“Conflagration” Quilt Top

10 03 2017

This is a wedding quilt for a young couple whose favorite color is orange. But since they bought red couches, the bride asked if I could combine red and orange in the quilt. She said, “I have always liked red and orange together.” Well, personally, I generally do not combine red and orange in the same quilt. I use either red, or I use orange. However, I concluded, after an online search, that orange and red could look really nice together. To see what I saw, search for “images of red and orange quilts.”

I found inspiration for this quilt from a “Nine Patch” quilt on Pinterest made by Leslie with black and white and lime fabrics. I changed the alternate blocks, putting a “Four Patch” on point, square-in-a square style. I purchased quarter yard cuts of 3 red tonals and 3 orange tonals, and I repurposed black and white prints I had saved for a different quilt project. All squares are cut 3 1/2,” and I cut white triangles over-sized so I could easily trim the alternate blocks to 9 1/2.”

I plan and edge to edge quilting design, and the backing is an orange/red and yellow print. But I’m in a quandary over thread color. Red or Orange . . . or Yellow? What is your opinion?





August FQ Challenge – Blog Readers Share

29 08 2016

In 2016 I’ve challenged myself to use several fat quarters each month and share them with blog readers. And I’ve invited blog readers to accept the challenge as well. Admittedly, some months we have more time to sew than others. So don’t worry if you haven’t sewn something with your FQs each month, just jump in when you can. I would love to show pictures of your projects to blog readers. It is so inspiring to see what you are making. Please attach your picture to an email which explains your project:  aby.quilts@gmail.com.

20160805_154957Chris sent a picture of a mug rug she made. “I finished a coaster. Not much, but better than nothing!?” What a fun, quick project, Chris. Thanks for sending a picture.

0721161431Tonya sent a picture of a modern quilt on her design wall. “I had less than a yard of the blue fabric with the “cartoon words” and wanted to make a child’s quilt for donation so I pulled about 12 fat quarters and a little extra yardage for more color.” Click on the picture to zoom in and see all the fun fabrics Tonya included in this bright and bold quilt.

Amanda has been a busy bee. She make two “Triple Star” quilts. She will add borders later. (Wouldn’t the pastel blue and yellow version be a sweet baby quilt?) She also make two smaller Double Stars. With borders, they will be perfect for wall quilts or table toppers. Amanda has plans to make some star quilts for Christmas gifts using printed winter motifs as star centers. (“Triple Star” was my FQ challenge project for June, and you will find a link to instructions for “Triple Star” on the Patterns page of this blog.)

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Stacy accepted the FQ challenge and made a pillow cover with an envelope style closure on the back. One FQ for the front, plus one FQ for the back and front ruffle, plus a pillow form. And, viola, you have a pretty, decorative pillow.

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Thanks, everyone, for sharing your FQ Challenge creations! With a new month just around the corner, it’s time to rev up our creativity for September’s challenge.

P.S.  Please note Stephanie’s comment in the comment section. Here’s a picture she sent to explain her project. This is going to be a gorgeous “Stepping Up” quilt, Stephanie!

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“Gemini” Lap Quilt

6 06 2016

DSCN7846Kathy H. sent me a lap quilt to longarm which she made in memory of her mother whose favorite color was green.

Kathy writes, “I used a pattern–actually one of those post card type patterns–called Gemini by Villa Rosa Designs. It uses 20 – 2 1/2 ” strips–so just half of a jelly roll– plus 2 yards of background fabric.”

Several of the batik prints are foliage in nature, and the quilt back is a swirly fern green-on-green batik. The images on the fabrics gave me the idea to quilt fern fronds across the face of the quilt. You can tell at first glance that the design of the quilt is vertical columns of offset “boxes.” I could have loaded the quilt into my machine sideways and quilted stems of ferns that would follow the vertical theme. However, I felt the columns were too wide to effectively quilt this, so I decided to quilt fern fronds horizontally across the quilt using the 6″ wide rows as my visual quilting guide. This orientation gives the viewer’s eye two movements to consider–vertical and horizontal. Here is how I developed the design:

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Using my Wave Edge ruler (which is actually for rotary cutting), I drew a line approximately through the center of each row. On the light areas, I used a green chalk; on the darker fabrics, I used a white powder chalk (chalk-o-liner). I then quilted across the quilt on the drawn line.

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Next, I quilted a wavy line about 3/4″ above the drawn and quilted line, eye-balling the ups and downs. These two lines form the stem or main vein of the fern. (I have experimented with only one line for the vein, but feel the double lines define the design much better.)

