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Altitudinal Ecosystem

The last of this round of secret projects was revealed last week!! “Altitudinal Ecosystem” was August Quilt of the Month for the Modern Quilt Guild. Amazing to think that thousands of people got my quilt in their email last week. WOW!! In case you missed it, the pattern is available to MQG members here.

Altitudinal Ecosysytem

This design was created as part of Quilt Design a Day (QDAD). It was inspired by Anne @ Play Crafts spark (inspirational photo and color palette) of Crater Lake.
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The mountain in the middle of the lake reminded me of my ecology studies. We looked at the impacts of altitude on species causing zonation/changes of various species (both plant and animal).

This gave me the idea to represent the zones by various colored bars and graduating the color from light green to dark green to white (snow caps).
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For the back, I really wanted to use this mountain print from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer line and some of the off cuts from the front. However, the off-cuts were too bold for the print so instead I created a grey and white stripe section with splashes of the color from the front.
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You may also notice in this photo above I have used color blocked the binding. That is, The mountain areas is in  dark green (pickle), the lake in the dark blue and the sky area in Lighter blue.

The quilting was all done with my walking foot and various Aurifil threads. I used standard straight lines following the direction of the zones, for the mountain. This represented the solid nature of the mountain. The sky and the lake though I wanted to introduce more movement. For the sky, I used wavy lines representing air movement.
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The lake, I was thinking about circles but since it it not symmetrical I thought an improv. irregular block design could work. This quilting design was inspired by some of the quilting Carolyn Friedlander uses in her savor each stitch quilts. I really like the look and the texture is fantastic.
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This is definitely one of my favorite quilts, I have made so far, its getting a little hard to choose now :-). I hope you all enjoy it too.

Details

Name: Altitudinal Ecosystem
Design:
Designed by me, available from the MQG site (if you are a member)
Fabric:  Kona Solids (White, Shadow, Pickle (which was provided by Robert Kaufman), Wasabi, Prussian, Oasis); Back: Woodland in Pine, Indian Summer, Sarah Watson, AGF, Kona Solids (White, Shadow, Pickle, Oasis, Prussian)
Dimensions: 60″ x 60″
Quilted: Using walking foot and matching Aurifil 50wt threads; Ultra wavy lines, Improv. Irregular block shapes, Straight line quilting.

If you want to submit a quilt design for the MQG Quilt of the month, you can – they are looking for 2016 people. Vist this page for the information and submission form.

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

 

 

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Sew Down Nashville: FMQ and improvisational piecing + Winner

Sew Down Nashville was fantastic. Heather, Elizabeth and Jen, from The Modern Quilt Guild, organized the best weekend activity/conference, I have ever attended.

Friday evening, kicked off our sewing with open sew, where you could sew any project with others, in a social environment….like a giant bee. I worked on my hexagon (EPP) lap quilt which is slowly progressing; perfect when traveling. Can you believe it, I finished around midnight.
Hexagon_OpenSew The weekend did not slow down a second from then on. Each class exceeded my expectations. First up, was Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting class. If you ever get a chance to take her class – do….she has such a great flow and structure in her teaching…..she is funny and down to earth which made it a lot of fun. I know!! FMQ fun!!Angela_Me

This was one of her quilts she had on display….one of the quilts, you say, “When I grow up I want to be able to do this”:Angelas_FMQ

I struggled with the more curvy designs. Pebbling, which was our first lesson and my first time I have attempted it, was hard more due to the fact I got lost and didn’t know where to go next. Pebble_FMQ

My favorite designs for Angela’s class was the more geometric shapes. To get the points to be more prominent instead of rounded corners, she passed on the knowledge to pause and then move on so that the needle/stitch catches well. Great tip!!, now I just need to not keep my foot on the pedal and sew 2-3 stitches in the same place 🙂Geometric_FMQ

Practice, practice, practice. Angela talked about how she would for 15 minutes a day just sit at her sewing machine and practice…I think it will be my next months challenge (Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs….sounds like a 3030SC right??).

