Behind the studio door

May 8, 2015 § 8 Comments

Summer-Cabin

This is the third quilt that I have made using the American Made Brand solids.  I have to say that they are now my favorite solids to work with. They sew up nicely. They wash up nicely.  The colors are vibrant and they don’t bleed when washed.

Summer Cabin is currently featured in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2015 issue.  It is made of giant log cabin blocks that go together quickly. It would really be great made with all your leftover scraps!  I have been cutting 2 1/2″ strips from any leftover fabrics from previous projects. Maybe one day I will make another quilt like this with all those leftover strips.

There really isn’t much to say about the inspiration behind this. I just love the traditional log cabin block. And there are so many possibilities with different sizes and arranged layouts. You’re sure to find a combination that fits your taste. This is a zig zag type of layout.

You just might find me napping in our hammock this summer with this quilt wrapped around me. Life just doesn’t get much better than that!

*photos courtesy of Fons & Porter

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Crossed Paths

November 25, 2014 § 5 Comments

crossed paths

This quilt was published in the Fall 2014 issue of Quilting Quickly by Fons & Porter. It’s super easy to make. And now, Fons & Porter has a short video showing how to trim up the big triangles.  I just thought you might like to know more about trimming up the large scrappy triangles used in the quilt.

Crossed Paths digital pattern and kit
Quilting Quickly, Fall 2014 issue
Video tutorial

This quilt idea was a serendipitous combination of Clothworks Vienna Garden fabric, my love of big one-block quilts and my love of scraps.  When designing quilts for Clothworks, I like to use the fabric in a way that really showcases all of the prints. And if at all possible, I try to include my love of the scrappy aesthetic.  It would be really fun to make it from your left over scraps or stash as well!

And since it is an autumnal quilt… Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I am working on my Tied Flannel Quilt this week… and I am determined to finish a couple of ancient UFO’s as well.

*photos courtesy of Fons & Porter

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Behind the Studio Door

November 3, 2014 § 9 Comments

Modern_Chain-1

This quilt was made on the heels of the Kaleidoscope quilt last spring and is now making it’s appearance in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Generation Q magazine.  It is also made with the American Made Brand solids. Obviously, I was in a muted color palette mood at the time.

I love chain quilts but was looking for something different. And I love two color quilts.  This one isn’t exactly two colors, but it is definitely a controlled palette.  I’ve also been pondering knitting charts in relationship to quilting, or more specifically to quilt design.  I think it was this knitting chart on Pinterest that inspired the color palette.  It’s so soothing, yet interesting.

The kit to make this quilt is available at my local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric.  Or stop in to see the quilt in person.

Modern_Chain-2

By the way, I just washed my Kaleidoscope quilt and the fabric washes up beautifully!  No color bleeding and just the right amount of crinkle. I really do love the American Made Brand solids!

Behind the studio door…

September 4, 2014 § 17 Comments

kaleidoscope-detail

Recently, I was talking with a good friend about the fact that I have a hard time telling anyone about my quilts that end up in magazines. I admit it. I’m afraid. I’m afraid that no one will like them. Or worse yet, that someone will find a mistake or flaw in my design. Heaven forbid!  I need to remember that lots of different people have lots of different tastes. And we can all make mistakes. Besides, it’s just a quilt. It’s not anything that has us hanging on between life or death.  Away with you, my terrible insecurities!

And additionally, the quilts are often made in a mad rush to meet a deadline.  Then I can’t say anything for several months until the magazine is released.  Never-the-less, there is still a process from inspiration to actual finished quilt that might be worth sharing. So I’m going to make a better effort to document & share what I have been working on.

kaleidoscope

The most recent quilt is this one.  It is made with Clothwork’s American Made Brand solids.  The pattern is in the current September 2014 issue of American Quilter. They are also offering a kit, if you are interested. Let me just say that I have enjoyed working with these solid fabrics!

The fabric is 100% cotton that is not only manufactured here in the U.S. but it is also grown in the U.S.  They feel lovely.  Almost like a linen. But not a linen.  The quilt has not yet made it’s way back to me so I can’t tell you how it feels after washing and using. But I’m anxious to do just that.

As for the process…  when I design quilts for an entire line of fabric, I really try to make use of as much of it as possible.  If the fabric is printed, then I often look for something within the prints themselves that inspire me.  But sometimes, I am in a particular mood or caught in particular style of quilt or block. For awhile I was really into flying geese and many of my quilts ended  up with flying geese in them somewhere.

For this fabric I was drawn to the color and really wanted to feature ALL of the colors that are available in the American Made solids.  (I only used 25 for the blocks + 3 more for the sashing) And then the secondary inspiration is that I was/am caught up with the soft and light valued quilts.  I made this quilt in April.  Spring was coming. I was staring at my low volume quilt and longing for something soft and fresh.  Or maybe the gray & rainy weather was getting to me. Hence, this quilt was born. Which, for a lack of a better name, became Kaleidoscope. I REALLY need help when it comes to naming on such a short notice!  The names never come to me until much later. Or even sometimes at the last minute as I begin to type about them here on my blog. (Even now, I don’t know what to call this quilt)

And that, my friends, is how this quilt came to be.  I hope you enjoyed me rambling on and on about it.  And I will try to overcome my shyness about what ends up in a magazine.

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