Friday, April 20, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Test Block Part 2 (Modern Filler)

When I started on this week's filler for my test block I wasn't really quite sure what was going to happen.  It ended up to be a modern filler that I am absolutely in love with.  I started with a circle and then stitched a line down the center.  I kept all the lines parallel to each other to help create movement.


Yes, still parallel.  I used a large variety of sizes to create interest.



Oh how I love the negative space of this design.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Island Batik Ambassadors Looking Back, Vintage Challenge - Part 4 - Completed Top

When I started trying to decide what to make for the Island Batik Ambassador's Looking Back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations challenge I wasn't quite sure where to begin.  I have an amazing quilt of my great grandmother's that I plan to show you soon that I thought about replicating, but when I pulled it out, while I adore it, I wasn't inspired by it.  

So what to do?  Duh....go searching on Pinterest.

But what to search?  I tried "Vintage Quilts" and got a big hodge podge of things that Pinterest always gives you.  Then I tried something else.  I know that Kansas City Star Newspaper has been publishing quilt patterns for a long time.  So I did a search of Kansas City Star patterns...here's what I found.  I LOVED it!  This piece of history is in a museum in Michigan.  

Now, you know me if you read my blog on a regular basis....I have trouble following patterns.  Not because I can't, but because I like to make them my own.  So I started playing around in Electric Quilt 7 to see what I could come up with.

Kansas City Star, The Circular Saw. A Pattern Using Both Large and Small Pieces, January 13, 1932

The Quilt Index

Here's my final top.  I added an extra little curve to the New York Beauty type block and I added and extra block in the corners.  I absolutely love how this came out!  I can't wait to get started quilting it.



Here are the parts from my first three posts in this series:  The inner curve


The center square


The New York Beauty pieces


Here's I've finished the first New York Beauty piece and set it with extra fabric.  You can see I had to add some extra pieces due to a sizing error on my part.  Oops.  It worked out okay though.


Here's I've pinned the second New York Beauty block in place.


All done stitching....now it needs to be squared up.


And the top is complete!  I love the way this orange and plum from the Island Batik Plum Delicious Line play together with one of their neutral backgrounds.  It's such fun and I can't wait to get started on quilting it!


I must admit that I'm especially proud of how the center square came out.  It's aligned just right and was worth the extra time I spent making sure that happened.


Come back next time to see the quilting process!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Monday, April 16, 2018

Inspiration is Everywhere

This amazing image is a HUGE painting on the wall of the Iowa Museum of Science.  I totally forgot to take a picture of the sign about the artist.  I love it's modern feel.


I took this picture at the zoo.  Love this birds bright colors!


I love the texture of this coral.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Island Batik Ambassadors Looking Back, Vintage Challenge - Part 3

It's time to show you the third part of my Island Batik Ambassadors Looking Back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations Challenge.  



I am making a New York Beauty type block, but I have to admit that I greatly dislike sewing curves.  If I can, I will applique them every time.  So this time I set out to do this on purpose.  I started with an arc that goes under the triangle arc.  I used tape on my paper pattern to hold the piece in the right place.


Then I added the orange curve to go on top, also using tape to hold it in place.


 Pins came next.  Upon further reflection I would glue this piece in place instead.


I then did my favorite double blanket stitch on the orange.  It turned out well.  I did move a little, which is why I would use glue next time. 


Here's the back after the stitching.


I trimmed away the extra purple.


Now I have all these gorgeous Island Batik fabrics (from the Plum Delicious line) to assemble...


I also pinned my triangle arcs to the background fabric.


Come back next Wednesday for the reveal of the top!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Friday, April 13, 2018

Free Motion Friday - A Little Paint and Little Applique Test Block

When I was making my blocks for A Little Paint and  Little Applique, I finished this block and it just didn't want to play nice with the others.  It's a bit darker in value and it just doesn't pop against the medium gray background.  So I made another block in the same pattern for the quilt, but this block became a test block. 

What to do....this quilt is going to be quilt as you go and the blocks are not all the same shape, so how do I make the blocks mesh together?

I started by simply stitching about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the applique.  I know I'll need to go back and do some stitching in the paint eventually.

I decided to try stitching this in a slightly lighter gray thread.  It lightens the background and lets you see the quilting clearly.  It also shows EVERY mistake....but this is a test block and I like how it looks, so I'll probably go with it for the actual quilt.



I then did a curvy echo line about 1/4 inch wide.  I plan to split the block into roughly four corners and quilt them all differently.


 I then stitched three echo feathers.


Then I added some curvy points to the feather and outlined it.


Then traveling along to get to the next one.


And it continues...





Here I tried to make it look like the one went under the edge of the applique.


I added a second echo line as a stopping point.


Around the very edge I decided to echo all the points.


All stitched out.  It gives such movement!


First corner done.  Come back next week to see more progress.  One reason I chose to do the echo in the corner is that I'm not quite sure where this will be cut off.  


After a chaotic week at work so far, this brought me some serenity.

I hope you get to quilt and find your serenity too today.
Suzy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Island Batik Ambassadors Look Back, Vintage Challenge - Part 2

For the center of the block I'm creating for the Island Batik Ambassador's Looking Back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations challenge I needed to create the block below for the center of the quilt.  I knew that I didn't want to try to piece this so I decided to applique it instead....but how.



I started by folding my background square in quarters and my four side pieces in half so I would have marks to line up in the middle.



My arcs are a little too big, so I marked 8 inches, where the corners should be.


I then started pinning my arcs onto the background square.


After all four arcs were pinned in place, I checked the square for size to make sure it came out 8 inches and the corners were aligned well.


You can see that I am indeed an over-pinner and I used a lot of pins to hold my pieces in place.  It worked, but upon further reflection I think I would glue it in place next time.


Here I am carefully blanket stitching into the corners.


Here's the back before trimming.


And the final block after trimming.  It turned out just as I wanted and I couldn't be happier!


Here's the back after trimming.


Stay tuned later this week to see what I'm doing with all these pieces!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy