Quilting Triangles II

I have managed to get back to my “It takes a Village” quilt. It has in total Forty-four (44) 4″ triangles. I had previously posted two of the quilting designs I was using for my triangles. Again, using my walking foot, here is the third…

Diamonds within:
I love the simplicity of this design, where you can see the equilateral triangles and then the intersecting lines to form a diamond. I did do some initial marking for this block. I marked the 2” center line, and on the two sides I marked the 2″ height mark for the intersecting lines. These marks are used as rough guides to evenly separate the sections.

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Here are the quilted lines for this block; their directions, start and end points:
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Idea : Design : Create

After I won February’s Cloud 9 BOM design, which the prize included a FQ bundle of Cirrus Solids, I have been playing around with a quilt design idea. I wanted to show my design process for this block, in a quilt. The quilt top shows with each block, how I played with it to get to the last block, which is actually the final design.

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Reflecting back on some of my design decisions for this quilt, was actually interesting for me. A lot of my past, what my current goals are, and my current processes are represented in this quilt.  Here are some of the design decisions:

  • Using prints with the solids: I chose to stay with cloud 9 and use Sarah Watson’s Biology prints. The Biology prints have special meaning to me, as this was one of my two majors in my BSc.
  • Color choices: Matching the prints to the solids was probably my favorite part. There were some colors and prints that immediately I knew they would work together, then there were others, I had to play a little more around. I have to say, I get asked a lot about my choices and how I came by them. I really just have an eye for it, rather than using any true color theory method. I have grown up in an artistic family and always participated in some kind of creative means.  In this case I mix the solids and prints up, stood back and looked; and if it was right, I knew pretty quickly. Sometimes, I might be on the fence, so I will test and try to see it in the bigger scheme of things before making a decision.
  • Block Layout: I had originally designed this quilt with rows consisting of 4 blocks. After getting started, I realized a 3 x 3 model would work best. This meant playing around with the color placements for each block and switching out the first block.
  • Statement: I also wanted to add a statement/words. I was thinking about “evolution” on the bottom of the quilt, but I was not sure that would translate for everyone. I was thinking you know evolution of man…which lead my thoughts on how the design evolved… and then throw in the biology themed fabric…maybe too far field???. So, in the end, I decided to go with my blog goal/mantra “Idea, Design, Create” (at the top of the page). It described my process perfectly.

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I must say at first, seeing the blocks start to go up on my design wall, I was skeptical, even telling the husband “I don’t know, I may not like this”. By changing my layout and adding the letters and the sashing between the blocks, I have to say that I love it now. I love this picture of the final quilt top, one the hubby did a great job holding it, but the beach Fauna gave the best contrast to the vibrant colors.

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The letters are a paper piecing pattern by Diane Bohn @ From Blank Pages –  “My first alphabet” (Craftsy link). They worked perfectly with my quilt, though the S and the G were time-consuming for obvious reasons.

The quilt top is ~36″ x 48″. I am going to find some special place in my sewing room to hang it when complete!! (When it comes back from quilting that is)

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

OBX WiP Wednesday Edition

I am on vacation this week, at the Outer Banks (OBX). I know you wish you were here with me, so here are a few picks so far…

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Rest Stop @ Tyrrell County – Columbia

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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

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Gray Day at the Beach in Spring

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Destroyed Fence – Quilt Inspiration??

My projects are going pretty well so far this month. This week, I am all set up in our vacation space for a productive week. I bought 4 projects with me – 2 quilting projects (It takes a village; Rangers Station) and 2 piecing projects (Idea, Design, Create – quilt top; Renee’s Sisterhood Traveling Quilt – blocks).
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So far, this week, I finished off the quilt top for “Idea, Design, Create”….more on that on Friday but I am loving it!!
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Now onto “It takes a village”. Just as a check point….my project plan:

Project Dates Current Status
 It takes a Village  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (Underway), BIND
 Rangers Station
(my Marsala entry)
 20 April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  End of April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Idea, Design, Create  End of April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Sampler  Early May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Tapa Star (Mini)  May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT
 Bjorn the Bear  May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Altitudinal Zonation  Early June TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  June TOP (last-minute changes but almost complete),
BACK, BIND (Sending it out for quilting)
 Lines Drawn  June TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

Q2 Planning – Goals

I have been feeling a little sluggish this quarter – though I probably accomplished more than I think. To do a better job of tracking my plans/finishes, I am going to re-commit to ALOYF and 2015 Finish Along.

