Have you ever done a 100 day creative project? I have heard about these so many times, and even participated in one of the sew-a-longs for the Tula Pink blocks, but I have never set out to do this type of project on my own. As a confessed binge-quilter, it seems inspiring to work a little bit on a project everyday to end up with a major project. Once I decided to do the project, there were two big questions: What to do? and When to do it?
There were two quilts that I have been contemplating that would have worked well for a 100 day project. The first is a form of structured improv quilting, and the second was a circle appliqué quilt. The appliqué quilt ended up winning out since I am currently lacking a hand sewing project, and it is much easier to work on if I’m out of my sewing space. Currently, I’m not scheduled to go out of town for the first 100 days of the year, but I do like a certain degree of flexibility.
As I was deciding when to start the project, I was actually going to avoid starting on the first of the year so I won’t hear all of the statistics and news stories of how quickly people abandon their resolutions. So why did I start this on January 1st? I was looking at major days on the calendar, and realized that my birthday falls on the 100th day of the year. I really don’t know how I had never realized this before, but that timing was too perfect to pass up.
I am currently planning a quilt top that will have 100 blocks that each finish at 8″ square. The first three blocks are shown in this post, and they have all been concentric circles centered on the background square. I am not sure if I will continue this trend all the way through the project- there are so many other compositional options to consider, and I want to let the project evolve. I am planning to use mostly solid fabrics, but there are going to be a few prints mixed in in the coming weeks.
I will be doing an occasional progress post here on the blog. If you want to watch my progress daily, check out my Instagram feed or #100daycirclequilt
The Columbus Museum of Art currently has an exhibit of lovely antique quilts with botanical themes on view through March 11, 2018. I went to this gallery today, and thought you may enjoy seeing a few of these quilts from the 19th and early 20th century.
- Left: Rosebud Wreath, 1865
- Center: Cockscomb Variation with Jester’s Plumes, about 1865-1885
- Right: Cactus Flower Variation, about 1860-1880
- Cockscomb Variation, about 1860-1875
- Hawaiian Quilt, about 1925-1950
- Tree of Life, about 1945-1955
- Album Quilt, about 1850-1865
- Princess Feather Medallion with Urns of Flowers and Stuffed Work, about 1845-1855
- Left: Grapes and Vines, about 1925-1935
- Right: Pink Dogwood with Butterflies, about 1925-1935
Last year, I was thrilled to teach Carolyn Friedlander‘s Collection Quilt through a local quilt shop, Sew to Speak. The first version I made as a class sample is similar to the overall aesthetic that was used in the original design, so when I constructed a second version to use for demonstration purposes, I thought it would be fun to do something entirely different. This is my pink-loving-little-girl version!
My color palette this time around was mostly pinks and oranges with some red and violet and shots of green.
Some fussy cutting added a bit of whimsy to the overall aesthetic.
The backing is the same fun unicorn fabric that appears in the front in a different color way.
This quilt is the perfect way to learn needle turn appliqué, and I am excited to be teaching it again this year! Each month we will do a block that build on the skills covered in previous meetings. If you are interested in joining the class, please contact Sew to Speak in Worthington, Ohio. This technique opens up a whole new range of quilting designs!
Title: The Collection Quilt (Pattern by Carolyn Friedlander)
Size: 40.5″ x 51.5″
Techniques: Needle turn appliqué, machine piecing
Quilting: Computerized linear edge to edge pattern (my original design) done on an A-1 Elite Longarm
Fabric: Assorted quilt shop quality, 100% cotton fabrics
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Thread: Applique and piecing done with neutral and coordinating Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with 50wt cotton Aurifil
Binding: Striped bias binding, machine stitched to the front, hand finished on the back.
Crystalized Citrus is my second entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. I hope you will all set aside some time this week to look at all of the amazing inspiration provided by the festival entries- there is some amazing work on display!
I originally created this quilt for this year’s Hoffman Challenge which required the use of this digitally printed butterfly fabric. I enjoy transforming distinctively patterned fabric into something completely unexpected, so I was excited to transform the butterfly wings to the flesh of citrus fruit.
The center of each fruit is improvisationally pieced before being set into the surrounding “skin.” The entire fruit is then hand appliquéd to the background. I used matchstick quilting in a range of coordinating colors to ground the pieces on the white background.
For more about this quilt you can check out the original Crystalized Citrus post.
Every year The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side brings tremendous inspiration to us all- I love seeing so much lovely work collected in one place! I am thrilled to submit “Columbus Skyline” as an entry into the appliqué category of the festival.
This project began when I was asked to create a “Row by Row” pattern for a local quilt shop. The theme for the year was “Home Sweet Home” so we embraced the unique skyline of Columbus, Ohio to develop a design specific to our area. (For more information on the design process, I hope you will take a look at the original Columbus Skyline post.)
Hand stitched needle turn appliqué is used to create the city skyline. I selected bright colors to reflect the vibrant community within the city. This small quilt is finished with borders that provided a space to quilt in both the shop and city names. The quilting is done in thread to match each building so the design is reflected on the back of the quilt.