Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Rainbow Rotary

I am excited to make Rainbow Rotary my first entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This was my first rainbow quilt, but I didn’t make it too easy-  There are 72 different fabrics creating the circle of color!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary is a re-interpretation of a traditional Courthouse Steps block that I turned into a wedge.  Eight wedges combine to form this circle of color.  If you would like to see more on the development of this design, please check out the original Rainbow Rotary post.  In this detail photo you can see some of the block construction as well as the quilting detail.

Rainbow Roundabout detail a

 

Each of the 72 sections of color has a single line of echo quilting in a coordinating thread.  The white sections of each wedge are quilted using a thread color which matches the dominant color of the wedge.  Nine different threads were used to quilt this project.

Rainbow Roundabout back view

One of the most exciting aspects of using so many different threads is that the back of the quilt has a subtle thread rainbow on the solid white backing fabric

Rainbow Roundabout back quilting detail

This quilt will be in the ROYGBIV category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  The Festival is currently open for entries and nominations for viewer’s choice.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely quilts that have been entered, and come back between May 22-29 to vote for your favorites in every category!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Rainbow Rotary

Size:  18.5″x18.5″

Techniques:  Foundation paper piecing

Quilting:  Echo Quilting within each area of the quilt using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  74 different fabrics:  72 colors from scrap and stash, Kona cotton in whiter for background and backing, Lotta Jansdotter stripe for binding

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Connecting Threads cotton Essentials quilting thread in Red, Grape Juice, Peridot, Persian Blue, Persimmon, and Sangria as well as yellow, teal, and green in Gutermann Mara 100.

Binding:  Striped fabric, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machined stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back.

Up Next:  I am currently writing a pattern for this quilt!

If you like this quilt, you may want to take a look at Mini Quilt Mania– I am making a mini quilt a week for 2015!

Modern Log Cabin is Back!

Modern Log Cabin” has spent the last few weeks in Paducah for judging and exhibition in the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week show.  It was exciting to have one of my quilts hanging in a national show, and I was so glad that I was able to go see it there.  (I will be posting more about the show as I work my way through the photos I have taken.)

"Modern Log Cabin" at the American Quilter's Society Quilt Week Show in Paducah, Kentucky

“Modern Log Cabin” at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week Show in Paducah, Kentucky

Last week my quilt arrived back home, which is always a relief.  Even though I know that it is pretty rare for a package to disappear in transit, I am always just a little worried whenever I send something that is not easily replaced.  Does anyone else feel that way?  Has anyone ever actually lost a quilt while with a shipping company?  If so, did it ever turn up again?  Maybe I don’t want those answers- no- I do . . . I think :)

Included in the return package with the quilt was the show book, display card, judging sheet, and cloth tag for the quilt.  This picture also show the Catalog of Show Quilts open to “Modern Log Cabin.”

AQS Quilt Show Tags and Books

I always like to see judge’s comments that people have shared for their show quilts, so I thought I would share mine as well.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since this was my first time receiving a comment card.  My quilt was also in the Modern Category of Large Wall Quilts, and much more simple in appearance than most of the quilts at this particular show.

AQS Judging Card

Best Feature(s):

  • Clean- Fresh accent
  • Fabric Choices
  • Quilting

Area(s) to Improve:

(nothing)

While I am most likely in the minority, I am always surprised and even slightly disappointed when there are no suggestions for improvement.  There is something strangely comforting to have a tangible goal to work toward.  I will qualify this by saying that my BFA is in Painting and my MFA is in Theatre design, so over the years I have become accustomed to pouring myself into a project only to have it painstakingly critiqued and/or ripped apart (sometime literally).  Repeating this process  weekly over the course of seven years results in a pretty thick skin.  It almost feels like I’ve been cheated if there is nothing to improve upon! A bit sick- isn’t it!

I consider it a great honor to have a quilt displayed in a national venue.  I have entered this quilt in a few more shows, so I hope it may have some more travel in its future!

I’m linking up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts this week.  Please drop in to see all of the lovely work being created!

Quilted Name Tag: Mini Quilt #14

I recently got up the nerve to go to a local quilt guild meeting (a goal for this year!) Everyone there was lovely and shared such amazing work.  I am really looking forward to becoming involved with a group of such creative and inspiring people.  This group encourages name tags, so this week’s mini is going to serve that purpose.Name Tag front

My quilt of the year for 2015 is red, orange, and pink flying geese on a white background.  While I didn’t want to make a copy of this quilt, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the same colors and some triangles into the design.  I also knew that I would probably want to put a few of my quilt pins on this little quilt.  I hadn’t looked at my pin collection in years, and I had a lot more than I remembered.  Not all of them made the cut- just the membership pins, my blog pin, and a couple show pins with sentimental meaning.

As I worked on the design for the quilt, I decided that I wanted to break up the overall shape so it wasn’t just a rectangle.  Then it came to me- prairie points!  I feel like I have made prairie points at some point in my past, but I cannot remember what project it would have been for!  These tiny prairie points across the bottom of this mini quilt make me very happy, and I hope that the rounded top corners won’t flop down quite as quickly as square corners may./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

I considered several options for adding my name to the quilt.  Embroidery, fused lettering, writing with a fabric pen, and printing all seemed to be within the realm of possibility.  I wanted the lettering to be clear, bold, and easy to read.  I ended up deciding to go with the printed name.  I had drafted the name tag to scale and then used Photoshop to experiment with font size and style.  To print the name I used white Kona cotton which had been soaked in a Bubble Jet prep liquid, dried, and then ironed to freezer paper to stabilize it.  Once trimmed to the size of letter paper, all I had to do was hit print and watch the lettering appear directly on my fabric.

Since the pieces were so small on this project, the top was foundation paper pieced.

The backing fabric is a reprise from the quilt of the year.  Since this project is so small, I “bagged it out” prior to quilting so I wouldn’t have a binding strip taking up any space on the front of the quilt.  Simple, linear quilting finished off this little project.

 

Name Tag back

Quilt Stats

Title:  Name Tag

Size:  4″x4.5″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing, Prairie Points

Quilting:  Straight line quilting with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  White Kona cotton and assorted scraps of prints and batiks

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, and white cotton machine quilting thread

Binding: None! (quilt was stitched with right sides together and then turned out)

What was new:

A wearable mini quilt!

Small prairie point edging

Quilt 14 / 50

Quilt 14 / 50

 

I’m linking this up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework, and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop by to see all of the fantastic work being shared!

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!