Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Twirling Trellis - Modern Quilts Unlimited

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have already seen my Twirling Trellis quilt, which is on the cover of Modern Quilts Unlimited! This magazine is hitting mailboxes right now and can be found at Barns & Noble, Joann's and local quilt stores.

I'm super excited to share this particular quilt with you. This one might be one of my favorite quilts right now and can't wait to get it back. I was in such a time crunch to finish this by the deadline that I didn't get any pictures of the finished quilt.

Oh, and I have another quilt in the running to be on the cover of Quilty. You can vote for my quilt - Cover 1- here:

Friday, January 10, 2014


Over the Christmas break I managed to finish my Simply Solids Bee quilt. The quilting took a while, as I'm sure you can guess by looking at it.

Every 1/4" of this quilt has been quilted. This was only my second time doing ruler work on a quilt and am quite proud of how I did even though it's not perfect.

I sketched out how I envisioned the quilting to go and improvised as I went. I wanted a shattered, broken piece of glass look to the sections of straight line quilting. Each section was framed out first and filled in with straight lines roughly 1/4" apart.

I have to say, I'm really in love with this quilt. I think because it's so different for me. While I have done a number of improv quilts before, this one might be my favorite.

I tried to sneak outside this week and grab a few pictures of it with some natural light and barely got a few pictures before I began to freeze my butt off, so this is what I got for now.

I even made a scrappy binding with some of the random white/cream scraps and a few of the lime, pomegranate and navy fabrics. I never piece my binding with straight seams, I always piece them on the bias. It makes it easier to hand sew it to the back. But for this quilt, it just called for more straight lines instead of all of the angles. Let's just say that I won't be doing that again any time soon.

Quilt Stats:
51" x 50"
Fabrics: assorted solids
Thread: assorting for piecing (since it was a bee) and So Fine #50 - Pearl for machine quilting
Batting: Two layers of Quilter's Dream Orient

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Riley Blake Challenge Quilt Top

The Christmas break was nice, I didn't have to worry about work or school, so I could spend lots of time quilting. In addition to finishing my Confetti quilt, which I'll show as soon as I can get a few good pictures of it, I also got most of my MQG Riley Blake Challenge quilt finished. A few more hours here and there this week and I managed to complete the top of my quilt.

I added in a solid purple and orange to go with the blue chevron and the orange dot. I plan on using the gray and white stripe for the binding. I did order more of the charcoal solid from Riley Blake for the background, but the rest pretty much was from the bundle provided. I did steal my aunt's blue chevron fabric since I needed a bit more of that because I didn't want to change the direction of the fabric.

After I finished the top, I realized the blue chevron fabric really gave the pinwheels a lot of movement, a very pleasant surprise.  Now to think about how to quilt this bad boy up. Hmmmm...

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.