Sunday, March 18, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop. This new book is authored by my friends, Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms. I met both of these talented quilters through our Greenville Modern Quilt Guild and feel lucky to know them both in person!

No surprise to me, their book is wonderful - filled with graphic modern patterns using the classic Plus Sign Block.

You would think that all the quilts must look fairly similar using the same simple block in each one. But you would be wrong! I'm so impressed with the variety of designs they created using this block. I love that the book features several different techniques from paper piecing to appliqué to simple patchwork.

My project from the book is "Faceted Rings" and I used my go-to freezer paper piecing technique to make it. Here's the quilt from the book:

Photo courtesy of C&T Publishing
I thought the block would make a cute pillow, so that's what I started with. I decided to use a single fabric for the ring (you'll notice that Cheryl used 2 shades in the ring above).

The pillow is made with all linen fabrics - I wanted to see its it would work or just fray apart...

And good news! It did work and I loved the way it turned out. I fused interfacing on the wrong side of the block after piecing, did no quilting and made a super cute pillow for our daybed.

The pillow was easy to construct, so I decided a wall quilt was in order. I love that the pattern gives rotary cutting instructions for all the pieces and the sizes are very generous. 

I used all straight line quilting on this one, echoing the rings...

And just connecting some dots on the block...

Black and white strips were pieced together for the backing...

I think I'll be making several of the quilts from this book. I love when that happens! In fact, I may have already started this one :)

Photo courtesy of C&T Publishing
Copies of the book are available at your favorite quilt shop, Amazon, or for signed copies, directly from Cheryl or Paige.

Be sure to visit their websites during the hop for some fabulous give-aways:
Meadow Mist Designs
Quilted Blooms

And you definitely want to follow along with the other bloggers on the hop:
Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Big Sky Fabric in Funky Christmas

Last Fall while visiting Denver, CO, I went to Fancy Tiger Crafts, a unique fabric, yarn and craft store. Definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area!

Of course, I had to buy some fabric as a souvenir! And settled on Big Sky from Moda. Once I got it home, I knew I'd make Funky Christmas from my book, Simply Modern Christmas. I always love seeing other quilters versions of my patterns and I definitely wanted to try it again with a dark background. I think it was the perfect fabric line, background, pattern combination!

Once the quilt top was finished, I was clueless as to how to quilt it and what color thread to use with the dark background and light pieces. I ended up with straight lines running diagonally from the center. I started the quilting with a big "X" through the center and then echoed the lines in each quadrant. The thread color is a medium teal and it worked out pretty well!

For a backing, I found this Mammoth flannel by Robert Kaufman in just the right colors. This was my first time using this line and I have to say - I love it! The flannel is not as "fuzzy" as typical flannel, but it is oh so soft and the quilt has a wonderful drape and feel to it.

I had trouble finding a good binding fabric in my stash, so I ended up making a scrappy binding from the leftover fabrics in the quilt.

Gotta love those bears and the moose!!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Magnolia Mystery Quilt

I'm excited to share my Magnolia Mystery Quilt!

I decided last year to participate in Cheryl's {Meadow Mist Designs} Mystery Quilt. My first mystery quilt was probably 20 years ago when I was the person who organized one for my quilt guild. A mystery quilt is one where you follow the step by step instructions, but don't know the final outcome of the quilt until it's complete. At the time, I thought it would be fun, but learned quickly that for me - it's really not fun. I think my favorite part of the quilt making process, by far, is planning the quilt - choosing fabric and colors and deciding what goes where. I love the thrill of picturing it all in my mind and seeing the success (or failure) come to life. The mystery takes away my favorite aspects of quilt making!

But that's just me - many, many quilters love the intrigue and challenge of a mystery. Luckily for me, Cheryl offers a non-mystery option for her mystery quilts. And that's exactly what I did!

I actually agonized over the fabric choices for this one. I almost never make a quilt with just 4 fabrics and it was hard for me to choose the right combo. And since Cheryl is a friend and fellow member of my MQG, I even consulted her for an opinion!

I ended up with Kona Delft for the background, a solid navy, a solid white and "Splendid Oath" in Rain from the Wonderful Things collection by Bonnie Christine.

I custom quilted the quilt with stipples and straight lines in the blocks...

and straight lines in the top and bottom borders.

I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Playing With Triangles

I have my first finished quilt for 2018! It was actually pieced last year, but I recently quilted it.

My quilt was inspired by the Quilt-Along on the Bernina blog hosted by Brigette from Zen Chic. It's a block of the month quilt, with a new pieced triangle pattern provided each month. They're currently up to block 10.

I decided not to make all of the blocks and just used the block designs as inspiration for several pieced 60 degree triangles in my quilt. I chose blues, aquas and grays - one of my favorite color combinations. My quilt is quilted with straight lines done with the walking foot in the pieced areas. The lines follow the seams to create a diamond grid. The white side borders were free-motion quilted with paisley type loops.

