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More pictures from Quiltcon

February 24, 2013
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A few more amazing quilts to share …

Sing It Out Loud; Made and quilted by Karen Anderson-Abraham; Santa Barbara, California

Starburst; Made and quilted by Nicole Neblett; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I Don’t Wear Blue; Made and quilted by Cinzia Allocca; Pierrefonds, Quebec

In Defence of Handmade; Made by Thomas Knauer, quilted by Lisa Sipes; Utica, New York

Flying Geese and Swans; Made and quilted by Lotje Meijknecht; Leiden, Zuid Holland, Netherlands

Unraveled; Made and quilted by Kati Spencer; Taylorsville, Utah

Untitled (Judge’s Choice); Made and (hand) quilted by Lindsay Stead; Toronto, Ontario

Double Edged Love (Best in Show); Made by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Lisa Sipes; New York, New York

Pictures from Quiltcon

February 22, 2013
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Just a few of the many beautiful quilts I saw today …

Adrift; Made by Tina Michalik, Quilted by Susan Spencer; Santa Cruz, California

Cool Blue Kona Modern; Made and quilted by Terry Aske; New Westminster, British Columbia

4 Birds; Made and quilted by Trisch Price; Overland Park, Kansas

Lines in Freedom; Made and quilted by Daria Blandina; Mira, Venezia, Italy

Add It Up; Made and quilted by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson; Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington

Log Pyramids; Made and quilted by Liz Harvatine; Toluca Lake, California

Fresh Plus; Made and quilted by Kathy York; Austin, Texas

Red Concentrate; Made and quilted by Lavialle Campbell; Studio City, California

 

Boxes

February 18, 2013

Are you familiar with the work of Alissa Haight Carleton? Her quilts have a very recognizable modern aesthetic, and I was keen to try at least one of the quilts in her book Modern Minimal which came out last year.

I chose Boxes, one of several modern baby quilts in the book. I thought it would be ideal to showcase the organic sheep from Cloud 9. I used Kona Ash as the field color, and Kona Steel to sash the sheep. The other boxes are White sashed with Chartreuse (a perfect place to use my favorite green!) This is a very simple quilt to put together, as there are a relatively small number of pieces to work with. But the simplicity of the top presented me with some difficulty on how to proceed with the quilting.  I usually send my quilts out for edge-to-edge machine quilting, but thought this top needed something a little bit different.

And then I had a serendipitous exchange with one of my customers. Teresa mentioned that she had taken some FMQ classes with Angela Walters, and I knew I wanted to see what she could do. So I shipped my quilt top off with instructions to do “whatever you think will look best”.

It’s always fun to get a quilt back from the long-armer, even when I have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to look like. This time I had no idea what to expect, and it was especially exciting to open the package that got shipped back.

I was not disappointed. Look at those spirals! And the little squares around the boxes! Each box was custom quilted with a slightly different curve across its width. The sashing around the boxes was left unquilted so they stand out a bit. It’s densely quilted overall, and would stand up well as a playmat.

For the back I used a bit of the sheep and the Steel, along with more Ash. Thanks Teresa for the beautiful work!! If you want to contact Teresa, leave me a comment and I can send you her email address.

The book has 5 sections, each with 4 quilts. White Negative Space, Colorful Negative Space, Improvisational Piecing, Monochromatic Quilts and Baby Quilts. The cutting and piecing instructions for the quilt I made were clear and accurate. There are many more quilts in this book that I would like to try (if only I had the time!) If you’ve been looking for a way to ease into modern quilting, it would make a great addition to your library.

My favourite colour

February 14, 2013

My all-time favourite colour is blue, but on Valentine’s Day I have to give the nod to my runner up.  Can you guess?

These are some of the quilts I’ve made over the past few years featuring pink, often in combination with orange or lime. No surprise then that I found plenty of pink in my scrap bin when I started cutting 2.5″ squares for my latest project.

Vintage Baby Quilt by Yoyomama Designs starts with 2.5″ squares glued on a background grid. I’ve temporarily replaced my sewing machine with glue (lapel stick temporary adhesive). It’s fun to try something a bit different.

Use the code LOVE14 at checkout and you will get the Vintage Baby Quilt pattern free with your order. Valid only until February 15th.

 Update: the code was not working properly yesterday. You need to add the pattern to your cart, and then use the code to get the cost of the pattern deducted from your total.  Coupon extended until February 17th.

On sale in February

February 4, 2013

There’s a new monthly feature happening in the shop. It’s called the Kona Stash Builder – during the year you can add to your Kona stash every month and save money while doing it! Every month will feature a different Kona Spectrum bundle at 10% off, as well as corresponding yardage.  To start things off, I’ve picked Peony as the February feature.

12 Delicious shades of pink from Pale Flesh to Pomegranate – see them all here.

Also in February, save 40% on all patterns and magazines – find them here.

Quilt Block Library

February 1, 2013

I’ve got a winner for last week’s giveaway of a rosy Winterkist bundle. From 74 comments the random number generator picked  #56.  With comments describing the weather all over the world the winner turned out to be close to home … Karen D. is just down the road in Nepean (I’m sending you an email to get your particulars).  Winterkist is still available in the shop  at 20% off.

I finished the placemats I was working on. These are a great way to use up those orphan blocks you might have lying around. Mine were 12″, and I added a 2″ border to the top and 6″ border to the side. I wanted them to be a good size even after shrinking in the wash. Tom pointed out that the busy patterns are perfect for hiding stains (how practical!)

If you want to try some new and interesting blocks be sure to check out the Gen X quilt block library – a convenient repository for quilt block tutorials.  If you don’t want to commit to a quilt, pillows, mini-quilts, table-toppers and placemats are all great projects for these experimental blocks.

The placemats were a gift for Emily and her roommates in their new apartment. I hope they are enjoying them!

Twenty minutes a day

January 23, 2013

In last week’s post on intentions I forget to mention the best intention of all … Drop and Give Me Twenty!

Beth (of EvaPage Quilt Designs) has planned a linky party to help “whip you into some serious quilting shape”.  You need to commit to 20 minutes of sewing a day for the month of February. According to Beth, “Twenty minutes of actual sewing is ideal, but in a pinch I’m okay with 20 minutes of pressing, organizing scraps, fondling fabric, or rolling around naked in your stash. The point is to become one with your projects and make sure quilting remains a part of your daily life.”

I think you get the idea. There are some fabulous prizes for those who want to join in (just click on the button above to see all the details). As a sponsor, I won’t be participating officially, but I do think it’s a great idea. I gave it a try last week to see what I could get done in 20 minutes.

These are blocks for an ongoing project. They go together quickly so I could get 2 or 3 made in 20 minutes.

In 20 minutes I cut and joined 8 strips (and pressed them into a double fold binding).

Take another 20 minutes to attach the binding to a placemat (or two). I hand stitched the binding to the back in front of the TV later that night, but if you do your bindings on the machine you’ll be even further ahead.

20 minutes of cutting – these are 2.5″ strips for the scrappy trip along.

Four blocks for the scrappy trip along – each one took about 20 minutes, so I spent a bit more time on these.

This is my bee block for February – about 30 minutes to make. The tutorial for the converging corners block can be found at Film in the Fridge.

When I first started quilting my children were little, and 20 minutes a day was usually all I could manage. I can still remember the satisfaction I took from my daily progress. I’ve enjoyed getting back into the habit. Why not join in the fun, and see what you can accomplish in just 20 minutes a day.

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