Modern Lone Star

There are certain quilts that must be on every quilters list to make at least once in their lifetime.  Things like Log Cabin, Churn Dash, Dresden Plate, (any) star block, Drunkard’s Path, and certainly the Lone Star.

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To date, I’ve made quilts for my oldest 2 children, and the grandchildren of course.  But I have 2 more children I needed to make quilts for.  I decided to make my middle son (now 23) a Lone Star quilt.  He is 6′ 4″, so even a quilt for snuggling on the couch would need to be larger than usual.

I pulled together some fabric scraps from my stash and then bought a couple of yards of chartreuse fabric to make it pop.  The solid fabric is Kona Slate.  Each diamond is 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and measures 6 1/2″ point-to-point.

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Then once I had the lone star together, I cut it down one side.  Let me just say, that was super scary.  I shared with you previously here and here some of the challenges and lessons learned while piecing it, so to take a rotary cutter to it at this point was nerve racking.  If I messed it up, it would have to be remade.  But it worked great and the part I cut off, I flipped over to the back.

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I quilted it lightly with parallel lines 1/2″ apart following the lines of the star.IMG_3414

It was so big, I didn’t even get a complete view of the quilt until we were able to hang it for pictures.  (By the way, it’s really hard to photograph such a large quilt.)  I LOVE how it turned out!  It’s so beautiful!

Finished at 70″ x 90″.

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Vintage Rainbow Mosaic

Vintage [vin-tij] adj. 1. Representing the high quality of a past time.  2. Being the best of its kind

What’s that saying about styles of the past coming back?  From my amateur point-of-view, it seems that fashion, home decor, and hair styles run in cycles repeating every couple of decades.  They get revamped and revived, and suddenly old school with a twist becomes chic and stylish ‘new’ school.  Quilting fabric hasn’t been immune, although it’s probably been a somewhat slower process.  We have reproductions for the Victorian, civil war, and depression eras and just about everything in between.  More often than not, these reproduction fabric look very much in color and style like the fabrics of old.  However, sometimes they can look more modern due to the use of modern geometric prints.  Also advances in technology have given us whiter whites and brighter colors which can make a reproduction fabric seem more chic.

Rachel at Stitched in Color is having a mosaic contest where we are to pick our favorite ‘vintage’ rainbow fabrics.  A collaboration of color slightly aged, faded, or dusty.  Maybe even colors that clash.   Think shades of green from 1930s kitchens, Williamsburg blue from the 80s, or the one thing we all hope never comes back in style, avacado green appliances from the 70s.

I made 2 color pallets that most resemble the 30s and the 50s decades.  Intuitively, I really like softer tones with a pop of color, and a dark color or two with a cool base to balance it out.  I love the two pallets that I came up with.  I tried to capture the essence of the vintage rainbow while keeping the prints modern for more trendy charm.

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As I was building them, I thought they were quite different.  I started out with 6 colors for pallet 1 and 8 colors for pallet 2.  So the differences were more noticeable.  But then I reread the instructions and realized I was supposed to have 9 colors for each.  So, I went back and filled in more colors for each, and now that I see them side-by-side, they are more similar than I thought.  Pallet 2 is a bit softer than pallet 1, but they both have a good balance of light, medium, and dark values.

I really love how the colors are playing together.  I have been loving gold and aqua together and have used it recently in a quilt that I will share soon.  Also, coral has been one of my favorite colors for year.  I love how it plays well with grays and citron.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge, and decided to play around with quilt design on my EQ7 at the same time.  I decided to work with triangles and this is what I came up with for each color pallet.

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What do you think?  What colors would you have chosen for this challenge?  Visit Stitch in Color to view the other entries and vote for your favorite.  Maybe you’ll find a collection of color you love and decide to use in your next quilt.

No Turn on Red

No Turn on Red is a quilt I designed and made for a local foster care kid.  I am member of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild in North Carolina and the local foster care system is the charity we work with by making and donating quilts each year.

