design tool. It’s working quite well!
Next, I drew up the design on graph paper to get the sizes all set and figure out how much fabric to cut. If I don’t write everything down, I inevitably forget a crucial piece, so my notes sometimes get a little intense and probably don’t make sense to anyone else!
After almost giving up on the whole thing when I first started the quilting — my initial plan was a bit too ambitious — I’m super pleased with the result!
I didn’t end up winning the challenge, but that’s fine with me (check out the winners here). The challenge forced me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to make the first quilt that’s entirely mine, from fabric selection to design to final execution.
Last week, I took a trip to Memphis, TN to visit a bunch of family, including my grandma and various aunts, uncles, and cousins. They are in the process of sorting through 60 years worth of possessions, some of which I got to take a look at while I was there, including the sewing stash. There were lots of wacky fabrics from the ’60s through ’80s, but I did find a few pieces that will make a nice quilt.
I’ll probably incorporate some pink, maroon, and blue solids in there as well.
The coolest find were these hand sewn quilt blocks. According to a note with them, they were made by a great-great-great grandmother in the late 1800s. I wish I knew more about them — why only six? — but my grandma couldn’t remember their story.
1. UHGS Zig Zag Table Runner, 2. Sonnenschein, 3. Zig Zag Baby Quilt, 4. Hugs & Kisses – Photo Shoot Outtakes, 5. flea market fancy strip quilt, 6. flea market fancy strip quilt back, 7. improv, 8. Neptune Wave Quilt, 9. Mod Mosaic 15 blocks on design wall, 10. Turnover quilt – back, 11. Done and stuffed, 12. Sunnyside Up, 13. stargazer quilt back, 14. Tula Pink Bee block, 15. Stephs Quilt close up, 16. Tiffany Binding
The February meeting of The Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild featured lots of gorgeous quilts and spirited discussion, as usual. Wendy and Irelle shared their experience at the Fabric Quarter‘s first quilt show as a vendor, we welcomed a new member, and enjoyed some fabulous salted caramel cupcakes for Raven’s birthday from Violette Bakeshop courtesy of Liz. We also brought fabric scraps for next month’s challenge and blindly swapped them for someone else’s. Now we have to make a 12.5″ block using the scraps for our next meeting — should be fun!
Here’s me with my Moda Botany quilt.
See you next month!
So, I’ve finally finished this quilt made from a Moda Botany layer cake that I started back in September. I used this Snuggly Layer Cake Throw pattern, though I used one of the fabrics, plus some scraps, to make the quilt back instead of the Moda Snuggles. I grew quite sick of this one during its construction, which led to minimal quilting, but now that it’s complete, I actually like it! I think it would be a fun option for spring picnics or general laying about outside.
1. Close up of front, 2. Handmade by: mother, 30 years old & daughter, 3 years old, 3. Strips and Bricks color version detail, 4. Charming Triangles Quilt ~ binding, 5. flipside., 6. QuiltedWithFlossAndThread, 7. Cross layout, 8. Tea Garden Back, 9. Bob, 10. mendocino zigzag (part II), 11. detail, 12. Quilt für Lisa