Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Rainbow Rotary

I am excited to make Rainbow Rotary my first entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This was my first rainbow quilt, but I didn’t make it too easy-  There are 72 different fabrics creating the circle of color!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary is a re-interpretation of a traditional Courthouse Steps block that I turned into a wedge.  Eight wedges combine to form this circle of color.  If you would like to see more on the development of this design, please check out the original Rainbow Rotary post.  In this detail photo you can see some of the block construction as well as the quilting detail.

Rainbow Roundabout detail a

 

Each of the 72 sections of color has a single line of echo quilting in a coordinating thread.  The white sections of each wedge are quilted using a thread color which matches the dominant color of the wedge.  Nine different threads were used to quilt this project.

Rainbow Roundabout back view

One of the most exciting aspects of using so many different threads is that the back of the quilt has a subtle thread rainbow on the solid white backing fabric

Rainbow Roundabout back quilting detail

This quilt will be in the ROYGBIV category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  The Festival is currently open for entries and nominations for viewer’s choice.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely quilts that have been entered, and come back between May 22-29 to vote for your favorites in every category!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Rainbow Rotary

Size:  18.5″x18.5″

Techniques:  Foundation paper piecing

Quilting:  Echo Quilting within each area of the quilt using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  74 different fabrics:  72 colors from scrap and stash, Kona cotton in whiter for background and backing, Lotta Jansdotter stripe for binding

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Connecting Threads cotton Essentials quilting thread in Red, Grape Juice, Peridot, Persian Blue, Persimmon, and Sangria as well as yellow, teal, and green in Gutermann Mara 100.

Binding:  Striped fabric, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machined stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back.

Up Next:  I am currently writing a pattern for this quilt!

If you like this quilt, you may want to take a look at Mini Quilt Mania– I am making a mini quilt a week for 2015!

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!

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!

Graffiti Feathers: Mini Quilt #16

For a lot of my recent quilting, I have been creating designs that can be executed with a walking foot.  I love the results, but constantly turning my quilt and having to bury threads was getting a bit old!  So for this week’s mini quilt I decided some free motion work was in order!

Graffiti Feathers front view

I was just a couple inches away from finishing the binding on this quilt when it started to pour down rain, and it has been raining ever since.  For now I have to settle for indoor photographs, but I will update them when I can get better shots outside.

I knew I wanted a bunch of negative space to free motion quilt in, but I wanted to try working with a quilt top that had a design element of it’s own.  Knowing that I wanted to incorporate feathers into the quilting design, I thought that a single, colorful, stylized feather might make an interesting focal point.

First, I drew the feather design on freezer paper using the same drawing technique I would use to free motion quilt later.  Then I refined the feather and cut out the petal shapes, labeling them carefully as I went.  Once it was time to bring fabric into the mix, I adhered Wonder Under to the back of my fabric scraps before ironing the freezer paper patterns to the front.  The finished petals adhered nicely to the white Kona Cotton base fabric, and I did a machine blanket stitch around all of the edges to further secure the pieces.

Graffiti Feathers Detail

Since so many of my recent quilting designs have involves tons of starting and stopping (and burying of thread tails!), I thought it would be an interesting challenge to never stop quilting (unless I ran out of bobbin).  This was my first attempt at graffiti quilting, and I didn’t mark any of my designs ahead of time.  Using a variegated thread was also a new experience and the aesthetic effect worked really well in this context.  I had a spool of Gutermann cotton quilting thread that I had been given at some point.  I liked the coloring of the thread, but I thought it felt thinner than other brands of 50 wt thread.  It also left behind way more lint than other cotton threads I have used.  I normally love Gutermann thread, and use the Mara 100 for clothing and other general sewing, as well as a lot of quilt piecing.  I would not buy the cotton machine quilting thread again, so I will be seeking out a different brand of variegated thread to try. It was very freeing to do whatever design I wanted, waiting to see what the design wanted at that moment.  I think I’ll be trying this technique again!

I like how the quilting looks on the solid white back.  The binding is a scrappy mix of fabrics also used for the feather design.

Graffiti Feathers back view

Quilt Stats

Title:  Graffiti Feathers

Size: 19″x19″

Techniques:  Fusible appliqué with machine blanket stitching

Quilting:  Free motion quilted on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  Front base and backing- white Kona Cotton, Feather design- misc. warm colored scraps

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Red Variegated, 50 wt, Gutermann Cotton Machine Quilting Thread

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

What was new:

Graffiti Quilting

Quilting with Variegated Thread

Quilt 16 / 50

Quilt 16 / 50

Goal #2 is Finished!

Goal #2 is Finished!