Tag Archives: WiP Wednesday

Traveling quilts, progress and lessons learned

Throughout the year, I have been working on 4 quilts for our Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts. I have loved the process and have learned so much. I thought I would share some of my thoughts of the process, some realizations and some of my contributions.
IMG_3593
[My starter pack for my minimalistic road sign inspired quilt]

First off some background, a traveling quilt involves a small group of people. Each person creates a starter for a quilt which then gets passed systematically to the next person with guidelines and some fabric. You may be asked to add a row, a border for a medallion quilt or just blocks. The last person to contribute to the quilt, pieces the top together (if this is a row-based or block-based quilt).
IMG_4231
[Renee’s quilt: my contribution – 1st border]

Usually each quilt will have a theme, for instance, in our group:

  • Renee (quiltsofafeather) Started with this amazing center and asked that Bison to be the main background color. You can add solid purples but keep purple prints and oyster solid to a minimum
  • Laura (littleandlots) asked for each person to add a row to her quilt, with the row containing rainbow colors.
  • Jess (quiltyhabit) asked for blocks that all had curves in it and she had a specific jewel color theme she wanted to use. With one of the colors, mustard/gold,  Jess added additional details to ensure that the color matched her desired outcome.
  • Ashley (wasntquiltinaday) had an idea for a rainbow quilt as well, but she wanted each row to be of a single color. Her initial starter kit was 72″ wide so the goal is to create a row of that length to add to the quilt.
  • Myself: My thing was minimalism with a limited and heavily neutral color palette (pops of navy, aqua and orange). The theme was interpreting road signs.

Rainbow Chorus Line
[Laura’s quilt: My contribution of the Rainbow Chorus Line]

My goals:

  • Adding “me” to another persons quilt and know that person will always know…”oh that was  done by so-and-so”
  • Making sure I produce a high standard as these ultimately are someone else’s quilts
  • Be challenged by other people’s ideas and projects
  • Have Fun and Enjoy!!

I think, I managed to meet all my goals. I have definitely had a lot of fun and enjoyed the overall process. The lessons I learned were more about me:

  • I was definitely challenged. Renee’s quilt was a very different color palette than I would choose but I love the results.
    Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid, embrace the challenge and it will surprise you
  • I had fun with Laura’s, as I played around with fabric and worked out what combinations would work best.
    Lesson learned: take the time to make the decisions that you need to make the product the best you can.
  • I enjoyed adding my own block design to Jess’ quilt – definitely something recognizable as me.
  • Now it’s my turn to actually make up Ashley’s top, as I am the last contributor. This has been fun working out the Math, adding various colors and designs for the 3-4 rows that I need to add.
    Lesson learned: while making the final top check with the “receiver” what their final expectations are. In general, get to know the people in the group and use fabrics /blocks that you know they will like.
  • As I wanted to contribute my best, many times I over committed and under estimated my time to the project.  For my contributions on the first two quilts, I choose projects, that in total took over 30-40 hours to complete. This was usually for a single row or a border. Due to some of these project decisions, I was late by 2 weeks on one quilt and 4 weeks late on the other.
    Lesson learned: this was unfair to the group, so this is something I improved for my 3rd and 4th contributions. Choose do-able projects in the time you have but still produce a high quality result. It should still be something you are proud of or you would be happy to receive.
  • One of the things I enjoyed, most was watching how others were doing on their contributions and ideas by sharing on IG.
    Lesson learned: sharing built our communication/ friendship, it also gave us all check points to see where people are etc.
  • I loved getting to know folks through the process.
    Lesson Learned  take the time to get to know each other. Also, it’s really about communication, and being part of a team. You can’t let people down but most of the time  if you communicate the situation people are usually understanding.

My recent finish, that is due end of August, was Jess’ quilt that incorporated the curves and jewel tones. I added 3 of my Phased Circle Blocks, that I designed. I also added two more blocks using the circle cut-outs as additional blocks added to a low-volume print in a like color.

IMG_4983

The last quilt I am working on, is Ashley’s rainbow quilt (each row of one color). Being the last person, I get to also construct/piece the top. Like I mentioned above, I am loving working on the math. The additions I have added include a row of red crosses, a row of Anna Maria Horner feathers in teal/aqua and the blue row consisting of economy blocks and blocks from Patchwork City.

The red crosses will be added to an orange row (still to be decided) and Laura’s fabulous yellow and pink rows.
IMG_5014

In this last picture, you can see how the bottom 1/2 of the quilt is progressing. It starts with Ashley’s starter row of Green flying geese, Renee’s row addition of the HST teal/aqua, my feather and blue row contributions and the purple churn dash row from Jess.
IMG_5061

 

I would highly recommend the traveling quilt process. I enjoy it more than bees. I can’t wait to see how my road sign minimalistic quilt turns out. I am off to make dinner and work on more of Ashley’s quilt!!

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

 

 

Advertisements

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Update

I have finally got back to my Spoonflower Sampler quilt, which has been lying around since last August.

Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Top

I worked on the quilting last night at Spoonflower’s Pins & Needles. I am doing various straight line quilting designs, using the bottom middle block as a focal point.
SamplerQuilt_WiPFront

And you can see the quilting a little better on the back and I am loving the texture. The lines are my usual 1/2″ apart.
SamplerQuilt_WiPBack

Last year, I also promised to provide the instructions for each block, finally I have managed to get around to that and plan on releasing at least two blocks each week.

