The Web We Weave: Mini Quilt #33

Happy Halloween!  I have been eager to try out metallic threads with the longarm, and this Halloween-appropriate mini quilt was a great opportunity to experiment.  Web We Weave front view

The piecing on this quilt top is very simple with only five pieces.  I cut a 12.5″ square out of solid black fabric and then slashed it in two places where I wanted to indicate abstract tree branches.  The fabric for the trees is a batik that is actually printed to look like trees, but I cut it on the cross-grain to create a Birch tree-esque effect on a slightly larger scale.  The resulting quilt top gave me a great space to play with the metallic thread.

Now for the fun part!  I was a bit nervous about trying metallic thread since I hadn’t yet ordered any specialty needles for the longarm.  The metallic thread I chose was a silver WonderFil with a rayon core.  I loaded a medium grey cotton quilting thread in the bobbin, and decided to give it a try.  It was awesome!  One of the nice features of the A-1 machine is a small pad that the top thread feeds through which holds a few drops of liquid thread conditioner.  It really does help decrease thread breakage.  I practiced some ruler work with the main lines of the web, defining the tree branches, and some background work with black cotton thread.  The curved areas of the web are free motion.Web We Weave back view

The backing and binding is made from the same black fabric used in in the quilt top.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20 in black which I pulled from a sample pack I received earlier this year.  It was so nice to not have to worry about white batting working its way through the fabric of the quilt.  My cat adds enough white fluff to my dark quilts without having the batting contribute!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Web We Weave

Size:  12″ x 12″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Ruler work and free motion quilting on an A-1 Elite longarm machine

Fabric:  American Made Brand black cotton and a batik print from my stash

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Batting in black

Thread:  Pieced with black Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with silver metallic WonderFil thread with a rayon core (with medium grey Signature cotton thread in the bobbin), black cotton quilting thread

Binding:  Matching bias binding, cut in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched on the back

What was new?

Metallic thread on a longarm

Quilt 33 / 50

Quilt 33 / 50

Goal #1 is finished!

Goal #1 is finished!

 

Summer Starburst: Mini Quilt #32

I had so much fun sharing a new block design last month for the New Blogger’s Block Hop, and I am so glad to finally have the binding on this project so I can share the mini quilt version of this block with you now.  If you would like to make a Summer Starburst block, it is available for free on Craftsy.

Summer Starburst front view

This block was done for practice prior to cutting into the final fabric.  The color palette is very close to what I used for the final block, but I thought it would be fun to incorporate a border to finish off the design.  Checkerboard designs have long been a favorite of mine, and this block really pops with this type of surround.

Summer Starburst detail

This was one of the first projects to go onto my longarm machine, so I decided to quilt each color in the block with a different filler pattern.  I left the black squares of the the checkerboard un-quilted so they have a slight “poof.”

Summer Starburst back view

I went with a patterned fabric for the quilt back, in part because I wasn’t certain of my free motion quilting abilities, but I think that I would have been happier with a solid background for this project.  I think the different colors of quilting thread compete too much with the backing.

Summer Starburst

I still have another practice Summer Starburst block around, so I’m deciding what to do with it- maybe a pillow is in my future!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Summer Starburst Mini

Size: 16.25″ x 16.25″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing, machine piecing

Quilting:  Free motion quilting on an A-1 longarm

Fabric:  Solid cottons by Kona and American Made

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced with Invisafil by WonderFil, Quilted with assorted 50wt cotton machine quilting threads by WonderFil, Connecting Threads, and Signature

Binding:  Solid black cotton, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched on the back.

What was new?

Using all Free Motion quilting on a longarm

Quilt 32 / 50

Quilt 32 / 50

Goal #9 is finished!

Goal #9 is finished!

 

Sashiko Mug Rug: Mini Quilt #30

Hand quilting is something I haven’t done in many years, and I have never given Sashiko a try, so I thought that this would be a fun thing to experiment with for this mini.Sashiko Mini Quilt

The central hexagon was the first thing I have cut using my Hex N More ruler.  I have much bigger plans for this ruler, but I was still excited to take it for a spin with this project!  Sashiko Mini back view

The quilting is the real star of this mini.  I chose simple prints with the hope that the stitching would be visible, but any uneven stitches wouldn’t be glaringly obvious.  When I first learned to quilt it was OK to machine piece a quilt top, but actual quilting stitches were done by hand.  You were supposed to aim for 10-12 perfectly spaced stitches per inch.  For me, part of the challenge in Sashiko is allowing myself to take larger stitches.  To help accomplish this, I chose 12wt thread and a slightly longer needle than I would normally quilt with.  Sashiko Mini detail

There is blue variegated thread in the outer portion of the quilt and orange thread throughout this mini.  The orange binding of this quilt helps the orange quilting thread to “POP!”

