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Tapa Star pattern testing complete

Wow, finally I finished the actual Tapa star blocks. These definitely took a lot longer than expected. Let me give you a quick summary of these blocks.

Here was the original designs, on the left the solid Tapa Star, on the right striped Tapa Star
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Designed from this tapa cloth:
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I translated these into paper pieced patterns. The solid Tapa Star takes about 1 -1.5 hours to make, the striped is about 3.5-4 hours. The latter block, definitely has more complexity due and matching up all the lines, as well as, the star centers will take a bit of effort. Here are the finished blocks:
TapaStarBlocks_completeThe fabrics for the solids are Robert Kaufman Solids (Wasbi, Chartreuse, Bonsai, Clover), and the prints are Carolyn Friedlander Architextures. Now, on to finalizing the pattern, and making pillows from these blocks. Anyone interested in testing the blocks?

Linking up with a few folks this week.
Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on right)
Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s be Social (see button on the right)
Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right)

 

Thank you!! Giveaway for reaching 500 followers

Over the last week, I reached 500 followers (between wordpress and bloglovin’)!!! I was so surprised. I started this blog and quilting in September 2012, to find people with similar interest, that I can learn from and be inspired by, as I was embarked on this new crafting/arts journey.

You all have been so supportive, and I am constantly amazed at how wonderful the quilting/craft community is.

Giveaway time. To celebrate the 500 followers I am giving away:

  • One of the books that have been featured so far in “Book Review Tuesdays
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  • Your choice of 2 x 1/2 yards of any prints featured in the Sunday Stash posts of 2014 (as long as they are still available, please note not all fabrics are shown in the below mosaic…for full selection check out the posts)
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  • All three of my Craftsy patterns, and I will also include my new Tapa Star patterns (though they are untested and currently just the paper piecing templates).
  • Your choice of hexagon coffee cup sleeve and matching mug rug or a triple zipper pouch (colors of your choice).
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If you are a reader (no need to follow) leave a comment below, letting me know, what your choices are for each of the above items (ie. which book, which 2x 1/2 yards and whether you would like the coffee cup sleeve or zipper pouch). I will randomly choose a winner, next Saturday (22 March), after 6pm EST.

Also, if you are one of my top 5 current commenters (based on wordpress statistics, top commenters over the last 1000 comments) you will have an email from me later today, for a $50 USD gift certificate to Hawthorne threads!!

Thank you so much….If you want to become a new follower, check out the right hand menu for bloglovin and email buttons. For the wordpress folks – you can follow using the button on the ribbon at the top of the post.

One final thing, check out Melissa’s post today over @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs about “A Lovely Year of Finishes”. They do such a great job in organizing this link-up month to month….and today I am the participant highlight!! I hope you all are having a great weekend.

WiP Wednesday: Cutting (ack!!) and Tuesday Winner (yay)

For the 30 mins for 30 days sewing challenge, I said I would concentrate on my X & + Blocks and try and finish the top. First steps though….cutting, which as you know I hate!! I am going to try and concentrate on 20 blocks at a time so it does not overwhelm me.

Last night, those who saw my instagram pic (ml_wilkie) saw I was cutting…after 1 1/2 hours this was the result; 4 green blocks, 3 blue blocks all ready to be sewn up:
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The other project, I am hoping to finish this month (possibly this weekend) is my initial trial of my paper piecing pattern for the Tapa Star striped block (if you are on instagram you would have seen this):
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Lastly, the winner of Book Review Tuesday is:
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Which is cdahlgren2013. I will send you an email with the details.

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

Book Review Tuesday: Let’s get our geek on

This week’s book selection is dear to my heart. Many of you probably don’t know but my degrees at university was in Biology + Statistics (undergrad), and Marine Science.  I do not necessarily use what I did in my degree, but I have stayed in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field.  Right now, I actually work for an analytical software company.

Review

So, I was surprised that this book, Quilt Lab, was not on my top 10 wish list.  As I read Ali’s blog posts on her experiences publishing with Stash books, I was intrigued.

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Title: “Quilt Lab – The Creative Side of Science”
Author: Alexandra Winston
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-803-8

I loved this book. The book is written within the theme of Science and Math throughout. It opens with the geometry behind quilt making/block making, and uses the scientific methods of experimentation to explain the design process. The finishing section actually covers tips I have not seen in a quilt book I have read recently:

  • How to find the right side of batting vs. the wrong side
  • Choosing your stitch length for quilting and how each of these differ, recommending the right lengths for quilting
  • Choosing the right stitch length and effect of the zig zag stitch for machine binding.

The Projects in the book are separated into Small Projects, Rectangles, Angles, and Circles. For the Angles and Circles sections have a great tutorial at the beginning on techniques you will need for the projects.

The layout of each project is probably one of my favorite, so far, in this book review series. Each project explains the

  • inspiration for the project,
  • the planning and designing of the quilt,
  • skills that will be used/improved on with the project,
  • a “Study Hall” insert to explain the math or science concepts behind the inspiration topic
  • and then the usual content – materials, cutting instructions, assembly for top and back

Another great detail, is the templates are supplied in the book, and all but two of the templates require enlargement when copying. There are 12 projects in the book and I plan on making at least 7 of the 12 projects.

