Patchwork Prism Progress

Progress has been made and all pieces of the Patchwork Prism Quilt have been laid out on my design wall.  Mapping out the triangles and adjusting the color gradation was a fun exercise.  I have to say, this part took a lot longer than I thought it would.  Thoroughly enjoyable though, playing with all that beautiful color and print made me very happy.  I kept cutting into fabrics that I have long stared at and dared not cut into, and I am so glad I have.  I am really understanding that the best way to enjoy my fabric, is to play and experiment and to sew them up into something.  All of these prints look so beautiful together, all + 35 of them!  I started collecting Anna Maria Horner’s fabric around the time that her Good Folks collection came out.  I am drawn to her color palette with every print she designs.

I love the middle of this quilt and how it starts with the darkest prints I could find, and then it changes into ruby reds and plum, changing again to sparkling pinks and sorbet colors,melting into sunny orangey yellows which sit next to slightly more greenish yellows, and finally changing once more into soft greens and blues with go to dark at the edges, disappearing into an inky midnight blue.

A close-up of the center prism.

Gradually going from red to yellow to green to blue.

My design consultant was nearby for input and layout assistance.

Remember…the quilt along is happening right over here.

Long Story Short – I Started Another Quilt…

…I know.  Shocking.  :)

Just when I think I’m going to be a really good girl and finish up all my WIP’s, and I’m going to go on a strict fabric diet, and all things virtuous, I see something and say, “Oh look!  Something pretty!”  And then it’s all over.

So, Bernadette the Bernina has left the building, metaphorically speaking.  In English that means that she’s very ill, and she’s in the shop.  I dropped the feed dogs to work on this…

A quilt to be auctioned off at my oldest daughter’s school.   I was the Art Parent this year and the kids pretty much designed this quilt.  They chose their fabrics, traced their hands, they cut and arranged.  It was very fun coming in every few days with progress to show them.  At the end my machine just kind of died… bobbin case a big mess…my feed dogs just are on their last nerve and have had. it.

Mad props go to Raven over at Oversewn for giving me the brilliant idea and inspiration for this quilt.    At the actual auction, I was pouring wine for the festivities and heard there was a bidding war going on between some parents, but it’s just hearsay and I won’t believe it until I read about it on TMZ or something.

Making this story longer than I had intended, in any case, with the machine in the shop,  I thought that I might go looking for a new machine.  I quickly remembered that Anna Maria Horner is partnered with Janome and I thought I’d check it out.  So, I viewed this video and she pretty much had me at hello.  I’m kind of jonesing for this machine now.  And right then I also decided that I HAD to make that quilt.  (I’m kind of a marketing dream test case)  It’s called the patchwork prism quilt.

I know, right?  ;)

And even though I had other quilts to blog about, take pictures of, bind, baste and other things to do, I started cutting into all my AMH fabrics from Bohemian, to Good Folks, Garden Party, Innocent Crush, and Loulouthi.  There’s even flannel, voile and velveteen in there.  Anna says you can do that and so that means you can.  Here’s a sneak peak at my design wall…

And THEN, if that weren’t enough to squeal about, I found out that Bianca over at Sweet Diesel is having a quilt along for this quilt!  There are some amazing prizes to be won if it wasn’t great enough just to get a quilt for yourself or someone you love at the end of it.

And so, that’s  how my broken machine helped me start a new quilt.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Modern Quilt Guild Submission…

Until recently, I never considered submitting one of my quilts into a quilt show.  Overwhelmingly, I make quilts for my family and to give away and I love doing that.   But, when the Modern Quilt Guild announced that it would be showcasing works that present that aesthetic at Quilt Market this fall, I got excited and wanted to enter.  After thinking about what I loved most about modern quilting,  I made this:

The print is one of my favorite Nani Iro florals.  I wanted to capture the floaty feeling that the shapes give in the fabric to the overall quilt.  I paired the print with a happy orange shot cotton and an ivory background.  I had the strips on my design wall for a really long time.  I changed their order, and fussed with the space between the fabrics.  But when it came time to put together, it went quickly.   Never have I felt so confident in my design.  It was a wonderful feeling; I felt like I was finally finding how and what I really want to be making.  I hoped more than anything that it would be accepted into the showcase.

When I heard that it wasn’t selected, that only 33 quilts were chosen and not to give up, I sighed.  I felt a twinge of jealousy.  My husband hugged me.  And then, I started thinking about my favorite thing.  The Next Quilt.  And then I was fine.  I really did want to have it in the showcase, but it is really ok that it’s not.  I made the kind of quilt that makes me happy, and says what I want to say as a quilter.  That’s not a small thing, and for that I am happy.

