Star Crossed Triangles: An EZ Quilting Triangle Challenge Quilt

When the Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge sponsored by EZ Quilting, I couldn’t wait.  I was in the midst of a “triangle phase” so this was perfect timing.  I decided that if I was going to take on this challenge, I was going to really embrace triangles, and create a design pieced entirely with that shape.

Star Crossed Triangles:  A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

Star Crossed Triangles: A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

The 45 degree mini template arrived in the mail, and I began drafting./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

EZ Quilting Template and prepared triangles

EZ Quilting Template and prepared triangles

Triangles are intriguing in their ability to transform fabrics through careful cutting and reassembly.  I selected quite a few brightly colored, distinctively patterned fabrics to form octagons and stars that are the focal points of the quilt.  The overall design includes several blocks that are all low volume fabrics to give some areas for a visual rest.triangle blocks

Given the small scale of the pieces of the quilt, I decided to go with an English Paper Piecing technique to insure that the corners of each triangle would match up perfectly.  The majority of the 866 triangles in the quilt are cut with the provided template, but there are additional triangle shapes to fill in between blocks and around the edges.  When I took a step back to look at the completed top, I decided that the all-triangle approach was a bit too rigid.  I began experimenting with options to break up the field of triangles, and eventually landed on adding brightly colored appliqué circles.  Each circle is about the size of a dime and is hand appliquéd to the finished quilt top.

Quilt top with circles roughly placed

Quilt top with circles roughly placed

Each star and octagon is quilted with coordinating thread using ruler work on a longarm.  The spaces between each of these shapes is filled with wavy, swirling, organic free-motion quilting.Star Crossed Triangles detail D

Star Crossed Triangles detail C

Star Crossed Triangles detail B

Star Crossed Triangles detail A

This quilt was my second entry into the QuiltCon contest, and I also entered this quilt into the Paducah show of the American Quilter’s Society in the category: Small Wall Quilts, Longarm Quilted.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Star Crossed Triangles

Size:  36.75″ x 41″

Techniques:  English Paper Piecing, Hand Appliqué

Quilting:  Ruler work and free motion quilting on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Scrappy low volume and brightly colored prints

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with grey Decobob by Wonderfil, quilted with Aurifil in coordinating colors

Binding:  Scrappy low volume prints cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #22 is finished!

Goal #22 is finished!


Moroccan Star: A Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

This summer, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced this year’s Michael Miller fabric challenge, and I couldn’t resist signing up.  Those metallic prints are so much fun!  I had an idea at that point, but once the fabrics arrived, I decided to change directions based on the exact prints that arrived.Moroccan Star finished quilt

Glittery metallics made me think of shining stars and opulence.  I typically prefer silver, but for this project I was really drawn to the gold printed fabrics.  To supplement the package of fabric sent by Michael Miller, I purchased some of the white and gold confetti dot also from the Glitz collection, and a Michael Miller black solid.MM Challenge

This design started with the fabric printed to imply interlocking circles.  I started experimenting by creating circles highlighting different sections of the print.  Once the circle sizes were determined, I drafted the motif that would create the final star design. I started the construction by hand appliquéing the circles to the white background pieces.  Those pieces were then added to the solid black background.  Moroccan Star process shot

 

Moroccan Star finished quilt top

For the quilting, I wanted to break up the background by using different quilting designs on either side of the appliquéd star motifs.  The quilting thread is a very dark grey which added a bit of extra dimension to the solid color surface.  I used the longarm for this quilt and the circle pattern was entirely free-motion using a dot to dot technique.  It is far from perfect, but it was the first time I had attempted this, so it could have been far worse!  I tend to like a hand drawn quality in free motion quilting, so I ultimately decided to leave it in and embrace the character of the piece.  Moroccan Star finished detail A

The lines around the stars and the tightly spaced vertical lines are also free-motion, but for the horizontal lines on the left side of the quilt I did lock the machine on the track before hand guiding the stitching.Moroccan Star finished detail B

This quilt was one of my entries in to QuiltCon, so now I (like many of you!) are waiting to hear which quilts we will see at the show in February.

