2015 First Quarter Finish Wrap-up

2015 Finish Along

It is hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way into 2015 and it is already time to wrap things up for the Q1 Finish-Along hosted at On the Windy Side.  This was my first time doing this sort of thing, and I have had mixed results this month with 13 out of 16 goals completed.  My original goal list is here.  I shifted my focus as other projects and opportunities came up, so projects that were really important to me in January worked their way down the list while other projects went to the top.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Goals 1-12

Mini Quilt Mania has been a big priority for me so far this year.  I have been using this series as a sketchbook to help me explore different techniques and aesthetics.  All twelve of the mini quilts for this quarter are completed.  (Please click on the image to see more about each specific quilt)

Fibonacci on the Seashore

Fibonacci on the Seashore

Implied Spiral

Implied Spiral Mini Quilt

Triple Heart

Triple Heart Circular Mini Quilt

Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Set

Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Set

Blue Improvisation

Blue Improvisation

Repeat with a Twist

Repeat with a Twist Mini Quilt

Whole Cloth Mini

Whole Cloth Mini

Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Winter Trees

Winter Trees

π, pi, PIE!

π, pi, PIE!

Embellished Spring

Embellished Spring

Marsala Mini

Marsala Mini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 13

This goal was based on my goal of creating a new variation on Low Volume Fail, Pastel Win! I had pulled fabrics but didn’t cut or sew anything on this one.  Right now this project has moved much further down the list, so it probably won’t even make an appearance in my Q2 goal list.

Goal 14

This was Secret Project that is a generous twin sized quilt.  It was quilted and ready for finishing at the beginning of the year, and it is still quilted and ready for finishing.  This one will reappear on the Q2 list

Goal 15

A Secret Project that will be a lap sized quilt.  At the beginning of Q1, the blocks were made and ready to be assembled, quilted, and bound.  I still can’t share the full quilt with you yet, but here is an edge view of the finished state.Secret Quilt 1

Goal 16

This lap quilt is based on Mini #1.  In January, I had scaled up the pattern and purchased and pulled fabric.  Right now it is about half quilted.  I got side tracked on this one when my sewing machine was acting up a bit (and the constant burying of threads was getting on my nerves).  Fortunately, I have my sewing machine back from its tune up, and I recently purchased some spiral eye needles to make thread burying go a whole lot faster!

Other First Quarter Accomplishments (that weren’t on the official goal list!)

  • I made two small quilts to start a series of “Sweet and Simple” quilts which would be great quick or teaching quilts.
Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt

Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt

Sweet and Simple Chevron Quilt

Sweet and Simple Chevron Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Modern Log Cabin” was accepted into the modern quilt category at the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah later in April
    Modern Log Cabin "Potholder" Style Quilt

    Modern Log Cabin “Potholder” Style Quilt

     

  • I made two Bionic Bags (one for myself, and then one for my mom) with this pattern by RipStitcher.  I will be posting about this soon!
  • In March I started working on creating quilt patterns.  I am hoping to release the first in Q2.
  • Throughout January and February I posted tutorials on this site for patterning and constructing a personalized tote bag.  I had taught this in person a few times, but I had not put it into writing before this series.


Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

Last week I shared some of my favorite mini quilts from the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, and this week I thought I would post photos of a few larger quilts that caught my eye.  All of the quilts in the show were lovely and the workmanship is extraordinary.  I wish I could share them all!

A couple of pictorial quilts caught my eye including this one by Mary Kay Price.

Mary Kay Price Grass Widows

Mary Kay Price Grass Widows

Sharon Schlotzhauer made this dynamic sunflower inspired quilt.

Sharon Scholotzhauer So Much Life in a Tiny Seed

Sharon Schlotzhauer So Much Life in a Tiny Seed

The center of the sunflower is even dimensional.  She also added some studs, beads and rhinestone glitz- quilt jewelry!

Sharon Schlotzhauer So Much Life In a Tiny Seed detail b

Sharon Schlotzhauer So Much Life In a Tiny Seed

Janet Stone also incorporated studs and rhinestones into this alphabet quilt.

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore

I couldn’t get back far enough to capture a photograph of the entire quilt, but I couldn’t imagine not showing you the top- aren’t those scallops adorable?

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore

Here’s a close up of her amazing appliqué and some of that “quilt jewelry”!  It’s no wonder this beauty won first in it’s category!

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore

Some studs were set through the entire quilt.  Here is a back view of that lovely quilting.

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore back detail

Janet Stone A Little Bit of Baaltimore back detail

Janet Stone also had another quilt from her alphabet series in the show.

Janet Stone No L

Janet Stone No L

Isn’t her attention to detail amazing?

Janet Stone No L

Janet Stone No L

There was some amazing appliqué on display at this show.  Mary Olson created this masterpiece.

Mary Olson Midnight at the Celtic Garden

Mary Olson Midnight at the Celtic Garden

She was very meticulous in the execution of this design.

Mary Olson Midnight at the Celtic Garden

Mary Olson Midnight at the Celtic Garden

This striking piece is by Gail Stepanek.

Gail Stepanek My Brunette Whig

Gail Stepanek My Brunette Whig

The quilting really makes the appliqué pop!

Gail Stepanek My Brunette Whig

Gail Stepanek My Brunette Whig

There was a great deal of phenomenal quilting on display.  I really liked the feathers in this quilt by  Tamara Gross.

