Improv. Log Cabin {Quick finish}

It’s been a slow start to blogging this year. I am still in New Zealand, and just finished a tiki-tour around the top of the South Island. It was so great to be reminded how beautiful New Zealand is.

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I have managed to make progress on a couple of quilting projects while I have been away. I am going to go a little out-of-order (if you follow my Instagram account) as I need to take more pics on a couple of bigger finishes. So, the first project is the Christmas Gift for my sister. She has a lovely red wall in her house and I thought it might be nice to make a hand-made gift for that room. This pillow was her gift.

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This was a fun project. I played with some scraps I had in cotton and mixed it with Robert Kaufman’s mammoth flannel and Metallic Essex Linen.  I used some organic matchstick quilting in white which seemed the best choice. The back is the red “quilty” canvas you see in the middle.

Details

Name: Log Cabin Pillow
Design:
Original Design – Improvisation
Fabric: Various Solid from my scrap bins, Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel, Metallic Essex Linen
Backing: Canvas
Dimensions:  18 x18″
Quilted: Organic Matchstick Quilting. Used Aurifil #2021 wt. 50

 

 

 

Looking Forward | 2017

I have been contemplating what my goals are this year, and to be honest I don’t really have any defined goals.

I do, however, have things I want to do more of:

  • Be more engaged with a wider quilting community.
  • Kept expanding and learning my quilt style.
  • Teach more quilt classes this year. New class offerings are coming later this month.
  • Release a few more quilt patterns. Start with the previously released magazine submissions.
  • Submit quilts to one or more Quilt shows.
  • Work on a couple of magazine submissions and additional content submissions.

I would also like to finish at least half of these WiPs this year:

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1. Orange Creamsicle; 2. Home; 3. Rangers Station; 4. Tree-lined Street; 5. Lines Drawn; 
6. Bjorn the Bear; 7. Aerial Quilt; 8. Tapa Cloth Star; 9. Stitch and Flip

I have a couple of other things brewing but still working on defining them. So, that’s my loose plan for 2017. What about you all?

Reflection {2016}

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1.  Square in Square 2. Lunar Lines 3. Spoonflower Sampler 4. Cheri d'Amour 
5. Treehouse Ladders 6. Daughters Love 7. Fly Away 8. Push-me, Pull-me 9. Mad Dash 
10. Rails 11. Sunday Best 12. Fractions (upcoming post) 13. Abstract Triangles I 
14 & 15. Abstract Triangles II & III 16. Denim Blues

I am super excited, taking this time to see what I accomplished this year as I did way more than I thought I did. Above were all my finishes in 2016. I am so pleased to see that 3 of the quilts were old WiPs (~2 years in the making), and 3 were magazine submissions.  I am most excited that 7 of these projects were gifted and that included a quilt to my son and my mum.

This year, definitely has not been without its challenges, especially with my Mum and her struggles. We (myself, husband and son) are happy to be able to see her and the rest of my family at Christmas, and get to spend this time with her before the now inevitable end. Thank to all those who bought a Daughters Love Pattern, all proceeds have been donated to NZ Cancer Society.

Lastly, as we wrapped up on the year, I decided to take a look at goals I set for myself. I have not really looked at these goals until now… and I was curious how I did.

  • Make that quilt for my son and one for my mom.
    Completed (both a quilt for my son and mum)
  • Continue making my designs into reality. My goal is to make 1 quilt a month…12 quilting projects total.
    I have continued to do QDAD but on an intermittent basis and been exploring more improv in that last couple of months. I did accomplish more than 12 quilting projects this year. Thumbs up!!
  • Start a blog or Instagram series, related to design (plans are underway).
    This changed to a Color Blog series which was fun to run, even though schedules were what they were. Thank you to all the folks who helped out during the series and/or sponsored it. Such a great time.
  • Release at least 4 patterns (PDF and in Print).
    Partially completed, I published 4 new patterns via pdf and updated 1 older one. I have my template for print patterns but have not executed further on it.
  • Go to Spring Quilt Market (I was approved/qualified!!)
    Did not get to do this year and it looks like it might be a 2018 thing.
  • Teach at least 4 quilting classes and attend at least 2 quilting classes.
    I taught 4 quilt design classes and attended classes at our guild’s retreat (from @melintheattic) and Sewtopia Atlanta (Elizabeth Hartman and Denyse Schmidt). Great time all round.
  • Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (definitely QuiltCon 2017)
    For Quiltcon 2017, I submitted 3 new quilts and 3 were accepted. I submitted another one was a repeat submission that had been juried in before but I modified; and rightfully so it was not accepted a second time around. I also got 2 quilts juried in and accepted into the Modern Quilt Showcase at Quilt Festival and 1 quilt juried into the Modern Quilt Category for an AQS show.
  • Submit an application for an art gallery showing.
    Work in process, currently building out a theme (have 8-9 pieces out of 10 ready)
  • Make some decisions about my brand to set up for the future.
    Keeping with what I have, at the moment, but have new logo’s/branding for patterns etc. Thanks to the wonderful Melissa @ meliherboth (IG)

Additionally, I wrote by first published article (fantastic Tech. Editor Ginny @minnowpeck (IG)), and presented my first quilting webinar for the MQG…..with more things coming next year!!

I need to gather my thoughts for my goals next year and take stock in my outstanding WiPs, but I have a couple of big ideas brewing. Check back here in the new year for my 2017 goals.

 

News + Finish {Sunday Best}

It has been a busy 30 days or so but for super exciting reasons. First off, I did my first quilting webinar last night. It was about the skill I learned this year – hand piecing (hand stitching blocks). If  you are an MQG member you can check it out here. I had a lot of fun doing it.

