My 20-year-old son was hosting a Christmas party yesterday. That meant two things — my house was clean AND I had to stay out of his way! While the day began with good intentions for me to clean my office and get caught up on my accounting, by dinner time I was done. I needed to sew!
I pulled out some greens from my stash and my Tri Recs ruler set. I used the maximum size (6.5″) to make the trees. For the next step, I will add 1″ by 1″ trunks.
I’m not sure where this project will go next. I’m thinking it will be a wall hanging for above our bed, which means I’ll probably use 8 trees for the width and 4 trees for the height. This will be a fun project for over the holidays and shouldn’t take me too long to finish.
On Saturday, as I was quilting this Christmas quilt, it was 50 degrees outside and the first day in months that it felt winter was behind us. I had planned to write a cute post about my unseasonal quilting and how much I felt like working on a quilt that was Spring-themed.
Thankfully, when I got up this morning, it had started snowing again. So I guess my post is now timely, at least here in the Northeast.
This quilt was made using a Moda charm pack for the center. The outside of the squares is made from a layer cake, which I cut into 2.5″ strips. I’m pretty sure that I saw the design somewhere, but I have no idea who made the original quilt and I apologize for copying them without giving them credit.
I was struggling to know what color thread to use on this. I settled on a sage green and it blended beautifully into the front and back of the quilt. I used simple, loopy freestyle quilting to add some texture. Clearly my dogs thought that I did a good job!
Lancelot (facing camera) and Guinevere enjoying Christmas quilt
I loved this backing! The colors matched beautifully and it was also very contemporary.
QuiltCon is being held in February 2013. One of the challenges was to create a modern quilt using Dear Stella Fabrics. You can check out the official rules and challenge fabrics here.
My idea was to use all four colors of one fabric and match up the patterns, so that the bubbles looked like they were floating in the main fabric. I added some additional solid bubbles, using the same colors as the challenge fabric. Finally, I used trapunto to make faux bubbles throughout the quilt. The entire quilt is quilted using pebbles (which are meant to look like bubbles), although the quilting is hard to see in the photograph. This was really fun to do.
“Bubbles” quilt using Dear Stella Fabric
Close-up. It’s a bit easier to see the quilting and the trapunto bubbles.
I was challenged to create a minimalist quilt using the Modern Quilt Guild’s color. This quilt contains four squares of color — representing air, water, fire and earth. The names of each element are quilted into the color block, and the rectangle to the right contains quilting to represent each element. These were swirls (air), droplets (water), flames (fire), and tree trunks (earth).
I’m learning it is a challenge to photograph white quilting on white fabric, but here’s a look.
I took a live class from Angela Walters at the Machine Quilter’s Expo this spring. She was a wonderful teacher — fun, engaging, and clearly talented. I was thrilled to see that she offered a class on Craftsy. (For those of you unfamiliar with Craftsy, it offers 3 to 4 hour online classes in quilting and other arts, reasonably priced for $39!)
Angela Walters is known for quilting modern quilts, which are challenging because they have a great deal of quilting. Angela begins the class by defining negative space, and then sketches many designs. As the class progresses, she shows you how to combine and re-size the designs to create a lot of different quilting effects. Once the sketching is complete, she moves on to the longarm machine and shows how to stitch each pattern. You can make the project yourself by following class directions, or by purchasing an (optional) pre-printed panel from Spoonflower.
The most impressive thing is that Angela quilts with only one hand on the longarm machine. Seriously. I’ve taken a lot of classes from national teachers, and I have never seen someone consistently quilt with just one hand.
I learned a lot from this class. Although I believe that free motion quilting is much easier with a longarm, the information is totally applicable to a domestic sewing machine. She covers both in the class. She has a sweet, relaxed attitude that makes it look easy. I was able to immediately create the free motion designs she taught when I went back to my longarm machine. The class was totally worthwhile and I would highly recommend it.
For a list of Craftsy quilting classes, check out the link below. Machine Quilting Negative Space is about half-way down the page.
I’m excited to report that I am apparently a quilting pioneer! The Modern Quilt movement is upon us and this quilt fits right in. Modern quilts are pieced quilts that tend to use monochromatic fabrics, large blocks, and a modern design. While the definition is a bit murky, you can be sure you won’t see any Baltimore Albums or Double Wedding Rings in this category.
Shortly after I started quilting, I was exceedingly proud to have mastered half-square triangles. At the same time, one of the online stores had a smoking clearance on layer cakes. (If I recall correctly, they were 70% off and cost $2.99.) I stocked up and made this quilt top. Given my novice quilting skills, this quilt took a lot of design, but I was kind of embarrassed about how ugly the finished product looked.
Fast forward more than 2 years and I am on a quest to finish 3 charity quilts this month. I pulled this out of the plastic bin containing my unfinished quilt tops. I was kinda shocked when I realized how much it looked like some of the modern quilts I’ve seen. I was even more shocked that my family, generally my harshest critics, said that “it really wasn’t as bad as some of my other work.” Apparently I was just ahead of my time with my design skills!
You can learn more about the Modern Quilt Movement at:
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