Sunday, December 9, 2018

Curated Quilts Curves Challenge

I was browsing the internet and came across a challenge called Curves for Curated Quilts Magazine.  The challenge is to create a small square quilt with curves and a defined palette of colors including burgundy, fuschia, moss green, teal, and spring green.  White could also be included.  Don't you just love this combination?  I did so much I made a second quilt with the same colors....coming your way soon!

Curves Mini Quilt Challenge for Curated Quilts

What to do?  I went through my Island Batik fabrics digging for the right colors and found some of their white fabric as well.  It's such fun to work with Island Batiks and I adore being an Ambassador for Island Batiks.

Then I doodled a bunch of little designs and eventually came up with one I liked.   Here it is all appliqued down.  Now to quilt it.  I'll show you more about my design process for this on Friday.

I used my favorite batting, Hobbs.  This quilt is with there new Tuscany Supreme Unbleached Cotton batting.  It's nice and thick and gave a lot of definition to my piece.  

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ombre Oaks - Reveal

Next week.  Next week I find out how my quilt did in the New Quilts from an Old Favorite Contest at the National Quilt Museum.  I can't wait!  Even if it didn't do well, it's still a finalist and I am thrilled. 

I wanted to keep the black simple, so I decided on undulating feathers.

Here's how I did the part close to the reel.

And some bubbles in the center of the reel.

The final Quilt.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  I'll admit the binding is a little wavy and I probably should've fixed it, but I ran out of time.

A close up view.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Choosing a Quilting Pattern

I'm currently working on some wonky Christmas Trees. to quilt it?  I want it to look like snow.  I'm having fun drawing ideas on a piece of plastic overlaid on top of the quilt.  Here are some thoughts...

I think the extra line at the top of the trees looks.......weird.  Not quilt right.  Perhaps if the top line is darker and the bottom is white?  Hmm...

What about putting squiggles between the lines?  Eh....looks weird.

Or filling the whole area?  I love the texture, but it's still not right.  Too dense?

I'll keep fiddling around and see what happens.  Now to see if I have any fuzzy white yarn.....

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ombre Oaks Part 4

There is an ombre of fabrics in this quilt.  When I was showing it to my friend Shelli and explaining that I was going to quilt inside the large leaf, she said, "Why don't you do an ombre with threads?"  OMG!  What are friends for?!  What a fantastic idea.  The hardest part was picking out the threads in an ombre.  I really needed one more color, but couldn't find the right one.

I started with the darkest pink and did some fill work with swirls, hurricanes, and pebbles.

 Then I kept adding colors.

And more colors.

Until I finished with a light pink.

Here's a closeup.  You can really see the taffeta with the burnout in the middle top of this picture.

Here it is before I added the last pink.  You can tell that the top left is darker than the last set of  color for sure.  It's much easier to see in person.

Check out the back!  WOW.  Can you tell that there should've been one more step between the lightest and the next layer.  I just couldn't find the right color pink and I was in a rush.  The pinks are Isacord, Sulky Rayon, Glide, and a Wonderfil Embroidery thread.  Who knew it was so hard to find blue-toned pinks?

The whole thing at this stage:

And a closeup of the background fill.  I had to use something with a lot of contrast and a totally different scale.

Can you see all my safety pins in the black?  That's what I have left. 

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Penguin Inspiration

 You can't take the quilter out of the teacher.  When doing an art project at school with my students, what did I do?  I drew quilting motifs first and then colored over them with crayon.  Here's mine:

My kids had a blast too....

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ombre Oaks Part 3

I'm having fun quilting away the leaves.  The inner leaf is slightly darker than the fill thread for the outer leaf.  The inner fill is circles, swirls, and paisleys. 

The outer fill is fans with a few lines going up them.

The picture below is one of my favorites because you can really see the different black textures in the leaves.  The outer leaf is black leather.  The inner pieces are leathers, taffeta, velvet, and satin.

More next week.  

I am happy to say this quilt safely made it to the National Quilt Museum.  I CANNOT WAIT to see it hanging in the museum!


Friday, November 30, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Inspiration from Quilt Festival

This quilt inspires me.  Information on the maker is in the second photo.  Enjoy and happy Friday!

I hope you get to quilt today!