The backing has a few leftover triangles and some large pieces of aqua that I had in my stash. The binding is a perfect match of gray.

This is probably one of the first quilts I've made with this much negative space. My husband asked if I had run out of patches and just got lazy! 

Really - it's negative space :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hanging My New Quilt

This past Saturday, I was given this awesome wall quilt! It was made by the board members of Greenville MQG as a "thank you" for serving as president in 2017.

The quilt uses my Kisses Charity Quilt bock and you can find the free block measurements here.

I just love the setting that they used as it afforded a lot of space for our guild members to sign. It'll be a great memory of the fun year I had serving as President!

The pieced back is equally awesome looking. The quilting was done by Cheryl Brickey and it was bound by our rock-star binder, Paige Alexander.

I have to share with you a great method for hanging mini quilts. As I mentioned in my last post, we recently painted the sewing room and there were tons of little holes to fill since I have a tendency to change my wall quilt decor frequently. I had been using thumb tacks to hang them. I'm a huge fan of Command Strips and I thought maybe I could come up with a better solution using those.

And it's working really well! I'm using the picture hanging sets, which consist of 2 "rough side" velcro type pieces that snap together. I sewed a strip to each top corner of the quilt as pictured below. By stitching in the ditch of the binding on the front, there is no real visible stitching. I stuck the matching strip to the wall using the Command adhesive and just snapped the velcro type strips together. You'll see in the Sewing Room pictures that I have a bigger wall quilt hung the same way and it has held up great. 

Let me know if you give it a try!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year - New Sewing Room?

Happy 2018!

I'm excited because I'm starting off the new year with not a new sewing room - but a freshly painted, cleaned up sewing room. It just feels new! I love seeing other people's sewing rooms, so I thought you might like a little tour...

I have a really nice sized space on the upper level of our house. The room is big, but has only one window and was feeling a bit dark with the beige paint that the builder used. So over the past week, we painted the room a white that has a tint of gray. The job turned out bigger than I had thought - my husband making four trips to the paint store :) The sloped ceiling took much more paint than I imagined!

But we got it done and it felt good to put everything back and reorganize it all. My fabric all fits on these shelves. I keep the majority of it folded and stacked in bins. Bigger pieces are wrapped around comic book boards and shelved. Those 2 small white baskets are scraps.

My machine is set up in one corner and faces the window...

I moved an Ikea desk up to my room this past Summer and I've loved having it for drawing and other crafty projects. The file cabinet holds all my patterns, notebooks and office supplies.

I have a shelf in the corner for books and an Ikea drawer unit with rulers, trims, fusible, etc...

About a year ago I cut up my Kona Color Card and mounted each swatch to foam board with velcro. It didn't have a home so I got it off the floor by using a Command Hook and hung it with a piece of bakers twine strung through 2 holes in the foam board...

My design wall is also located here and is simply a piece of flannel stapled to the wall and trimmed with strips of wood, painted to match the room trim...

I'm very happy with how it turned out! The paint colors I used are Eider White for the walls, Repose Gray for the trim and Peppercorn for the doors. All from Sherwin Williams.

Now I'm ready to start the new year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Wrap Up and Best Of

It's always fun to look back on a year of quilting and making, and be pleasantly surprised with all you've accomplished! I highly recommend it, whether you have blog or not. Several years ago I started putting a photo of every quilt as it's completed in a digital album for the year using the Photo App on my computer. I wait until the last quilt for the year is completed and can easily count them up. For 2017, I've completed 13 quilts and several smaller projects like bags, pouches and garments. I'd call that a great year!

As many of you that have been around here this year may know, I've also been trying to clean out some of my stash and find homes for many of my quilts. I'm happy to say that I've given 6 quilts to friends and family and donated 29 quilts to charity. Twelve of the charity quilts were for my local MQG's Quilts for Kids philanthropy project and helped me make quite a dent in my stash. I haven't counted yard by yard, but it feels like (judging from the shelf space) that I've reduced my sash by about 40%. I'm going into 2018 lighter in terms of stuff!

It's also interesting to look back on the blog posts and find which were the most popular. I'm linking up with Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and sharing my top 5 posts based on the most views.

Number 5

Number 4

Number 3

I enjoyed rereading all the comments on this one. It's an ongoing dilemma for those of us who love fabric, isn't it?

Number 2

Number 1

No surprise with any of these - they were some of my favorite quilts.

According to Blogger, I've written 584 blog posts as of today! Whether you've read 1 or 584, I truly appreciate this community. Thank you for being here. Thank you for leaving your thoughts and comments. Thank you for sharing this love of fabric, sewing and quilting. Here's to more creative fun in 2018! Happy New Year!