Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Gold at the End of This Rainbow

Friends, this finish has been a long time coming. It wasn’t the design that was difficult—just squares and half-square triangles—it was amassing the fabric. I started back in November 2014 and cut what I could from my scraps. A few months later (with a few months’ worth of new scraps in my collection), I went through the scrap bin again. In the end I did have to buy some teal and yellow fabric, but I finally cut and sewed all I needed to make this happen:

Yay! : )

Check out the coolio quilting.

I got to use so many low-volumes in this project.

The whole (huge!) thing was trimmed in this mustardy net print from Dear Stella.

I’m super excited to have this done. If you’re looking for a good way to blow through your scraps, I recommend this quilt pattern. Here are the important details:

Design: Obsession, from Quilt-opedia, by Laura Jane Taylor

Size: 80” by 80”

Quilting: by the talented Garden Gate Quilting

Scrap usage: 400  4½” and 5” squares—woo hoo!

See Kinda Quilty for another example of this quilt. That’s the one that turned me on to this design in the first place. : )

So I have another scrap quilt in the works for March, but you and I both know that one quilt will not clean out that bin. Do you have a suggestion for another scrappy design? I have a copy of Alexandra Ledgerwood’s Improvising Tradition and am thinking of using her piecing method to do something scrappy. What do you think? Can you imagine a scrappier version of Paper and Plums in cool purples, blues, and greens?

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Succulence Blog Tour

I’m excited to announce the Succulence Blog Tour. This event, which debuts today, features the work of 16 bloggers and their creations with Bonnie Christine’s Succulence fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics.

I’ve sewn with Bonnie’s fabrics in the past. I adore her Sweet as Honey line, and Winged has appeared in multiple quilts of mine, including my Better Late Than Never Quilt. (I initially fell for the deep colors of Winged, but it’s the low-volumes—those butterflies!—that have stolen my heart since.)

I have a pile of Succulence on my sewing table now, and I look forward to revealing my project on February 17, my day on the blog tour.

Until then, visit Bonnie’s blog, Going Home to Roost, to see what the other participants have created!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Me, me, me, me, me!

I let many quilt-along opportunities pass me by. There’s just so much going on online and limited sewing time, I can’t possibly participate in everything I’d like to. When I saw Meadow Mist Designs’ latest pattern—the Outlined Plus Quilt—and the corresponding quilt-along at Hyacinth Quilt Designs, however, I knew I had to make an exception.

I’ve been meaning to make a Bonnie and Camille quilt of epic proportions, and I’ve wanted to make an Amy Butler quilt of similar epic-ness. My thought was that these quilts-to-be would be a spectacular cross-section of those designers’ work, and I would keep either project for me, me, me! Maybe this was the pattern I’ve been waiting for?

Those designer-specific quilts would require buying fabric—perhaps a lot of fabric. Then I realized I had the necessary fabric on hand already: my 40-fat quarter bundle of Basic Grey’s Mon Ami. I wouldn’t do a designer-specific quilt; I’d home in on one gorgeous fabric line by one of my favorite design houses!

Using Kona Snow as the outline for each of the pluses, I started cutting and sewing. My goal is a throw-size quilt, requiring 30 blocks. I have 20 done, 10 more to go. Yes, this quilt is for me, me, me!

This is my favorite block. I love the combination of blue and yellow.

The grays in this block make me pretty happy, too.

As I’m taking stock of this work in progress, two thoughts come to mind. First, I really love the combinations of fabrics in shades of blue, gray, yellow, and red. I’m not feeling the green as much. What do you think? Should I omit the green fabrics? I would have to remake four blocks.

Here is the version with greens.

And here is the non-green version. I think this is the winner, friends!

Second, this is an unusual project for me to sew. My quilty brain doesn’t think in terms of making one complex block (as opposed to, say, a half-square triangle block) and repeating it over and over again in a standard grid. There’s beauty in it, to be sure—I’ve gotten good at churning out these 12-inch blocks, and I find some peace in the repetition. I can think of only two other quilts like this that I’ve made: my Lotus Blossom Quilt and my Dogwood Blossom Quilt. I guess I’m the non-block quilt maker. It seems like a bizarre observation to make, but it’s true for me and the quilts I tend to be drawn to.

Now it’s your turn to chime in. Do you have any thoughts about the green-fabric issue? What generalizations can you make about your own quilt projects? Is it a palette that you tend to gravitate toward? Do you have a propensity for a particular design or technique? Let the rest of us know in the comments.

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