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Also, I published my first Article for the MQG “Inspirational Sources for Quilt Designs”. If you are an MQG member you can read it here.
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Best of all, I also have a finish in time for Quiltcon submissions – Sunday Best.   It took me forever to start quilting this one, as I just was not inspired by anything. Finally, I had an idea on how to quilt the orange peel block….and the long quilting journal began. I used a domestic sewing machine and walking foot for all the quilting.
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My goal for quilting, was to add interest, while ensuring it complemented the top and did not distract the viewer. For the stripes up the top of the quilt I used straight lines with varying widths from matchstick quilting to 1/2″.
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I decided to choose two different designs for each of the main triangle patterns. The design above on the left (with nested triangles) I used for all of these triangles in this section. For the next set of triangles, featured below, I used a sectional design like slices of an orange. It makes this cool pyramid effect.
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For the black and white sections of the quilt, it reminded me of a checker’s board so I used a 1″ grid design.

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With using the matchstick quilting at the top, I felt that I needed to balance the dense quilting somewhere else. I decided to use it in this block, the background fabrics, that reminded me of a seed pod.

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And yes, all those thread ends, did need burying. It took around 9 hours for this task but I did it over 3 sessions. For those that are interested in how to bury threads, I learned from this tutorial from @ crazy mom quilts.

I finished off the quilting with 1/2″ black and white binding. I can’t tell you how in love I am with this quilt.

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Details

Name: Sunday Best
Design:
Original Design – Improvisation
Fabric: Various Solid from my scrap bins, Black and white stripes
Backing: Lecien Fabrics (Black and white), scraps from the front
Binding: B+W Striped Binding (1/2″ white stripe)
Dimensions: 46 x 53″
Quilted: Various designs, domestic sewing machine with a walking foot. Used Aurifil #4658 and #4060 wt. 50

Just in case, you can find the design decisions and the information about the top, in this post.

Grey: Guest Posts {Nydia Kehnle + Nicole Daksiewicz}

This month’s color is Grey. We have two amazing guests this month. I am so excited for you to read their posts.

First up, is Nydia Kehnle. I met Nydia during Quiltcon 2015 and have always loved her work. Her improvisation quilt that included both machine quilting and hand quilting, won an award that year.  She is an amazing designer, and photographer. I have been so excited to see her quilt pattern/design collaboration with Alison Glass, her releases of embroidery designs and experimentation with improvisation. Recently, she has been teaching some of her techniques at Glamp Stitchalot and next year at Quiltcon. Check out her thoughts on photography and how it influences her use of Grey.

Blog: http://www.nydiakehnle.com/
Instagram: @nydiak
Shop: http://nydiakehnle.bigcartel.com/

Nicole, from Modern Handcraft, was one of the first people I met in this virtual crafting world. If you don’t know her, she has a great sense for modern design and craft beers/ciders. You might know her from her Hexie projects but she has recently been releasing some amazing new quilt patterns. Grey is one of her favorite neutrals. Find out how she uses grey in her projects and in naming her son ;-).

Blog: http://modernhandcraft.com/blog/IG: @modernhandcraft
Shop: https://shop.modernhandcraft.com/

 

Aqua + Teal: A Colour Blog Series

I love using aqua and teal in quilts, though aqua tends to be more common. There is so much variation in fabrics on the market today with these particular colors. I use them  often to add a pop of color, as a great intermediate color or to add more depth to a blue color palette.

Aqua + Teal with Blue

This quilt, that I recently finished for my son, is an example of adding a little more depth and variation to this very blue color palette. The use of teal and aqua helps the eye to continue to move over the quilt.

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Aqua + Teal as a focal point

I used aqua with these improv. blocks originally just as a filler. As the blocks came together the aqua provided a focal point and pulls the viewer in.

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Likewise, with this warm color palette the aqua stripes provide a focal point for the eye to rest within strong and busy prints.

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Aqua + Teal balancing color

I use aqua and teal as a balancing color a lot. This first quilt, Moorish Pyramids, is made using Imprint line from Katarina Roccella. I love this line and for this quilt I was using the greys, whites and navy as neutrals.  The aqua and mustard provide the focus and balance for this quilt.

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Another line from Katarina, Wonderland, is such a great girls line. As I was playing with the pinks and browns, I realized I needed something to balance this warm palette. The aqua print was perfect for adding the balance. And who would not like those great girl characters in this print.

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The aqua and teal within Jungle Ave Tapa, provides a balance to the hot pink and the starkness of the white, without taking over the other colors. IMG_0406

Lastly, the aqua and teal in Phased Circles quilt, is a great intermediate color that worked alongside of the 3 warm colors; mustard, orange and hot pink. I do not think the blue or green would work as well with these. PhasedCirclesComplete

Aqua and Teal for Christmas

I like to use aqua, red and grey as an alternative to the traditional green and red palette for Christmas.  It’s one of my favorite combinations and used here for my Christmas Stocking.
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Winner – Giveaway

The winner for this month, the $50 Fat Quarter Shop Gift Card and Fabric Bundle of Katarina Roccella’s Art Gallery Prints is Cathy W. Congratulations!! I will email you shortly for your details.

Aqua + Teal: Guest Post {Katarina Roccella} + Giveaway

This month is focused on Aqua and Teal. The fabulous Katarina Roccella, does an amazing job introducing the color for this month over on her blog today. She has used various shades of aqua/teal in each of her fabric collections. Her collections also have great complementary color palettes.

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Left – Right: 1+2. Avant Garde; 3+4. Imprint; 5+6. Lavish.

Giveaway

To say thank you to all of you for following along on the color blog series, the above bundle of Katarina Roccella’s fabrics (provided by Art Gallery Fabrics) is up for grabs + a $50 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop.

All you need to do is leave a comment below on your favorite color and how you want to use it. I will post a winner October 30th at 6pm, along with my post for Aqua + Teal.