Orange Segment: Mini Quilt #27

This mini is a continuation of my series within a series focusing on a single color in each mini.  Green was entirely free motion quilting, and Yellow and Violet were quilted exclusively with straight lines.  For Orange I decided to combine techniques and use both straight-line and free-motion stitching.Orange Segments

The piecing of the quilt top uses straight white lines to divide the small sections of orange.  Curved lines break up the overall composition of the piece and the expanse of white in the center of the composition left ample room to bring in a strong texture with the quilting.Orange Segments front detail

Quilting this piece started by using a walking foot to define the graphic areas of the quilt.  I extended the straight lines of the white fabric dividing the smaller orange segments to give an architectural element to the project.  The straight line designs continue through three of these segments.  Free motion quilting pulls together the rest of the quilt.  Two Types of orange variegated thread add dimension and texture to the quilt.Orange Segments back view

Binding for this project is scrappy, drawing on several fabrics included in the quilt top design.Orange Segments back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Orange Segments

Size: 20″ x 20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing, Improvisational piecing

Quilting:  A combination of straight line quilting done with a walking foot and free motion quilting, both done on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  White Kona cotton and assorted orange cotton prints

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with two different colors of WonderFil 50wt variegated cotton thread

Binding:  Scrappy orange binding, cut 2″ in width, machine sewn to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Orange and White color scheme

Combining straight line and free motion quilting

Quilt 27 / 50

Quilt 27 / 50

Goal #4 is finished!

Goal #4 is finished!

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Op-Art: Mini Quilt #26

One of the remarkable things that happens when we quilt is that we start to see quilt patterns everywhere we go and in everything we see.  I had been thinking about making a quilt based on op-art for many years- ever since high school when I made a pen and ink op-art painting in art class.  It is fascinating to me that alternating different size and color rectangles can trick the eye into seeing dimension in a 2-D object.OpArt Quilt front view

The largest segment of this quilt finishes at 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ and the smallest is 1/4″ x 1/4″.  I started this quilt top by strip piecing alternating rows of black and white fabric.  Each strip of fabric became more narrow as I worked toward the center of the quilt and then grew progressively larger again.  Since this quilt is symmetrical I was able to cut the strip pieced segment into perpendicular strips in the same manner as the initial strip piecing.  I then flipped every other row over so the bottom square became the top.  This created the grid pattern.OpArt detail

Quilting lines move diagonally in both directions across each black square in the quilt.  This creates a subtle design that does not distract from the main optical illusion.  The backing and binding is the same black fabric that appears in the front grid.OpArt Quilt

Quilt Stats:

Title:  Op-Art Grid

Size:  20″ x 20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing

Quilting:  Linear quilting running diagonally across each black rectangle using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  American Brand Solids in black and white

Batting:  Warm and White ( In retrospect, I think I should have used a black batting (even though there are white segments on the front) because the white batting seems to be bearding through the fabric a bit.)

Thread:  Pieced using polyester 100wt InvisaFil by WonderFil in light grey and quilted with black 50wt cotton quilting thread

Binding:  Coordinating black binding, cut on the bias in 2″ widths, machine stitched on the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Creating an optical illusion in quilt form

Quilt 26 / 50

Quilt 26 / 50

Goal #3 is finished!

Goal #3 is finished!

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Tiny Cottage Garden: Mini #25

After finishing my entry into the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge, I had quite a bit of fabric left so I thought that I would create a mini quilt using some of the extra fabric.  For this mini I used 60  45 degree triangle and 6.5″x24″ rotary cutting ruler, but no specific templates.Tiny Cottage Garden front view

This fabric line has designs in several color ways that seem to lend themselves to fussy cutting, so I wanted to explore this aspect of the fabric in the design.  Two colors of the floral fabric I used in the border had the same color flower center, and I thought it would be fun to piece them together to create a single border print.  The main part of the quilt design focuses on a fussy cut diamond star, and the yo-yos in the center of each diamond are also also fussy cut from the same fabric.Tiny Cottage Garden yo yo detail

For the batting in this quilt I used a piece from a sample pack that Hobbs Batting had given me at a quilt show several months ago.  This batting has a fusible on each side which allows you to iron the top and back into place simultaneously meaning that there is no basting!  I loved not having to baste!  This batting is fairly thin, so it isn’t necessarily perfect for every project, but it worked really well in this application.  I am thinking about getting some more to use for small projects- it was so great to not have to mess with safety pins, and I don’t do sprays (but that’s a conversation for another day!)

I enjoy creating designs that are asymmetrical so the border of this mini only encompasses two sides of the star.  The quilting pattern on the border embraces the garden theme with vines quilted in variegated green thread.Tiny Cottage Garden back view

The quilting on the stars is very simple with only a double row of stitching which echoes the diamond shape.  This allows the Zentangle quilting in the star surround to really shine.  I had never tried this type of design, but now I am in love.  It may be hard to not use this design on absolutely everything!  It was really easy to do using a walking foot, and I didn’t even have to do any marking since this project is so small.  I’m sure if you looked closely enough you would see differences between each area, but it isn’t immediately noticeable.Tiny Cottage Garden quilting detail

For the quilt binding, instead of cutting a true bias strip, I cut on the angle of the pattern instead.  This allowed for the equilateral triangles in the fabric print to line up along the edge of the quilt.Tiny Cottage Garden back detail

Quilt Stats:

Title:  Tiny Cottage Garden

Size: 15.5″ x 15.5″

Techniques:  Machine piecing, fussy cutting, Y-seams

Quilting:  Freemotion leaves; Zentangle and echo quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and RB light blue solid.