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In addition, foster care is close to my heart for another reason.  My sister and brother-in-law have fostered probably 15-20 kids by now, and have adopted my nieces and nephews below.  They are adorable and such happy kids!

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This year our guild members were challenged to create a “Modern Quilt” for a “Modern Kid”.  I have made and donated several baby quilts previously, so I wanted this one large enough to be for an older child or a teenager.

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I sketched out this pattern on paper earlier this year.  So when the challenge was announced and the fabric received by the guild, I looked though my idea book and thought this would be the perfect pattern to spotlight the fabric.  Or maybe I should say to ‘stop’ light the fabric since the idea for this pattern came from stop lights.  Most of the stop lights in our area are hanging from wires that are attached to tall wooden poles.  But just down the road from me are stop lights hanging on sturdy poles and I really liked the geometric pattern play it provides.  Add to that a few directional arrows (flying geese) and negative space, and a modern quilt was born.

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And I have to say that I love it!  Sometimes when ideas are on paper, you’re not quite sure if it’s going to work or not.  But I love how this came together and I really love the red and yellow fabric in this design.  I do wish the blue print was a bit stronger in this design, but overall I really like the effect.  If the quilt wasn’t already promised, I would probably keep it – I like it that much!  And the back is a solid piece of an awesome IKEA print.  I purchased this fabric earlier in the year and was holding it for something special.  It works well with this quilt.

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The top was very easy to put together — certainly easy enough to piece in one day.  And then it took me another day to quilt it.  It finished up at 54″ x 68″, which is a good lap size for most anyone.

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Overall I’m super happy with it, and super happy that I finally got another quilt finished.  I have several more tops done, so hopefully I’ll have some more finishes to share in the next month.

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Also, I have entered this quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  Head on other there and vote for me if you get a chance.  My quilt is entered in the “Original Design” category and voting runs Nov 1-7.  Click here to link to that page.  And while you’re there, check out all the other amazing quilts that were blogged about this week around the world.

Click here to vote for Viewer’s Choice.  Use this address in the form. http://www.inlinkz.com/displayurl.php?id=19996150

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Radiant Orchid

Hello friends.  It certainly has been a while.  Between working at work or working on the house, my sewing machine sat untouched for a month or more.  We were both getting quite lonely.  So I took the week off from working on the house and made a challenge quilt for the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge.  Entries are due today, so this morning found me restitching a small area and clipping the last few strings.  Again… I squeaked in just before the deadline.

This year’s challenge color for the Pantone challenge is Radiant Orchid.  The entry must contain at least a small amount of Radiant Orchid fabric — although any winning quilts will certainly feature the orchid color.  My quilt features the radiant orchid color along with a somewhat darker purple color, with yellow as an accent.  And it’s all solids!  I do believe this might be my first all solid quilt.

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I started designing this pattern last summer before I knew anything about the Pantone challenge, but I thought it would fit the challenge perfectly.  It went through several revisions until last week when I finally decided that this pattern is the one I would go with.  It was slightly tricky trying to figure out how to piece since the star points were ending up in the middle of a curve for the window.  I finally decided to use a combination paper piecing/peeled-back patchwork method.  I don’t know if it’s a real method for quilting — I just made it up since it seemed to be the only way to put the thing together.  And I ended up having to break it down even further and make 4 blocks for each block that I designed.  And then half-way through, I redesigned one of the blocks because I didn’t like the way the seams looked with the other blocks.  I still have points that are very thick — I think it provides dimension!

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It measures 25-1/4″ square — each block is 2-1/2 includes and the border added a little bit — so it makes a nice wall hanging.  I think I’ll hang it in the spare bedroom over the dresser.

I also designed the quilting for each of the blocks and it ended up taking just just as long to do as the piecing.  And the thick seams were challenging to quilt through without having the foot get stuck on them.  But it’s done and I really like how it turned out.  I’ll probably never make another one though…  ha ha ha.

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Be sure to check out the other entries for the challenge.  We have some very talented quilters.