The fun part was filling in the fern leaves between the wavy line. “S” curves, “C” curves, “moustache” curves, and curls were all useful in this step. Some of the leaf tips and curls point left while the others point right. By quilting this way, I achieved my goal:  there is not a definitive left or right, top or bottom of the quilt.

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Green is always so soothing, comforting, and calming; I know Kathy will enjoy snuggling under this quilt. Perhaps the fern quilting design will conjure images of lush, cool forest glens, welcome respites from arid summer weather.





Fat Quarter Challenge – April

15 04 2016

Each month this year I’m trying my best to diminish my stash of fat quarters by sewing some into a project. You can read previous blog posts on the subject by typing “fat quarter challenge” in the Search box in the top right corner of this blog page.

IMG_3928My challenge this month was using these coordinated lavender and mint green prints purchased some time ago. When I unfolded the neat triangles of fabric, I discovered they were NOT fat quarters; they were 10″ x Width of Fabric cuts. Since I had planned to make a Yellow Brick Road quilt which calls for fat quarters, I looked at the cutting instructions to see if they could be modified for “long” quarters. Not exactly!

So I set the project aside, and overnight my brain came up with an alternate cutting plan to efficiently utilize the fabric. (Does your brain sub-consciously solve problems for you overnight? It often works for me!)

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I’ve provided a link to instructions for “Organized Chaos,” a 40″ square baby quilt, on the Patterns page.

Jump into my challenge – how will you use some Fat Quarters, Long Quarters, or other pre-cut bundle in April? Helga already sent a picture of a Fat Eighth project in progress. I’ll post about it soon, and I’d like to include a picture of your project as well. Send a digital picture and explanation to aby dot quilts at gmail dot com.





“The Adventurers” Baby Quilt

31 03 2016

We are expecting a new grandson in June. And you know what that means . . . Grandma needs to make a quilt to celebrate!

My local quilt shop, Loving Stitches, currently stocks “The Adventurers,” a line designed by Cori Dantini for Blend. The pictures are so sweet and just perfect for a baby boy!

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I purchased a panel of 8 large blocks, a panel of 8 rectangles, and 1/4 yd. each of red, yellow, and green print. My plan was to strip piece the prints, cross-cut and sew the simple patchwork to the rectangles. This would enlarge the rectangle blocks to the same size as the large blocks.

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Here’s a lay-out of all the blocks. I think they need some sashing so each picture can be appreciated. Take a look at the lower left corner; I auditioned 2 blues from stash that blend with the colors in the quilt blocks. I think I like the lighter blue better. The darker blue draws my eye to the sashing instead of to the sweet pictures. What do you think?

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Off to the quilt shop I go! I figure I need 2 1/2 yards for sashing, border, backing and binding.





“Snowflake” QAL Progress

10 11 2015

I know several of you are working on the blocks for “Snowflake” designed by Faith Jones (who blogs at freshlemonsquilts.com) and publicized on Bernina’s blog, weallsew.com. Would you like to see some pictures of quilts in progress?

Marie chose just 3 fabrics:  white with blue polka dots for the background, medium blue tone-on-tone, and navy paisley print. The results are fabulous!

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Sana selected a dark gray for the background and various oranges and purples for the colors. Wow! What a striking quilt!

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My Christmas themed quilt with lime green and red is now ready quilt. I have a snowflake pantograph which will be just perfect . . . but first I have to piece a backing.

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Construction tip:  For the setting triangles all around the edge of the quilt, the instructions say to cut 8 7/8″ squares in half diagonally. However, this puts a bias edge all around the quilt, and bias is subject to stretching. Instead, I recommend cutting 13″ squares of the background fabric, and then cutting the squares on both diagonals. This will yield triangles whose hypotenuses (long sides) are on the straight of grain.

How about you? Are you quilting along? I’d love to show blog readers a picture of your quilt in progress, so send me a picture:  aby.quilts@gmail.com

Click here to link to Bernina’s blog which explains Step 3 of the “Snowflake” quilt, “Finishing Up.”

 





Cindy’s “Disappearing Four Patch” Quilts

8 10 2015

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Last November, Cindy saw my “Disappearing Four Patch” blog post and decided to try out the quick and easy sewing/cutting method. She writes, “Love how they turned out. Still not a fan of making ‘disappearing’ anything quilts, but do like the way they turn out once all the work is done.”

Cindy used 5″ squares from charm packs. Each quilt has 30 blocks in a 5×6 grid layout with white sashing. Both quilts measure 58″ x 66.” Notice from the picture that Cindy arranged the blocks by color in diagonal rows. These bright, cheerful quilts are gifts for twin girls.

Thanks for sharing a picture of your quilts with us, Cindy!