A Modern Sampler

I was asked by World Book Media to make the Modern Sampler Quilt pattern by Yoshiko Jinzenji. Of course, I said yes as I love the aesthetic and her fabrics. I have almost 5 out of the 12 blocks done and have hopes to finish all by the weekend.
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For those that want to give the pattern a try, you can find them here or on their etsy store. The pattern for each block is a template which you trace onto tracing paper so that you can use that template to cut out each piece (adding seam allowance).

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The template approach allowed me to have some flexibility in how I make the blocks. I can decide if I am cutting each individual piece, or use the template as a paper-piecing template or  modified a couple of the blocks to avoid partial seams. Once complete though, the blocks still have the same overall appearance.

I have done well with my projects so far this month. Here is where I am at for my other projects:

Project Dates Current Status
 Sisterhood Quilt  18th May (ship)  COMPLETE & SHIPPED
 It takes a Village  18th May  COMPLETE
  Idea, Design, Create  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP, BACK, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP (last-minute changes – adding a strip to top),
BACK, BIND
 Yoshiko Jinzenji Quilt Sampler  End of May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

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

It takes a Village – Finish

I started this quilt, “It Takes A Village”, back in December. I think February, March and April, I listed it as my monthly goal for “A lovely year of finishes” but could not get it done. Well, I am ecstatic to say that have finally finished it!!

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It Takes A Village, started out as one of my Quilt Design a Day designs. I actually kept pretty close to the original color scheme.

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While pulling the fabric, I decided to switch out the lighter brown for a Cotton and Steel print. I thought it added some interest into the quilt, while the background color was similar to the design.

I tried a couple of new things with this quilt:

  • I bought a new tool – a BLOC LOC Ruler for a triangle in square. I loved it! It made it much easier to trim up the triangles and it improved accuracy.
  • I was inspired by Angela Walters book “Shape by Shape”, and decided to quilt each individual triangle, with one of three designs.

I used Aurifil for my quilting and it provided the most amazing texture to the quilt.

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For the back, I wanted a patchwork brick feel. However,  when finished, the back did not look right with lines moving horizontally, so I flipped it so the lines ran vertically. The final design decision I made, was to pull one of the colors out of the Cotton and Steel print and use it as a main color in the back and binding. It landed up being the blue, the pink just didn’t work for me.
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Here are the final details for the quilt.

Details

Name: It takes a Village
Dimensions: 48″ x 48″
Design: Michelle Wilkie

Fabric:
Yarn-Dyed Essex Linen Flax; Kona Chocolate; Kona Silver; Kona Oyster; Cotton and Steel – Tack; Back + Binding: Also includes Kona Lagoon

Quilted: Walking foot. Triangles: Quilted using 3 designs; Negative Space: Circle represents a Town Circle while the lines are pathways through the village to add movement.
Thread – Aurifil (50 wt): White – 2021; Light Beige – 2310; Turquoise – 2810 (used for 3 triangles + binding).

Linking up with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts for next week’s Finish it up Friday. I will be writing it up as a pattern and hope to release it next month.

Quick update – close to a finish

It takes a village….is getting closer to a finish. I spent sometime last night quilting more of the triangles with 3 designs (here and here).

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I have quilted about 20 of the triangles and have about 26 to go. Last weekend, was so productive I am hoping for the same success this on weekend by finishing this project up this Friday or Saturday.

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I will definitely be releasing the pattern for this one….a question for you all though that are interested in it…. See the last row, you have 3 triangles and then two triangles. The negative space inbetween would you like the measurements as individual squares (Two (2) 4.5″ squares) or as one piece (One (1) 8.5″ x 4.5″?? Which way would allow you to line up the rows + columns the easiest??

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Saturday – officially catch-up day

This weekend was the first weekend in a while where I got a solid sewing session in. It felt good.

I caught up and finished the border, I was adding for Renee’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts. I can now send it off on Monday to the next person. I loved working on this quilt as the color scheme was a challenge. It managed to stretch my imagination and come up with this design for the 1st border. I am really pleased how this turned out.
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The other finish for me this weekend was a Rainbow receiving blanket. This was for a request from a friend, who wanted something to give to someone who was having a rainbow baby (see urban dictionary for a beautiful description).

