Showing posts with label solids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label solids. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Echo Wall Quilt

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my life has been dominated lately by a cute little 4 month old. I'm happy to say that I'm figuring out this whole becoming a mom thing and am finding a reasonable amount of time to sew (or shower, or cook, or think) during Elliot's nap times.

Echo Quilt

When Ali Winston asked if I would be a part of her blog hop for her book Quilt Lab (Stash Books), I immediately jumped on board. Quilt Lab is a really unique concept, with quilt designs relating to science and math. The book is broken up into sections based on basic shapes like 1) rectangles, 2) angles and 3) circles. Each quilt design has a story to tell, relating to themes like calculus and binary code, to bring out the geek in all of us.

Quilt Lab—The Creative Side of Science

The project I chose to recreate is her beautiful Echo design, which is made from pieced curves of various sizes and tells the story of sound in motion. You can see Ali's version in pinks and purples the back cover of her book!

I made this quilt a little bit at a time over the course of four days, and it's the same size as Ali's version. 

Serged Binding

This binding is a black dot double gauze, and I actually serged the edges after I stitched the binding to the quilt front. This step is completely unnecessary, but I found it incredibly awesome! I think I'll serge all of my bindings from now on, because the edge was evenly trimmed and so easy to manage.

Echo Quilt

The back is the same Parson Gray print I used on my last quilt. I thought it echoed (get it?) the design on the quilt front quite nicely. For the front, I used a cream solid and some bright colors from my stash.

Echo Quilt

Although I've worked a lot with pieced curves before, Ali's freezer paper method for inset circles and curves was new to me.

Reading alone wasn't enough to help me wrap my head around this method, but I feel like a pro after a few passes. There was a lot of prep work involved (measuring, cutting, pressing, gluing), but I'm happy to say that I'm now a believer in piec-lique!

Echo Quilt

I really loved Ali's suggested quilting lines and how they resemble an echoing sound. After I marked the first "V" with a hera marker, I measured out some evenly spaced lines and quilted with a walking foot.

I don't normally quilt straight lines or worry about precision, but I found it completely enjoyable and appropriate for this project. Ali, well done on this clever pattern and a fascinating quilting book!

Follow along with the Quilt Lab Blog Hop:  

March - Rectangles
March 4: Ali Winston with Binary code
March 11: Knitty Bitties with her take on Fractal
March 18: Pink Stitches is mixing up Scattered
March 24-31: Link Party

April - Angles
April 1: Ali Winston with a free bonus pattern for you!
April 8: Canoe Ridge Creations will be modifying on States of Matter
April 15: Amy Lou Who knows her Calculus (does anyone remember 2Gether?)
April 22: Whipstitch has an awesome new molecule to show you for Molecular 

May - Circles
May 6: I'm a Ginger Monkey gives us some Culture(d)
May 13: Lindsay Sews has an Echo
May 20: A Crafty Fox with a cool version of Aperture Science
May 27: Cut To Pieces and Ali Winston have teamed up for a joint free pattern!!

Quilt Lab is available in paperback and  Kindle versions. It's awesome!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Turntable Quilt

Turntable Quilt

You know when you're just not sure about something? Until you're done . . . and then you look at it and still wonder what you think?

This Turntable Quilt (like the Equalizer Quilt) was my husband's idea. He got REALLY into it, and actually started threatening to "sell the idea" on my Facebook page (I still don't know what this means) if I wasn't going to use it.

I mean, it was a great idea. I just wasn't sure how to make it. (Pieced or applique? Solids or prints?)

Turntable Quilt

While I mulled over the options, I started researching turntable clipart until I found this one. Once I'd settled on applique and solids, I started cutting large circles of solid fabric and played around with the design.

Cutting Circles

For the large black circle and grey sections, I folded the circle into quarters and used a string and pen to mark the curve, cutting later with a rotary cutter. The cut was pretty rough, so I later folded the black fabric into sixths, and tried the curve again. Much better!

The blue circle was small enough that I could use this Omnigrid circle cutter. This thing rocks, and can cut fabric circles a bit bigger than my Olfa circle cutter, which maxes out at about a 9" circle.

I must have circles on the brain lately, because I also just bought an Accuquilt circle cutting die, so I'm getting excited to try that out soon.

Turntable Quilt

For the back, I used this awesome second-hand duvet I found while shopping at a thrift store in D.C. I thought it also had a kind of retro, throwback feel to it.

Turntable Quilt

Is it my favorite quilt of all time? Nah. However, I think I've gone from confused about this quilt to actually liking it! It was a really good practice run for quilting negative space (using different quilting patterns in different areas of the quilt), which I've been studying in my Craftsy class with Angela Walters.

