“Conflagration” Finished and Gifted!

1 06 2017

After finishing Linda’s stockpile of quilts (see previous post), I loaded “Conflagration” on the longarm, determined to finish it for Ty and Mel. Just click here to read more about this quilt. Isn’t that orange/red print perfect for the backing?

Several of you wrote comments/suggestions on the quilting thread color I could use. Since the couple’s favorite color is orange, I chose orange thread and a spikey spiral overall, freehand design. To try “spikey spiral,” begin with making a spiral and echo back out of the spiral. Then make pointed spikes around the outer curve. Once you quilt spikes halfway or three-quarters of the way around the spiral, branch off into the next spiral.

For binding, I deliberated between black solid and black and white stripe. I chose the stripe for a fun, modern finish. Ty and Mel (and their red sofa) make “Conflagration” look good, don’t they?





A Stockpile of Quilts

30 05 2017

My friend and customer, Linda, recently mailed me a big box of quilt tops with backings. It was exciting to open the box and unfold the projects she has created in the past few months. My job was to transform the tops into quilts. Linda and I collaborated on quilting designs and thread color. And I’m happy to say, we are both pleased with the resulting stockpile.

Notice the gray quilt on top of the pile made with neutrals and text prints. It is a graduation gift for a young friend who asked for a feather quilting design. You would not believe how feathers in a gray poly thread transformed this simple patchwork design into a sophisticated quilt!

One of the lap quilts I think you’ll find interesting is the Owl – Yellow Brick Road. Linda selected the flannel owl print and then found tone-on-tones to coordinate. I find the effect of the owls peeking out between the squares and rectangles of colors intriguing, don’t you? I imagine they are playing “Peek-a-boo” or “Hide and Seek.” Baby will love the soft fabric and the bright, happy colors.

What are you stockpiling these days? Quilts, quilt tops, fabric, or ideas?

 





Symposium Inspiration

24 05 2017

Have you ever walked through the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh, NC? It’s just beautiful and so peaceful, right in the heart of the city. The brick architecture is flanked by ancient shade trees, and brick walkways curve between the dorms, educational halls, and dining facility. Splashing fountain and twittering birds complete the serene picture. The college founder, in bronze, seemed a little cold, so I lent him my “Get the Point” quilt.

At the North Carolina Quilt Symposium this past weekend, I enjoyed chatting with “old” friends and meeting new ones. It was fun to share my favorite quick cutting techniques as a hands-on lecture. The evening programs, which all retreat-ers attended were entertaining, inspirational, and informational. Some of the quilters from my local guild (Tarheel Quilt Guild in Fayetteville, NC) met in our dorm lounge after hours to sew and chat together. Fun and laughter, all around.

Here are some pictures from the six hour workshop on “Get the Point.” (This block, designed by Carrie Nelson, was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 3. I modified the instructions so that 2 1/2″ strips are used throughout.) Since the 6″ quarter-block is shaded diagonally, half dark and half light, it functions much like a “Log Cabin” block with many possible layouts. For example, the blocks could be arranged as “Straight Furrows” or “Pinwheels.”

Gwen borrowed batik squares made by four workshop participants to plot an off-set hanging diamond on the design wall. And Marva chose a dark brown rather than a light (white) background. The quilters enjoyed  chatting and encouraging each other as they sewed together.

    

Durham/Orange Quilters, host of this year’s Symposium, organized a quilt show and vendors’ mall. When planning to attend a quilt show, I anticipate being inspired by a quilt or two. Sometimes I am awed by amazing quilting or motivated by an unusual yet pleasing color combination. Sometimes the story behind the quilt draws me in. This quilt show did not disappoint. While I admired many, “Confetti” most inspired me. My friend Nancy was also captured by the I-should-make-this-scrappy-quilt sentiment. In our enthusiasm, we planned a sew day for our guild to get started on the bazillion Four Patches required. If you live locally and wish to join us, we’ll be at the North Regional Library (855 McArthur Rd., Fayetteville) from 9 to 5 on Friday, 2 June. Comment below if you need more info.

“Confetti” was designed by Augusta Cole. You can order a pattern from her website augustacolequilting.com.





North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Here We Come!

17 05 2017

I am really looking forward to this weekend . . . I am privileged to lecture/teach at the 2017 NC Quilt Symposium in Raleigh. Click here to read all about this state-wide conference for quilters. If you live locally, you might like to come view the quilt show and shop the vendors.

I’ll be teaching a “Get the Point” workshop for a six hour time slot. This quilt was inspired by Carrie Nelson’s block in vol. 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. I changed the construction method so that workshop participants can use Jelly Roll strips. My students will have the chance to place their 6″ blocks on a design wall, experimenting with various layouts.

I’ll also be lecturing Friday morning about my favorite quick cutting methods. My bulging suitcase of samples is packed and ready to stow in the car. All that remains to do is purchase chocolates to boost the energy level of my students.





“JR Mosaic Tiles” Top Complete

15 05 2017

Hooray! My “Jelly Roll Mosaic Tiles” quilt is finished . . . except for the quilting. And “the quilting makes the quilt.” Any suggestions on a compatible quilt design?

If you remember from my previous post, I was one blue strip short of a happy quilt (for an inner border). A search through two tubs of blue fabric yielded one and only one blue print that would blend with the blue hue of my jelly roll strips. How can one blue be so different from another? After completing the inner border, I added the navy print for a 5″ outer border. The 1 1/2 yds. I purchased for the border is thankfully also enough for binding.

I have two favorite blocks in this quilt:  upper right corner and third row center block. I think the shading provided by the medium prints appeals to me especially in these two blocks.

Just a little reminder to work on your Jelly Roll project and send me pictures of your progress to share with blog readers. (aby.quilts@gmail.com)





Jelly Roll QAL

12 05 2017

It has been a couple of weeks since I posted about progress on my Jelly Roll Mosaic quilt. (Remember that our Second Quarter Challenge is for Jelly Rolls. Are you working on your Jelly Roll quilt?)

All twelve blocks are made and on the design wall. I used half a strip of leftover yellow to make the 6 cornerstones. Since my jelly roll contained 10 medium blue strips, I determined from the beginning that these would become sashing strips. I used 6 strips, cutting three 14 1/2″ lengths out of each. If only I had one more blue strip, there would be enough for an inner border. Arrgh! Time to raid the stash of blue fabric.

More later, as the project unfolds!





Dinosaurs say “Raaarh!”

10 05 2017

Last week daughter Trinity visited us ostensibly to help hubby celebrate his birthday. We celebrated, yes, but we also quilted up a storm. I quilted a fall quilt that granddaughter Krystine finished piecing this summer. Click on the picture to enlarge it; you’ll see the leafy edge to edge quilting design.

And Trinity worked on three baby/toddler quilts as well as a large lap quilt her friend pieced. Quilting and bindings progressed smoothly and on schedule . . . and then we paid a visit to our favorite local quilt shop, Loving Stitches on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. The striped dinosaur fabric called Trinity’s name! She has a two year old great-nephew who loves dinos. So she mentally designed a simple quilt, bought the fabric, and stitched it up. I quilted a simple edge to edge design adding “raaahr” in the orange blocks, and I bound it while she worked on blocks for another quilt.

Needless to say, I had to lend Trinity a suitcase for the return trip. All six quilts would NOT fit in the two backpacks she arrived with. She couldn’t wait to visit Hagen and give him his “I love you this much” dino quilt. He loves playing with it, and the kid who never naps with a blanket fell asleep under the cozy, fun quilt Auntie Trinity made!

It is so rewarding to give a quilt to someone who loves and appreciates it, wouldn’t you agree?