Monday, September 8, 2014

Quilts for Cloud 9

I have two projects to share today! Cloud 9 contacted me to piece and quilt these projects for them, the first of which was done just before Spring Market. The second quilt was done earlier this summer. You may have seen peeks of these on my Instagram!

The FREE! pattern for this first quilt can be found here.  The fabric is available through JoAnn Fabrics, and is called Backyard Garden. The pattern was designed by Melanie Shortmas-Tuazon, and the fabric line was designed by Michelle Engel Bencsko.
Backyard Garden Quilt for Cloud 9
In the sample that I sewed up, the center shape is not pieced, but rather cut from a single print. This pattern sews up really quickly, and it's a great way to highlight some large scale prints!
Backyard Garden Quilt for Cloud 9
I worked on this quilt when I was still quite uneasy about quilting feathers. It's actually kind of fun to pull up these photos and see some of my older work!
Backyard Garden Quilt for Cloud 9
We were under a little bit of a deadline for this project, so tried to keep the quilting simple with some straight lines and easy feathers.
Backyard Garden Quilt for Cloud 9
You can see a brief Cloud 9 blog post on this project here.


The second project is also a free pattern! This fabric line and pattern were both designed by Michelle Engel Bencsko.
Rhythm Quilt for Cloud 9
This project also includes some feathers! So fun to see how much I've changed and learned. I really like the design that the feather arcs create - it reminds me of a butterfly.
Rhythm Quilt for Cloud 9
The straight lines create such great texture! Sometimes I have to remind myself to use something else for a background fill!
Rhythm Quilt for Cloud 9
It was really fun to work with Cloud 9 on these projects!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The DNA Quilt

We are two weeks into the school year, and I'm trying my best to keep a more regular work schedule. Along with that, I have a goal of blogging at least once a week! I have a huge backlog of projects of my own to share, along with some long arm work that I did for others.
DNA Quilt
I made this quilt this spring when I had a little lull in my schedule. I started with a stack of 10" squares, and initially just sewed them together into a giant patchwork top. There was no sparkle to the quilt top, though, probably because all of the prints are a medium tone. I didn't want to give up on these great colors, though, so I cut into my quilt top and inserted black strips of varying widths. I used a black batik, which is so wonderfully dark. The black seemed to do the trick, because now the colors really pop!
With the black strips inserted among the bright colors, the quilt reminds me a bit of DNA running through a gel. :) 
DNA Quilt
For the quilting, I quilted swirly "mermaid hair", as I like to call it, in the brightly colored sections. And in the black strips I quilted curved lines. Batiks can feel a bit stiff sometimes, so I wanted to keep the quilting soft.
DNA Quilt
The binding is a orange batik in a fun zig zag print!
For the back I used several batiks that I had on hand.
DNA Quilt
The quilting is really visible on the black print in the back! I love the aqua thread against the black.
DNA Quilt

DNA Quilt

Quilt stats:
Name: DNA Quilt
Fabrics: Hoffman Batiks
Size: 54" x 67"

I'm listing this one on Etsy!
  DNA Quilt

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pillow Tutorial!

Hop over to the Benartex blog today where I'm sharing a tutorial for this fun pillow!

Tile Pillow Tutorial for Benartex

There's a chance to win a fat quarter bundle as well!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Memory Quilt Custom

Matt's cousin contacted me a few months ago regarding a custom. She had a bridesmaid dress from a friend's wedding, and now the friend was having a baby. She found an idea on Pinterest and wanted a baby quilt made from the dress she wore in the wedding.

I must admit, I've seen these quilts and they aren't really my style. But it was a small, simple project, so I figured I would challenge myself.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

I knew that I wanted to add quilting cotton to the mix, and she mentioned that the dress was blue. I pulled some fabrics, but WOW was I surprised at how the very bright blue color of the dress! I added and subtracted fabrics until I had a nice mix of greys to go with the blue.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

For the quilt design, I was looking for something simple. I decided on isosceles triangles, so I picked up a few new rulers and chopped up my fabrics! The dress was short, so there wasn't very much usable fabric. I cut as many triangles as I could, and then I pieced the blue and greys randomly. Nothing planned, just grab some pieces and stitch them together!

I quilted the piece with a simple swirly meander. I wanted to keep the layers from shifting around, but also keep the quilt soft.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

For the backing I chose 2 fun prints - the kite print is also in the quilt top and I like that it brings a bit of red and purple into the design. The binding is a brighter blue, one of my favorite prints! I remember being unsure of the brighter blue, but as soon as the quilt was finished I LOVED it.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress 

In the end, I actually love this entire quilt. The blue color really pops, and the shine of the satin is a fun touch. I've heard that the mom absolutely loves it, and Matt's cousin was really happy with what I created for her friend.

Notes:
*If I remember correctly, quilt finished at about 36" x 42".
*I did not stabilize the satin. It was very easy to work with, and had very little fraying!
*Because of the bulk of the satin, I pressed all seams to the cotton fabric. Ironing did not damage the satin, but I tried to iron only on the cotton and barely touch the seams to flatten them a bit.
*I used the same needles and thread in my long arm that I would have used if the quilt had been all cotton.
*I used Quilter's Dream Poly batting in Select loft.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Projects from my patterns!

Over the last few months I've sewn up a few different projects using my patterns. Some of these are from classes that I taught locally, and some are samples for local shops!