Quilt Stats

Title:  Moroccan Stars

Size:  41″ x 40.5″

Techniques:  Needle turn appliqué

Quilting:  Free motion and linear quilting done on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Michael Miller Glitz collection and Michael Miller solid

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 in black

Thread:  Hand appliquéd with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with 50wt Aurifil in a a dark grey

Binding:  Michael Miller solid black fabric (to match background) cut in 2″ wide bias strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

Goal #23 is finished!

Goal #23 is finished!

 

Bits and Pieces

November really flew by this year, particularly with the deadline for QuiltCon entries looming at the end of it!  Here is an overview of the projects that have been happening in the last few weeks.

First, I want to thank everyone who visited during the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy from Amy’s Creative Side.  (Thank you for all of your work in hosting this fantastic event!)  It is so exciting to have the opportunity to see so much wonderful work gathered in one spot.  Each time I discover even more talented people to follow.  This time around I was ecstatic to receive the prize for the Mini Quilt Category.  (My quilt actually came in second, but the first place winner had already received a larger prize, so the quilty love was spread around.)Simply Starred front view

Moda sponsored this category and they really outdid my wildest expectations with this box!Moda gift package

Inside the box was a tote bag filled with a large fat eighth bundle, two layer cakes, three charm packs, a tin of more fabric, Aurifil thread, spray baste, pins & needles, and lots of other notions.  I am so excited to start creating with all of these amazing products.  (Actually I have already used some of the fabric!)  Thank you, Moda!

The past week held deadlines for entries to both the Modern Quilt Guild’s (MQG) QuiltCon and the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) show in Paducah.  My entries were similar to both shows, and I will be writing more in depth posts about each quilt in the coming weeks.

Two of my QuiltCon entries were made specifically for challenges.  The first is the Michael Miller Challenge quilt.  It is hand appliquéd and free-motion quilted on the longarm.

Moroccan Star: A MQG Michael Miller Challenge Quilt Entry

Moroccan Star: A MQG Michael Miller Challenge Quilt Entry

The other challenge quilt was for the EZ Quilting triangle challenge.  The entire top is English Paper Pieced triangles and is longarm quilted with ruler work and free-motion techniques.  I also entered this quilt in the AQS show in the category: Small Wall Quilt, Longarm Quilted.

Star Crossed Triangles:  A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

Star Crossed Triangles: A MQG EZ Quilt Triangle Challenge Quilt

My third QuiltCon entry was based on a mini quilt that I made earlier this year.  It was machine pieced and matchstick quilted on my domestic machine.  This was also entered into the AQS show in the Large Wall Quilt, Modern category.

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

This quilt was a fairly last minute addition to my entries.  It is a block based, machine pieced quilt finished with an edge to edge computerized quilt design that I designed using AutoCad.  For AQS I entered this in the category: Small Wall Quilt, Pictorial.  This is definitely a representation of an object, but it is also well outside the box for the types of quilts typically entered in this division.

Can You See (m)E Now?

Can You See (m)E Now?

The final entry for QuiltCon is one of my favorite mini quilts and it went into the small quilt category.  It is also entered into the miniature quilt category for AQS.

Rainbow Roundabout

Rainbow Roundabout

I have also (finally) set up a business Facebook page.  I hope you will like and follow along with me there, too.  The link is also available toward the top right of this page.

I hope you have had a wonderful November and are enjoying the rest of the upcoming holidays!  I am looking forward to checking more projects off my WIP list this month and catching up on blog reading as well!

2015 Fourth Quarter Finish Goals

It’s hard to believe that 2015 will be coming to an end so soon.  This quarter will mark the one year anniversary of my blog, and there has been a great deal of evolution in my quilting life since that time.  Last quarter was a super productive one for me, but most of what I ended up doing was not on my original goal list.  I am listing everything I currently have in the works. While I know that everything will not get finished, it is helpful to me to keep an eye on everything that I have going.2015 Finish Along Q4This quarter, I will continue to link up with the Finish Along hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So here is my ridiculously long goal list- think big, right!?