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, was up next for improvisational piecing. A fantastic class to take those out of their comfort zone, especially if you are a pattern follower. Of course, this one was right up my alley and loved it!

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These were some of my favorite mini quilts that she had bought with her. I love that she has all these vibrant colors in her quilts. All those small pieces did not start out small, it’s all about how you piece the together…and then trim.Victorias_Quilts

In her class I learned how to do a Y seam…folks nice and easy – why was I freaked out about these before 🙂 Also, I managed to improv two blocks…I now have a new project in my head on how I would use these.Improv_YSeam_VictoriasClass

 

Saturday finished up with another open sew and can you believe it I was almost first one to breakfast each morning (7:30 am – yes hubby, I can be an early rising) and one of the last to leave each open sew.  I finished this open sew with a completed block!!
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Final part of business today….the winner of Quilt Essentials (btw, I met the author at sew down!!)…is
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Who is Sarah @ For Russia. Congratulations, I will send C&T Publishing/Stash books your details.

I am linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social (see button on right).

It’s “A Fine Day”

Can you believe it? I actually finished the Riley Blake Challenge on time with my depiction of “A Fine Day” and it’s submitted. I decided to try a multi-piece binding, so I could keep the colors focused. To get the binding to match up to each block:

  • I used the darkest solid in each block for the binding.
  • I sewed each piece onto the front, leaving 2 inches from the block end.
  • I marked the edge on the binding + a 1/4 inch mark, then sewed the pieces together and trimmed.
  • For the last two pieces, I marked both pieces and matched up the lines and sewed the seam,  and trimmed.

AFineDay_hanging Bottom left: Sunrise, Top Left: Midday, Top Right: Sunset, Bottom Right: Dusk

Name: A Fine Day
Size: 34 x 30 Inches
Material: Riley Blake Prints + Kona Solids (Torch, Stratosphere, Royal, Navy for the binding)
Design: by me…inspired by the color of the sun
Technique: Improvisational piecing, Circular Quilting, Multi-piece binding

For the quilting, I wanted something that depicted the sun. I used a star like – straight line quilting in the middle circle, then used radiating circles for the rest of the quilt. This was my first time sewing circles – which aren’t perfect but I still think they turned out great. (PS. I think I need a better sewing machine to do the quilting on, instead of my light weight $150 Brother….I hinted this to the hubby at breakfast…maybe for Mothers day or birthday ;-)).

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For the 1 inch radiating lines, I used my walking foot with the guide. I could not work out a color that would work across all blocks so I used invisible thread on the top, white on the back. Here is one last photo to show the binding and quilting. AFineDay_QuiltingBacking

Lastly, here are the links to the posts documenting my whole process for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge Quilt:

Design idea
Fabric Selection
Sunrise Block
Sunrise + Midday Blocks
Sunrise + Midday+ Sunset Blocks
Quilt top completion

Linking up with Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday and Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee Social. This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking to:
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Finish line in sight

I made great progress yesterday, during the snow day on my Riley Blake Challenge quilt. We were one of the lucky ones, not to lose power during the snow/ice storm we had in North Carolina.

“A fine day” quilt top is done!!! Cheers and celebrations, as I did not enjoy having a deadline that is for sure.

I changed my original design, as I loved the rectangular improvisational blocks and did not want to take away from them. I have just started using Instagram (ml_wilkie), and loved it as a process/feedback tool during making this quilt. Thank you to all those who offered advice for block color choices and the sashing aspects (or no sashing as it turns out).

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Bottom left: Sunrise, Top Left: Midday, Top Right: Sunset, Bottom Right: Dusk

I was so excited to get snow photos too, however we get so much sun in our yard, so it was hard to avoid shadows. In the end, I hope this one in the shadows (indirect light) works.

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Here are the links, to my other posts, if you are interested in the progress of this quilt:
Design idea
Fabric Selection
Sunrise Block
Sunrise + Midday Blocks
Sunrise + Midday+ Sunset Blocks

I am trying out spray basting, so this is already basted. Now, onto the quilting and binding!! Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom quilts for Finish it Friday + TGIFF which is being hosted by MR @ Quilt Matters, this week.

