Christmas sewing- sister’s quilt!

Long ago, I bought a layer cake of the Cotton + Steel line Mustang, because it reminded me of my sister. She loved horses growing up, and I loved the designs and metallic accents of the fabric.

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A few months ago, I decided to make her a quilt this Christmas. It’s a simple stack and whack block, and I sashed it with Cotton + Steel sprinkles in gray.

It’s backed in two kinds of chambray and a stripe of cream and metallic gold stars.

She loved it. I love it. Happy Christmas to all. 🙂

 

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Science! quilt

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The boyfriend loves science. And orange. And we are quirky people. So when I decided to make a quilt for his birthday, I wanted to embody those things, but also have it reflect my personal sewing aesthetic.

I’ll start with color. Orange is great, but I wanted it to be an accent color rather than the main color. I love navy and orange together, so it seemed like a natural fit.

I love paper piecing, so that is a big reason I ended up with the Spinning Icosahedron I talked about in my last post.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have head a hard time finding a lot of inspiration for masculine quilts, even in the modern quilt world. But since I had the idea of “Science!” to go off of, I stuck with that.

I had bought a great fat quarter bundle from Westwood Acres last year that this was perfect for.

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Science! Greys! Blacks! Woo!

I also bought the orange around the color wheel bundle from Marmalade Fabrics (sadly going out of business).

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All the blues and other fabrics were pulled from my stash.

This all came together pretty quickly. I didn’t decide til about a month out that I was going to make him a quilt. The icosahedrons took about an hour each, and honestly the rest took more time that I’d anticipated. 🙂  But that’s how it goes!

One of my favorite elements of the quilt is the thin stripe down the side opposite the icosahedrons. The fabric is so pretty. And it’s from Walmart- a line called Emma and Mila. The hint of metallic is so nice. And I think it is a nice modern balance to the orange focal point.

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The back is just improved piecing. I made six inch wide cuts of a lot of fabrics and randomly pieced them.

Haha, the llamas crack me up. I bought that FQ at Quiltcon and a llama fabric on a space/science quilt is perfectly the boyfriend.

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I just quilted organic,  horizontal lines. It was a first for me, but I like the way it turned out.

He loved it. I love it. Here are gratuitous pictures of us from the day I gave it to him. 🙂IMG_8179 IMG_8185

WIP Wednesday- still here!

After many moons of not sewing, I’m back at it. I’ve moved, started a new job, and started a new relationship, but now that the dust has settled, I am getting back into the game.

I have been intrigued over past months by foundation paper piecing. My current project is a quilt featuring a lot of negative space and this lovely pattern by Art School Dropout.

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The picture is kind of cruddy (I’ll get better ones later), but this is orange (and some gray) tones on a navy background.

It feels good to sew again. 🙂

Timber QAL- Week 1

Time to get excited for colors! For week one of the Timber QAL with Modern Handcraft, we are looking at colors. I chose Kaffe Fassett Shots in blue and green (and yellow!).

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Here are some accent fabrics that I am also considering adding in, Kaffe Fassett Stripes, and another solid in a beautiful coral:

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I also realized that some of the Alison Glass hand printed batiks would coordinate well. I’m keeping an open mind about adding these in:
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Here is the diagram of the pattern that we are supposed to color in. Here is where I’m running into my problem. I don’t know what to do for the neutrals. I love using neutrals beyond white and black, neither of which I really want to use on this quilt. I love Essex Linens, and I have rust, leather, black and navy. I don’t feel like they look right with this quilt. Does anyone have any great ideas for neutrals??? Either colors or particular fabrics?

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Quiltcon 2015- Quilt show

A few months ago I decided to go to Quiltcon. I wanted to see the quilts, buy fabric, and Austin is my dream city, so I will never pass up a good excuse to go.

I made some strategic mistakes in planning. I should have planned to stay longer. I felt like I spent 50% of my trip driving. I went to Ikea in Dallas on the way down, so I was already kind of tired when I arrived. But it was totally worth it.

I’ll probably break this up into a few parts.

The quilt show was amazing. I’ll share some of my favorites. (Some pics stolen from the MQG blog)

“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer

Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey

Bearface, by Jenna Richardson

Bearface, by Jenna Richardson

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, by Katie Larson

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, by Katie Larson

Wavelength by Lee at Freshly Pieced

Wavelength by Lee at Freshly Pieced

My photo of the quilter info for this quilt was blurry! If I can find it or you know who made it, please let me know.

My photo of the quilter info for this quilt was blurry! If I can find it or you know who made it, please let me know.

So much talent and inspiration!

Timber QAL

timberFRONT4.7MBI was excited to see that Modern Handcraft is hosting a quilt along of Alison Glass’ Timber starting in March. I bought the pattern in a Christmas sale and this is a great chance to have some motivation to get it done.

I’ve been thinking a few days about what colors to do it in, and today I pulled the trigger and went ahead and ordered them.

I wanted to do solids, and I wanted to do a masculine colored quilt, so I went with Kaffe Fassett Collective Shots.

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And Kaffe Fassett Woven Strip in Emerald 

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I am looking forward to getting started! There’s still plenty of time to plan to join!