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I made each color stripe in five (5) 2″ x 5.5″ low volumes and five (5) 4″ x 5.5″ saturated prints. Yellow was a little difficult finding enough contrast between both the low volume and the darker toned fabrics. The hardest though was finding good purples….I was very thankful for some of my favorite designers – Anna Maria Horner, Lizzie House, Tula Pink, Cotton & Steel, Lotta Jansdotter and Alison Glass as they made up some of my purple selections.

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The weather here has been great, we also got some great quality family time in. I hope your weekends were just as good.

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Phased Circles

Late last year, I finished what is now my favorite quilt I have made so far. It was one of my first original designs, which started as a doodle on a piece of paper. After several design decisions, this is what I came up with for a finish. I think I might of cried for joy when I finished this….especially after an epic 80 hour quilting session (over a week).

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This quilt has bought me so much joy and sense of accomplishment. I even got to see it hanging at QuiltCon, and had the most amazing time talking with folks about the design. It was so funny when people know you through something you have made vs. more your name first.
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Details:
Name: Phased Circles
Dimensions: ~ 56″ x 60″
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a doodle)
Quilted: Walking foot

Blocks: Matchstick quilting (vertical and horizontal), Crosshatch quilting
Border: 1″ Straight Line quilting
Thread – Aurifil: A fantastic range of cottons that allowed me to match my fabrics perfectly, and made such a difference in textures. Blue block: 6738, 2725; Orange Block: 1133; Green Block: 2835, 5015; Pink Block: 1100, 2600; Jade: 2810, 5007; Gold: 5022, 2110 (not all colors shown in the picture below).

Fabric for Front: Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona Curry, Valentine, Breakers, Torch, Wasabi, Prussian, White
Backing: Black, White and Grey Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona White and Black
Binding: Matching Binding technique (matching prints/solids)

Here is a mosaic that shows some of the detail of the quilting and the back which is a strong contrast to the bright colors of the front….its all black, white and grey.

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I have decided to share this in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Original Design Category. I hope you all go over and either participate, look around and vote!! Have fun, be inspired.

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WiP Wednesday (actually on a Wednesday)

I can not tell you how many times I have forgotten to post my WiP list on a Wednesday lately!!

For this installment, I have narrowed down my list to just to the projects I am focusing on for this month.  One step at a time…. I just need to finish a couple of things.

Project Dates Current Status
 Sisterhood Quilt  18th May (ship) BLOCKS/ROW (UNDERWAY)
 It takes a Village  18th May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
  Idea, Design, Create  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP, BACK, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP (last-minute changes – adding a strip to top),
BACK, BIND
 Yoshiko Jinzenji Quilt Sampler  End of May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The fabric finally arrived for me allowing me to finish the border of the sisterhood quilt.

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One of the new projects that I am working on this month, is this Yoshiko Jinzenji Modern Quilt Sampler, for World Book Media. It is going to be a great low volume quilt using her fabrics. This is one of the blocks. I am super excited about this project.

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So there you have it, a big sewing weekend planned!! Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

Mothers Day Sewing

I hope you all had a great Mothers Day. My day started of wonderfully at a local french patisserie.
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I indulged in coffee and sugar!!IMG_4168

The rest of the day, I decided that I would play with an idea that has been in my head for a while. I put away my projects that have deadlines etc….just a day of play. It was fantastic!!

I recently bought the book “Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts below the Radar”. I have bookmarked several pages.
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One of my favorites is this Cross quilt (pg. 179 c. 1940-1970), which is behind inspiring my play today.
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I wanted to make my blocks in black and white print fabrics, with a splash of color striped fabric.  I am using strips of black and white cut at 1.5″, 2″ and 2.5″. I then put them in a bag and pull them out randomly (brown bag method), and sew them together, trim them down to 12.5″ squares.

At first, I thought I could use these squares and cut the block across the diagonals. That actually gave me the cross blocks, but also gave me these square blocks as well. I am not sure about the combination yet (??)

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For now to save on fabric, I am sewing strips vertically together, using the improv. brown bag method, until it was 6.5″ x 31.5″. I then cut the triangles along the 45 degree angle.
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This is how my cross blocks look so far. I really like where they are going. I plan to build them out a bit more and see how they go.

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Oh! Apparently, I have a lot of black and white fabrics which means no need to buy fabrics….I can sew from my stash. I am hoping to give an update on these again soon (once I get my projects deadlines complete).