Tamara Gross The Bias Pomegrnate Quilt

Tamara Gross The Bias Pomegrnate Quilt

Tamara Gross The Bias Pomegrnate Quilt

Tamara Gross The Bias Pomegrnate Quilt

The amazing quilting in this piece by Margaret Solomon shines and catches the light beautifully since it is constructed with silk fabrics.

Margaret Solomon Gunn Autumns Surrender

Margaret Solomon Gunn Autumns Surrender

I was very inspired by the quilts in this show.  As wonderful as it is to see quilts online and in magazines, seeing them in person enhances the overall impact of a piece.  I am even more excited to head to the AQS show in Paducah next month!


Indiana Heritage Quilt Show Mini Quilts

The first weekend in March the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show took place in Bloomington, Indiana.  I had never been to this show, so I thought it would be fun to check it out.  There were many impressive quilts in this show, and I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

Today I’m showing you a few of my favorites in the small quilt category.  Most of these quilts I would consider to be miniature quilts.  In my mind, a miniature quilt is a small quilt with all of the detail of a large quilt scaled down, resulting in a quilt with thousands of minuscule pieces painstakingly assembled into a spectacular finished piece.  I tend to think of a mini quilt (my current obsession!) as a small quilt that does not necessarily have scaled down components.  Do you make a distinction between mini and miniature quilts?  I may have somehow created a distinction in my own mind that does not necessarily exist!

The quilt which won the first place award for small quilts also won an award for hand quilting, and definitely fits into my idea of what makes a miniature quilt.

Lahala Phelps Dutch Flower Pots

Lahala Phelps Dutch Flower Pots

Lahana Phelps has truly beautiful hand stitching in both the appliqué and quilting of this piece.

Lahala Phelps Dutch Flower Pots detail

Lahala Phelps Dutch Flower Pots detail

Another lovely piece of miniature appliqué is in this quilt by Laura Welklin.

Laura Welklin Dancing Dahlias

Laura Welklin Dancing Dahlias

The fine detail in her appliqué and quilting is amazing and the whole quilt is set off with a tiny flanged binding.

Laura Welklin Dancing Dahlias detail

Laura Welklin Dancing Dahlias detail

The tiny feather quilting and the minuscule piecing really caught my eye on this quilt by Mary Mouton.

Mary Mouton Itsy Bitsy Stripsy

Mary Mouton Itsy Bitsy Stripsy

Can you believe that each of triangles on the basket handles were pieced?  Each half square triangle is only about 1/8″ square!

Mary Mouton Itsy Bitsy Stripsy detail

Mary Mouton Itsy Bitsy Stripsy detail

Suzy Webster made this modern mini quilt.  I liked her use of negative space on this piece.

Suzy Webster Pulse

Suzy Webster Pulse

The detail in her quilting really sets this quilt apart.

Suzy Webster Pulse detail

Suzy Webster Pulse detail

One of my favorite quilts of the day was this piece by Sharon L Schlotzhauer.  I was immediately drawn to the composition, the pieced in splashes of color in the tiny binding, and the awesome matchstick quilting.

Sharon L Schlotzhauer Almost Squared Away II

Sharon L Schlotzhauer Almost Squared Away II

I loved how the variation in the density of the matchstick quilting really created depth and drew the viewers eye around the quilt.

Sharon L Schlotzhauer Almost Squared Away II detail

Sharon L Schlotzhauer Almost Squared Away II detail

I really enjoyed seeing the quilts at this show, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the larger quilts next week!

Oh Scrap! Feature

I am really excited that today my tutorial for cord/coin pouches is featured in Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

Cord/Coin Keyring Pouches

Cord/Coin Keyring Pouches

Oh Scrap! is a terrific link up to share your ideas for making good use of the bits of fabric we all have laying around.  I hope to read some of your scrap-busting ideas there!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Cynthia creates so many beautiful designs, and I hope you will check out all of her wonderful work!

If this is your first time visiting, I am thrilled to have you here!  Please take a look around to see more of my work.

This year I have embarked on a project to create a mini quilt a week, so I hope you will continue to visit as this project progresses.  I enjoy creating quilts in a wide range of styles, particularly “art” and “modern” quilts, and I like to share the design process as well as finished quilts.  In the coming weeks, I will also be releasing an in depth multi-post tutorial on creating a custom tote bag.

I love sharing my work with you, and I am so happy to welcome you to my online home.  Thank you for visiting!

Custom Wallet from Stephanie at Quarter Incher!

In December, Sew Mama Sew hosted a terrific giveaway week.  One of the best parts of this series of giveaways is having the opportunity to check out all of the wonderful things people create and share on their blogs.  I know I discovered a lot of blogs that were new to me.

During this series of giveaways, I was also really fortunate to win this amazing wallet from Stephanie at Quarter Incher!

Wallet

This wallet was a custom build, so Stephanie asked me a few questions and then emailed potential fabric choices for the exterior.  Once we determined the main fabric, she chose other wonderful fabrics for the interior.

Wallet Open

There is so much space in this wallet!  In addition to the zipper pouch, there are three gusseted pockets, two more flat pockets, and room for twelve cards.  I will have no excuse if I can’t stay super organized with this wallet to help!

Wallet Interior

I would really encourage anyone who loves this wallet to take a look at the others pictured in the Quarter Incher Giveaway Post, and maybe even order one of your own! I am absolutely thrilled with this beautifully constructed piece, and I am so excited to carry it in the coming year!

Quarter Incher