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Day to Night Glitz

For Quiltcon, the Modern Quilt Guild issued a Michael Miller fabric challenge. These were the Fat Eighths I received to use. I added the white cotton couture fabric as my back ground fabric.
Fabric Challenge

Inspired by this monument in Portugal, I came up with a minimal design using triangles that are slightly off-kilter.

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I modified this design a little more, removing one set of the triangles. I wanted to use the fabrics in an ombre nature, representing a day to night time lapsed effect.

Note: I discussed the creation of this design in this previous post.

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I created a paper-piecing pattern to get that slight off-kilter look to the triangles. This quilt has a lot of negative space, so I knew that the quilting was going to be a key element of this design.

For the triangles, I used matchstick quilting (~1/8″ lines) following the direction of each side of the triangles. There are 12 lines per direction.

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In the negative space 1/2″ quilting straight lines were used. I echoed the triangles along the width of the triangles and then radiated horizontally to the edge. The quilting definitely completes the quilt.

Tip: Use the rough blue painters tape (it sticks best) to keep your lines in check.
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On the back, I used some of red, orange and yellow Michael Miller cotton couture. These represent the sunset and shimmers through to the front. I wanted the binding to be part of the design. I used a small piece of the black print at the top to continue the day to night look and the rest of the binding is the Flight in Gold print from Brambleberry Ridge line by Violet Craft.

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I was so thankful for my husband photographing my final quilt, which I submitted like 20 minutes before the deadline….it was a little stressful. I am so happy though I completed the challenge.

Details

Name: Day to Night Glitz
Design:
Designed by me
Fabric:  Michael Miller Glitz and Cotton Couture Solids
Dimensions: ~50 x 50″
Quilted: Straight line and Matchstick quilting techniques, Aurifil #2021 and #2692 50 wt

Linking up to Amanda Jean’s Finish it Up Friday over @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

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

Crazy June

Crazy stuff has been happening here over the last month….and that does not include the lightning hit our neighbors tree just took.

I found out it’s actually possible for me to finish 3 quilts (two 60 x 60″, one 48 x 48″) and a quilt top + back (which is being sent of for quilting) all in 1 month. “It takes a village” was the only finish I had planned for, as part of Finish – Along 2015, this quarter.
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The other two finishes were secret projects but here is a sneak peek, as both will be released this month with patterns.
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I also, finally got around to doing my Anna Maria Horner Mini Quilt for the swap, last night. I decided to use one of my original design from a Quilt Design a Day.
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That became this 24″ square quilt top, where the stripes are 1/2″ pieced. I love how all the busy prints work so well together.
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I learned a lot as I was making the mini, that I can apply into making a larger version and into writing up the instructions.

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and with Adrianne @ On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Surviving secret projects

This past month, saw a very scant, unusual lack of blogging by me. It’s all due to the fact that I have been finishing off 3 quilt projects, all scheduled for upcoming magazine issues. I am super excited about my first publications (one of my big goals for this year – DONE), though still months out.

With all the excitement though, I have truly struggled with the whole secret project thing. How do you not want to share?!?! Come on!!! If you follow me on IG, you would have seen some hints.

Talking about IG, here are some of my favorite March IG moments.
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Looking at April, I think I am going to do some selfish sewing (small things like a sew together back etc, Marsala quilt project and the Umbrella Prints project… maybe on the schedule!!) before going back to more secret projects. April will also include my round of sisterhood traveling quilt for Renee’s quilt, and my first ever do.good.stitches block.

Thanks for stopping by, linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s be social.

Sew Fresh Quilts

 

In the Neighbourhood

It is finally complete!!

“Neighbourhood”

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The original design was inspired by a rug I had seen. This was one of my first designs when I started participating in Quilt Design a Day.
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As soon as I decided that I would make this I knew that I wanted to make it with Oakshott Cottons. Michael Oakshott from Oakshott Cottons kindly sponsored my quilt. The vibrancy of the oranges, yellows, pinks and purples truly make the quilt amazing. I wish you all could see it up close.

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Photo taken at the Biltmore Conservatory with the most amazing orchids (helper is my son)

I did not want to waste any of the Oakshott cottons, so I made an improve “totem-like” strip for the back. I love this as much as the front. The straight line quilting turned out just like I wanted. I used Auriful Sunshine variegated thread. It gave so much texture to the quilt and the color changes in the thread added another (subtle) level of interest.Neighbourhood_Finished_Back
Photo taken at Biltmore Estate (husband is the helper this time)

The best thing about a 4 hour road trip is that you can get some hand stitching done……my project – the binding. The fabulous yellow binding – is Kona School Bus.Neighbourhood_Finished_Action_shot

I am hoping to submit the quilt to Quiltcon Quilt Show, so another plus…I have finished in time for submissions!!

Details

Name: Neighbourhood
Dimensions: ~ 31″ x 33″ Mini Quilt
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a rug)
Quilted: Straight line quilting  Aurifil #4658 wt. 50 (Sunshine Variegated Thread)
Fabric for Front: Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Backing: Dottie, Cotton and Steel + Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Binding: Kona School Bus

Additional Blog Posts

Quilting Close-ups
Quilting process and steps
Back Details
Top Finish
Design + Initial Color Palette

Oakshott-ButtonLinking up with Alyce @Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on the right) and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

Phased Circles Quilt: Top Complete

Last month, I made my favorite quilt ever…..until this month. I have finished my Phased Circles quilt. I love this quilt so much, as my vision with my design came together so well, better than I could have dreamed.

