2015 Second Quarter Finish Goals

I can hardly believe we are entering the second quarter of 2015!  This time around I have a unrealistically long list and a mix of goals: a dozen mini quilts, a few larger projects, a couple bags, a some smaller gifts.  2015 Finish Along Q2

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 1-12

In order to keep up with Mini Quilt Mania I am planning to make a dozen more mini quilts for the second quarter of this year.  These are in various stages of completion: sketches, patterns drafted, fabrics chosen, and a couple are even being sewn!

Quilt 5 / 50

Goal 13

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

Goal 14

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.  Right now the quilt is about halfway pieced.Riley Blake process

Goal 15

I knew as soon as I saw the Viewfinder fabric in Melody Miller’s Playful collection by Cotton and Steel that I wanted a Quilted Purse made with it.  I am slightly scaling up the pattern I created for my current purse.  I have set the zipper into the top panel, quilted the main fabric, and made the handles.Purse process

Goal 16

Sometimes I wish I had a Cross-body bag to carry when I need a more hands-free shopping (or quilt show) experience.  I have sketched the design, pulled fabrics, and I am looking for a source for a double tab purse zipper that is at least 30″.  This shouldn’t be so hard to find- I mean- you must be able to buy luggage zippers, right?  Any sourcing suggestions?

Goal 17

I designed and made these cute little blocks for my Baubles Quilt months ago.  I need to put together a top and get this thing quilted and finished!Baubles Blocks

Goal 18

This Secret Project (roll over from Q1) 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 19

I am going to be needing a few small thank you gifts for this summer, so I am hoping to get six (or more) cord/coin pouches made.Cord pouch fabric

Goal 20

This quilted pillow top needs a zippered back and finishing.Pillow Top

Goal 21

I bought this fabric last summer to make a skirt.  Now that it is warming up again I need to get this made up!Skirt Fabric

Goal 22

I recently started another Bionic Bag, and I will be finishing it up in 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.

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.Hexagon process

Goal 25

In the first quarter I created a baby quilt sized Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt.  This quarter I will be making a lap quilt size version of this quilt.

Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt

Goal 26

This summer I’ll be working as a theatrical cutter/draper. (A draper uses the performer’s measurements to create patterns for a costume.)  I haven’t done this in awhile (I’m pretty excited to return to it!), and when I pulled out my sewing apron it was really worn.  I will definitely need to find time to make a replacement before I leave for this job!  I have some denim left over from another project, and I am still deciding what fabric to use for the accent.  These are my top choices right now.Apron fabric

This list is super long, and I recognize that a some of these projects may not get finished (or even touched) this quarter, but a lot of items are pretty far along, so once again I am cautiously optimistic!

 

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.


Marsala Mini: Mini Quilt #13

Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala, a warm red with brown undertones.  Every year, I look forward to finding out the color of the year, and I knew that this year I would explore the color in the form of a quilt.  I was even more excited when I heard about the Pantone Quilt Challenge at On the Windy Side and Play Crafts.Marsala Mini Front View

The Pantone website features a quote by their executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, describing marsala as a color which “enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.”  The challenge for me was that marsala isn’t a color that I’m particularly drawn to.  However, I learned long ago that there is no “ugly” color- it is all in how you use it.  I certainly wouldn’t label marsala with the U-word, but it is skating a bit to close too brown for my taste, and so many red-brown fabrics can look depressing or even dead.  Fortunately, last fall I picked up several fat quarters of marsala-like fabrics from a clearance bin.  Maybe my subconscious is better at picking up color trends than the rest of my brain, but I was sure glad that I had these when the color of the year was announced!  I mixed those with a few other marsala-y reds to come up with my basic palette. Marsala Fabric

When I am not immediately inspired, I will often do some sort of free writing or word association with the topic or theme.  For me marsala is associated with things like wine, curry, tomato sauce, roses, lipstick-  sensuality, volume, and curves come to mind.  The more I thought about this color, the more I thought that marsala calls out to be used in an Art Nouveau inspired design.

In looking at some Art Nouveau research, I landed on this tile design.  For me, the curves of this design seemed to be the perfect match for marsala.ANTD-080_i

I popped the image into the computer to create three graphics that would help in the creation of this quilt.  The first was a line drawing for the main pieces of fabric.  I printed this image on freezer paper so I could cut apart the image, iron the pieces to fabric and press the seam allowances around the paper.  This allowed me to assemble the quilt top using English Paper Piecing style techniques.Marsala Mini line drawing a

Over the line drawing I added a layer showing the smaller pieces of fabric that I would later add using wonder under.  I also printed this off on freezer paper to make it easier to cut these shapes.  (Hint:  Freezer paper won’t stick well to the paper backing of wonder under.  I ironed the wonder under to the back of the fabric and the freezer paper to the front.  It was really easy to cut these fairly small shapes, and you could even leave the freezer paper in place to add stability to the fabric after the paper wonder under backing is removed.  Once the fabric is ironed in place you can peel back the freezer paper.)Marsala Mini line drawing b

The final graphic I created was a color image which I used to help determine general fabric placement.  After quite a bit of experimentation, I decided that marsala paired beautifully with oranges and deep, muted violets, blues, and greys.Marsala Mini color

The main construction of the top was done entirely by hand.

Main Marsala top construction with tan appliqués in place

Main Marsala top construction with tan appliqués in place

With the main construction complete, I adhered the smaller pieces to the quilt using Wonder Under before using a machine blanket stitch to sew around the edges of the appliqués.Marsala Process B

Here is the back view of the quilt top- I just love seeing “behind the scenes” on this sort of construction!Marsala Process B back

The quilt back is improvisationally pieced using marsala colored fabrics.

Marsala Mini back view

Marsala Mini back view

For the quilting I decided to do fairly heavy quilting echoing each shape in the design.

Marsala Front detail

Marsala Mini front detail

Marsala Mini back detail

Marsala Mini back detail

I am pretty sure that this is my favorite mini I have done in this series, so I am really glad that I went out of my comfort zone to embrace marsala!  What do you think of marsala?  Are you making a project using marsala this year?

Quilt Stats

Title:  Marsala Mini

Size: 13″x17″

Techniques:  English paper piecing, machine appliqué, improvisational piecing

Quilting:  Echo stitching done using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  Kona in wine and charcoal; Alison Glass prints; Basketweave, Whisper, and a couple other prints from Riverwoods Collection by the Troy Corporation; Carolyn Friedlander Botanics print; several prints and batiks from unidentified fat quarters.

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Pieced with Gutermann Mara 100 color 245 (a warm clay/taupe color), Machine appliquéd with Gutermann Mara 100 in color 257 (a dark plum sort of color), Quilted with Connecting Threads Essential cotton thread in Red

Binding:  Strips cut on the bias in 2″ widths, machine sewn to the front, hand sewn to the back

What was new:

Using English paper piecing techniques on irregularly curved shapes

Quilt 13 / 50

Quilt 13 / 50

Goal #12 is Finished!

Goal #12 is Finished!

I’m linking this post up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt InfatuationFabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Pet Project at Pink Doxies, Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She, and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely work being created!

 


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!