Topsy Turvy: Mini Quilt #19

This week, I looked back over the mini quilts I have made so far for Mini Quilt Mania, and I realized that one thing I haven’t done yet is a block based mini quilt.

Topsy Turvy front view

Earlier this year I was lucky to win the Citrus Tattersall fabrics featured in this quilt from Judy at Quilt Paradigm.  The colors in the fabric are bold, but softened by the amount of white surrounding them.  I liked the idea of using these fabrics in a diagonal spectrum to create a quiet rainbow of color across the piece.

Topsy Turvy detail

I started out creating these simple little blocks by sewing a strip of Citrus fabric to a strip of white Kona cotton.  I then cut the strip at 45 degree angles resulting in triangles, half of which have the larger piece white, and the other half have the larger portion Citrus.

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When turned together, these triangles create a block with alternating colors.   I’m sure that someone, somewhere, has made this block before, but I couldn’t find it referenced, so I’m going to call it a Topsy Turvy block.

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Edge to edge quilting is not something I have much experience with, but I tend to like it when I see it used on other peoples quilts.  I thought that this project would be a good time to try out an all over clam shell quilting pattern.  I am so glad I gave it a try because I love it!  I received a set of batting samples from Hobbs batting at a quilt show and this mini was the first chance I had to try out one of the battings.  Since this quilt is mostly white, I knew I needed to go with one of the bleached battings.  I decided to try out the 80/20 batting, and I was quite pleased with the result.  When I first touched the batting, I thought that it felt sort of rough (I’m assuming that is the 20% polyester), but it quilted up beautifully and the quilt has just the right amount of poof!  I think I will be buying more of this batting to use on bigger projects.

Topsy Turvy back view

The binding is bias cut pieces of several of the Citrus fabrics.  I just love plaids and stripes cut on the bias!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Topsy Turvy Spectrum

Size: 10″x14.5″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Free motion clam shells done on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Citrus Tattersall by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics and white Kona Cotton

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Bleached Cotton

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, quilted with white cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  Citrus Tattersall fabrics, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was New:

A block based mini

Hobbs 80/20 batting

Quilt 19 / 50

Quilt 19 / 50

Goal #5 is Finished!

Goal #5 is Finished!

 I’m linking this post up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Mini Quilt Monday at Modern Cozy.  Please drop by to see all of the awesome work being created!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day: Zippered Pouches

Today, in conjunction with Sew Mama Sew‘s Giveaway day, is the first giveaway I have done on this blog.  My blog is about five months old now, and I am excited to offer the chance to win these zippered pouches to all of my visitors.  I am very grateful for the kind words and support offered by those who have joined me in these early months, and I am excited to welcome new friends as well!

SMS Pouch Giveaway

I am trained as a theatrical scenic and costume designer and technician, but this blog focuses on my life outside of the theatre- The (not so) Dramatic Life.  Most of the work I share here is quilting related, but other sewing projects pop up from time to time.  My big project for the year is Mini Quilt Mania, for which I am creating a new mini quilt almost every week of the year for a total of 50 quilts.  I have done 18 so far, and I am thoroughly enjoying the process!

Pouch Lining

Pouch Lining

There are two zippered pouches in this giveaway.  They each have a blue denim exterior and are fully lined and trimmed with a cotton print from Amy Butler’s Violette fabric line.  The larger pouch is 6″x10″x4.5″ and would be a great container for carrying small projects or corralling toiletries when you travel.

The smaller pouch is an octagon measuring about 3.75″x3.75″ and is grommeted for use as a key ring.  This is perfect for carrying a little money, a phone charger, or thumb drive.  I have written a tutorial for creating this cord/coin pouch if you would like to make your own!

Would you like to enter to win this pair of pouches?  It’s easy- here’s how:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what project(s) you are working on right now and/or what your quilting or sewing goals are.  Is there a pattern you want to make? A technique you would like to try? A fabric line you are eager to use?  Is there a tutorial you would like to see made?  I love hearing what you are up to and interested in!
  • Followers, both long time and new, get a bonus entry!  Near the top of the sidebar there are several options for following me including Bloglovin’, Instagram, and Pinterest.  To get the bonus entry please leave a comment telling me how you follow.

This giveaway is open through 5pm PST on Sunday, May 10.  All comments on this post received by that time will be included in a random drawing.

I will email and post the winner on the blog on or before Wednesday, May 13.  Once I have the shipping address for the winner, your package will be in the mail by Friday, May 15.  (Should the winner not respond with a shipping address by Friday, May 15, I will draw a new winner and contact them via email and the blog)

There are lots more fantastic giveaways of both hand crafted items and supplies at Sew Mama Sew, so be sure to check those out as well!  Good Luck!

Update from May 11, 2015:  The winner of this giveaway is Catrin Lewis- Congratulations Catrin!  

Here are some other posts you may enjoy!

Mini Quilt Mania

Mini Quilt Mania

Rainbow Roundabout Mini Quilt

Rainbow Rotary

Marsala Mini Quilt

Marsala Mini

Winter Trees Mini Quilt

Winter Trees

Cord/Coin Pouches

Cord/Coin Pouches

Create Your Own Tote Bag Tutorial Series

Create Your Own Tote Bag Tutorial Series

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!