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Fusible Cotton Blend

Thread:  Pieced using Gutermann Mara 100 in white, quilted with grey cotton quilting thread, Connecting Threads 50wt Magenta Cotton Essentials, and Wonderfil teal and variegated green 50wt cotton thread.

Binding:  Strips cut following the pattern on the fabric (about a 60 degree angle), machine stitched on the front, hand stitched on the back

What was new?

  • Zentangle Quilting
  • Fussy cut yo-yos
  • Cutting binding on an angle which matches the pattern of the fabric
Quilt 25 / 50

Quilt 25 / 50

Goal #2 is finished!

Goal #2 is finished!

Violet Calm: Mini Quilt #24

This quilt continues the color series I have been working on within Mini Quilt Mania.  While other quilts in this series have the color distributed across the piece, the violet circle in this quilt creates a single focal point.  Having a central focus gives this quilt a sense of calm and serenity.  Violet Calm front view

For the violet circle, I first pieced together several violet fabrics spaced with white strips into a roughly square shape.  From this section I cut a circle.  Then I cut a circle with a 1/2″ smaller radius from the white background fabric.  The smaller opening provided the seam allowance necessary to piece the violet circle into place.Violet Calm center detail

I struggled to determine the quilting pattern for this project.  There are so many possibilities!  Ultimately, I landed on juxtaposing the circular focal shape with straight line matchstick quilting.  The white bars within the focal shape remain un-quilted and extend to the edges of the piece.  The quilting lines going through the violet areas of the quilt are shades of violet and magenta that most closely match the fabric they intersect.  One section of violet stitching runs perpendicular to the rest of the stitching to break up the overall pattern.

Violet Calm back viewThe binding for this quilt is created using a variety of scraps from the fabrics used to create the violet circle.

Violet Calm front edge detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Violet Calm

Size:  20″x20″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Matchstick quilting done with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Assorted Violet Prints and Batiks, White Kona Cotton

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Connecting Threads 50wt Essential Cotton in Magenta and Grape, Variegated violet 50wt Wonderfil Cotton Quilting Thread, white cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  Scrappy binding using fabrics pieced into the quilt top

What was new?

Machine piecing a circle into a solid background fabric

Quilt 24 / 50

Quilt 24 / 50

Goal #1 is finished!

Goal #1 is finished!

 

 

2015 Third Quarter Finish Goals

It feels unbelievable that we are already half way through 2015.  I spent most of the second quarter away from home (and my lovely fabric) so I have a bunch of project roll overs since not everyone could come along for the ride!  Right now I am in Cape Cod for a bit of a break before heading home where I can’t wait to hit the ground running!  

2015 Finish Along Q3

I am excited to once again join in the Finish Along fun with Adrianne at On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Goals 1-14

In order to keep up with (and make up for being a bit behind on) Mini Quilt Mania I am planning to make a 14 more mini quilts for the second quarter of this year.  These are in various stages of completion: sketches, patterns drafted, fabrics chosen, and I even have several tops completed.

Quilt 5 / 50

Goal 15

In January I started a starburst quilt based on my Happy New Year! mini quilt, and this project is a rollover from Q1 and Q2.  I have this piece over halfway quilted right now, and I would really like to get this one finished up this quarter!Starburst process

Goal 16

For my Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake challenge quilt I am making a “potholder” style quilt using hexagonal bound blocks rather than the more traditional squares.  This quilt will be completely reversible, with one side being predominantly turquoise with the other side leaning toward the pinks in the collection.  I made a lot of progress on this quilt in Q2, and I have actually just finished it as my first finish of Q3. (Post to come soon!)Riley Blake process

Goal 17

I joined my Simply Mini Quilt Swap a few days ago which is my first online swap, and I am so excited to create a mini with someone else in mind!  The deadline is mid October, but I am optimistic that I will finish in this quarter

Goal 18

I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Challenge, so I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fat eighth package.  I have worked out a general design and some Michael Miller solids are on there way to me right now.  I am sure I will be tracking down more of the challenge fabrics once I’m certain which ones will be the most useful.  This project doesn’t have to be finished until the end of November, but I would love to have it complete before that!

Goal 19

I designed and made these cute little blocks for my Baubles Quilt months ago.  I would really like to get them made into a quilt! (Roll over from Q2)Baubles Blocks

Goal 20

This “secret” project (roll over from Q1 and Q2) is still quilted, ready for finishing, and needs to stop hanging out under my work table! Here’s hoping this quilt makes it into a finished pile this quarter!secret project process

 

 

Goal 21

This quilted pillow top needs a zippered back and finishing.  (Roll over from Q2)Pillow Top

Goal 22

This Bionic Bag is a rollover from Q2.  I have all my pieces cut, interfacing fused, zippers installed, sides assembled, and the outer panel quilted.Bionic Bag process

Goal 23

I started a set of placemats last fall.  I have a set of four that just need the binding finished.  (Roll over from Q2)

placemat process

Goal 24

I started sewing this hexagon project when I needed some handwork.  I’m not entirely certain how large this is going to get, but I’m hoping to discover what exactly this wants to be.  (Roll over from Q2)Hexagon process

Goal 25

In the first quarter I created a baby quilt sized Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt.  This quarter I hope to make a lap quilt size version of this quilt.  (Roll over from Q2)

Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt

What about you?  What are you looking forward to working on in the next few months?