It's graphic. It's a guy-friendly pattern. I learned some new things! And now I have an excuse to restock my bolt of Kona white. Rock on.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

This 44" x 44" crib-size quilt is listed in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quilt Top Finished: Habitat Challenge

I finished my quilt top for the Jay McCarroll Habitat challenge hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild. I received ten fat eighths of the Jewel Tones colorway (I know, lucky me!) and decided to pair them with a midnight blue and a couple other solids from my stash, which are the raspberry and purple Kona solids you see here.


While I was brainstorming ideas, my husband suggested, "Why don't you make an equalizer quilt?" So I set off to Google Images for some inspiration. And I liked it! Using the stacked coins idea for the base with a more random piecing for the top, I set off to create a pattern from my Habitat blocks. In retrospect, my husband and I both agreed that an equalizer quilt with only solids would be really striking. But I was given a challenge to make something with these fabrics, so I wanted to make it work.


Since I'm not really into drawing sketches of my layouts, I sewed all the Habitat blocks to a thin strip of the midnight blue and ironed with the seams open. Then I arranged them on the floor and snapped photos of different layouts. A couple days later, I reviewed the photos with fresh eyes and started sewing columns together with my favorite photo as my pattern.


When I got to the top, I cut random lengths of midnight blue and arranged the blocks with no real thought or planning. Very freeing! I like the random look of the bars in the top of the quilt, paired with conformity of straight lines and blocks in the base of the quilt. I think it shows a lot of movement, like sound.


Compared to the last quilt I finished, this top was super quick to piece together! The most difficult part was ironing the seams open, but I'm so glad I did. Gave the blocks a very precise look. And I don't often quilt with fabrics in the same collection. It's usually whatever I have with whatever I can find that pairs well! So this was pretty fun, too.

J HabitatWhat have you been working on this weekend? Linking up to Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday.

p.s. Check out this AMAZING quilt from the Habitat Flickr gallery.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Cathedral Windows Mini Quilt with Kona charm squares

Cathedral windows mini quilt

A cathedral windows mini quilt, finished just in time for the ...
Gen X Quilters Summer Fair

I used a Kona charm pack for the squares, which are larger than most I've seen. After I saw a fellow IMQG member's Kona solids challenge quilt, I knew I just had to make one like hers. She obliged!

Linking up to Sew Modern Monday, Fresh Sewing Day, and the Summer Fair!

Antique keys applique pillow and cathedral windows mini quilt

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home Stretch: Bottled Rainbows Quilt

Last Bottled Rainbows blocks, done! Knocked out four blocks yesterday, even in the midst of babysitting. (How do you sewing, blogging moms do it?) I did turn on Yo Gabba Gabba, which I only know from watching The Soup. It's hypnotic, and worked like a charm to get little Lucy's attention on the TV and not my glue stick. :)

Cerise, easily my favorite of this round

Cerise block

Turquoise: proved that sewing with voile scraps is not a problem

Turquoise Block

Buttercup, and my first Gen X swap block came in handy. Hello, cute elephants!
Mustard Block

And another orange. I made two blocks of the same color, though not on purpose. I thought the previous block was darker orange until I set out all my blocks. At this point, I say oh well. I'm really happy with the overall look, and this is all the more encouragement to change up the block arrangment...
Orange block

I'm experimenting with other layouts rather than the rainbow-esque color flow, so I think this will work just fine!

Warm and cool layout. I didn't stick to the same solids as Rachel, but here's an attempt to mirror the color flow in the traditional bottled rainbows quilt. The major difference here  is that I put 4 of my favorite blocks in the middle, which are all bold colors, and built out from there.
More "color harmonious" layout

Disco-esque layout. Since spreading out the oranges is a must, I think I'm partial to this layout. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Jess's Scrappy Rainbow Quilt, which I loved. And I kept some of my favorites in the middle, for optimal viewing.
Seemingly random layout

I may or may not sew them together today. Need to get moving on some freelance work, and I wouldn't mind another day to mull over the possibilities.

Did you finish any projects this weekend (or come close)?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tutorial: Diamonds Mini Quilt

There's been some interest in a tutorial for the Diamonds Mini Quilt! I'm flattered. And since I've got it fresh on my mind, I'll now do my best to guide you through the process I used to make this little guy.

Diamonds mini quilt

  • 1 Kona Solids Charm Pack: Brights, 43 charms (5x5 squares)
  • 2 extra solids charms (5x5 squares), pick any color (You can use scraps--these can even be the same color if needed)
  • 7/8 yard solid gray quilting fabric (such as Kona medium gray)
  • Binding, batting, backing fabric to fit
Finished Size: 36.5" x 40" 

    1) Cut gray fabric into 5-inch wide strips, them 5-inch wide charm squares. (See charm squares cutting tutorial here.) This makes 48 charm squares, and you will use 45 of them.

    2) You will need one Kona Brights charm pack, but I also used additional colors that were not in my pack. Choose some solids scraps and cut two squares (5x5) to add to the colors in your charm pack. It's not that important which colors you choose, because you'll be able to find a place for all of them later.

