Tag Archives: Karen Lewis textiles

Lines Drawn

Ok, so really I do not have a name yet for this quilt. Lines Drawn just popped into my head as I was writing this…so let’s see. I will say, this is probably one of my favorite quilt tops.

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This quilt top came together fairly quickly while on our mountain vacation this week, a big woohoo for vacations.  I love the lines, minimalism and complementary nature of the fabrics I choose (love the squares and colors in each).

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Fabric Selection Process:
I have been stashing Karen Lewis Textiles fabric and trying to find the right project and decided I just need to do a design specifically for some of my pieces. This was it. I did play with the colored fabrics I had for a bit and decided on using Allotment in Silver, Oyster and Nautical and Kona Torch (orange stripe).

I also knew, once I finished this design that a plain white, or even a white on white fabric was not going to be enough for the background. I wanted something with some interest but not something that took away from the focus of the two lines. I immediately played around with my Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric and decided none of them worked…but there was one I had been looking at that would be perfect…I bought it and thankfully the vision was right on (that does not always happen when I buy fabric for a specific project).

Here’s a close-up of the fabrics in the quilt:

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I think, I have already found a spot to hang the quilt in the house. It is in my son’s room, that is, if I can convince him to let me hang it…it doesn’t have pink it and does have one of his favorite colors orange…so there is a chance 😉
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If you can think of a better name, I am open to suggestions. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

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#Sewing Away From Home Adventures

This is a long weekend for myself and my family. We decided to go to the mountains for some relaxation and snowboarding. The North Carolina Mountains did not disappoint….it welcomed us with fresh snow and blue skies.
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As I was settling in to start some quilting for the weekend, I realized I had forgotten some essentials.

  • A second bobbin to wind new thread (a different color) for one of the quilts I wanted to quilt
  • An iron….yes, remembered the ironing board but not my iron.
  • A maker pen/pencil for marking out my quilting pattern

My solution for the last one, was to hand baste the line instead…you’ll see more of this quilt soon, I promise.

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I did get about 1/4 of the top quilted… but then I decided it was time for a couple of new projects 😉

I have been a Karen Lewis Textiles fabric hoarder, for a while now. The other week, I came up with a design that I already knew this is where I would put them into use (a design yet to be posted but is a QDAD).  I paired Karen’s Allotment Prints (in Iron, Oyster and Nautical) with Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric and a splash of Kona Torch. Here’s a quick close up of the quilt top….

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Aren’t those fabrics great together….I love how the square theme in each make it cohesive.

The last project I have been working over the long weekend, is my Tapa Star I pattern. I am getting it class ready and hope to teach later in the year. It’s a paper piecing pattern which I have previously finished with Carolyn Friedlander prints; this time I am using mostly Spoonflower prints.
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I am loving the color combination with this one. The fabrics featured here are:

Back home tomorrow, and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed….in the meantime leaving you with a photo of the mountains today….we had snow!!
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Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday….as I am likely getting much more done before Wednesday 🙂