Have you seen this Celestial Star pattern by From Blank Pages, Diane Bohn? It is amazing. It is so versatile and the block finishes at 24″. THAT’S HUGE! After seeing all the different variations all over instagram, #celestialstarqal, I had to try it. Proud to say the block is made mostly from background scraps and color scraps from the Monster Madness quilt.
The hardest thing about the pattern is planning your colors, but Diane provides a coloring page so you can plan before you cut. Neat, right?
It is a pretty straight-forward paper piecing quilt project.
I decided early on that I wouldn’t stress out about the colors. I figured if I made each of the 3 sections identical, the block would turn out just fine. So then the paper piecing really got under way.
The light is really the best part of the paper piecing. Just hold it up, and you can see the seam allowances. No problemo. Unfortunately, I’m still not very good at the whole paper piecing. Thinking asymmetrically is NOT my jam. So there was alot of this…
And to coin a phrase my friend Sarah J says – I had loads of Bonus Seams. You know, when you stitch your piece and you flip it over…. and then you realize it was asymmetrical and you are now missing just about an inch of fabric to cover up the paper. Le’Sigh. (Side note: Run on sentences ARE my jam.)
So now that’s settled, I could trim up my pieces. They look so lovely and so accurate. Thank you, Paper Piecing! I used a tiny bit of stick glue to hold the points to the paper. Smart move.
Now to try to see how my whole “just make each section identical” plan is working. Yeah… not so good. I was on pace to have an awkward amount of orange and some seriously stray green center points. So, brace yourself, I ended up ripping out some of the orange square and re-stitching them. I used the seam ripper more on this project than I have in the past month.
Ok, I think my new plan will come together. Phew that is a LOAD of paper. It is pretty great. There’s tutorials online about “spinning” the middle intersection so the center seams don’t get too bulky.
Yeah, I wasn’t too good with that “spinning” method. I did not do that well at all. I’d say the middle constitutes a tiny disaster.
I was so happy to have my block all done. I pressed it and smoothed it out and stared at it and put it on the design wall and took a picture and everything…..
Then I remembered it still had all that dang paper in the back. Lordy Pete. All that work and fabulousness, and bonus seams and seam ripping and I STILL HAVE TO RIP OUT THAT STUPID PAPER.
So… paper piecing is not my favorite, but Diane’s block is pretty amazing.
Now, the giant block will live in the UFO box until I decide on how I’m going to make this the center medallion in a round robin style quilt. You know the kind, where each border has a different theme/motif/pattern. Anyway, more on that later.
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Just in time for Halloween. I stitched up a sample of Monster Madness in Purple and Orange colors.
Of course, the free motion quilting really gives these monsters their personalities. The FMQ design ideas are included in the pattern. I cannot wait to quilt this Halloween Monster Madness quilt.
Oh my gosh. I love quilting.
Hum… I guess after the 6th year of running a sewing/quilting blog, that might be a bit redundant.
But seriously. I was lucky enough to get to quilt my 15 Minutes of Play scrap quilt on my mom’s longarm Handi Quilter. If you haven’t flipped through the book, 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, I highly recommend it.
This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted for myself. It took about 3 hours or so. I went with an edge-to-edge swirly design. That is a free motion quilting technical term, edge-to-edge swirly. *wink wink* The top is just “floating” which means it isn’t rolled on a bar at all. (In case you were wondering why it was hanging down.)
Holy smokes it was hard to see the thread on some of those fabrics. WOWSA.
Since every color is in the quilt, it was really really really hard to narrow down a fabric for binding. So…
I picked every color. I used 9 pieces of 7 different striped fabrics. Commitment Issues. =)
LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out.
The quilt has all sorts of fabrics that remind me of all kinds of projects. I made the quilt for myself – which is kinda unusual – but its gonna look great on my bed! It was tricky to grab a picture of the whole thing. It is 100″ x 70″
The binding worked out. Loving the every-color shade of every-color I picked out.
Here’s the Elspeth Baby Quilt. Fingers and legs in the quilt photo. Quilting has and assortment of Stripes, Crazy Worms, Pebbles and Trapunto. The overall vertical design has three main bars, which is kinda cool because little Elspeth is the 3rd kiddo in the family.
The dryer will be taking taking out those red lines in just a moment.
I learned that if you have a mostly-white front, you’ll need a back that is “light”. Maybe it was just that brand of white I used. Who knows. Just to be safe, the back on this one is pieced greys from my stash. The piecing wasn’t wide enough, so the white stripe was added. You can really see the Dresden quilting from the back.
And then the binding. I must be going through a serious stripe binding phase.
Still going strong with Pet Postcards for 2014. I used my stencil/template cat shape to draw out a fat cat, onto house insulation foam. If you follow me on Instagram, I accidently referred to the foam as having an R-rating, which it does. R3, to be exact. BUT if you use “r-rated” foam to make naked cats…. well…. oops. hahahaha.
