Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop

I love designing new blocks and quilt designs, and I am so excited to work with the wonderful palette of solids provided by Cloud 9 Fabrics!

Designing this block took me back to my undergrad years as a painting major when I spent a great deal of time experimenting with pattern, particularly plaid.

berry-patch-plaid-block

The group of Organic Cirrus Solids in a Berry Harvest Color Palette included a dark and light version of two of the colors, so I was inspired to use these to create an illusion of dimension.

cloud-9-cirrus-solids

Standard machine piecing techniques are used to construct this block, so anyone who is comfortable with accurate cutting and stitching a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance can make this block.  The pattern for Berry Patch Plaid is available as a free download on Craftsy.

Multiple blocks would make an awesome complete quilt!

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More than 60 new blocks have been shared during this three day hop, so I hope you will take a look at some of the wonderful designs that have been created in this color scheme!

2016 New Quilt Bloggers

A big thank you to Cloud 9 Fabrics and our wonderful hosts, Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter!

Today you will see new posts from these bloggers:

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mochawildchild
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

Tuesday’s Bloggers were:

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

Mondays designers were:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Moroccan Star: A Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

This summer, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced this year’s Michael Miller fabric challenge, and I couldn’t resist signing up.  Those metallic prints are so much fun!  I had an idea at that point, but once the fabrics arrived, I decided to change directions based on the exact prints that arrived.Moroccan Star finished quilt

Glittery metallics made me think of shining stars and opulence.  I typically prefer silver, but for this project I was really drawn to the gold printed fabrics.  To supplement the package of fabric sent by Michael Miller, I purchased some of the white and gold confetti dot also from the Glitz collection, and a Michael Miller black solid.MM Challenge

This design started with the fabric printed to imply interlocking circles.  I started experimenting by creating circles highlighting different sections of the print.  Once the circle sizes were determined, I drafted the motif that would create the final star design. I started the construction by hand appliquéing the circles to the white background pieces.  Those pieces were then added to the solid black background.  Moroccan Star process shot

 

Moroccan Star finished quilt top

For the quilting, I wanted to break up the background by using different quilting designs on either side of the appliquéd star motifs.  The quilting thread is a very dark grey which added a bit of extra dimension to the solid color surface.  I used the longarm for this quilt and the circle pattern was entirely free-motion using a dot to dot technique.  It is far from perfect, but it was the first time I had attempted this, so it could have been far worse!  I tend to like a hand drawn quality in free motion quilting, so I ultimately decided to leave it in and embrace the character of the piece.  Moroccan Star finished detail A

The lines around the stars and the tightly spaced vertical lines are also free-motion, but for the horizontal lines on the left side of the quilt I did lock the machine on the track before hand guiding the stitching.Moroccan Star finished detail B

This quilt was one of my entries in to QuiltCon, so now I (like many of you!) are waiting to hear which quilts we will see at the show in February.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Moroccan Stars

Size:  41″ x 40.5″

Techniques:  Needle turn appliqué

Quilting:  Free motion and linear quilting done on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Michael Miller Glitz collection and Michael Miller solid

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 in black

Thread:  Hand appliquéd with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with 50wt Aurifil in a a dark grey

Binding:  Michael Miller solid black fabric (to match background) cut in 2″ wide bias strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #23 is finished!

Goal #23 is finished!

 

MQG Riley Blake Challenge Quilt

Several months ago when the Modern Quilt Guild announced a challenge using these fabulous fabrics from Amanda Herring’s Cottage Garden line, I knew that I had to participate.  I am really excited to share this finished lap quilt today.In the Garden teal side

These prints are Gorgeous!

Riley Blake Challenge Fabric

The Rules are pretty straight forward for this challenge:

  • Make something fantastic that is quilted
  • Make something you have never done before
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids

I was really excited to discover that this line of fabrics also had a pink color way.  With this information I knew that I wanted to do something reversible.  I have been fascinated by potholder quilts lately.  I love the idea of making mini quilts, another current obsession, come together to make a larger piece.  Potholder quilts almost always are constructed from square blocks, but on this project I thought it would be fun to try using hexagonal blocks.  Since each section is bound separately, the binding would highlight the hexagon construction from both sides of the quilt.In the Garden pink side

The front section focuses on the teal and grey fabrics in the collection and is made with six equilateral triangles per hexagon.  Some triangles are a mix of fabrics which were strip pieced together, others were a larger piece which was fussy cut with or without an added border.  In the Garden teal detail b

The back of the quilt highlights the pink fabrics in the collection, and on this side I decided to attempt a directional pattern to draw your eye across this side of the quilt.  For this I did strip piecing like I had used on the front of the quilt.  This time, instead of cutting the strip pieced sections only into triangles, I also created full, half, and third hexagon shapes.In the Garden pink detail a

For all of the hexagons, I pieced them to be larger than I ultimately wanted them to end up.  By doing this I was able to quilt each block and trim it to size before binding them.  The most challenging part was getting the centers to align properly, but with careful pinning and a lot of patience it worked out.In the Garden teal detail a

The quilting is an all over floral pattern which echoes one of the Cottage Garden prints.  This was the first time I dared to quilt a larger piece using free motion quilting.  It helped that I was quilting smaller pieces rather maneuvering a large quilt through a small machine.  The tricky part for me was maintaining size continuity in the quilting design throughout the quilt.

