Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Oh My Darling

Its that time of year again - time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.  (See my other entry).

It is fun to revisit quilts finished since the last festival and pick two favorites to share.  (To my regular readers, you just saw some photos of this one!  Thanks for patiently looking at them again.)

This quilt is called "Oh My Darling" - blocks created as part of Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine QAL.  I went with an alternative setting and love the way it turned out. 

The quilt was gifted to my daughter in honor of her very first apartment, shared with her friend for their junior year in college.  The goal was for it to be on their couch.  I suspect it is just as often on the floor but hopefully getting used and enjoyed!

Leftover blocks were placed on the back.  I love the way it looked but this did make the quilting process a bit more challenging!

To quilt, I did straight line quilting with my walking foot on the diagonal, leaving three gaps (roughly 5'' wide) that I filled with one continuous feather.  This is probably the third time I've quilted this way.  I really like the way it looks and the whole process.

 The quilt measures 68 x 68 ''.

"Oh, my darling... oh, my darling,...oh my darling Clementine...."

See all the beautiful quilts and enter your own at Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival!

I'm also linking up at a new link-up Brag about Your Beauties.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A challenge quilt

Michel Miller has a challenge for this year's QuiltCon to make a quilt using these beautiful fabrics.  These are Hash Dot in Grass, Marine, Ebony plus Couton Couture in Peach.

I love quilt challenges.  Ideas spin around in my brain - many are quickly discarded, some make it to paper but not to fabric.   For this challenge, you must use at least two of the dots plus the solid and are welcome to add any other Cotton Couture solids to the quilt.

I made lots of HSTs and used my design wall to refine the design, leaving it sitting there for about a week before I sewed anything together.

The quilt top is now assembled and I'm working on the quilting plan.  For now, I'm just sharing sneak peaks!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Encouragement

It's time for this year's Bloggers Quilt Festival - an opportunity to share our favorite finishes from the last year.  (See more information here - Bloggers Quilt Festival.)

My quilt is called Encouragement and made for my daughter's teacher, Ms R.  Ms R encouraged my daughter, laughed with her, advocated for her and was there for her.  A special teacher needs a special quilt.

My daughter finished high school in June and was fortunate enough to have the same teacher (Special Education) for five years.

This quilt is my own design, using the wonderful Sunprint 2018 fabrics from Alison Glass.

The best part might just be the special label my daughter created.

I also used a AG print on the back and added a strip of color.

The quilting was a lot of fun.  I started with diagonal straight lines, mimicking the direction of the pattern.  The initial lines were marked with a hera marker and then I winged it.   In five places, I replaced the straight lines with some FMQ.

Much of the piecing for these blocks was done on a guild retreat and the colors made me smile every time I sewed with them.

I've shared this quilt a few times on my blog because I love it.

There is a story behind this fabric too.  I went into my local quilt store that sells fabric by the inch and bought 6'' each of the 24 fabrics from the line.  (This is equivalent to 4 yards of fabric.)  When I purchased the fabric, I didn't actually have a final quilt design but thought 6'' would give me a couple of options.   Once this one was done, loving the combination of the gray with these colors, I started a second quilt with the scraps, a quilt that I'm busy hand quilting.

The quilting finished (roughly) 70 x 70''.

See all the quilts and enter your own at Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival!

Have a wonderful day! Patty