Purple and Grey Goodness!

Last year I made this mini quilt for my coffee table. We've been using it ever since then, and I really like it. It adds a bit of color to the room and it's a great coaster/table mat! Unfortunately that means that it will get dirty...and get dirty it did. I tossed the mini quilt into the wash a few weeks ago and was quite disappointed to see that it shrunk up about 1" in both directions! It still "worked", but I was unhappy that a once perfected-fitted mini was now an odd-ball size. (The center of our coffee table/ottoman has a wooden table area with a lip around it, as seen below. I made the mini to fit exactly within this area...until recently!)
9-Patch Mini
So I made a new mini! This time I made it about 1" larger in either direction and washed it as soon as I was finished binding it. It's a tiny bit big in the width, but I'm happy with it!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
I used big chunks of some of my favorite prints, and each log is quilted in a different style from Angela Walter's book. It was a fun way to play around with different quilting styles, and I just love how it turned out!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
On the back I used a large piece of a print from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line and a bit of bikes by Erin McMorris (this is one of my all time favorite prints!).
Purple and Grey Goodness - back
Although there isn't a ton of the orangey-coral color in the mini, I had to use the peach bikes for binding. I love that it's such a soft color and just flows with the rest of the mini quilt!
Here's a shot of the shrunken mini stacked on top of the new mini. That's quite a bit of shrinkage for such a small quilt! (Finished size of Purple and Grey Goodness is approximately 14.75" x 20.75".)
9-Patch Mini
And here's the Purple and Grey Goodness being put to use!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
I'm digging the change from the brightly colored 9-patch mini to the more subtle hues of this mini (plus it goes swimmingly with our lavender couch!). Although I will find a home for my 9-patch mini somewhere else, I'm sure!
You know it's a win when you want to just sit and stare at your finished project! I just wish I had yardage of all of these prints to make a larger quilt now!

Not so traditional dresdens!

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a challenge using a dresden ruler. Over the summer when the challenge was first announced, I had a few ideas pop into my head. As I played with the ruler and the shapes that it creates, my ideas evolved a bit until I came up with these two quilts.
The first quilt is a mini, measuring 23" square. I love using one large block to create a mini quilt - it's the perfect size to display on the wall!
Dresden Challenge - Mini
I reverse appliqued the center circle and pieced the outer seam on the "dresden plate". I can't lie, I held my breathe the whole time I was sewing the outer circle seam! The quilting is simple straight lines that increase in density from the center of the quilt outward.
Dresden Challenge - Mini
I used a charm pack of Kate Spain's Terrain for the quilt top. The backing is a great polka dot: Dumb Dot by Michael Miller in Tangerine. The binding is Quilter's Linen by Robert Kaufman in Orange.
Dresden Challenge - Mini

My second entry is for the Innovative category. The idea for this quilt came along because I love the look of wonky piecing, but I don't enjoy the process because I always seem to generate a lot of fabric waste! I'm often thinking up different techniques to accomplish the look I like, but which also satisfy my Type A personality!
I initially fell in love with this print by Erin McMorris for her La Dee Da line:
(Photo from Hawthorne Threads)
And so I used that as inspiration for this quilt!
Dresden Challenge - Innovative
To achieve this design, I cut strips of my prints at random angles using a rotary cutter and ruler to keep my cuts sharp rather than curved. Next I pieced a strip of grey to either side of the print, and then cut my dresden pieces from the pieced fabric. The entire quilt top is made up of dresden plate pieces!
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I quilted the rows of wonky wedges in a linear zig zag style and then quilted around each row of wedges to further accent them. The traditional quilter inside of me can't believe that I left the negative space unquilted (I was taught to quilt a piece with uniform density throughout!), but it gives the quilt a softness while not distracting from the wonky wedges.
Dresden Challenge - Innovative
For the back I used a large piece of my inspiration fabric plus a chunk of coordinating print.
Dresden Challenge - Innovative back
I love that the quilting is obvious in the light print of the quilt back, yet it blends right into the dark print!
Dresden Challenge - Innovative Back
This quilt finished at 36" x 52". I love this mix of prints, so I may make a me-size quilt soon!
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Are you participating in the Dresden Challenge? I'd love to hear what you came up with! Here are the links to the 3 categories of entries:
Link ups are open from Sept. 1-6. I can't wait to see all of the beautiful creates! It's only day 1 and there are already lots of inspiring projects out there!

Flying North!

I was thumbing through Sunday Morning Quilts one day at a local shop and I saw the Up, Up, and Away quilt. I had the idea to recreate a wonky version of this quilt using charms. This is what I came up with:
Flying North Quilt
The background yellow fabric is a 100% cotton woven fabric that I found at Jo Ann's. It's so soft, and washes up even softer - perfect for a baby quilt! The prints are all from Promenade by Riley Blake.
Flying North Quilt
I quilted a zig zag pattern using the pieced triangles as a rough guide. I kept the quilting a bit wonky to flow with the piecing style.
Flying North Quilt
I used two charm packs for this quilt. I used several of the prints more than once in the quilt top, because they were my favorites. All of the left over charms went on the back, along with a sprinkling of some yellow squares. I even threw in some squares that I had left over from the quilt top. Some yellow fabric above and below the piecing brought the backing up to size!
Flying North Quilt
For the binding I chose a floral print from the Promenade line. I just love the pale lilac background in that print! (Note to self: snag some from the LQS soon!) On the back I included one of my labels.
Flying North Quilt
I recently sent this quilt off to a college friend for her new baby girl. She didn't find out the sex of the baby before birth, but I started this quilt with her in mind because I had a feeling she would have a girl! I hope baby Grace is getting lots of use out of it!
Flying North Quilt
Quilt Stats:
Size: Approximately 40" square, I think (oops, I forgot to measure it before I sent it off!)
Fabric: Promenade by Riley Blake and yellow woven from Jo Ann's
100% cotton batting
Wonky Zig Zag quilting
Flying North Quilt