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Bloggers Quilt Festival: Phased Circles

Late last year, I finished what is now my favorite quilt I have made so far. It was one of my first original designs, which started as a doodle on a piece of paper. After several design decisions, this is what I came up with for a finish. I think I might of cried for joy when I finished this….especially after an epic 80 hour quilting session (over a week).

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This quilt has bought me so much joy and sense of accomplishment. I even got to see it hanging at QuiltCon, and had the most amazing time talking with folks about the design. It was so funny when people know you through something you have made vs. more your name first.
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Details:
Name: Phased Circles
Dimensions: ~ 56″ x 60″
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a doodle)
Quilted: Walking foot

Blocks: Matchstick quilting (vertical and horizontal), Crosshatch quilting
Border: 1″ Straight Line quilting
Thread – Aurifil: A fantastic range of cottons that allowed me to match my fabrics perfectly, and made such a difference in textures. Blue block: 6738, 2725; Orange Block: 1133; Green Block: 2835, 5015; Pink Block: 1100, 2600; Jade: 2810, 5007; Gold: 5022, 2110 (not all colors shown in the picture below).

Fabric for Front: Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona Curry, Valentine, Breakers, Torch, Wasabi, Prussian, White
Backing: Black, White and Grey Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona White and Black
Binding: Matching Binding technique (matching prints/solids)

Here is a mosaic that shows some of the detail of the quilting and the back which is a strong contrast to the bright colors of the front….its all black, white and grey.

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I have decided to share this in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Original Design Category. I hope you all go over and either participate, look around and vote!! Have fun, be inspired.

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QuiltCon Entries

I thought about this post a lot today after reading several of the other posts on QuiltCon Quilt Show announcements made yesterday, and wondered whether I should write this or not.

Before I start, everyone should go over and read this post “Former QuiltCon Juror Tells All” by Latifah Saafir, it is very informative about how quilt show selection is made. Worth a read. I learned a lot.

There are so many amazing quilts out there that were entered to the QuiltCon Quilt Show. I think everyone deserves a pat on the back for completing their quilts, that you can be proud of your work and for taking the leap to submit your quilt into a show.

I know, personally speaking, this was a very hard step for me. I had to work hard to get my quilts finished. I worked hard to overcome the self-doubt, especially since I have only been quilting just over 2 years and this is my first show.  I am so thankful, for our quilting community and my IG friends, without the support you have all shown me I would not have submitted or finished anything (for that matter).

Here were my submissions into QuiltCon Quilt Show.

Phased Circles
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Neighbourhood
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I know a lot of quilts did not get in and so many of them I love!! So, I am so honored that both of my quilts did make it into QuiltCon.

Now, I am off to work out how to make and attach quilt sleeves, and how to make a quilt label. I am so excited about meeting so many people I chat to online or IG, volunteering, attending classes and lectures and also seeing all those quilts in person. This will be such a fantastic event!! See you soon.

 

Design Process for Phased Circles

So, how did I get to here?
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From here?
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There were surprisingly a lot of design choices, that I wanted to try to consolidate them here and share the questions/ideas I had through my process.

1. First off, deciding on fabric,  lead to the color choices for the circles and the design only being made with 6 circles.
I really wanted to use my Carolyn Friedlander Architextures and Botanics in this quilt. She has 6 main colors across these lines. The solids were chosen to match or complement these colors.
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2. Placement of each color was the next decision.
After playing with the circles on my design board, I decided I liked a warm color placed with a cold color on each row. The other thing I had decided at this point was to switch out the light green print with the darker green topology print.
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3. Background colors for the circle blocks.
At first, I was contemplating all grey prints, since I liked the grey background on my design board. Then what if I tried the low-volume or lighter Carolyn Friedlander prints that matched each of the key color of each circles. Yes, there were enough different prints that I could go this route except for the plum/pink…this one I stayed with low-volume grey prints.
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4. Stripes or no strips in the outer border.
Should the border be just solid or should I pull the prints from the circle out to continue the stripes?
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5. Size of the outer border
I had finished the first 1/2 started to think that the 10″ border I had chosen was too large and maybe I should cut it down to 5″. Well, I left it and decided that I needed the whole top before I could make that decision. The 10″ border was the perfect size with the whole quilt top, so it stayed.

Phased Circles_10in_Border  Phased Circles_5in_border 

6. The back
I really wanted the back to complement the front, which I could do either with fabric or with shapes. I still had most of Carolyn Friedlander Black, White and Grey prints left. Since there was so much color on the front, wouldn’t it be cool to use a lack of color on the back as a contrast to the front. I also liked that these prints could be used to give an ombre look.IMG_2067

7. The quilting design
The original decision for the quilting was going to be 1/2″ lines that moved around the circles and then the borders were going to have FMQ’ed straight line mixed border (similar to what you see in Carolyn’s quilts). The more I though about it the more this changed. Finally, I decided on matchstick quilting for the blocks at both vertical and horizontal directions, while the border was a simple 1″ straight lines.
Phased Circles Block1 Quilted Top

The crosshatch (gridded) quilting was introduced as I finished the second block….I decided I needed a break and that this would be a great complement to the overall design.Blocks2_3_quilted

8. The binding
The last design decision was the fabric for the matching binding. I wanted it to be color blocked from the start. All solid? All prints? In the end I chose a mix; I decided that the jade and the green blocks would be the solid color, since the print was dramatically different from the solid. The other 4 blocks were bound in the matching print used in the border and circles.
PhasedCirclesCompleteThey were the key decisions made in my design process. Obviously, they happen throughout the creative process, and I always try to stay open to changing my mind in the process.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.