First up, some pillows!
The original pillows that I made for my Gathering Place pattern were done in a Christmas print:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

For one pillow I gathered the side panel and created a scalloped edge:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

On the other pillow I did some pintucking on the side panel and a zig zag edge:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

Click over to my flickr stream for more photos.

Next I created a set of pillows in batik. These are samples in a local shop:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

On this pillow I combined a gathered side panel and a curved edge. I let the batik print dictate the curve on this one:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

This is probably me favorite of them all! For this pillow I combined
 the pintucked side panel and a zig zag edge:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

I quilted the backs with straight lines. It goes so well with both of these batiks!

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

The last of the pillows is this Halloween set. I used these to teach a local class last fall:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

I wanted to have a little fun with these, so I tried to create a "monster teeth" edge on this pillow, combined with a pintucked side panel:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

On the second pillow I created a small, tight zig zag with a gathered side panel:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

On the pillow backs I combined straight line quilting with a few lines of zig zag stitch. It adds a fun touch, I think!

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

The other pattern that I used recently is the Hexie Chains quilt pattern. I love this pattern, for so many reasons! It sews up really quickly, is a great way to use some prints in larger chunks,  and is really fun to quilt! I used a layer cake for this quilt - the pattern calls for 44 hexagons, so I had to cut an extra 2 from a fat quarter. The background is Essex yarn dyed linen - it was SO easy to work with, even with all of the bias edges!

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

On the back I used a bunch of prints from my stash:

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

In the linen background areas I quilted simple wavy lines and in each hexagon I quilted a different design:
Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

For the thin blue border I went with a simple zig zag for the quilting:

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

If you've sewn something from any of my patterns or tutorials, I would love to see it! I'd like to write a post featuring all of your projects! The fastest way to reach me is by email (Quiltygirl AT gmail DOT com), so feel free to send over a few pictures of your projects!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paper Lanterns Quilt - New Pattern!

I have a new pattern to share! I designed this quilt top using a jelly roll (or 40 strips measuring 2 1/2" wide x width of fabric) and 2 1/4 yards of one other fabric, for the background. It's a great project to use up precuts in your stash, or quickly grab a few things at the store for a fast project! I find that after a few weeks of more complex projects, it's nice to work on something simple for a bit.

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

The chains of paper lanterns provide really great space to practice different quilting designs! I couldn't decide on a thread color, so I used a green and a blue, alternating between rows. In the background I quilted some simple circles with black thread.

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

 The thread really stands out on the black backing fabric!

 Finishing at 48" x 60", this is a great pattern for a baby quilt, a small lap quilt, or a wall hanging. I may hang this quilt in my new studio after we move!

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

The pattern is now available on Etsy and Craftsy!

Paper Lanterns Quilt in batiks

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kyle's Quilt

I have (virtual) stacks of photos to share, and hopefully I'll make time to do that soon! For now, I have a  simple, but special, quilt to share.

You may remember the pillows that I made for some close friends two Christmases ago. Our friends include my husband's ex-coworker, his wife, and their two sons. One of the sons lives in Chicago now, and the other (Kyle) was living here. In the two years since we moved to New York state, we've grown really close to these friends. Addy loves spending time with them, and she especially loves seeing Kyle. He teases her and tosses her around like an uncle, and he is so patient with her!

We knew that Kyle was looking to leave the area, but we were still quite shocked to learn that he was taking a job outside of Salt Lake City, Utah! I wanted to make Kyle a quilt, but somehow his move date snuck up on me. When I realized that I only have a few days to make his quilt, I had to decide if I wanted to sew it up quickly or mail it off to him later. I decided to whip up something before he left, because I wanted to be able to give it to him in person. It also helped to keep the design simple, which suits him well!

I choose mostly batiks for this quilt, with a few prints thrown into the mix. My local shop has such a fun selection of batiks, and they have a bit of an Asian feel to them, which is perfect for Kyle. I started with a grey and cream feather print, because I remember Kyle telling me that feathers are significant in Japanese culture. (I'm pretty sure he told me that they symbolize good luck, although googling didn't turn up much. I'll continue to think that, though, as it fits the quilt well!) I paired the creams and greys with a few different shades of blue.

Kyle's Quilt

I really like to use rectangular blocks when I can. It's such a nice break from squares!

Kyle's Quilt

I quilted an all over square design, which I think works well with the simple piecing. It was really fun to quilt an all over design for a change, and it quilted up so fast!

Here's the feather batik that I began with:

Kyle's Quilt

On the back I used a mix of prints and some Essex linen (in denim):

Kyle's Quilt

I almost forgot to add a personal label. I didn't have the time to iron a scrap of fabric and hand stitch it to the back of the quilt, so I just wrote a short note on the backing fabric. I wrote this note right before snapping these pics, and shortly after that I was in my car to hand deliver the quilt!

Kyle's Quilt

Kyle loved the quilt, as did his parents! I'm so glad that I finished it in time to hand it over in person. I know that he'll love it and use it, and think of us often. (And I may have another stack of fabrics all ready to create something for his parents....if only I could find that free time that I seem to have misplaced!)

On a personal note, our family is moving soon! We're excited to relocate to Pittsburgh sometime in the next few months. I'm sure the sewing will slow down during the move, so I hope to spend a bit of time sharing more on here! In the mean time, I post often on instagram. I hope to catch up with you over there!