Phased Circles Outside
I used 30 different Carolyn Friedlander prints, mixed from her Botanics and Architexture lines…can you believe it, that did not use all  the prints of hers I own (yes, I might have a slight fabric crush).

The solids were all Kona cottons and most of them were from the new colors – Curry, Prussian, Breakers, Torch, Valentine and lastly Wasabi.

The colors from these fabrics worked so well together. Here is a close-up of the center blocks. If you are interested in how I made these blocks, here is the tutorial.

Phased Circles Closeup For the back, I am using some of the gray, black and white prints of Carolyn’s lines, with just some simple piecing. I plan on doing straight line quilting to finish.

Linking up with Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy for TGIFF and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Tutorial: Phased circle block

I have been having fun with my new design “Phased Circles” of late. I will at some stage release the pattern for the whole quilt seen here. In the meantime, thought it would be fun to share with everyone, how I made up the individual blocks.

You will need the following materials.

  • Circle Rotary Cutter (cuts at least a 8.5″ circle)

Inner Circle

  • 1  5.5″ white cotton square
  • 1 1.5″ strip of white cotton and a colored solid of your choice (I used Kona skinny strips so I did not need to cut)
  • 1 5.5″ x 10.5″ printed fabric (dark/saturated print)

Background

  • 1 6.5″ square of four low-volume prints in monotone colors (as in my quilt) or four prints in a complementary color (as seen in this block) to the inner circle fabric selection.
  1. Let’s start with the inner circle.
    Sew your white and colored strips together for approximately 12″.  Cut excess and press seam open. From this strip, cut 2 5.5″ pieces and cut an additional 5.5″ single piece from the colored skinny strip. Sew these 3 pieces together to form a striped 5.5″ square – as in top right square below. Layout your pieces, the 5.5″ striped square, 5.5″ white square and 5.5″ x 10.5″ printed fabric. Fabric Pieced Parts
  2. Sew the striped square to the white square (as seen on the right) and press seam open. Then sew the this rectangle to the 5.5 x 10.5″ printed fabric to form a 10.5″ square as shown below.
    Pieced Circle Fabric
  3. Use a circle rotary cutter (I use Olfa Circle Rotary cutter which is available online and in stores) to cut a 8.5″ circle using the intersecting point in the center as the middle.Circle Cut
  4. Now for the background of the block.Layout the four square prints. Think about where the white fabric will be placed as you want the darker colors to be where the white is present in the circle you just cut. In my block that is on the right. This provides the best contrast.Background Pieces
  5. Sew each side together (i.e left side/right side). Press seams open. Then sew each of these two pieces together to form a 12.5″ square.Pieced Background
  6. Using the circle rotary cutter cut a circle that is 7.5″ circle.Cut Background Circle
  7. Overlay the background square on the inner circle. Match up the intersecting lines (there are 3 of them in this block). Pin them in place, add more pins if desired to hold fabric in place.Pinned circle background
  8. Sew a basting stitch at 1/4″ from the edge of the circle of the background fabric.
    TIPS: I use my 1/4″ foot and use the inside edge as a guide. My stitch length is set at 3 on my Janome. I sew at the slowest speed setting, on my machine, so I can turn the fabric.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure you stop and lift and realign frequently for best results. Basting Stitch
  9. At this stage, it is time to use a technique called Needle turn appliqué. The fabrics are in reverse, where the background is on top of the main fabric (inner circle in this case); normally the background is what you would be appliqué for pieces onto.
    • Start at one of the seams of the background square.
    • First off, select a matching thread to the background fabric….For this block use coral or off white thread.
    • Knot your thread.
    • Use your needle to fold the top under, towards the basting stitch. You are folding under here about 1/8″.
    • From the bottom (so knot is on the bottom), push needle through all layers and do a little hold stitch .
    • Now, sweep the edge under another 1/2 – 1 inch or so towards the basting stitch (again 1/8inch). Use your fingers to press and smooth out the line. Use an appliqué stitch to sew along the folded each.
    • Continue along about 1/2 -1 inch at a time.
    • Make sure you make a little hold stitch at the end and beginning of each fabric piece

    Here is what it will look like: NeedleTurnApplique

  10. Continue until the whole circle has been appliquéd. Finished Needle Turn Applique
    Here is a close-up of the finished appliquéd parts. Closeup Needle Turn Applique Complete
  11. Remove the basting stitch and you are all done. Square up your finished block – unfinished size for this test block is 12.5″ .
    Phased_Circles_Test_Block

The needle turn appliqué technique was shown to me by Carolyn Friedlander. I loved it, by the way this was my first time trying it. I actually took the project outside and relaxed while doing the hand sewing as it was portable. It meant, I did not have to be inside by my machine. So if you need something while the kids are playing sports/swimming, or need a travel project these would be great (once basted).

There are several versions of this technique, one version is shown in the Craftsy class by Sarah Fielke “Big Techniques from Small Scraps”. The reason to reference this class, is that this will show you the needle turn appliqué basics and appliqué/hold stitch basics. Differences to the above tutorial include; the focus on sewing the pieces to the background, glue basting instead of stitch basting and uses a 1/4 inch seam folds.

If you do not want to do this via needle turn appliqué, you could use a inset circle technique (uses the sewing machine instead of hand sewing). The Craftsy class by Cheryl Arkison “Inset and Appliqué Circles by Machine” is a good class for this technique.

There we go that is my finished test block and tutorial for “Phased Circles”. Let me know if you have any questions. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday.