While on vacation this summer, I had the opportunity to quilt my 60″ Swoon Block. I made the block/quilt in 2012. Yes, this project was rocking some serious UFO status, until a couple weeks ago.
My mother-in-law has a 28″ Gammel. That dude is heavy. Really, heavy when you consider I’m generally sewing on a 9″ Juki on a mid-arm frame. There was definitely a learning curve with the weight of the machine.
I used one color top thread and tried to do an all over design. In fact, I tried to do the same background free motion quilt (FMQ) fill as I did on my little Dragonfly Quilt.
I pretty much made big cinnamon rolls. You know, where you are aiming to make a graceful circle shape, but instead (much like cinnamon rolls) you find that you baked them too close together and the get square-ish edges? Mmmmmm…. cinnamon rolls…..
It was a great little afternoon. With the big awesome machine, comes big awesome bobbins. I only used 2 1/2 bobbins to quilt. On my smaller house machine, I probably would have used 6 to 7. I like big bobbins and I cannot lie…. =)
Here she is. Swoony and Cinnamon-Rolly, draped over a timber fence in North Carolina. The first thing I did when I got home was throw on the binding.
This might sound crazy… or obsessive… or bonkers, but I bought the binding right when I finished the top. I have been hoarding this fabric in a pile earmarked “Don’t cut this amazing stripe, you are saving it for that one quilt.” I have looked at the stripe a couple times thinking “Cut it! You can find something else later.” Thankfully, I did manage to hoard the binding. It turned out pretty well on the edge of the Giant Swoon.
And the best part- I still have about 1/3 yard of the stripe to actually cut into and create. Win. Win.
The quilt is backed with vintage sheets. I cannot believe I don’t have a photo!!! Love those sheets.
15 Minutes of Play Scrap Quilt
So I told you about the 15 Minutes of Play book, right? I LOVE the quilt that came from “yeah, just sew your scraps together however you want.” It is such a liberating process.
I opted to sew all my scraps together in color families. I made the finished “Made-Fabric” pieces any size. Really, whatever size turned out is what size it is. So, here’s how the pieces fell together.
Now I just need to plan an arrangement.
Here’s something funny: In the book Victoria Findlay-Wolfe talks about what you’ll see from the accidental pairing of unlikely fabrics and what shapes will evolve through the improv process and all… And what you learn about yourself – what you like and don’t like…
Um. Yeah. I like rectangles and 90 degree angles. Not too terribly surprised, but it is pretty funny. All kinds of improv and wild, as long as it can be 90 degrees for the most part. =)
Honestly the neutral/off whites did kind of throw me a bit. I just added them in the corner over here:
I was floored that most of the pieces seemed to match up with one another give or take an inch or so.
Chaos Theory, right!
Happy to report that this is the layout that stuck.
Of course, it is now it is my new favorite thing.
It super super needs to hang out with the iron for a bit. I’ll be doing that on quilting day, though. There are a couple areas that I do think will have a “That will quilt out” moment, but over all, pretty square and uber scrappy!!
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Funny because it is ironic. =)
I think I’m going to hang it in my office.
I first saw the:
Always Plan Ahea
phrase online. I think it was some graphic/typeface/font website where I found it. It cracked me right up so, of course, I needed to make it in fabric.
Gathered the scraps and set forth to make improv letters from the Word Play Quilts book. I seriously love those techniques and letters by Tonya Ricucci. I think the last time I used the improv letters was for my “May The Fork Be With You” Star Wars quilt. Loved it.
It is so funny how much planning actually did go into “not” planning ahead. But there it is, the little “d” on the last row. By himself. Poor little guy.
Got everything squared up and put together. It was small, so it really took an evening to make this up. After all, it is only 15 letters.
My plan to quilt it was to quilt channeled lines. I was aiming to try to quilt 1/8″ apart, but it turned out to be a bit bigger at 1/4″ apart. Still worked for me though. Since this piece is so small, relatively, it quilted it quickly on my home sewing machine.
Next up the binding. I used scraps there, too. I have loads of binding scraps mixed into my scrap bin. Note to self: I should really pull those out.
Slight blur on that last one. Sorry about that.
And that is my quick little “Always Plan Ahead” picture.
Christmas In July
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It is never to early to start working on sewing for the holidays. Gifts, decor, games, calendars – all great for the holiday season. The staff at Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place have put together some fun staff projects in the new book Celebrate Christmas.
I have two favorite projects in the book.
How fun is this tree skirt? It had texture, depth, dimension and a contemporary/scrappy feel to it. I think I’m drawn to the non-quilter-fabric shimmering out from underneath. It is a really straight-forward pattern, too.
My second favorite, possibly for the same reasons is the Snow + Snowflake Pillow.
They are clean, crisp, and are appliqued onto silk. The textures are just great. Wool felt + silk. Lovely lovely.
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Thursday, June 26: Stitch This! [http://blog.shopmartingale.com/?p=28008]
Friday, June 27: Pat Wys at Silver Thimble Talk [http://www.silverthimblequilt.com/blog/]
Saturday, June 28: Kim Brackett at Magnolia Bay Quilts [http://magnoliabayquilts.blogspot.com/]
Monday, June 30: Rebecca Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilts [http://rubybluequilts.blogspot.com/]
Tuesday, July 1: SewCalGal [http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/]
Wednesday, July 2: Cindy Lammon at Hyacinth Quilt Designs [http://hyacinthquiltdesigns.blogspot.com/]
Thursday, July 3: Gen Q [http://generationqmagazine.com/]
Saturday, July 5: Cheryl Brown at Quilter Chic [http://quilterchic.com/]
Monday, July 7: Jen Eskridge at Reanna Lily Designs [http://reannalilydesigns.com/blog/]
Tuesday, July 8: Kathy Brown at The Teacher’s Pet [http://www.theteacherspet.typepad.com/]
Wednesday, July 9: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side [http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/]
My 15 Minutes of Play has gone off the rails. Seriously.
I started with the sorting scraps …medium scraps, big scraps, small scraps… It is out of control! Anywho – I realized some of my scraps were really big. That’s not so bad. Um… then there were alot of big scraps….
Every year we have a family reunion and with 8 total grands, I decided this year we all needed wacky scrappy pillowcases. Seems like a good use for big big big scraps.
All the seams for these cases are serged, so they’ll hold up for a while. And man, that serger is so much faster than my regular home sewing machine. It zooms through!
These turned out crazy. Bonkers pillowcases. I love them. They are really fun.
I asked the kids how we should decide which kids get which cases and the 14 yo suggests we hide the cases all over the house and let the kids go on a wild treasure hunt. Which ever case you get, you get. That seems pretty fair. I’m certain they’ll still trade with each other. We’ll see how it turns out.
The kids may get to use the fabric markers to write their names, in adorable kid handwriting, on the cases, so each year these can be their special reunion cases. … just have to find the fabric markers…
I think I will put a dent in this scrap pile yet!!
Modern Quilt Guild Challenge 2014
Have you seen the fabrics?
Have you read the rules?
Here’s a link.
Dragonfly Quilt is my entry.
We each received 1/8th yard of 6 fabrics. I used 5 fabrics. The whole piece needed to be constructed of Michael Miller Fabrics. The background is Michael Miller Cotton Couture Midnight, from Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in Wichita, KS.
The finished quilt is a little way from my original plan. I wanted to make a butterfly. I wanted to take all the fabrics, cut them into 1″ strips and have a wild striped butterfly. And I wanted to try “matchstick quilting” lines. I made a test design before I received the challenge fabric… turns out the stripes + the pointy shape would probably not work too well. I’ll have to blog my test butterfly on another time. For the Challenge-> new plan:
I decided if I went with a cool dragonfly, I could fit each wing on the 1/8 yard (4 1/2″). Of course, that wasn’t entirely right either. I did still have to seam the larger wings in order to the design to fit. So I kept sketching.
