Jun 26

Color on White Quilts (142 and 143)

A while back, I purchased a LOT of color on white fabrics.  I actually felt a little overwhelmed by how much I had.  Some of the fabrics were used in my “Love” quilt, but it only made a dent in the stash pile.  I am not a stash type of person.  So I decided to do some damage and lop off a lot of fabric.  This resulted in these muted, yet fun “color on white” quilts.

 

 

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Yes, these are two different quilts.  I used minky for the back, incorporating two nieces favorite colors.

 

 

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I do add batting to my minky quilts, mostly because I like how the batting supports the otherwise “slinky minky.”  I sewed quilt lines about 1/2 inch away from the seam lines, which gives a nice even cross-hatch design to the minky on the back.

 

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Now my “color on white” fabrics are almost a heaping pile of scraps, which actually makes me feel more comfortable.  I don’t know what it is about scraps, but I love them!   Thanks for stopping by!  These quilts are about 68 inches by 89 inches, after washing, and they’ll be on their way to a Midwestern state soon, where I hope they will be used and abused!    

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Jun 26

Equilateral Zigzag (117)

I know this quilt is out of numerical order, but I wanted it to have it’s debut before I posted about it.  This quilt was featured in Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts 2014.  They called it the Equilateral Zigzag.

 

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This pattern was perfect for using up all of those scrap strips that I have saved.  Since I had just finished making a scrap quilt using blues, greens, grays, and yellow, this quilt has a lot of pinks, reds, and oranges, with the leftover blues and grays.  It doesn’t really have a lot of green in it.

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Although I can’t show you how to make it, I can say that I have made this style of quilt before, but in a baby size.  Also, Nova of “A Cuppa and a Catch up” saw my baby quilt and made her own lap sized version of it, with some intense hand and machine quilting.   But really, if you want the pattern, you should just get the magazine, because they really made it a lot easier for you than I made it for myself.  They eliminated about 1/5 of the sewing.  You’ll see how when you get it.

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My quilting is a loopy design, following the zigzag pattern.  This is my way of adding an over all free motion feeling to a quilt, and giving a simple nod to the design.

 

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I hope this also inspires you to find new uses for your scraps.  You bought it, you might as well use it all up!

 

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Thanks for visiting!

 

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May 12

Two Quilts in one Magazine!

Have I ever mentioned that I loved working with Scraps?

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Two of my quilts were scrappy enough to make it into this magazine, “Scrap Quilts” by Fons & Porter!

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I originally called this one “The 48 Pound Quilt.”  Six of the “pound” signs were on the back of the quilt.  They named it “42 Hashtags” for the magazine.  Don’t worry, I gave them the liberty to change the name.  They did a great job with setting up that photo!  I love that my quilts have a little bit of a modern flare to them.  This quilt was in the first Modern Quilt Guild display this last year, and when you google my name, this is usually one of the first images that pops up.  It’s still a favorite of mine!

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This quilt, I have actually not posted yet on this blog.  I wanted to keep it a fun surprise for my readers (hi mom!).  This one was inspired by a previous quilt that I made, which Nova of “A cuppa and a catch up” used to make her beautiful quilt.  This pattern shows this quilt using my original block dimensions, but in a twin sized quilt.   As soon as I get it back, I’ll take more pictures and tell you more about it!

 

Thanks for visiting.  And if you want to know more about how to make these quilts, look for “Scrap Quilts” by Fons & Porter!

 

 

 

 

 

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May 07

Red Three-Six-Nine quilt (141)

This is teacher quilt number four:

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This teacher wrote, “A lot of my house decorations are black or a deep red color.”

 

As soon as I read that, I thought to myself, “Oooh, this one is going to be fun.”

 

Thus came about the Three-Six-Nine Quilt.  Why these numbers?  The more I looked at this quilt trying to figure out what to call it, the more I saw the Roman Numerals III, VI, and IX.  Yes, I also saw IV and XI, but the Three-Four-Eleven quilt doesn’t sound as good.

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Yes, I just added three strips of a variety of Kona Reds to each block (35 blocks total) in an improvisational manner.  Then, I cut the blocks down to size (12.5 inches) and pieced them together.

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I had a difficult time choosing the quilting pattern for this quilt.  Had I more time, I would have gone with a more straight line approach.  Perhaps I would have drawn out a bunch of random lines across the top, to make an all over pattern and to give a nod to the random movement of these red stripes.   But, time was against me, and so I chose a simply loopy pattern, mostly just to unify the quilt under one design.  I do like how it turned out.

 

And, I’ll be honest, the black binding is my favorite.

 

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Here is the back of the quilt, hand prints and all.  This teacher also has two classes, and so I incorporated all 60 or so hand prints into this quilt.  I had another parent help me collect all of these signatures.  She definitely cut my time in half, if not more, on these quilts.

 

The Three-Six-Nine quilt ended up being 62 x 86 inches, after washing.  This was a fun quilt to make, and I think once I figure out my bedroom colors, I’ll have to revisit this style again.

 

Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you have been inspired to make something wonderful for your teachers.  I give them away on Thursday.  I hope I don’t cry!

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May 06

“Love” Quilt (140)

 

 

The third teacher quilt is for a teacher who had recently been married.  When I asked her about the colors she uses to decorate her house, she said, “I don’t know, I’ve never decorated a house before.”  So, I took the liberty of choosing my own fabrics and design and style with this one.  Introducing the “Love” quilt:

 

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This is the quilt before it was basted.  I bought about 20 different variety of mostly white fabrics a while ago.  I always have loved the look of these color on white fabrics, so I kind of went a little crazy.  Expect to see more with these fabrics in the future. :)

 

 

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The darker gray, blue, purple, and green squares write out the word “Love” in traditional Chinese.

 

 

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To transpose the image onto the quilt, I first had to take this image and transcribe it onto graph paper.  I did this by taping it behind the graph paper and holding the paper up to a window while the sun was shining.  Then, I colored in the squares that were mostly (at least 50%) filled with the black from the character below.  The resulting quilt looks like this.

 

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If I were to do it again, I would have made the “dark” fabrics I chose to be even darker.  Some of the grays did not project the way I thought they would from this quilt.  While you can see the character clearly from a distance, it is hard to see when you are up close.  So, I’ll have to have her stand on one side of the room and read the quilt on the other.  Or just squint her eyes a lot.  :)

I chose this character because she has it on her wall as the class rule.  The back of the quilt, of course, has the signatures of both of her classes.

 

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I was able to work with this teacher a lot this year.  Though her, I have seen her difficult and seemingly impossible ideas come into full fruition yielding such amazing results with the kids.  Teachers are just amazing.  People ask me all the time why I make teacher quilts.  This is my way, of saying in more than words, how much I appreciate what they do.

 

This quilt is 62 inches by 83 inches, after washing.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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