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A Finish: Idea Design Create

It has been on my list to finish since April, and its finally done.  I think it is one of my favorite quilts, I have made. Idea, Design, Create.
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This quilt was designed to show my design process of making one block – Mind the Gap. The pattern, for this final block, is available on Cloud 9’s blog and in my quilt it is Block 9.
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The design process shown in the quilt is:

  • Block 1: decide on size, single square
  • Block 2: Decided on an uneven split (ie. two parts).
  • Block 3-5: Was deciding on how many white horizontal stripes to include in the block.
  • Block 6: Decision to add the vertical stripe at just over the center of the block
  • Block 7: I didn’t like the vertical bar going all the way to the top as it took away some of the flow of the block.
  • Block 8: Now that I reduced from the top, I also did not like the vertical line going to the bottom so I pulled the end up about 1/2 “
  • Block 9: Final design: Now that the vertical stripe had been reduced I though the horizontal white top and bottom stripes would be more balanced if they did not run edge to edge

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The words “Idea Design Create” has always been my tagline. I loved adding the text as it also represents my design process. Perfect combination.

As part of my prize for the “Mind the Gap” Block was a fat quarter bundle of Cirrus Solids. I used those along with Sarah Watson’s Biology line for this quilt. The left overs and the Biology Panel print were used for the back for consistency.
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I even included some of the selvadges on the back. The quilting was done by Sarah @ Crinkle Love (which I highly recommend!!). I finished it off with some mustard solid binding. I plan to hang it up in my sewing studio this weekend as constant inspiration.

Details

Name: Idea, Design, Create
Design:
Designed by me, Pattern of the last block can be found on Cloud 9’s blog.
Pattern: For the text, Paper Piecing Pattern by Diane Bohn @ From Blank Pages “My first alphabet #210”
Fabric: Cirrus Solids; Biology, Sarah Watson both by Cloud 9.
Dimensions: 36″ x 45″
Quilted: Sarah @ Crinkle Love

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

Linking up with  Adrienne for 2015 Finish along, as this was one of my goals for Q2 to finish.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Celebrating the small finishes

Over the last couple of months, I have felt like I have been making little progress on things. I think it is more about that the pile of WiPs is shrinking so slowly. Anyway, to change that feeling, I am celebrating the small things today.

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I have finished a quilt back for Idea, Design, Create Quilt which I finished back in April. I mostly used left over scraps, including some selvages, and the main panel print from the Cloud 9 Biology prints.

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I really loved the improv, patchwork look for this back. The colors in this fabric line – I love!!Close-up_IdeaDesignCreate_Back

It is all ready now to ship off to Sarah @crinklelove for quilting. On to the next project!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.

 

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.

 

Re-energized and ready for March Madness

Now feeling re-energized and inspired by QuiltCon, I am all ready to tackle March Madness head on (In North Carolina, with the basketball, March is known as March Madness).

So, here is an updated list of my projects…which this month mostly included secret projects, so not much to show yet. I think, I am tracking well for my month of March, but don’t be too surprised if I add a project here or there :-). I am really surprised that I have two projects 1/2 way through quilting…one of these will be my ALYoF projects for March.

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Project Dates Current Status
Jungle Ave Tapa 31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
(COMPLETE)
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 5) 14 February  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
(COMPLETE)
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  8 March  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Village square 8 March TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Bjorn the Bear  14 March TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Rangers Station
(my Marsala entry)
 31 March  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Celestial Spheres  31 March TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Tapa Star (Pillows/Mini)  31 March TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT
(NOTE: PILLOWS JUST NEED A ZIP & BACK SEWN)
 Pushme, Pullme 31 March TOP (last-minute changes but almost complete),
BACK, BIND (Sending it out for quilting)
 Lines Drawn  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Evolution (new project)  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The new project that is on the list, I am so excited about. The theme is Cloud 9…it’s using the cloud 9 bundle of Cirrus Solids I won, and prints from Biology (Sarah Watson) to make modified versions of my Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids Block of the Month. The question remains whether I start it this weekend or finish quilting one of my other 1/2 finished quilts.
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Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right).