    3) Pair one colored charm with a gray charm, and sew/cut a Half Square Triangles unit. (See tutorial here.) You now have two half-square triangles featuring the same solid.

    4) Repeat for the rest of your charms until you have 90 finished half-square triangle blocks.

    5) Group blocks together by color family. (Blues, reds, greens, pinks, purples, etc.) Take your biggest stack, and arrange 12 blocks (6 solids, 2 blocks each) in a diamond formation. Matching HSTs should be next to each other, creating a larger triangle or parallelogram. (See pink diamond, below, for example).

    • Take your next largest color stack, and arrange 12 blocks (6 solids, 2 blocks each) in another large diamond formation. (See green diamond above, for example.) Repeat until you have your 4 large, colorful diamonds. (I chose yellows, greens, pinks, and blues for mine.)
    6) Now, look at your available blocks and choose pairs that are similar colors (2 solids, 2 blocks each). Use these to make a total of 6 small diamonds (mine are purple, orange, blue, red-orange, teal, and red.) Place around your large diamonds, matching the grays so large gray diamonds are created.

     These are the small diamonds....

    The small diamond and the large diamonds.
    Only four large diamonds are colored, and the center large diamond is gray.


    7) Use your remaining half-square triangle blocks to fill in the edges, creating small diamond halves. (These will help "frame" out some more large gray diamonds.) This is where you'll be able to use your colors that don't match any of the others. You'll have 9 of these, total.

    Here's a rough worksheet if you prefer to break out the colored pencils.
    For me, it's easiest to just use the actual blocks to work out the pattern.

    8) Are you happy with your color arrangement? Rearrange color groups until you get the rainbow effect you like. This is a good time to check that all of your diamonds are facing the way you want them to (see small red-orange diamond in the first photo, which I turned clockwise before sewing).

    9) Sew together blocks, starting with large diamond formations. It's important to make sure these line up correctly. Once you've sewn a large diamond section together, work on the next section, until you have four large sections. Join the pieces together to complete the quilt top.

    10) Piece together a quilt back and prep batting. To quilt this, I used contrasting thread (pink and yellow), and set my sewing machine to its widest seam allowance setting, tracing around the colored diamonds (large and small) and sewing only on the gray. Gray thread works too! My binding was pieced together from Kona solids scraps, and I chose pink thread.

    Diamonds quilt hanging

    Questions? If anyone does make one, or a variation, please let me know in the comments.

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    Diamonds Mini Quilt and Blogger's Quilt Festival

    This quilt was created for the Kona solids charm pack challenge. I finally finished it this weekend, in time to link up for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

    Kona solids quilt finished!

    I created this quilt with springtime in mind, and liked the idea of bits of color peeking through the gray, much like Indiana weather! 

    Diamonds quilt, draped

    I created the pattern as I went, organizing and reorganizing my half-square triangles until I found something I loved.

    Diamonds quilt hanging

    The rainbow binding was created from solid scraps from the Bottled Rainbows quilt I've been working on.

    My mini quilt, on the front porch

    I pieced together the back with a wonky log cabin idea, also with scraps from the bottled rainbows quilt (and the print is Heather Bailey mod bead in tangerine).

    Quilt back, wonky log cabins


    Diamonds mini quilt

    I've really happy with how this quilt turned out, and the BQF was just the motivation I needed to get it finished over the weekend!

    Check out the other great quilts linked up at Blogger's Quilt Festival! Lots of fun prizes are also being offered. Wish I were attending Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, but this is the next best thing!

    Update: I had a few requests, so the tutorial is posted here.

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    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    Dirty Morning and a Fancy Place for My Cat to Sit

    Spent Saturday morning planting raspberry and gooseberry bushes for a community garden outside our church. I don't know a thing about gardening, but was surrounded by people who do. Overall, the group planted more than 30 fruit or nut trees and about the same number of bushes, and the harvest will be open to anyone in the community!

    Cleaned off, had lunch out with my husband (which may or may not have been a mystery shop) and headed back for a crafternoon!

    I used some Bottled Rainbows scraps to make this multicolor quilt binding. With 3-inch fabric strips, I pieced them together and folded in twice to make a double-fold binding, ironing as I went along. I was starting to feel like a magician, pulling scarves out of a hat.

    Rainbow Quilt Binding

    I also pieced together this quilt back for the Kona Solids quilt I'm working on. I obviously haven't learned enough yet from Sara's photo tips this week, because the actual quilt colors here are a bit muddled, but I was distracted by the cat while photo editing. Anyway, the main fabric is Heather Bailey's Bijoux Mod Bead in Tangerine.

    Kona solids Quilt Back

    With any luck, I'll be able to post some more sewing progress tomorrow, including another Bottled Rainbow or two. Happy Saturday!

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