April Showers: Mini Quilt #18

This mini quilt was designed a few months ago right after I received this package of fat quarters by Bonnie and Camille that I won in a giveaway from Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  The fabrics come from Bonnie and Camille’s April Showers line of fabric, so I decided that April would be the perfect time to create and share this little quilt.

April Showers Mini Quilt front view

The abstract triangular raindrops in this quilt are foundation paper pieced in rows before being assembled into the quilt top.

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In deciding what fabric to pair with the April Showers Fabrics, I looked at several color options.  I knew that I wanted to go with a solid background fabric in order to show off the cute prints in the fat quarter collection.  White seemed a bit stark for this project, and the blues I had available were a little too cheerful.  This mid-tone grey really captured the feel of a rainy day.

April Showers front detail

I kept the backing simple by using the same grey fabric.  This really allowed the matchstick quilting to shine.  Most of the quilting was done with a teal colored 50wt cotton thread by WonderFil.  I had read good things about this thread in the last issue of Generation Q Magazine, so when I saw their booth at the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah last week, I knew I wanted to purchase a couple spools.  It really worked out beautifully, and I used red and yellow thread that I already had on hand to add interest to the matchstick design.  I wanted to add a little glitz to this quilt to emulate the shimmer of raindrops so I attempted to use silver metallic thread.  In the past, I have not had the best experience with metallic thread, but this time it worked really well.  The fantastic and helpful people in at the WonderFil vendor booth gave me a sample pack of thread which included a metallic silver thread with a rayon core.  It is a really light, thin thread that went through my machine beautifully.  There was no shredding or breaking of the thread, which was really exciting given my past experience with metallics.  I was quite pleased with the life this small amount of shimmer the metallic thread adds to the design.

April Showers back view

Rather than keeping the entire binding grey, I decided to add small pieces of the April Showers fabric along one side of the bias.

April Showers binding detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  April Showers

Size:  18.25″ x 9.25″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing

Quilting:  Matchstick quilting using four different threads

Fabrics:  April Showers by Bonnie and Camille, mid-tone grey solid from my stash (I think it was a Kona cotton)

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced using Gutermann Mara 100 in white and grey, Quilted with 50wt Egyptian Cotton Konfetti color 607 by WonderFil, Silver Metallic Rayon core WonderFil, 50wt Red Cotton Essentials machine quilting thread by Connecting Threads, and 50wt Daffodil Yellow (1135) cotton Aurifil Thread

Binding:  Grey bias with April Showers accents, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

A new pattern

A new (and more successful) metallic thread

Quilt 18 / 50

Quilt 18 / 50

Goal #4 is Finished!

Goal #4 is Finished!

This week Darcy at Modern Cozy is starting a weekly link up for Mini Quilts called Mini Quilt Monday.  I am really looking forward to having a link up available that is dedicated to the fabulous mini quilt!  I am also linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, and the Paper Piecing Party at Quilt Art Design.  Please stop by to see the fantastic sewing being done!

Fruit Crush: Mini Quilt #17

I am constantly sketching or drafting ideas for new quilt designs, and this weeks quilt for Mini Quilt Mania is a result of some elongated block drafting.
Fruit Crush front view

A lot of my designs are in a square format, and I was wanting to think about what would happen to a design if I were to lengthen a square block to create a rectangle.  For this design, I just started drafting on the computer, creating shapes, subdividing them, erasing lines, and adding them back.  The result is, from what I can find, a new block.  I tend to think that it is virtually impossible to create something new, but I couldn’t find anything similar in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  (Have you seen this design before?)

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When I designed this block, I was thinking about creating an unusual block to make a larger quilt.  I quickly decided that this block is not something that I would want to make a lot of, and left it alone for several months.  When I was going back through my design file, I decided that this block, while insanity producing in multiples, might be a cute mini quilt.

The fabric choices were drawn from a piece of Kaffe Fassett fabric with a with range of colorful dots.  This was a challenge for me because I have never created a quilt using all bright, middle value fabrics.

Fruit Crush front detail

I printed templates to use for cutting out the pieces for this block.  I hadn’t used this technique in many years, so it was interesting to go back to it after setting it aside for other techniques for so many years.

The quilting on this piece is tightly spaced echo quilting within the major shapes of the space.  I used lighter and darker thread on either side of each star point to create a sense of dimension.  The remaining areas were quilted using thread which coordinates with the fabric.

Fruit Crush back view

Quilt Stats:

Title: Fruit Crush

Size: 12.5″x16.75″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing of pieces cut using paper templates

Quilting:  Echo quilting lines approximately 1/8″ apart

Fabrics:  Assorted bright midtones selected to coordinate with Kaffe Fassett print

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with Connecting Threads Essential Cotton Machine Quilting Thread in Sangria, Magenta, Persian Blue, and Persimmon

Binding:  Magenta Print cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

New Block Pattern

Pulling all colors from a single piece of printed fabric

Quilt 17 / 50

Quilt 17 / 50

Goal #3 is Finished!

Goal #3 is Finished!

This week I’m linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart QuiltsLet’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.  Please stop by to see all of the wonderful projects being created!