In the Garden pink view

 

In the Garden teal detail c

The blocks were each bound in pink and/or grey bias that I made using leftover sections of fabric.  The pink text fabric is the dominant binding so I selected a matching thread to join the hexagons.  For this process I used a triple zig zag on the sewing machine and laid the blocks flat beside one another to stitch their edges together.In the Garden photo shoot

Quilt Stats

Title:  In the Garden

Size:  50″x 61.5″ 

Techniques:  Machine piecing, potholder style quilt

Quilting:  Free motion, all over floral motif which reflects the print in one of the fabric designs

Fabrics:  Cottage Garden fabrics by Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake and Riley Blake solids

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with white machine quilting thread, and assembled with pink Gutermann Mara thread

Binding:  Bias strips of leftover Cottage Garden fabrics, cut in 2″ widths, machine stitched to one side, hand stitched to the other

What was new?

  • Hexagonal blocks assembled into a potholder quilt
  • Using free motion quilting on a larger project
  • Using only one collection of one designer to create a reversible quilt
Goal #16 is finished!

Goal #16 is finished!


National Sewing Machine Day

Today is National Sewing Machine Day- and I almost missed it!  I thought I would take a moment to introduce you to my machine.  She is a Bernina 1008 that joined me in December of 2013 shortly after the Singer I learned to sew on as a child sewed her last stitches.  I am a big fan of the basic mechanical machines.  Most of the electronic machines I have used over the years seem fussy, but I also haven’t been using high end electronic machines, so that could be part of it!

Bernina 1008

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what it takes to get fabric to the point that we are ready to cut it up to make quilts, clothing, bags, etcetera.  I am working in Connecticut right now, and one of the things that fascinates me about New England is its rich history in textile manufacturing.  While I am here, I am trying to visit as many important places related to textile history as I can.  So far, this summer, I have visited Old Sturbridge Village, The National Quilt Museum, and The American Textile History Museum.  These are all wonderful places to visit, and I hope that you will make the time to go if you are ever in the area.  One of my next stops will hopefully be The Windham Textile and History Museum which is right down the road.  I have been there before, but it has been quite a few years.  Below are a few photos of very early equipment and machinery which has been developed over time to streamline the process of creating fabric.

Fiber Preparation

Cotton Gin from The American Textile History Museum

Cotton Gin from The American Textile History Museum

American Textile History Museum

American Textile History Museum

Spinning

Small Spinning Wheel for Flax and a Larger Wheel for Wool.  Old Sturbridge Village

Small Spinning Wheel for Flax and a Larger Wheel for Wool. Old Sturbridge Village

Spinning Wheels at The American Textile History Museum

Spinning Wheels at The American Textile History Museum

Spinning Mule at Old Sturbridge Village

Spinning Mule at Old Sturbridge Village

American Textile History Museum

American Textile History Museum

Weaving

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

American Textile History Museum

American Textile History Museum

The American Textile History Museum has a room the demonstrates textile production.  Here is a panoramic shot of the space- I would love to see this in action!

Textile Production ATHM

End of Our Rope (uh- fabric)- A Selvage Mug Rug: Mini Quilt #20

This is my travel week for my summer job, and I’m sure you all know how stressful packing, moving, and traveling can be.  I have arrived in Connecticut and spent almost all day cleaning- yuck.  Now I need to unpack.  I  feel like packing for two months can (almost) be worse than a full move because it is difficult to anticipate exactly what will be needed during that time.  This year the preparation for leaving also involved planning and/or prepping tops for my Mini Quilt Mania series.  In all of the shuffle, I nearly forgot about this week’s quilt!  So I decided to stick with something simple, cute, and quickly executed- enter the Cotton and Steel selvage mug rug!

CS Selvage Mug Rug full view

I really like the selvage quilts that so many people have been making recently, but I tend to use every last bit of printed fabric in my projects without thinking about saving the printed edge first.  The one exception to this is Cotton and Steel fabrics.  I love the selvage designs on these prints.  The graphics are great, the fonts are varied and interesting, the colors reflect the print, and the text even tells a bit of a story.  I can’t through these selvages away!

For this mini, I topstitched several selvage strips together overlapping the raw edges with a finished ones.  Then I cut 45 degree triangle pieces from the larger strip, similar to how I made last week’s Topsy Turvy Mini Quilt.  I turned them together to form a square, and here we are!

CS Selvage Mug Rug detail

I kept the quilting simple with a half inch diagonal grid, and the binding is mostly red with a bit of the scrap selvage strips included.

CS Selvage Mug Rug back view

This little quilt is going to be on my work table this summer- I can have water bottle condensation dripping on all that pretty garment fabric! This was my first attempt at a selvage quilt, and I like it even more than I thought I would.   Now I might need to start saving all of the selvages. . .

Thank you so much to everyone who has been visiting and commenting on my posts!  I have been reading all of your wonderful comments, and I will be catching up on responses in the next few days now that I will be back in a routine.  I really appreciate your thoughts and feedback!

Quilt Stats

Title: End of Our Rope (uh-fabric): A Cotton and Steel Selvage Mug Rug

Size: 7″x7″

Techniques:  Topstitched construction with finished edges overlapping raw edges

Quilting:  1/2″ diagonal grid in red, done with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Cotton and Steel fabrics from assorted designers

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with Mettler cotton quilting thread in red

Binding:  Cotton and Steel Essentials fabric and scraps of selvage, cut on the bias, machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Using Selvages!

Quilt 20 / 50

Quilt 20 / 50

Goal #6 is Finished!

Goal #6 is Finished!