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!

 

The Collection Quilt

This week I finished sewing The Collection Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander.  This quilt is created as a “Block of the Month” style quilt embracing the slow sewing movement- most of the design is hand sewn using needle turn appliqué.  I am really excited about this quilt, and I am even more excited to be teaching this project next year at one of my very favorite local quilt shops, Sew to Speak, in Columbus, Ohio.The Collection Quilt

The class will be held once a month for ten months.  Prior to the first class, we are scheduling a day that I will be in the shop if you would like to discuss the project and fabric selection.

My original fabric pull with the pattern and a colored sketch to help with fabric placement

My original fabric pull with the pattern and a colored sketch to help with fabric placement

The pattern includes a line drawing of the quilt that can be colored in to help with color and fabric choices.  We will have a few color schemes to look at, or you can create your own- this quilt has almost endless possibilities!  (I’m thinking about doing one with a lot of pink the next time around!)

The first nine classes will focus on one section each.  The tenth class will cover final quilt top assembly, discussion of quilting options/techniques, and binding.  Carolyn Friedlander has written this pattern to be very friendly to anyone just starting hand appliqué by gradually introducing new variations in each block.

Section one focuses on learning basting and the appliqué stitch on straight lines.

Collection Quilt Section 1

Section 1

Section two introduces convex curves and allows for a lot of creativity in fabric choices.

Collection Quilt Section 2

Section 2

In section three you will learn reverse appliqué along concave curves.

Collection Quilt Section 3

Section 3

Section four teaches you to stitch to an interior point.  You also have the opportunity to experiment with additional fabric substrates.  In the sample I used a lightweight denim and a cotton/silk blend.

Collection Quilt Section 4

Section 4

Corners are added in section five.

Collection Quilt Section 5

Section 5

Section six combines straight lines, corners, and curves in reverse appliqué.

Collection Quilt Section 6

Section 6

In section seven you will experience overlapping pieces.

Collection Quilt Section 7

Section 7

Section eight includes several acute angles

Collection Quilt Section 8

Section 8

Finally, in section nine, you will create the design with narrow strips of fabric, and reverse appliqué created from cutting slits into the upper layer of fabric.

Section 9

Section 9

By adding new skills with each section, you will be able to make the quilt without becoming overwhelmed.  With the block completed, the final quilt top goes together quickly.Collection Quilt Top

I quilted this project on my longarm using an edge to edge computerized design that I created.  I thought that the linear aesthetic complemented the graphic quality of the pattern.  This quilt (like most 🙂 ) looks even better in person, so if you are in central Ohio, I hope you will stop by Sew to Speak to have a look at it.  Maybe you will even sign up for the class!Collection Quilt Detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  The Collection Quilt (Designed 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:  High quality quilting cotton, including many prints designed by Carolyn Friedlander, lightweight cotton denim, a cotton/silk blend satin.

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Appliqué and final machine piecing done using Gutermann Mara 100 in grey, quilted with 50wt Cotton WonderFil in white

Binding:  Grey Carolyn Friedlander and Cotton and Steel Prints, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back.

Goal #21 is finished!

Goal #21 is finished!


The Web We Weave: Mini Quilt #33

Happy Halloween!  I have been eager to try out metallic threads with the longarm, and this Halloween-appropriate mini quilt was a great opportunity to experiment.  Web We Weave front view

The piecing on this quilt top is very simple with only five pieces.  I cut a 12.5″ square out of solid black fabric and then slashed it in two places where I wanted to indicate abstract tree branches.  The fabric for the trees is a batik that is actually printed to look like trees, but I cut it on the cross-grain to create a Birch tree-esque effect on a slightly larger scale.  The resulting quilt top gave me a great space to play with the metallic thread.

Now for the fun part!  I was a bit nervous about trying metallic thread since I hadn’t yet ordered any specialty needles for the longarm.  The metallic thread I chose was a silver WonderFil with a rayon core.  I loaded a medium grey cotton quilting thread in the bobbin, and decided to give it a try.  It was awesome!  One of the nice features of the A-1 machine is a small pad that the top thread feeds through which holds a few drops of liquid thread conditioner.  It really does help decrease thread breakage.  I practiced some ruler work with the main lines of the web, defining the tree branches, and some background work with black cotton thread.  The curved areas of the web are free motion.Web We Weave back view

The backing and binding is made from the same black fabric used in in the quilt top.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20 in black which I pulled from a sample pack I received earlier this year.  It was so nice to not have to worry about white batting working its way through the fabric of the quilt.  My cat adds enough white fluff to my dark quilts without having the batting contribute!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Web We Weave

Size:  12″ x 12″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Ruler work and free motion quilting on an A-1 Elite longarm machine

Fabric:  American Made Brand black cotton and a batik print from my stash

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Batting in black

Thread:  Pieced with black Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with silver metallic WonderFil thread with a rayon core (with medium grey Signature cotton thread in the bobbin), black cotton quilting thread

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

What was new?

Metallic thread on a longarm

Quilt 33 / 50

Quilt 33 / 50

Goal #1 is finished!

Goal #1 is finished!

 

Simply Starred Mini Quilt

A few months ago I signed up for my first Instagram mini quilt swap, and it is currently wrapping up.  Now that my partner has received the mini I made, I thought I would share it here.Simply Starred front view

This quilt is also my entry into the Mini Quilt Category in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

The pattern for this quilt is an original design that I drafted using AutoCad to create the foundation paper piecing templates.  It is pieced in eight wedge shaped segments and then the corners and borders are added.Simply Starred front detail three

There are 83 different fabrics used in this mini quilt, 80 of which form the star.  Each color is intended to flow into the next which results in a rainbow effect for the central image.Simply Starred front detail two

Simply Starred front detail one

The quilting in the central star is done using a walking foot on my domestic machine with threads which coordinate with the fabric.  Pebble quilting fills the negative space and was done on an A-1 longarm machine.  I love it when I have the opportunity to juxtapose organic elements with straight lines, and I was pleased with how the pebbling creates a delightful textural element.  The multicolored threads transfer a subtle version of the rainbow effect to the back of the quilt.Simply Starred back

Simply Starred back detail

Striped binding cut on the bias frames this piece, and I used the same fabric to frame the handwritten label for the quilt.

Simply Starred back

 

Simply Starred folded and labeled

Quilt Stats

Title:  Simply Starred

Size:  19.5″ x 19.5″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing

Quilting:  The center star is machine quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008, and the negative space is free motion  quilted using a stitch regulated mode on the A-1 Elite Longarm

Fabric:  83 different quilting cottons

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using 100wt InvisaFil by WonderFil, quilted with assorted 50wt cotton quilting threads from WonderFil, Aurifil, Mettler, and Connecting Threads

Binding:  Striped fabric in 2″ wide strips made using continuous bias techniques, machine stitched to the quilt front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

A new foundation paper pieced pattern

Combining domestic and longarm quilting on a single quilt

Goal #19 is Finished!

Goal #19 is Finished!

 

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?