Violet Calm: A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry

Violet calm is one of my favorite designs in the past few months, and I am excited to share it with you as my entry in the Modern Category for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.

Violet Calm

Violet Calm

This design was created by piecing fabrics of several shades of violet together with thin strips of white Kona Cotton between each segment.  The circle was cut from this pieced section of fabrics.  Another circle was cut into the white background fabric, and the violet circle was machine pieced into the background.Violet Calm center detail

The matchstick quilting in this piece is done in the color of the fabric it passes through.  The horizontal lines create a sense of calm, and the variety of thread colors help to visually extend the centralized image across the quilt.  A single section of vertical quilting gives a quiet energy to this peaceful image.

Violet Calm back view

 

The binding is made of scrappy violet fabrics to frame the expanse of white fabric.Violet Calm front edge detail

If you would like to read more about “Violet Calm,” please check out its original post.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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?

Summer Starburst: Mini Quilt #32

I had so much fun sharing a new block design last month for the New Blogger’s Block Hop, and I am so glad to finally have the binding on this project so I can share the mini quilt version of this block with you now.  If you would like to make a Summer Starburst block, it is available for free on Craftsy.

Summer Starburst front view

This block was done for practice prior to cutting into the final fabric.  The color palette is very close to what I used for the final block, but I thought it would be fun to incorporate a border to finish off the design.  Checkerboard designs have long been a favorite of mine, and this block really pops with this type of surround.

Summer Starburst detail

This was one of the first projects to go onto my longarm machine, so I decided to quilt each color in the block with a different filler pattern.  I left the black squares of the the checkerboard un-quilted so they have a slight “poof.”

Summer Starburst back view

I went with a patterned fabric for the quilt back, in part because I wasn’t certain of my free motion quilting abilities, but I think that I would have been happier with a solid background for this project.  I think the different colors of quilting thread compete too much with the backing.

Summer Starburst

I still have another practice Summer Starburst block around, so I’m deciding what to do with it- maybe a pillow is in my future!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Summer Starburst Mini

Size: 16.25″ x 16.25″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing, machine piecing

Quilting:  Free motion quilting on an A-1 longarm

Fabric:  Solid cottons by Kona and American Made

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced with Invisafil by WonderFil, Quilted with assorted 50wt cotton machine quilting threads by WonderFil, Connecting Threads, and Signature

Binding:  Solid black cotton, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched on the back.

What was new?

Using all Free Motion quilting on a longarm

Quilt 32 / 50

Quilt 32 / 50

Goal #9 is finished!

Goal #9 is finished!

 

Sashiko Mug Rug: Mini Quilt #30

Hand quilting is something I haven’t done in many years, and I have never given Sashiko a try, so I thought that this would be a fun thing to experiment with for this mini.Sashiko Mini Quilt

The central hexagon was the first thing I have cut using my Hex N More ruler.  I have much bigger plans for this ruler, but I was still excited to take it for a spin with this project!  Sashiko Mini back view

The quilting is the real star of this mini.  I chose simple prints with the hope that the stitching would be visible, but any uneven stitches wouldn’t be glaringly obvious.  When I first learned to quilt it was OK to machine piece a quilt top, but actual quilting stitches were done by hand.  You were supposed to aim for 10-12 perfectly spaced stitches per inch.  For me, part of the challenge in Sashiko is allowing myself to take larger stitches.  To help accomplish this, I chose 12wt thread and a slightly longer needle than I would normally quilt with.  Sashiko Mini detail

There is blue variegated thread in the outer portion of the quilt and orange thread throughout this mini.  The orange binding of this quilt helps the orange quilting thread to “POP!”

Quilt Stats

Title:  Sashiko Mini

Size:  7-1/4″ x 8-1/4″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing, Sashiko

Quilting:  Sashiko style hand quilting

Fabric:  Prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe and Botanics lines

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced with 100wt InvisaFil by WonderFil in light grey; Quilted with 12wt Cotton WonderFil in orange and variegated blue

Binding:  Orange “Botanics” print cut on the bias in a 2″ wide strip, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Sashiko stitching

First hexagon cut with a Hex N More ruler

Quilt 30 / 50

Quilt 30 / 50

Goal #7 is finished!

Goal #7 is finished!

 

Running Hot and Cold: Mini Quilt #29

Fabric Modification is something that I really enjoy doing, but I haven’t been experimenting much lately.  So once I started having fun with the fabric for Fading Florals, I decided to keep going and give Suminagashi a try.Running Hot and Cold

This marbling technique uses a nontoxic ink that floats on the surface of water.  Using a paintbrush, I touched the surface of a shallow tray of water in several areas with one color of ink.  When the next color of ink is applied, it causes the first color to move away.  Once the surface of the water was mostly covered, I gently blew across the water and ink to increase the movement of the swirls.  When I liked the design, I carefully laid a piece of white Kona cotton over the inked surface.  The dye takes to the fabric instantly so you can pull it up immediately.  Once the fabric is dried, heat set, and hand washed and dried, it is ready for use.Running Hot and Cold hot detail

I wanted to have the fabric design be the main feature of the quilt, so I decided on a simple block design.  White Kona is used to define the blocks and is the only area of the piece that is quilted.  The bands of white are stitched in the ditch and then filled with pebbles.Running Hot and Cold cold detail

For the backing of the quilt, I went with a solid peach cotton to reflect the warm colored marbled fabric.  The binding draws its color from the cool colored marbling.Running Hot and Cold back view

Quilt Stats

Title:  Running Hot and Cold

Size:  16-3/4″ x 16-3/4″

Techniques:  Suminagashi, machine piecing

Quilting:  Stitching in the ditch with a walking foot, free motion pebble stitching, both on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  White Kona Cotton, most portions treated with Suminagashi, peach cotton backing, cotton print binding

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  pieced with 100wt polyester InvisaFil by WonderFil in light grey, quilted with 50wt Wonderfil cotton thread in white

Binding:  Bias cut in 2″ widths, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Suminagashi

Quilt 29 / 50

Quilt 29 / 50

Goal #6 is finished!

Goal #6 is finished!