2015 First Quarter Finish Goals

2015 Finish Along

With cautious optimism, I am joining the finishing fun with the 2015 Q1 Finish-Along hosted at On the Windy Side!  Some items aren’t necessarily a huge time commitment (goals 1-12), but others (goal 13) will take a significant amount of time and thought.  I am also hoping to dip my toes in the pattern writing waters in the next couple months, so I think I will be pretty busy!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Goals 1-12

In order to keep up with Mini Quilt Mania I am planning to make 12 more mini quilts for the first quarter of this year.  Most are sketched, I have drafted patterns for others, selected some fabrics, and a couple are started.

Quilt 1 / 50

Goal 13

I loved making Low Volume Fail, Pastel Win!, and I am planning a quilt based on similar ideas and techniques.  I am currently sketching and selecting fabrics.

Goal 14

A Secret Project that is a generous twin sized quilt.  It is currently quilted and ready for finishing.

Goal 15

A Secret Project that will be a lap sized quilt.  The blocks are made and ready to be assembled, quilted, and bound.

Quilt Blocks

Goal 16

I am thrilled with the results of Mini #1, and I want to make a lap or twin sized version of this pattern.  I have scaled up the pattern and started pulling fabrics.

Mini #1

Goodness, I better get busy!  I wish everyone the best of luck in the next few months, and I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting projects that are planned!

Happy New Year 2015! Mini Quilt #1

I am excited to kick off Mini Quilt Mania with finish #1!  For this quilt I wanted to use the New Year as an inspiration.  For a lot of people, New Year’s is a time for big parties and fireworks.  For me, the New Year is celebrated by watching the Times Square Ball Drop on television.  So I decided I would focus on that iconic piece of lighted metal and glass for my inspiration for this quilt.

Happy New Year! Front


While I usually like to observe my objects of inspiration in person, I am in the midwest, and the Times Square Ball is not.  Turning to the internet, I looked at several sources including the fact sheet found on the Times Square Alliance page about the New Year’s Eve Ball.  Not really a true sphere, the ball is made up of triangles within triangles.  These triangles are lit using LEDs (really exciting to the theatre designer part of me!) which allows for almost endless color combinations and patterns.  I started out by creating a line drawing of triangles within triangles.  Then I added borders around each main triangle to represent the metal structure of the ball.

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I knew that I wanted to use medium to dark greys in the borders of the triangles to give the design a slightly industrial feel.  (I like to juxtapose “utilitarian” with “pretty!”)  Then I started to experiment with color.  At first I was thinking along the lines of emphasizing the hexagons formed in the design, but I soon moved onto star configurations.  The gallery below is a small sample of the designs I considered.

I am pretty sure the most challenging part of this process was decided which color scheme to go with!  Ultimately, I ended up choosing the Red, Orange, and Violet Stars.

 

Red, Orange, and Violet Stars

Red, Orange, and Violet Stars

I pulled from stash fabrics for this project, and decided to select one dark and one light material of each of the three star colors.  I also pulled three different grey fabrics for the triangle borders.  The top is constructed using paper foundation piecing techniques.

Happy New Year! Detail

For the quilting design, I wanted to emphasize the straight lines found in the quilt top, and I ended up choosing to outline and enhance each element of the design using a coordinating thread.  Since I was quilting in several colors, I used a white backing fabric to really show off the colors of the threads.

Happy New Year! Back

Overall, I am really happy with this quilt, and I may consider creating a larger scale quilt using this block design.

Quilt Stats

Title: Happy New Year 2015!

Size: 12.5″ x 14.25″

Techniques:  Paper Foundation Piecing

Quilting:  Outline stitching with additional interior lines using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  White Kona Cotton, 100% cotton prints and batiks

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread: Pieced using Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted using cotton machine quilting thread in dark grey, Mettler cotton quilting threads in Red, Magenta, and Orange

Binding:  Grey bias- cut in 2″ strips, machine stitched to the front of the quilt, and hand stitched to the back.

Quilt 1 / 50

Quilt 1 / 50

I am linking this post up with Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She, Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Paper Piecing Party at Quilt Art Designs, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please take a moment to stop in and see all of the wonderful projects being created!

Mini Quilt Mania 2015

I recently made my first mini quilt in many years, and I loved it!  Mini quilts are awesome because:

  • You can try a new technique without having to commit to a large quilt
  • They are a great way to use scraps or make a dent in your stash
  • It is super rewarding to have a project that you can produce quickly
  • A mini is like a sketchbook for a quilter!

Mini Mania 2015


Since we can now agree that mini quilts are marvelous, I am declaring that 2015 will be my year of the mini quilt!  This year I am going to attempt to make 50 mini quilts.  That means that every week (except for two weeks TBD) I am going to create a new mini quilt.  The requirements I am setting for myself are:

  • The term “quilt” will mean at least two layers of fabric with at least one layer of batting sandwiched between.  These layers will be held together using either hand or machine stitches.
  • A mini will be defined as any quilt which has a perimeter of 80″ or less.  (There is no minimum perimeter measurement)
  • The quilt may be any shape and proportion as long as size requirements are met.
  • All patterns will be original designs, but may be influenced by traditional blocks/patterns/designs (traditional meaning that these designs are old enough to be in the public domain) or a specific technique.
  • Provided the definition of a quilt is met, any and all techniques are fair game.  This could include, but is not limited to:  hand piecing, machine piecing, foundation piecing, needle turn appliqué,  machine appliqué, fusible appliqué, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, beadwork, hand quilting, machine quilting (either free motion or with a walking foot), whole cloth quilts, fabric dying and manipulation.
  • The completion rate for these quilts should average one per week, but quilts may be started at any time.  (I don’t have to start and finish a quilt in the same week)

What are your thoughts on mini quilts?  Do you love them? Hate them?  Have you ever given or received a mini as a gift?  Do you ever use mini quilts to experiment with a new pattern or technique?