I have been posting sneak peeks in my Instagram, so you may have already seen a few of these, if you follow.
My whole dragonfly is raw edge applique. I used Heat’n’Bond for the fusible. Each wing is a unique design. Once the fusible was on the back of the fabric, I drafted out an “oval” shape on the paper side. Then I started drawing the pointy, tribal-tattoo-inspired wings.
Next up, cut out all the shapes. Man, it was tricky to pull of that paper from behind the shape. In fact, the cutting and prepping was a very patient process. I decided to reward myself by making the “raw edge applique” double as the quilting lines. Patience-schmacence. =)
Mmm… quilt sandwich.
Turns out, making the raw edge applique double as the quilting is also a patient process. That’ll show me. So I took my time to trace along all the cut edges for the wings, body and head.
Once I had the wings and body all set, I had to decide on some fills. I went with pebbles for the body and vertical stripes for just that middle section. You know, so he’d look slimmer. Ha. Vertical lines are quite slimming…. right?
Next – the background. Oh negative space…. If I had planned a bit better, I would have taken the quilt to my mom’s to try out her super great HandiQuilter. Instead, I decided to make a few free motion quilting (FMQ) swirls on my home machine.
Yep. Make a ton of swirls. And then turn it 90 degrees or so, and make a ton more.
The whole Dragonfly Quilt finishes up at 38″ x 40″.
I did have to supplement with Sandi Henderson fabrics in the binding. The back is a Michael Miller stripe + the 6th challenge fabric. (It is the grey one.)
And here he is, slim and smiling back at you:
The Quilt Alliance had 92 entries for this years contest. The 16″ square mini quilts will be traveling and on exhibit in the following places:
These mini’s will also be up for Auction in November. I’ll have more information on that as it gets closer.
You can see more about the initial contest announcement here:
I know the Victoria Findlay-Wolfe book, 15 Minutes of Play, has been out for a couple years… but I just got it. If you don’t have it, you should totally check it out. OH MAN.
I have a few fabric scraps and after the Great Fabric Re-Fold of 2104, I realized I had a few more than originally estimated… It happens, right? These (below) are fabric pieces that were big enough to fold, but were not fat quarters and not sooooo small that they got tossed into a separate scrap bin. Yes, even my bins of “too small” have a method. ((Maybe this is what a cry for help looks like!! hahahah))
Here’s the extra scrap bin. This one is tucked under the sewing table and really has lots of colors and sizes going on. It is a hot mess, but great for art projects and paper piecing. I had already pulled out some scraps for my “15 minutes” when the picture was taken, so the box it significantly more tidy than usual. cough cough.
The last place I have scraps is in this cool glass jar. I got the jar at Salvation Army in Kansas. It says “made in Italy” but I think it was really from Hobby Lobby or Home Goods, not necessarily some amazing treasured Italian glass piece. These scraps are small slivers of fabric that I just like. I don’t save everything in this jar, just snips of the fabrics I want to remember. And who doesn’t love a great colorful jar???
Ok, back to the 15 Minutes of Play process:
Basically you take every scrap you can get your hands on and sew it to one another. This will eventually get you a big piece of “new” scrappy fabric, which she calls Made-Fabric.
My journey begins with sorting all the scraps into color families. I had piles and piles all over my sewing room floor. I planned on working on a color each day before work. I don’t really have a full-on plan yet, but making scraps back into fabric seems like a GREAT idea.
Reds, Oranges, Pinky, Purple and a bit of white is coming along. More colors to follow. See you soon!
The plan in the book is to make the Made-Fabric and then cut your quilt pattern shapes from the Made-Fabric. I don’t know if I’ll do that. Maybe for the next one? I liked how the big scrappy color panels are turning out.