Quilt Stats

Title:  Sashiko Mini

Size:  7-1/4″ x 8-1/4″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing, Sashiko

Quilting:  Sashiko style hand quilting

Fabric:  Prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe and Botanics lines

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with 100wt InvisaFil by WonderFil in light grey; Quilted with 12wt Cotton WonderFil in orange and variegated blue

Binding:  Orange “Botanics” print cut on the bias in a 2″ wide strip, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Sashiko stitching

First hexagon cut with a Hex N More ruler

Quilt 30 / 50

Quilt 30 / 50

Goal #7 is finished!

Goal #7 is finished!

 

Running Hot and Cold: Mini Quilt #29

Fabric Modification is something that I really enjoy doing, but I haven’t been experimenting much lately.  So once I started having fun with the fabric for Fading Florals, I decided to keep going and give Suminagashi a try.Running Hot and Cold

This marbling technique uses a nontoxic ink that floats on the surface of water.  Using a paintbrush, I touched the surface of a shallow tray of water in several areas with one color of ink.  When the next color of ink is applied, it causes the first color to move away.  Once the surface of the water was mostly covered, I gently blew across the water and ink to increase the movement of the swirls.  When I liked the design, I carefully laid a piece of white Kona cotton over the inked surface.  The dye takes to the fabric instantly so you can pull it up immediately.  Once the fabric is dried, heat set, and hand washed and dried, it is ready for use.Running Hot and Cold hot detail

I wanted to have the fabric design be the main feature of the quilt, so I decided on a simple block design.  White Kona is used to define the blocks and is the only area of the piece that is quilted.  The bands of white are stitched in the ditch and then filled with pebbles.Running Hot and Cold cold detail

For the backing of the quilt, I went with a solid peach cotton to reflect the warm colored marbled fabric.  The binding draws its color from the cool colored marbling.Running Hot and Cold back view

Quilt Stats

Title:  Running Hot and Cold

Size:  16-3/4″ x 16-3/4″

Techniques:  Suminagashi, machine piecing

Quilting:  Stitching in the ditch with a walking foot, free motion pebble stitching, both on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  White Kona Cotton, most portions treated with Suminagashi, peach cotton backing, cotton print binding

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  pieced with 100wt polyester InvisaFil by WonderFil in light grey, quilted with 50wt Wonderfil cotton thread in white

Binding:  Bias cut in 2″ widths, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Suminagashi

Quilt 29 / 50

Quilt 29 / 50

Goal #6 is finished!

Goal #6 is finished!

Fading Florals: Mini Quilt #28

This week I am taking a slightly different approach to a whole cloth quilt.Fading Floral

When I came across this fabric, it seemed to call out for some sort of fun fabric modification.Floral fabric

I have done some different fabric painting and dying techniques over the years, but I hadn’t had the right project to try this one on before.  In this process color is added to fabric using Sharpie markers.  Using a paintbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol, you paint over the colored areas to create a watercolor effect.Fading Floral detail

The quilting is a free motion design that follows the printed design on the fabric.  The design blends into the front, but stands out nicely against the solid white backing fabric.Fading Floral back view

Quilt Stats

Title:  Fading Florals

Size: 14-1/2″ x  14-1/2″

Techniques:  Wholecloth quilt, Rubbing Alcohol/Sharpie fabric modification

Quilting:  Freemotion quilting following the printed pattern of the fabric

Fabric:  “Bellisimo” designed for Benartex by Michele D’Amore Designs, white Kona Cotton backing, black American Brand Solid binding

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Quilted with Black cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  Black cotton, cut in 2″ wide strips on the bias, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Sharpie/Rubbing Alcohol fabric modification

Using a pre-printed fabric to determine the free motion quilting design

Quilt 28 / 50

Quilt 28 / 50

Goal #5 is finished!

Goal #5 is finished!