2015 Third Quarter Finish Goals

It feels unbelievable that we are already half way through 2015.  I spent most of the second quarter away from home (and my lovely fabric) so I have a bunch of project roll overs since not everyone could come along for the ride!  Right now I am in Cape Cod for a bit of a break before heading home where I can’t wait to hit the ground running!  

2015 Finish Along Q3

I am excited to once again join in the Finish Along fun with Adrianne at On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Goals 1-14

In order to keep up with (and make up for being a bit behind on) Mini Quilt Mania I am planning to make a 14 more mini quilts for the second quarter of this year.  These are in various stages of completion: sketches, patterns drafted, fabrics chosen, and I even have several tops completed.

Quilt 5 / 50

Goal 15

In January I started a starburst quilt based on my Happy New Year! mini quilt, and this project is a rollover from Q1 and Q2.  I have this piece over halfway quilted right now, and I would really like to get this one finished up this quarter!Starburst process

Goal 16

For my Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake challenge quilt I am making a “potholder” style quilt using hexagonal bound blocks rather than the more traditional squares.  This quilt will be completely reversible, with one side being predominantly turquoise with the other side leaning toward the pinks in the collection.  I made a lot of progress on this quilt in Q2, and I have actually just finished it as my first finish of Q3. (Post to come soon!)Riley Blake process

Goal 17

I joined my Simply Mini Quilt Swap a few days ago which is my first online swap, and I am so excited to create a mini with someone else in mind!  The deadline is mid October, but I am optimistic that I will finish in this quarter

Goal 18

I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Challenge, so I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fat eighth package.  I have worked out a general design and some Michael Miller solids are on there way to me right now.  I am sure I will be tracking down more of the challenge fabrics once I’m certain which ones will be the most useful.  This project doesn’t have to be finished until the end of November, but I would love to have it complete before that!

Goal 19

I designed and made these cute little blocks for my Baubles Quilt months ago.  I would really like to get them made into a quilt! (Roll over from Q2)Baubles Blocks

Goal 20

This “secret” project (roll over from Q1 and Q2) is still quilted, ready for finishing, and needs to stop hanging out under my work table! Here’s hoping this quilt makes it into a finished pile this quarter!secret project process

 

 

Goal 21

This quilted pillow top needs a zippered back and finishing.  (Roll over from Q2)Pillow Top

Goal 22

This Bionic Bag is a rollover from Q2.  I have all my pieces cut, interfacing fused, zippers installed, sides assembled, and the outer panel quilted.Bionic Bag process

Goal 23

I started a set of placemats last fall.  I have a set of four that just need the binding finished.  (Roll over from Q2)

placemat process

Goal 24

I started sewing this hexagon project when I needed some handwork.  I’m not entirely certain how large this is going to get, but I’m hoping to discover what exactly this wants to be.  (Roll over from Q2)Hexagon process

Goal 25

In the first quarter I created a baby quilt sized Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt.  This quarter I hope to make a lap quilt size version of this quilt.  (Roll over from Q2)

Sweet and Simple Hashtag Quilt

What about you?  What are you looking forward to working on in the next few months?

 

Cotton and Steel Quilted Purse

This week I managed another finish for my Second Quarter Finish Along.  This purse was pretty far along already, so it really didn’t take too long to finish, and I am thrilled with the result.

Cotton and Steel purse exterior view

I had made a similar quilted bag last summer and have been carrying it ever since.  I liked the design pretty well, but I did make a few modifications this time around.  The new bag is slightly wider and deeper, although the height is the same.  Depending on how things would shift within the previous purse, it could be difficult to remove larger items such as my wallet, so the size change has helped immensely.  The last time around, I made the exterior pockets almost exactly the same size as the base bag, which meant that it was sometime a bit tight getting my keys or phone into those pockets.  This time I allowed for more ease, and it seams to be working well- nothing is falling out, but is much more easily accessible.  The interior pocket of the new bag is also sewn in so that there is an additional pocket created behind the zippered pouch.

Cotton and Steel purse interior

All of the fabrics are Cotton and Steel.  I could hardly wait to get my hands on this Viewfinders fabric from Melody Miller’s Playful line, and I paired it with the Hotcross Buns print from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Mochi line.  The interior pocket is made of a Kimberly Kight Homebody print and lined with a red print from the Cotton and Steel Basics line.  I found this fantastic trim at a quilt show to finish off the exterior pockets, but it had been cut and packaged, so I’m not sure who designed it.  Does anyone recognize it?  I love that it incorporates so many colors that are in the viewfinder print.

Cotton and Steel purse detail

 

The quilting design is concentric circles which were randomly placed around a large fabric sandwich.  Once the quilting was done, I then cut out the individual pieces for the purse.  The main sides of the purse, the exterior pockets and the bottom of the bag are all quilted using Warm and White cotton batting.  The handles are strengthened with woven iron on interfacing, and the top of the purse and interior pockets are lined, but have no additional support.  The top and bottom edges of the bag are finished with bias tape which helps the bag keep its shape.

I have been carrying this bag for a few days now, and I am really loving it.  There may be more bags like this in my sewing future!

 

Goal #15 is Finished!

Goal #15 is Finished!