  • Pillow Perfect – a project that you can use solids or prints nested squares. The example in the book uses solids and the color choices are fabulous (the pillow is a great matching project to the Fractal quilt (see project section below).
  • Basic Binary – would make the perfect gift quilt or a great beginners quilt. It would be great to play with color and would be a quick project.
  • Fractal – I could not resist, its design was exactly me but still looked like a project that I could accomplish in the week I had to deliver this post (nothing like a deadline)
  • Scattered – fascinates me as it represents statistical visualization techniques. I might change this quilt to a correlation plot though. A perfect gift for someone at work 🙂
  • States of Matter – a great interpretation of solid, liquid and gas using triangles (#2 of my top 3 project choices, still to make)
  • Calculus – shows the progression on how if you add additional triangles /segmentation you can move from a chevron (Zig Zag) all the way to a curved line (like in a sine curve) (#3 of my top 3 project choices, still to make)
  • Aperture Science – this project is FANTASTIC…it represents the science behind how a human eye or a camera shutter works and is association to light (#1 of my top 3 project choices, still to make)

To show you how much I love this book, I bought it a second time after spilling tea on my first copy, destroying my first copy of the book. This would be such a great book to use in schools and get people interested in the art of quilting in conjunction with expanding the interest in Science and Math. This is my first 5 star rating:
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Project

I chose Fractal, as my project for this book for two reasons. One, I wanted a quilt that I would want to keep for myself and two, something I might be able to at least finish a quilt top in 1 week. I will leave it to you to figure out how the quilt top relates to Fractals.

Fabric selection was easy. One of my favorite lines at the moment is Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe as it has the most fabulous colors and prints.  I used a selection of the prints with a selection of matching solids.

I cut all the fabric for the quilt top in about 3-4 hours. The construction of the quilt, you would not believe this but I finished it in 1 day!! Fall of your chair, I never finish it in one day.

The design allows you to make it your own, as color selection is critical to the look of the quilt. Here is my finished quilt top.

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The center is an exercise on piecing small pieces. The small pink squares are cut and sewn slightly larger (~1/4 inch) and trimmed back to ensure better accuracy. As you can see the center close-up really highlights the concept of Fractals.Safari_Fractal_Center
Final Quilt Size: 60 x 60″ (perfect lap quilt for the couch/sofa).

Give-away

Sponsoring this give away is Stash Books, who will provide the winner an electronic copy of Quilt lab.  All you need to do is leave a comment on what was your favorite science/math discipline at school/university (ie. statistics, calculus, chemistry etc. ). There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, 3rd March after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu) + Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.

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.

Wintery WiP Wednesday

I am hoping this is my last work in progress post on my Riley Blake Challenge quilt. I am still on target to get this done by Monday. I have one more block for the front to do – dusk, and one block for the back.

These are my blocks so far….remember this is my quilt that represents the various colors of the sun during a day. This is therefore called “A Fine Day“.
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Bottom-left: Sunrise; Top-left: Midday; Top-right: Sunset.

The only thing that will stop me from finishing…..is the weather (picture is the first 20 mins of weather that just came in). North Carolina has issued a state of emergency due to snow and ice. We are expecting power outages, so no power = no sewing, no blogging. I could be hand quilting to get it done by Monday.
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Linking up with  Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Inspiration and where it comes from??

I was asked by my quilt guild, Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, to do a member spotlight last October/November??

That sent me in a little bit of a tail spin. I had been sewing and quilting for less than a year (~10-11 months). What was I going to show??? I really only had two completed quilts, and a few quilt tops. I really spent most of my first year, trying different techniques and making smaller items like pillows. Then it hit me, I really enjoy the inspiration/idea to design phase of quilting/projects,  why not do a little show and tell, and then finish it off with a presentation of how I come up with ideas.

It went so well, that I also wanted to share with you all (y’all for those in the US South :-)) and challenge y’all to publish a post, in the month of February, about something that has inspired you and how did that transition to a finish (could be a design option or color choices etc.). Let us know about your post in the comments below.

Tapa Cloths (Indigenous Artworks): These are pacific island designs, that I was first introduced to in my NZ high school art class. I have always loved the overall designs, the lines and shapes, and finally the limited stark color palatte. I used the star pattern in this Tapa Cloth, to design two paper pricing stars; a simple star and one with that incorporates the complexity of the lines.
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Obviously I am still finishing these stars but you can see how they capture the idea (I hope). They will be pillows when I finish.

Floor tiles (Magazines): I was so inspired by the black and white tiles, I found in this picture from Dwell Magazine. This is one of my paper piecing block designs that came from the tile highlighted by the blue box.
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Tiles (found on pinterest): I fell in love with this tiled bath, for the color combinations and the mix of pattern and solid tiles. I used the “border” of the blue tiles, the splash of yellow, splash of pink, and splash of prints to frame my Madrona Road Challenge Quilt last year.

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Architectural Features: My inspiration for the quilt “Looking through the Shattered looking Glass” came actually from an idea about a looking glass (magnifying glass) which has been dropped/broken + the randomly placed/sized windows of this building (in New York).

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Here is an example of how a block will come together. I am thinking that this will be my Stash Bee block next month.
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Architectural Features: Obviously the sculpture in this picture would be fantastic as an appliqué quilt/cushion, right?? However, do you also see the windows of this apartment building…its kind of a log cabin-like look. Those windows translated for me into this block design.

Window_LogCabin_Inspiration  ModifiedLogCabin_Block

Furniture: This is my new favorite, the photo is of the cafeteria cushion covers at work. Can you see the repetitive design. Do you see how the color changes the look of the block. This block, I am pretty sure, I will use to make a quilt using Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander.

Cafeteria_Seat_cover_inspiration   SquareSofa_Block

Ok, so here were some of the things that inspire me and how they translate. Note, I use threadbias.com tool for designing (at the moment). What about you, will you do the challenge!!

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