I’m not too good with the stenciling and stamping for composition and interest, but you know it is crazy fun to do.
I’ll probably turn in a couple more postcards for the Pet Postcard Friends for Life Fundraiser ( @ Houston Quilt Festival in October/November 2014).
Ooooh – I got to take my ELSPETH quilt top to my moms to use her super awesome Handi Quilter. Normally, quilting a project this size would have been done on my home machine, but the tension is doing something crazy. I need to take it in. BUT can I just say, I love that HandiQuilter so much, maybe I subconciously broke the tension on my home machine so I’d HAVE to go to my moms…. Anywho, enough of my HQ-FanGirl-ness, let’s talk quilting.
The quilt is loaded horizontally, so I could tackle outlining the trapunto letters first. Can you see in the picture above, the “whiter” letters? That is because I have two layers of Hobbs 80/20 stitched behind them with water soluble thread.
First step is to re-outline the letters with quilt stitching lines. Trace each letter, then add a pile of free motion quilting pebbles to really make the letters stand out on the quilt. The pebbles are quilted with a “haphazard” approach. Whatever size. Whatever overall finished shape. Seemed to work. Afterall, I know what it is going to look like in my head, right?
I’m going to not call that an attempt at feathers…. I’m going to call it a success story for Crazy Worms. That’s right, I’ve quilted Crazy Worms along a spine, to set off my pebble design. I think the straight-ish lines (along the edge) help the design, too.
There are basically two rows of Crazy Worms, horizontal lines, swirls, pebbles and loopies in the Dresden circles. Here, let me get you a closer-up picture:
Crazy Worms and all, I LOVE how this quilt finished up. Loads of people can do feathers. Not everyone can rock the worms. …cough cough…
I’m already planning my stripe binding for it. I know which one I’m picking and just need to get those strips cut.
I should have some finished pictures really soon. ….after the trimming…. after the dryer to take out the frixion marking… after the binding… I’m in the home stretch! Stay tuned.
Ok, this is the quilt layout. I needed a design with enough white space to add in the baby’s name into the design. I did this before on these quilts: the Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt. In fact, this quilt is going to be for Tessa’s little sister, Elspeth.
Neat name, right?
My plan is to trapunto the letters, vertically on the right hand side of the quilt.
Yep. That is roughly where I want the letters. If you need letters for a project, I used Cooper Std font at size 600. Nice big fat chunky letters. 600 point font yields one letter per page, so that is about how big the letters are.
Next step is to get these guys lined up.
The bottom of the letters are measured about 10″ from the edge and the H ends in line with the center of the horizontal Dresden lines.
Plan out the spacing and then trace the letters. Cue: Frixion pen. I love those pens so much. At the end of the project throw the quilt in the dryer and volia- the ink will all disappear.
I pinned two layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting behind the row of letters, then stitched around each letter using water soluble thread.
After the stitching, it’s time to sit on the couch and carefully remove the batting from outside the stitched area. Cut within 1/8″ of the stitched line. Turns out I didn’t grab my camera, but I do have photos from the other times I’ve trapunto’d letters. (Is that a verb? Can you make it a verb? Somewhere, there is an English teacher shaking her head. ) See trapunto step pictures here: Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt.
During the quilting step,the letter shapes are traced again with regular quilt thread. I have BIG plans for the quilting. Stay tuned.
Ok, I need a layout for the mini Dresden Modern Baby quilt design. I made all my mini Dresden circles before I decided on a composition. I really didn’t calculate how many circles I’d make from my two charm packs. Turns out, I had 7 complete circles.
Let me tell you why I wrote the name “Elspeth” on the quilt designs. This modern quilt is filled with negative space and will have that name trapunto’d into the quilting design. The quilt will be like the Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt. In fact, this quilt is going to be for Tessa’s little sister, Elspeth.
So I did pin two ideas from the sketches onto my temporary design wall. ((Um, yes, I did staple the background fabric to my blue living room wall… don’t judge. ))
Idea 1, with a simple staggered grid with loads of symmetry and order.
Idea 2 (not blurry in real life!!) This design has some asymmetry and is much more interesting. It also let me use the little 1/2 circle I have.
I decided to go with Idea 2.
I had to place my faced circle Dresdens on just right. I measured from the middle of the circle, out to the cut edge of my quilt background. ….then pin like crazy…
Straight stitching holds the Dresdens in place. I’m not a big fan of the decorative stitches for a more “modern” applique.
When I put the circles end-to-end, I did find they reached over the edge. Honestly, I kinda think that is going to make it cooler than a completely contained circle.
Once all the Dresdens were on, it was iron time. I also did not remove any fabric from behind the applique’d shapes.
Hum. now I have to plan my fill quilting design. I’m pretty sure the letters will be Cooper Std font. Stay tuned.