Yellow Rays: Mini Quilt #23

This mini quilt, the second in my color series, has been a long time in the making.  I started this baby in the midst of a crazy work schedule, and eventually had to ask myself what I wanted from this piece.  Was it to be done? Or was I going for awesome?  Neither of these answers would necessarily be wrong, but I had to aim for the latter on this project.

Yellow Rays mini quilt

Since I’ve been patterning and sewing like a crazy person to get through this summer theatre season at work, I have been doing a lot of projects where “finished” is the major goal- opening night comes whether or not we are completely ready.  (This isn’t to say that things aren’t well made- we just can’t expect “perfect” when we are moving at this kind of pace) It was kind of nice to cut myself a little slack on deadlines for this project and make something that is really well thought out and constructed.

Yellow Rays front view

The segments of yellow were strip pieced first and then slashed diagonally and spaced with a piece of white Kona cotton between them and to the side.  I am trying to use this series of quilts to explore various methods of activating negative space in the quilt composition.

Yellow Rays front detail

Green Grass, the first quilt in this color series, was quilted using free motion quilting with a mix of green and white thread.  For this quilt, I thought it would be interesting to move away from organic quilting and try some different linear patterns with my walking foot.

Yellow Rays back view

 

Yellow Rays back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Yellow Rays

Size: 20″x20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing

Quilting:  Linear quilting with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Assorted yellow prints and white Kona Cotton

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with white machine quilting thread and 50 wt cotton Aurifil in yellow

Binding:  Scrappy yellow prints also used in the quilt top, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Exploration of linear quilting designs to activate negative space using a walking foot

 

Quilt 23 / 50

Quilt 23 / 50

Goal #9 is Finished!

Goal #9 is Finished!

 

Green: Mini Quilt #22

Since I completed Graffiti Feathers a few weeks ago, I have been thinking about creating a series of very simply pieced modern mini quilts based on a single color and white.  I like the idea of the simplicity of the quilt top allowing the quilting to really shine.  I am planning six of these quilts, one for each of the primary and secondary colors (red, yellow, blue, orange, green, violet) of the color wheel.  The first I am going to share with you is Green.

Green Graffiti Mini Quilt

I was inspired by the thin vertical lines of grass for this design.  Where I am this time of year, the grass is extremely vibrant and growing from all of the rain, so I wanted to incorporate green strips of various lengths across the bottom of the quilt.

Green Graffiti front view

For the quilting, I decided that I would take another stab at graffiti quilting, this time being inspired by a wild, grassy field.  The bottom of the quilt is done in variegated green Wonderfil thread.  Since I wanted the top of the quilt to recede a bit to mimic the sky, I switched to white cotton machine quilting thread, but continued to use similar quilted imagery.  I like to think of it as looking for shapes in the clouds!

Green Graffiti front detail

Green Graffiti Quilting Detail

The change in thread color really makes the back look interesting too.  The binding for this one is two pieces of the green fabrics used on the front alternated around the edge.

Green Graffiti front detail

Quilt Stats:

Title:  Green

Size:  20″x20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing

Quilting:  Freemotion Graffiti quilting on a domestic Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Assorted green cotton prints and white Kona Cotton

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, quilted with white cotton machine quilting thread and 50wt Wonderfil Tutti cotton thread in variegated green (color TU30)

Binding:  Green cotton prints, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Working in a short series of similarly themed mini quilts

Using a color combination of only green and white

Mixing graffiti quilting with a graphically pieced design

Quilt 22 / 50

Quilt 22 / 50

Goal #8 is Finished!

Goal #8 is Finished!

 

May Flower: Mini Quilt #21

This mini quilt is one of the most fun I have ever done!  May Flower is my first attempt at a quilt which is pieced entirely using bias improvisation.  The light teal center of each petal was cut free hand with the intention that they would each be different.  Then strips of bias were added around the shape until it became large enough to cut a 45 degree wedge from each segment.  When assembled, this also created my first quilt that finishes as an octagon.

May Flower front view

For the quilting of this piece, I used a walking foot to echo quilt each petal in teal Wonderfil thread.  Then I free motion quilted the center of each petal with a feather motif, and switched to a variegated thread for the pebble quilting surrounding the design.

May Flower back view

For the center of the flower I made yellow and yellow-orange yo-yos with glass beads in the center to catch the light.  Since the petals of the flower are placed in a somewhat random manner, I also placed the center pieces randomly.

May Flower front detail

I had not yet attempted binding corners that are not 90 degree angles, so this was a first.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was not as difficult to do as I feared.  As I approached each corner, I would check that if I were to pivot at that point the edge of my piecing foot would line up properly with the next edge.  If it did, I would lock in the stitching and turn the bias just like I would on a corner with a right angle.

May Flower back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  May Flower

Size:  15″x15″

Techniques:  Bias Improvisational Piecing, fabric yo-yos with beading

Quilting:  Echo quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008, Free motion quilting feathers and pebbles.

Fabric:  Assorted cotton low volume, teal and yellow prints

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Wonderfil 50wt cotton quilting thread in teal and variegated yellow-orange

Binding:  Teal cotton matching the exterior petal color, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Octagonal quilt shape

An entire quilt using bias improvisational piecing

Quilt 21 / 50

Quilt 21 / 50

Goal #7 is Finished!

Goal #7 is Finished!

 I am linking this post up with Mini Quilt Monday at Modern Cozy and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop in to see all of the wonderful quilts being made!