The Major Goals

Goals 1-18

Finish up Mini Quilt Mania!  I am excited with everything I have designed and discovered during this project, and I am looking forward to finishing up and sharing the remainder of these quilts.

Mini Mania 2015

Goal 19

My first Instagram mini quilt swap will conclude this quarter.  The top is pieced, and will be getting quilted and sent off in the next week or two.  I really hope my partner likes the finished product!Mini Swap Quilt Top

Goal 20

This fabric will become a variation on a plus quilt.  Once this is complete I am planning to release the pattern on Craftsy.Plus Fabric

Goal 21

I am making up making up this Carolyn Friedlander pattern with the hope of possibly teaching a block of the month class at an awesome local shop.  I am super excited about this, and I really hope it works out!CF Quilt

Goal 22

One of the challenges the Modern Quilt Guild has for QuiltCon is triangles.  My personal goal for this project (aside from using triangles :) ) is to experiment with altering fabric prints based on the way they are cut and reconstructed.Triangles

Goal 23

The other challenge for QuiltCon is the Michael Miller fabric challenge.  I have drawn out several designs for this, but now I need to choose one and get it made in time to meet the entry deadline.MM Challenge

Goal 24

I’m eager to make a large version of a mini I made earlier in the year.Violet Quilt

The Minor Goals

Goal 25

Finish up the large version of my Happy New Year mini quilt.  This may be a good project to work on my longarm ruler skills, so I would really like to make time for this to happen soon.

Starburst process

Goal 26

I started putting this “Baubles” quilt together in Q3 from the blocks I made last December.  I would like to at least get the top together so it will free up my design wall!Baubles

Goal 27

The pillow that is still awaiting a zippered back and finishing

Pillow Top

Goal 28

The Bionic bag that probably only has about 2 hours of work left on it, but has been hanging around far longer than it should

Bionic Bag process

Goal 29

Placemats that need the binding finished

placemat process

Goal 30

I started this hexagon project in order to have some handwork ready to go, so it isn’t really a priority.  I am looking forward to seeing where this project goes.Hexagon process

Goal 31

This potholder style quilt is close to the bottom of the priority list, and most likely won’t even be touched this quartersecret project process

Goal 32

I made several baby quilts last quarter to practice my longarm quilting skills, and these blocks were made up as part of this process.  At some point I would like to finish up these little quilts.Peach Baby Quilt

Goal 33

Another baby quilt in a different color scheme than Goal 32Green Baby Quilt

Goal 33

I’m taking a class next weekend on Round Robin style Improvisational quilting.  It would be nice to finish up the project that we will be working on that day.

Yardage to mix with scraps for the upcoming improv class

Yardage to mix with scraps for the upcoming improv class

I’m going to get some sewing down now :)  What are your goals for the end of the year?

WIP: MQG Triangle Challenge Quilt

A couple months ago The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced a challenge that involved using a small EZ Quilting triangle template that was either 45 or 60 degrees.  I was really excited to receive the 45 degree triangle since I have been doing quite a bit of work with equilateral triangles lately, and I think it is time to branch out a bit. One of the goals I have set for myself in this challenge is to explore how fabric prints can be manipulated to enhance a quilt design.  This means I am doing a lot of fussy cutting!Triangle Blocks

For the overall design of the quilt, I am incorporating triangle-based stars and octagons with ample amounts of low volume triangles./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

The cutting template is 2-1/2″ tall, so I cut strips of that width and then used the template to cut the final shape.  I stacked a few strips at a time, so the cutting process went pretty quickly.  Given the relatively small scale of the pieces, I decided that hand piecing would give me the best chance at achieving perfect points.  I decided to go with an English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique, so I drafted up a page of triangles of the correct finished size which I printed onto freezer paper.  The freezer paper pieces were ironed onto the fabric triangles and the edges folded back in preparation for sewing.  Prepared Triangles

Each block has 32 triangles, and I have pieced eleven blocks of the 22 full blocks, so I’m halfway through those!  Then I’ll tackle the six half blocks and assemble the top- This could take awhile!

This week, I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced at Freshly Pieced and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.  Please stop by to see what everyone is working on!