My ButtonFirst up this month’s ALOYF, is the same as last months, but I must have about 2 hours maximum left on this project. That’s right, “It takes a Village” will be finished this month. I might even get the pattern finished too!!
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So overall what are my plans and goals for the whole quarter:
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These projects are reflected in order in my table below.

Project Dates Current Status
 It takes a Village  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Rangers Station
(my Marsala entry)
 20 April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  End of April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Design Evolution  End of April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Sampler  Early May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Tapa Star (Mini)  May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT
 Bjorn the Bear  May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Altitudinal Zonation  Early June TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  June TOP (last-minute changes but almost complete),
BACK, BIND (Sending it out for quilting)
 Lines Drawn  June TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

Let’s see what I complete – no pressure though….I will just get done what I get done!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Easter Sunday Stash

I have been doing pretty well using my stash more often. The past week or so, I have made some purchases.

Did you know Lotta Jansdotter now has fabrics at JoAnn’s?? She does… and I loved them. They are a little expensive without coupons (@ $13 a yard), but luckily they were on sale (@ $9 a yard) + I had a 40% off coupon, so they worked out to be around $5.50 a yard. My favorite is that oar print on the left…it was also end of bolt so I landed up with just over 2 yards of that print.

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I have been doing some new designs that need to have a brown but I could not work out which Kona would work. I had chocolate and earth but did not like those two with the other colors. I landed up buying most of the others from Fat Quarter Shop. I have immediate plans for the espresso!!

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Lastly, I decided to pick up some prints from Sew Lux Fabrics, and a few books from Amazon. These were a great welcome home from my business trip yesterday. On my way to the airport and while reading my new Dwell magazine, inspiration hit. So on the plane yesterday, I decided to do some sketches, making sure I did not forget what I was playing around with in my head.Books_Fabrics

That’s it for this week. Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).

QDAD: Mid-March

I have been playing a bit of catch-up today. I was inspired by having some down time while traveling home today from Boston. Finally, I am posting some mid-March designs.

Please note the palettes for the following designs are on the groups Facebook page.

09 March: Tree-lined Street
I loved this palette, and this design is definitely on my make list and my favorite for this month. I am going to try out Nicole’s tutorial over @ Modern Handcraft.

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10 March: Lines I
I started playing around with lines in this design. It was a hard color palette to work with.

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12 March: Lines II – Creeping Ivy
Continued playing with lines. I think I want to make a quilt at some stage with the use of lines. I am just not sure if I have that design yet.

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13 March: Semi-Circles
I love this design, I just don’t like the colors. I think I will play with this a bit more and brave up to try my hand at curves.

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14 March: Diamonds
The text-y print in this design definietly balances out and makes the design. I like the mix of colors in the palette with the plums, mauves and pink + mustard, tan + black.

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Please Note: If you would like to make or use one of my designs, please email me (ml_wilkie(at)hotmail(dot)com) or leave a comment below. I am happy to talk with you on options and provide the relevant measurements etc. or have you test out a pattern. Also, if you use one of my designs, please use the following text to credit me the design: “Designed by Michelle Wilkie @ Factotum of Arts”.

Surviving secret projects

This past month, saw a very scant, unusual lack of blogging by me. It’s all due to the fact that I have been finishing off 3 quilt projects, all scheduled for upcoming magazine issues. I am super excited about my first publications (one of my big goals for this year – DONE), though still months out.

With all the excitement though, I have truly struggled with the whole secret project thing. How do you not want to share?!?! Come on!!! If you follow me on IG, you would have seen some hints.

Talking about IG, here are some of my favorite March IG moments.
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Looking at April, I think I am going to do some selfish sewing (small things like a sew together back etc, Marsala quilt project and the Umbrella Prints project… maybe on the schedule!!) before going back to more secret projects. April will also include my round of sisterhood traveling quilt for Renee’s quilt, and my first ever do.good.stitches block.

Thanks for stopping by, linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s be social.

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