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

A Modern Sampler

I was asked by World Book Media to make the Modern Sampler Quilt pattern by Yoshiko Jinzenji. Of course, I said yes as I love the aesthetic and her fabrics. I have almost 5 out of the 12 blocks done and have hopes to finish all by the weekend.
YoshikoJinzenjiModernSamplerBlocks

For those that want to give the pattern a try, you can find them here or on their etsy store. The pattern for each block is a template which you trace onto tracing paper so that you can use that template to cut out each piece (adding seam allowance).

IMG_4296

The template approach allowed me to have some flexibility in how I make the blocks. I can decide if I am cutting each individual piece, or use the template as a paper-piecing template or  modified a couple of the blocks to avoid partial seams. Once complete though, the blocks still have the same overall appearance.

I have done well with my projects so far this month. Here is where I am at for my other projects:

Project Dates Current Status
 Sisterhood Quilt  18th May (ship)  COMPLETE & SHIPPED
 It takes a Village  18th May  COMPLETE
  Idea, Design, Create  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP, BACK, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP (last-minute changes – adding a strip to top),
BACK, BIND
 Yoshiko Jinzenji Quilt Sampler  End of May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

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

Quick update – close to a finish

It takes a village….is getting closer to a finish. I spent sometime last night quilting more of the triangles with 3 designs (here and here).

IMG_4251

I have quilted about 20 of the triangles and have about 26 to go. Last weekend, was so productive I am hoping for the same success this on weekend by finishing this project up this Friday or Saturday.

Village_Quilting

I will definitely be releasing the pattern for this one….a question for you all though that are interested in it…. See the last row, you have 3 triangles and then two triangles. The negative space inbetween would you like the measurements as individual squares (Two (2) 4.5″ squares) or as one piece (One (1) 8.5″ x 4.5″?? Which way would allow you to line up the rows + columns the easiest??

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WiP Wednesday (actually on a Wednesday)

I can not tell you how many times I have forgotten to post my WiP list on a Wednesday lately!!

For this installment, I have narrowed down my list to just to the projects I am focusing on for this month.  One step at a time…. I just need to finish a couple of things.

Project Dates Current Status
 Sisterhood Quilt  18th May (ship) BLOCKS/ROW (UNDERWAY)
 It takes a Village  18th May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
  Idea, Design, Create  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP, BACK, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  18th May
(ship for quilting)
TOP (last-minute changes – adding a strip to top),
BACK, BIND
 Yoshiko Jinzenji Quilt Sampler  End of May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The fabric finally arrived for me allowing me to finish the border of the sisterhood quilt.

IMG_4123

One of the new projects that I am working on this month, is this Yoshiko Jinzenji Modern Quilt Sampler, for World Book Media. It is going to be a great low volume quilt using her fabrics. This is one of the blocks. I am super excited about this project.

IMG_4183

So there you have it, a big sewing weekend planned!! Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

WiP Wednesday: Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts

The first round for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts is almost finished. I have been working on Renee’s quilt. She made this amazing center using a paper piecing pattern from Angela Walters.

IMG_3916

This quilt when I received it made me nervous. I had no idea what I was going to do. The color palette was definitely not my usual palette and Renee’s center was so fantastic. What to do, which direction to take?? I had an idea with one of my previous designs, and decided to play around with it in Quilt Canvas (design tool).

Untitled(10)

I felt so much better once I worked out this plan, even though the color palette was still a little scary. I went to work and spent a whole day (while on vacation) starting to piece together my border (6″ across). 5 or so hours later (I need to find a quicker way to do those 1.5″ geese) I am so happy with this quilt addition so far.

IMG_3920

I am hoping to finish the border this weekend, along with my do.good.stitches blocks. I am just so happy to be feeling well again and sewing. FYI…don’t forget if you sew with browns (this is Kona Bison) that there is a hashtag #sewingwithbrowns. Yes, Brown can be in a modern quilt!!

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

OBX WiP Wednesday Edition

I am on vacation this week, at the Outer Banks (OBX). I know you wish you were here with me, so here are a few picks so far…

Columbia_RestStop

Rest Stop @ Tyrrell County – Columbia

GraveyardAtlanticMuseum

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Beach_OBX_GreyDays

Gray Day at the Beach in Spring

BeachMangledFence

Destroyed Fence – Quilt Inspiration??

My projects are going pretty well so far this month. This week, I am all set up in our vacation space for a productive week. I bought 4 projects with me – 2 quilting projects (It takes a village; Rangers Station) and 2 piecing projects (Idea, Design, Create – quilt top; Renee’s Sisterhood Traveling Quilt – blocks).
SewSpace_AllSet

So far, this week, I finished off the quilt top for “Idea, Design, Create”….more on that on Friday but I am loving it!!
IdeaDesignCreate_QuiltTop

Now onto “It takes a village”. Just as a check point….my project plan:

Project Dates Current Status
 It takes a Village  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (Underway), BIND
 Rangers Station
(my Marsala entry)
 20 April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  End of April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Idea, Design, Create  End of April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Sampler  Early May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Tapa Star (Mini)  May TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT
 Bjorn the Bear  May TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Altitudinal Zonation  Early June TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Pushme, Pullme  June TOP (last-minute changes but almost complete),
BACK, BIND (Sending it out for quilting)
 Lines Drawn  June TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

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