Linking up with Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
 

Cathedral Window Pin Cushions and A Give-A-Way!

Yippee!  I have three finishes this week.  Yes, they are small… but they are still finished!

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Next month we are doing a pin cushion swap at our quilt guild meeting.  So I hopped online, did a quick search for pin cushion patterns, and found this one by My Go-Go Life.  It was simple, it was cute, and it was modern.  After the umbrella, I needed something a little easier and quicker.  It fit the ticket!

So, I made one, and then made another, and then another…  I think I’m addicted.

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DSC_0579The monkeys even tested them out to make sure they worked.  Well, that and it kept them busy for 30 minutes and helped them develop some fine motor skills, so I was good with it.  Who knew sticking pins in a pin cushion could be so fun?

DSC_0568By the way, it’s not too late to vote for my umbrella.  Just visit the Art Gallery Fabrics board on Pinterest, and pin and like to your hearts content.    http://pinterest.com/artgalleryfab/make-it-right-apparel/  To see more information on this project, please see my writeup from last week.

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Oh, you’re still wondering about the give-a-way.  Well, you see, I only need one pin cushion for the quilt guild meeting swap, but I made three; so that means I have two extra to give away to two lucky readers.  And this is my first give-a-way ever, so I’m super excited!  All you need to do is leave a comment about this week’s or last week’s finishes, or comment and let me know that you liked and/or repinned my umbrella on Art Gallery Fabric’s Pinterest board.  Be sure to leave your email address if you are a no reply commenter.  Then next Friday, June 21st, I’ll put it through the random number generator and draw two winning names.

And the winners are Ashley & Leanne.  Congratulations!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Pillow Pop

I finished a beautiful pillow today.  We are doing a pillow exchange at the Triangle MQG this month, so I made this pillow for my secret pillow partner.  This pattern is called Gumdrop and can be found in the book Pillow Pop.  Our pillows were supposed to be 18″ so I had to adjust the size of each block slightly.

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I had a lot of fun making this, and love all the bright colors.  From what I hear, a long running stitch is all the rage in modern quilting now.  So, I decided to quilt this pillow using the long running stitch, and I love how it turned out.  I really hope she likes it!

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I have another finish this week as well.  I finished my challenge project for the Make it Right Challenge with Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have not yet been able to take picture though– it’s been rainy all week, and today was much too windy outside.  Hopefully one other day this weekend I can get some pictures taken and show it to you.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peak…

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DSC_0252-001 sneak peak 2Oh, and I made one more square for Quilts for Boston and got those mailed off to the Boston MQG.  Click here to see the other blocks I made.

DSC_0260-001Overall, a very successful sewing week, fit in with work and a Kenny Chesney concert.

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wonky Star

A couple of months ago, March I think it was,  I took a class at Spoonflower with Nicole at Mama Love Quilts    Nicole makes beautiful quilts, so not only was it an opportunity to possibly learn something new from a great quilt maker, but I was intrigued by the sample quilt.  Here is her quilt.
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None of the seams for the stars lined up so I was very interested in how this pattern was written.  And the class was free, so I really had nothing to lose.  Imagine my surprise when I found out that it used improv piecing and wasn’t a pattern in the typical sense.  I have never really done any improv piecing, but it didn’t take me long to get the hang of it.  And it was quite fun and freeing.  There are no rules, and no pattern — in fact, the wonkier, the better.

I decided to use scraps rather than cut up some of my stash, so I pulled out all my bright scraps from past projects.  I also decided to make my quilt large enough to be a baby quilt.  What’s really exciting about this quilt is that I have fabric from at least 8 other projects represented here.    I still need to bind it, but that should be done later tonight.

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Also, one of my goals this year was to practice my free motion quilting and get somewhat better at it.  So I used 4 different free motion quilting techniques on this quilt.  By the time I got done with the quilt, I was certainly better at the FMQ patterns I had decided to do.

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DSC_0285DSC_0286Now to start the binding.  Have a blessed weekend!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.