Monday, September 19, 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2016

I look forward to the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis every year as it is good to see all the great quilts out there and meet old and new quilting friends.

This year I am submitting my 'Weight of Love' quilt in the hand quilted category.

I started this quilt in Libs Elliot's workshop with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Libs has a very trendy, techno, digital vibe in her work so I decided to take a different slant when putting her 'Weight of Love' pattern together. I went with more classic Peppered Cottons from Studio E fabrics. The colors are very saturated and have great depth.  

A ton of Y-seams later, I decided to hand quilt using DMC Perle Cotton thread in similar saturated colors. 

I simply love the texture it created. 

More about the making of this quilt here.

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Category: Hand Quilted

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Dresden Quilt

I was looking to make a baby quilt for our friends who just had a little girl. Inspired by this fabric I picked up from Dry Goods Design a while back I decided to make Dresden blocks in matching colors. 

Kona color chart comes in real handy on such occasions. I was able to find the colors that closely matched the colors in the fabric.
  • Cactus
  • Citrus
  • Azalea
  • Breakers
  • Jade
  • Petal

I skipped the burnt orange and found a print by Lotta Jansdotter that matched the color for binding.

I used Wrights EZ Quilting Dresden Ruler and the petals are 3.5" in size. The center circle is 3.5" in diameter. I recently purchased a Grace Company 360 TrueCut Circle Cutter which made cutting the circles a breeze.

I machine appliqu├ęd the Dresden plates on to 12" x 12" blocks of Kona white and pieced the top together.

For the quilting I went with stitch #4 on my Bernina and the walking foot. I increased the stitch length to 2.5 to get a more gentle curve. I like the texture it created. I think it tones down the otherwise stark lines of the blocks.

The quilt finishes at  36" x 48" and has a real fresh look to it. It reminds me of a kid's drawing.

This is a great quilt for a beginner and if you have any questions please free to contact me.

I recently got some labels printed from MadMadGraphics. I love how they turned out. One label attached and quilt packaged.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Weight of Love Quilt

In February, I took the Weight of Love workshop by Libs Elliot. Libs has a very edgy aesthetic and when picking fabric for her class I was torn between a vibrant modern palette or a more sedate contemporary one. In the end I could not resist cutting into the fat quarter bundle of Peppered Cottons by Studio E fabrics that I had purchased. They are just stunning in person and provided much needed color therapy while I was working with them.

I decided to use the entire stack of fabrics rather than limiting the palette to just a few colors. These were my picks. In some cases I mapped 2-3 fabrics for the same color slot. 

Cutting up the hexagons was the easy part. Sewing them together was a slow process with all the Y-seams and it took some perseverance. In retrospect a loose weave shot cotton was perhaps not the right choice for a pattern that required precision cutting and piecing. I had to heavily starch some of the pieces to make them easier to handle. 

Once the top was done I decided to add in a few hexagons as background to complete the top. I had already made up my mind to hand quilt this one with Perle cotton. I used size 8 thread and a good Sashiko needle for this. From previous experience with another hand quilting project I decided not to use Warm and Natural cotton batting as it is really hard on the fingers. Instead I used Hobbs Thermore Ultra Thin Polyster batting. The needle went through like butter. I used about 6 different colors of DMC Perle cotton to quilt this one.

Finally I faced the quilt as I am currently into the no binding look. This is going to be a wall quilt for the most part so facing seemed to fit the bill.

Finishing this quilt has been very satisfying. I am going to miss working on it. Leaving off with a few more pictures.

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