Phased Circles, deadlines met!!

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It’s finished and entered into QuiltCon. This was an epic quilting journey over the last week. Total hours of quilting = ~77 hours.

I had a couple of moments there, where I did not think I would make it, or I wasn’t sure I made the right quilting choice for the outer border. I am so thankful for a couple of friends  was texting with, and the IG community, without the support this definitely would not have been finished on time.

This is now my favorite quilt I have made, and over the next couple of days I want to share with you a couple of posts.  One on the design choices I made and why and the other on the matching binding.

In the meantime, here are some of my IG photos of my week’s progress.mosaic28491bd5b0ae3086c18072c732c823281fe8ba171. Block 1 front finished Dec 16th, 2. Block 1 back,  3.  Block 2 back, 4. Tuesday: Block 2 front, 5. Wednesday: Blocks 2&3, 6. Thursday: Blocks 1-4, 7. Friday: Blocks 1-5, 7. Saturday: Blocks 1-6 and 1/2 outer border quilted, 8. Sunday: All done without the binding

 Details

Name: Phased Circles
Dimensions: ~ 56″ x 60″
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a doodle)
Quilted: Walking foot

Blocks: Matchstick quilting (vertical and horizontal), Crosshatch quilting
Border: 1″ Straight Line quilting
Thread – Aurifil: A fantastic range of cottons that allowed me to match my fabrics perfectly, and made such a difference in textures. Blue block: 6738, 2725; Orange Block: 1133; Green Block: 2835, 5015; Pink Block: 1100, 2600; Jade: 2810, 5007; Gold: 5022, 2110 (not all colors shown in the picture below).
Aurifil_PhasedCircles

Fabric for Front: Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona Curry, Valentine, Breakers, Torch, Wasabi, Prussian, White
Backing: Black, White and Grey Carolyn Friedlander Architextures & Botanics, Kona White and Black
Binding: Matching Binding technique (matching prints/solids)

Linking up for A lovely year of finishes and with Amanda Jean’s (@crazymomquilts)  for Finish it up Friday. Also this was one of my Q4 Finish Along 2014 goals.

Finish Along 2014

4 days to go and counting

It is a mad race to the finish, in my house at the moment. I even took the additional 3 days off work to focus on quilting. I am desperately trying to finish my “Phased Circles” quilt so I can enter it in QuiltCon on Sunday.

Phased Circles Outside
(I know you have seen it before, sorry it will be over soon).

I might need a sanity check after this one. I decided to choose matchstick quilting and each block is taking me about 12 hours….but I am loving how it looks and feels. Here are blocks 1 & 2 which I have switched the direction of the matchstick quilting. Blocks1_2_quilting_top

Blocks 2 & 3, where I changed up 3 to be crosshatched/gridded quilting. Blocks2_3_quilted

The quilting on the back pops on the black fabric!! Blocks2_3_quilting_back So, on that note 3 more blocks, a border to quilt and binding to go….and only 4 days. I might have a couple a very long days/nights.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Getting back to it….

I am sure we have all had those weeks. You know when you have no idea when you will get back to your hobbies (i.e. quilting) or blogging. That has been my last month at work.
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Good news though, I was able to go on our Modern Quilt Guild’s retreat this weekend, jump starting a couple of projects. It was great to spend time with friends and so many great projects were created/worked on!!

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One of my biggest successes this weekend, was I finally started quilting Phased Circles, choosing matchstick quilting. I love how the first block has turned out, however I could be in trouble for finishing this up Nov 30th for quiltcon….the one block took at least 12 hours….5 more to go.
Phased Circles Block1 Quilted Top Phased Circles Block1 Quilted Back

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Phased Circles Quilt  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
Cheri  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 1)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 2)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 3)
 29NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  Early DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Rangers Station  DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The other project I have made progress on over the last week is my next Sew Mama Sew Project, which is a circular project. I am thinking of changing up the standard circular quilting and creating a maze quilt pattern such as this:
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Source: Shutterstock.com

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

 

 

 

Rule breaking!! New Projects

I know I shouldn’t be starting new projects with all those quilts that need to be quilted, but I am….and loving it!!

I will say, slightly in my defense, I have taken the first step for quilting Phased Circles (my project for this month), picking out my thread. Thank you Aurifil, for the fantastic selection… here are my thread selections (I also have a grey to add to the ones below and have to find a color that will go with wasabi).
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I am also preparing for my business trip next week in New York, of course I am taking a couple of project with me. The two projects will be both hand sewing projects. One is Celestial Spheres (Part 2) “Autumn Equinox”…which I am working on getting the pieces tacked before I leave….
AutumnEquinox_FabricSelection

The second is my next Sew Mama Sew Project..here is the fabric pull; a new all Kona solids project!!
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Lastly, I am cutting up my Autumn Oakshott Cotton Bundle for my Rangers Station quilt and adding some Raisin Kona Cotton. Here’s the color palette:
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Boy, looking at the projects like this, I am definitely on a warm color kick this week. In the meantime my project list expanded a little ;-).

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Phased Circles Quilt  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cheri  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  30NOV2014  TOP, BACK (UNDERWAY), BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 1)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Celestial Spheres
(Part 2)
 DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Sew Mama Sew
(Project 3)
 29NOV2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Bjorn the Bear  Early DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Rangers Station  DEC2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

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