I am linking this post up to the Small Blog Meet at Lily’s Quilts.  Please stop by to see what everyone is working on!

Mini Quilt Mania! Quilts

Mini #1

Happy New Year!  Mini Quilt

Fibonacci on the Seashore

Fibonacci on the Seashore

Implied Spiral

Implied Spiral Mini Quilt

Triple Heart

Triple Heart

Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Set

Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Set

Blue Improvisation Front

Blue Improvisation Mini Quilt

Repeat with a Twist Detail B

Repeat with a twist

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

Name Tag

Name Tag

Rainbow Roundabout

Rainbow Roundabout

Graffiti Feathers

Graffiti Feathers

Fruit Crush

Fruit Crush

April Showers

April Showers

Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

Selvage Mug Rug

Selvage Mug Rug

May Flower

May Flower

Green Grass

Green Grass

Yellow Rays

Yellow Rays

Violet Calm

Violet Calm

Tiny Cottage Garden

Tiny Cottage Garden

Op-Art Grid

Op-Art Grid

Orange Segments

Orange Segments

Fading Floral

Fading Floral

Running Hot and Cold

Running Hot and Cold

Sashiko Min

Sashiko Mini

2015 Mini Quilt

As I began preparing posts for the upcoming year, I realized that there would be occasions I would need a general graphic or background image.  I considered creating a graphic from scratch in a photo editing program, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to create a quilt to use as a background image.  This is the quilt I designed.

2015 Mini Quilt Full


As I began sketching, the only major requirement I had of this design was a large area of negative space.  I knew that I would want to be able to easily place text over the image.  Ultimately I landed on a classic “Flying Geese” border design with separate corner blocks.

2015 Mini Quilt Line

When choosing colors, I had a few requirements:

  • The palette must be eye-catching even in a thumbnail scale
  • Text placed over the finished quilt image should be easy to read
  • I must like the colors
  • All fabrics must be readily available in my stash

White with shots of bright pink, red, violet, and orange fulfilled all of these requirements

2015 Mini Quilt Color Sketch

I paper pieced each corner block and border for the quilt top and then chose a bright red and orange dot for the back of this little quilt.

2015 Mini Quilt Back

I quilted the piece using diagonal lines approximately 1/2″ apart.  I am happy with the finished quilt, and I think I will be able to use it in a lot of different configurations.

  1. A corner border where text can be placed in the opposite corner2015 Mini Quilt Corner Detail
  2. A side border with text along the opposite side2015 Mini Quilt Side Detail
  3. A center only version that supplies texture, but no bright colors2015 Mini Quilt Center Detail
  4. And of course, the full quilt image2015 Mini Quilt Full

I am very happy with the cheerful color scheme, and I’m certain that this image will be making an appearance frequently in the coming year.

Quilt Stats

Title:  2015

Size: 8″x8″

Techniques:  Paper Piecing

Quilting:  Diagonal lines using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  Background- White Kona Cotton, Triangles- 100% cotton prints

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

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

Binding:  White Kona Cotton bias cut at 2″ wide, machine stitched to the quilt front, and hand stitched on the back

I am linking this post up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

Quilty Resolutions 2015

I am excited to share my quilting goals for the coming year!  I usually avoid typical New Year’s resolutions that tend to involve a short term burst of motivation which quickly fizzles out.  What I can get behind is a statement of long term goals, but that sounds really boring, so “Quilty Resolutions” it is!

2015 Resolutions


Establish a Consistent Blogging Schedule:  I am new to the world of blogging, and I am still developing a schedule that allows for both ample sewing/quilting time and consistent posting.

Connect:  The biggest reason I wanted to start blogging is to reach out to the online quilting community.  I hope to connect to other bloggers as well as share my own projects.  I am also going to attend at least one local guild meeting, hopefully more if I find a group that is a good fit!

Mini Quilt Mania:  This goal is the single most labor intensive of the year.  The mini will become my quilter’s sketchbook!  I plan to make a mini quilt a week for the duration of 2015.  I will be posting more on this goal very soon.

Free Motion Quilting:  Of all quilting/sewing techniques, this is far and away the most challenging for me.  It has been a long time since I have been a complete beginner at any area of sewing, so I am finding it very difficult to remain patient with myself as I move forward on this journey.  I don’t expect my FMQ to be perfect by the end of the year, but it will be better.

Enter Quilt Shows:  I see shows as another means of connecting to the quilting community as well as sharing and inspiring one another.

Write Patterns and Tutorials:  I LOVE creating my own patterns, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing those designs with others.  In 2015, I hope to pass on the information to make some of these projects.

Teach a Quilting Class:  I taught college for a few years, and I hope that I can return to a classroom this year to teach quilting classes.

Make an article of Quilted Clothing:  I have spent most of my sewing life creating clothing, including a few quilted pieces.  I would like to return to my sewing roots to create wearable art!

This post is linked to 2015 Sewing Goals at PennyDog Patchwork and Quilty Resolutions at Quilting Jetgirl.  Please take a few moment to see what everyone hopes to accomplish in the coming year!