Riley Blake MQG Challenge – Design complete

Have you seen the Riley Blake Modern Quilt Guild Challenge?? Our guild handed out fabric sometime in October. I have only started now, and until now I had no idea what I was going to do.

Here are the fabrics (picture from MQG page):
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The Navy gingham, Hipster Orange, Yellow Polka dots and the Aqua/Teal zig-zag fabrics made me think of different phases of a fine day.

Sunrise: Yellows + Oranges
Mid-day: Yellows + bright blues
Sunset: Purples + Pinks
Evening: Navy blues + Blacks

This lead to this design “A Fine Day”. Each of the color blocks will be improv scrap blocks, not solid as in the design below.

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I plan to quilt it with some circular quilting on the lower half and then radiating lines on the top 1/2 in various colored thread.
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In the challenge, you can add any Riley Blake fabric + any solid. Tomorrow, I will post some of my additional fabric choices.

Are you entering the Challenge? What are your plans?

Madrona Road mini quilt

Our Modern quilt guild had the showing of our Madrona Road Challenge on Sunday. I was able to squeeze something out….though a little tight. I did managed on Saturday and Sunday to get my mini quilt top complete.

My original idea was to build out 9 blocks that were based on these cool tiles in a recent dwell magazine. I only had two blocks done when I started on Saturday….I needed a new idea, as I knew I would not have the time to finish my original idea.

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So, I was inspired by this picture, which I had pinned a while back on my design ideas board. It is of a Portuguese based tile design. I think it is of a bath…I love the low tone black and white center with the cool blue color edges with all those solids.

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This is my interpretation, incorporated in my Madrona Road Challenge as a mini quilt. This is my first mini quilt and only my second quilt top, so I am really happy with how this turned out.

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For the border,  I designed it so the middle blocks were off centered and mostly in solids (a few scraps of Madrona made it in). I had one 8 x 8″ block of the chess board block and I am so pleased I added to that block to make a 8 x 16″ block in the middle. I like the balance it brings. All the other blocks are 8 x 8″. A close-up of the Madrona Road Blocks and the borders…..

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My favorite block is one of my interpretations of one of the Dwell pictured tiles. It is similar to a X and +  block but it has a few extra details with added borders (I can’t wait to take these photos with the finished quilt so the light doesn’t come through the fabric at the top here).

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On the other side, are two more geometric basic shapes….Zig-Zaggy block (my son calls it the zig-zaggy as it’s the term used in the book, Russell the Sheep) and an improv block from scraps.

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At some stage, I would like to make a larger quilt and build on the design past the blue borders. I think that would be a good-looking quilt. For now, I am hoping to spend some time this week on this mini quilt, finishing it up by quilting and binding it for Friday.

I am linking up with Plum and June “Let’s get acquainted” and Janice @ Better of Thread “Sew Cute Tuesday”.

Plum and June  Better Off Thread

Since this is my WiP this week, hate to post again but I am, linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Materials for Triple Zipper Pouch + Madrona Road Challenge

I have several projects on-going for this week’s work in progress – most of them relate to my February goals. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

#3 – 4 sets of Potholders:
I am still working on finishing the set of two pot holders. The chicken ones are completed (and being sent to ClumsyKristel this week) and the blue teapot ones are closer to being finished.

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#5 – Triple Zipper Pouch Tutorial (at A Quilters Table)
I wanted to complete a triple zipper pouch, well I have finally decided on my fabrics (Les Amis Fabrics by Patti Sloniger for Michael Miller) and zippers (Red-brown, Taupe, and Orange-Pink).IMG_0855

Finally a project not on my February goals – Our chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild started the Madrona Road Challenge this week, and I finally have the fabric. I am so excited to get started I have been seeing so many great projects. I know the design I want to try, and it should involve my #6 goal for trying paper piecing. I will be trying to also design my own template….ambitious you might say since I have never paper pieced – well we will see :-). If the blocks turn out I will be sharing the idea and the templates (paper pieced) /designs (for non-paper pieced blocks)IMG_0862