Columbus Cityscape Block of the Month: History Center

The Ohio History Connection is situated between the Ohio State Fairgrounds and a heavily trafficked section of interstate.  This positioning has made the building a significant landmark in the city of Columbus.

The main building appears to rise up from the surrounding landscape and forms a wonderfully symmetrical building with a strong visual perspective.

I have been having fun selecting a few specialty fabrics for some of the buildings, and the banner on the history center was a perfect opportunity for some fussy cutting.  The banner on the building has an image of a mastodon skeleton, but mastodon fabric is really hard to come by, so we took some artistic liberty and substituted some really cute dinosaur fabric instead.  At least they are both (unfortunately) extinct!

This pattern is available from Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio.  If you have already purchased the pattern, you can access the extra templates here.  You will need the password included in the pattern instructions to access this page.

I will be doing a demonstration of a portion of this block at Dabble and Stitch tomorrow, Sunday, September 2 at 1pm!

Columbus Cityscape Block of the Month: State Fair

The Ohio State Fair has been a tradition since 1850, and it continues to be a favorite summer destination for Ohio families to both learn and have fun.  County and State Fairs have always honored the makers in their communities, which makes the inclusion of the fair in this quilt particularly appropriate.  The fair runs for a week and a half from the end of July to through the beginning of August, so I knew that the fair block would be perfect for August.

State Fair Block for blog

The Ohio State Fair has taken place in the same location since 1886, and the buildings that comprise the fairgrounds have been constructed throughout the years since then.  The architecture has evolved to meet the needs of each department, so the overall look of the fairgrounds is quite eclectic.

I chose to focus on the Poultry and Rabbit Pavilion for two main reasons:

  1. The architecture of the building is one of the most distinctive on the fairgrounds, and
  2. I raised chickens in 4-H, so I always spend an inordinate amount of time visiting the poultry barns at every fair I attend.

I have noticed that I am drawn to buildings with green trim, so this was right up my alley!

Poultry Pavillion

The occupants of the pavilion are usually quite interested in their visitors.  This pullet (female chicken born in the same year) was particularly social.

Chicken 2

The feather patterns on these birds are stunning!

Chicken 3

Did you know that the color egg a chicken lays corresponds to the color of its earlobe, not the color of its feathers?  I didn’t know this until I raised egg layers for the first time, and got a gorgeous brown egg from my snowy white flock of chickens!

Chicken 1

I will refrain from showing you the dozens of other chicken photos I have taken this year, but I’m starting to think there may be a chicken quilt in my future!  The pattern for this block, and the rest of the quilt, are available exclusively from Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio.

If you have already purchased the pattern, you can access the extra templates here.  You will need the password included in the pattern instructions to access this page.

Quilt

National Backwards Day!

Today, January 31 is National Backwards Day!  I decided to celebrate by taking a closer look at the back of some quilts and quilt tops.

The backs of quilt tops hardly ever get the glory that they deserve.  Here are some hand appliquéd circles . . .

Circle Applique back

And some machine pieced circles . . .

Stroll back

I love when the quilting transfers the design of the quilt to the back of the project.

Row by Row Back

 

Overlay Back

Franklin Park back

 

Sometimes the design isn’t completely transferred to the back of the quilt, but you can get a general idea of the quilt front.

Customer Quilt back

Pin Mini back

 

Occasionally I do simple, light quilting . . .

Simple Mini Quilt BackBut more often it’s heavy quilting that shows on the back of my quilts . . .  (these two mini quilts are the same design)

Star Block Back

 

Recently I even tried out using doubled batting, which really made the quilting design pop on the back of the quilt (as well as the front).

Secret Sewing Quilt Back

I frequently love the backs of quilts as much as the front!

 

Improv Trees

This weekend I had the opportunity to teach my first improvisational piecing class at Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio.  And it happened to be one of my all-time favorite improv inspirations- winter trees!  Talk about being perfect for this time of year!  In the sample piece I used a lot of bright colors.

Improv Trees Sample

I love using unexpected fabrics for the trees, especially irregular stripes or splotches.  We spent the first part of class selecting fabrics, and the students made fabulous selections!  Here are a couple student projects.  I tend to get pretty wrapped up in the class itself and forget to take photos, but I can assure you that there was a lot of awesomeness going on!

For the tree fabric strips she selected a print of trees!  Don’t you love how the print looks all cut up?

Improv student process shot

Here is a finished top.  The tree fabric used in this one was a popular choice and looked terrific with a bunch of different backgrounds.

Improv student project

 

I really hope I have the chance to teach this class again!  If you would like to see another example and read more about the process, please check out another improv trees mini quilt I did awhile ago.

Third Quarter Finish Along Goals

It is (once again) hard to believe that we are heading into another quarter and that half of 2016 is behind us.  The second quarter was filled with theatre work, and now that it is mostly tied up with a delightful bow I will be focussing more on my quilting life.  I have just scheduled several class with a local shop, so I hope to see some of my central Ohio readers there!  (I will be posting more on this in the next few days)

2015 Finish Along Q3

The 2016 Finish Along is being hosted by several people around the globe.

2016 FAL

This quarter’s list looks way too much like last quarter’s so feel free to skim.  I managed to meet my major deadlines for the second quarter, but I don’t consider a project completely finished unless it’s blogged, so I’m breaking down my finish goals by what I need to accomplish.

Needs to be blogged about:

1.  This Way or That Mini QuiltPolar Bear Mini

2.  This Way or That Baby Quilt
This Way or That detail

3.  Wool “Needle Minding” MiniNeedle Minding Mini

Needs Binding:

4.  Lemondrops and Gumdrops Mini QuiltLemon Drop Mini

5.  Blue Wholecloth Mini Quilt

6.  Radiating Mini QuiltRadiating Mini

7.  “Secret” Mini QuiltSecret Mini

Waiting for Quilting:

8.  Happy New Year Star QuiltStarburst process

9.  Grey Diamond QuiltDiamond Quilt

10.  Sand Dollar Star Mini or PillowSand Dollar Star

11.  Peppermint Forest Mini QuiltPeppermint Forest

12.  Broken Circle Mini QuiltBroken Circle

13.  Cotton Felting Mini

14.  Apple Core MiniApple Core Mini

15.  Swap Pillow Cover

Pillow Cover Top

Assembly in Process:

16.  Mystery QuiltMeadow Mist process

17.  Waves PillowPillow Top

18.  Green Baby QuiltGreen Baby Quilt

19.  Coral Baby QuiltPeach Baby Quilt

20.  Medallion Mini QuiltMedallion Mini

21.  Sashiko Pillow
Sashiko Pillow Top

22.  Circle Applique QuiltCircles Quilt start

Aspiring Projects:

23.  Plus QuiltPlus Fabric

I never number these projects until I have listed them all, so let me assure you that I am as stunned as anyone by this number!