Stitching with Loulouthi Needleworks

After I made my Big Quilt, three things happened.

It got a bit colder.

Wool batting came into our local shop.

Loulouthi Needleworks arrived.

What could I do but make a throw quilt made from Anna Maria Horner’s incredible Loulouthi Needleworks prints.  Printed on wide goods (thanks girl!) these prints are adorable on their own, or made sublime when you add your own stitches to it.  I purchased quarter yards and sewed them together along the  widths.  This was for sure a quick quilt to piece together and it looks very happy alongside its big sister.

I wish you could feel the perfect amount of loft of the wool batting.  It’s incredibly warm and snuggly.  Isn’t this why we make quilts?

Using perle cotton, I sprinkled cross stitches all over and some straight line hand quilting as well.

I can’t get enough of Anna Maria lately.  What a luscious color palette.

The Giant Innocent Crush Quilt (With a Little Loulouthi Thrown In Too)

Seriously people, it’s big.  I’m not even sure you can call it a quilt since it’s more like a bed spread.  (And what is the actual difference?)

At 100h x 188w, she’s the biggest quilt I’ve made by far and I knew going in that  this puppy would not be quilted by me.  I enlisted the help of the very friendly and talented Karen, of Karen’s Quilted Creations to stitch these delicious loopy-loops.  I really want to give props to Karen for her professionalism, courteous and prompt emails, and for her obvious care that went into the quilting.  She listened to my preferences and finished in a short amount of time, which is no easy feat given how big this project was.  Thank you Karen,  you will be helping me more in the future I’m sure.

Here you can see the quilting on the back.  I used Kona Muslin,  118″ wide in natural.    It has a high thread count and the feel reminds me of Art Gallery Fabrics.  I know. Soo soft!

This quilt is the simplest of designs so I figured we’d better have some good pillow action.  My friend Jo who is sassy and awesome, made the Amy Butler Midwest Mod pillow to sit here on my bed.  It features the same Innocent Crush print in both cotton and velveteen.

See those petals?  I just love it.    And little Isabel and I did some serious stitching with perle cotton on the Loulouthi pillow.

I’m not even kidding.  Isabel did the blue stitches you see here and other bits on this guy.  I was so excited to see her, hoop in hand and being incredibly precise and careful.  Until this was finished, she asked to stitch every day.

Lots of stitching.

Free-form hand quilting on the white part.

I believe I will be making more pillows because you really can’t have too many pillows on your bed.   I think rectangle is next.

Ok….you gotta see this…

I can barely handle the cuteness. ;)

 

Local Modern Quilt Guild

Not one to keep secrets very long, there it is.  My news!  I’ve started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.  I’m so excited!  I have been inspired by Alissa who along with Latifah started the Modern Quilt Guild in Los Angeles in 2009.   Alissa’s blog was one of the first I discovered ever since I started quilt blog stalking back in 2008.  Local guilds started popping up everywhere and I longed for one locally.  I did visit the closest one to me, but after a long day of work, I really just wanted to cocoon at home with my kids and my fabric.

We held our first meeting earlier this month and 12 people came and showed great enthusiasm.  It was exciting to talk about what we might do in the way of quilting together, sharing ideas, shop hops and group challenges.  Here are a few pictures from that night.

This incredible quilt is made by Carolyn, on the right, made from Amy Butler’s pattern and fabrics.  Completely paper-pieced, my hat is off to her for sure.

This is  Adrianne’s fresh and bold plus quilt.  This would look good in my girls’ room.  You know,  just in case you’ve run out of storage space.  ;-)

Here is Dana’s Single Girl Quilt.  Oh be still my heart!  Putting Joel Dewberry Trees in the middle is  a stroke of brilliance.  What you can’t see is the incredible hand quilting she’s doing.  I continue to love the combination of mustard and greys.  This is really more incredible in person.  Dana wants you to know that the kona background color is MeringueKaren made this quilt as a gift for a couple who are getting married.  I wish you could see her piecing and the obvious care she took in making this beauty.   What an heirloom!

We will be meeting at the very fun and vibrant SueDee’s shop in Scotts Valley.    If you are in our area and are interested in the Modern Quilt Guild even a tiny bit, please join us for a meeting.  There is much silliness and  inspiration to be had here.  You can visit our facebook page here.