Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop!

I am SEW excited to be a part of the Wish Upon a Star blog hop with Just Let me Quilt!  What quilter doesn't like stars?  I wanted to create something new for this hop and I was in the mood to paper piece so I designed this block in Electric Quilter and got to work.  I wanted it to appear 3 dimensional so I used two different shades of orange to create that effect.  I also like the way it appears to spin.

I started with three solids from Micheal Miller's Cotton Couture solids collection.  They are my absolute favorite solids as they feel like batiks (go figure...I love batiks!).  I paper pieced the sections of this block.  I'm quite happy with how they turned out.

I started by drawing the white lines you see above.  I then filled them with elongated pebbles.  I used a slightly lighter gray to make these pebbles stand out.

Next, I stitched the same pebbles in the spikes.

It was an interesting challenge as the space got smaller.  I ended up with curvy lines at the very tip.

Next I had to stitch the rest of the backgrounds.  I added some sprays of feathers in the corner.  Then I stippled the center, did swirls in the skinny strip between pebbles and repeated the stippling in the corners.  I did this quilting in a darker gray to let the bubbles stand out.  All of the thread used is my favorite Aurifil 50 weight.

This picture is more true to life in color.

And the final quilt!

Be sure to check out the other amazing quilters on the Wish Upon a Star blog hop!

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I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild

My friend Ann is a member of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild so I decided to tag along and see what it was all about.  Little did I know what I was getting myself into!

I went Thursday and the evening was a donation quilt challenge event.  We worked in teams of 3-4 and had an hour and a half to sew a minimum 24 x 36 baby quilt top.  We were given solids to work with.  There were challenges along the way and prizes (no one but the winning team can cut for the next 5 min, or sew for the next 5 min, etc).  It was a blast and all the quilts came out amazing.  

My team decided on doing one large log cabin block.  Here's the start...

Here's my team and our finished quilt.  So you want to know why there's a tiny 9-patch in our quilt?  Simple.  At about 45 minutes we had to draw a new fabric we had to add (it's our thin pink strip) and a block we had to include (the 9-patch).  We decided on a mini one and eventually ripped part of that corner to insert it.  I love the sparkle it adds! month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is modern....hmmm.....

Here are the other six quilts that were created:
This quilt's surprise block was appliqued on.

This group didn't want their surprise block to show so they pieced it out of all gray!  Smart.

It was really fun and something I've never done before.  

I hope to go back again soon.

AND I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Stitching on Paint Block 4

I know I've said this a few times before this week, but I LOVE stitching on paint!  For this block I stitched 1/8 inch in from the edge of the pink  Then I went back and did a zigzag down the middle.  I love the texture it creates!

It's a little easier to see the zigzag on the back.

Here's the back with the gold stitching added!  I am in love with how it turned out!

I decided since this area of paint on the gold was so big to divide it into a bunch of smaller areas.  I continued the zigzag theme here.  This is also one of the few places where the thread I used was lighter than the paint.  I think it makes this shape glow.  I chose to do this because the fabric right next door was almost the same color and I wanted a bigger differentiation between them.  I am pleased with the results.

Here's the finished block.  This picture is a tad yellow, but I love this block.  I love the batik with the pink squares.  It's so much fun to see them start out big and then get smaller.  I have fussy cut so many pieces out of this batik.  The other day I found more when I was out of town and bought another yard.  It's a go to favorite fabric for me.

Check out the other two posts about stitching on paint!
Block 1
Blocks 2 and 3

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stitching on Paint Blocks 2 and 3

Stitching on paint is getting addictive.  Here are blocks two and three.  For this first block I wanted to each the applique circles so I simply stitched circles in the teal paint.

Here's the view from the back.

I had fun on block three.  I stitched fish scales in the teal and then did an eyeball in the center for fun.

The next step was the red paint.  I did some fun arcs.  

It really does look like an eyeball on the back!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Random Inspiration

Today's inspiration is quite random.  They're all things I've enjoyed of late.  This bag is amazing.

Some beads in a bowl

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Stitching on Paint - Block 1

I'm working on my quilt A Little Paint and a Little Applique and I've finally gotten to the point where I get to quilt over my Lumiere paint!  It's metallic paint so it definitely has sparkle (what girl doesn't like a little bling after all?).  Here's the center of my first block stitched.  I did some baptist fans on the blue and then had fun with the center quilting.


Here's the back so far.

Next I stitched in the green paint.  I made spikes and it was such fun.  I am also outlining the painted shapes as I go.

I added some green circles in the petal while I had the color I wanted loaded in the machine.  I still need to do something on the lighter green leaves, but I'm not sure what yet.

And the back so far!

I hope you get to quilt today!