Archive - September, 2010

Such a pretty fabric.

I’ve been less and less into patterned fabric over the past few months… but occasionally I’ll come across one that is just everything I love.

Hokkoh

The colors, the random placement of the lines… the slight waviness. I just love it.

Hokkoh

I picked this up at a local fabric shop and it hadn’t been on my radar previously. Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to use it!

Rowan Threads

The lovely people of Westminster were kind enough to send me these beautiful boxes of thread. One box with colors picked by Amy Butler and one by Kaffe Fassett.

Boxes

Pretty Thread

I love to look at them, they are so pretty, but I’ll admit that when I first got them I thought to myself “ohh… so pretty! But I don’t know what I’d use them for…” As a quilter, my piecing thread is off white and so is 95% of my quilting thread. And we all know that we go through tons and tons of thread when quilting, there was no way I could use one of these lovely spools to quilt – I’d run out so quickly!

BUT! Then some time passed and I made a few quilts and I found myself returning to these pretty boxes over and over wondering “is there the perfect color for stitching my binding?” And the answer has consistently been yes! The wonderful colors are clearly right in my modern quilting comfort zone as without even trying, they are perfect matches for my bindings, time and again.

Binding

100% cotton and all amazing colors I highly recommend these pretty little boxes filled with beautiful thread.

Bindings & Thread

Ever since I got them, they have come to my binding stitching rescue over and over!

Little houses

Had to make some little houses for Kelly and the Triple B Bee.

Houses

House

They are always fun to make.

It got me thinking about all of the other little houses I’ve made for various bees.

Little House

Houses

Sew Connected 2

12 Squared - Nov.

I didn’t realize there were so many! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Another magazine appearance!

A fun place mat pattern of mine is in:

Quilting Arts Gifts

Such a thrill!

QAGifts

They are super simple to sew up and really do make for a perfect gift!

Placemats

Quilting Arts Gifts place mats

Remember these?

Placemats

Fabric changes make them so different!

Clouds & Water quilt top

My mother asked me to make her another quilt and I just finished up the top.  She’s been collecting fabric with clouds and water on it for awhile and she wanted them all in one quilt.  I wanted to put something together that unified all the fabrics and still had a modern, calm feel to it.  I think I did all right!  The brown portions have piecing of slightly difference browns and I really like that…Done because I was working with fabric I have, but I think that it subtly adds interest and texture.

Clouds&Water

I’m headed home to New Hampshire for a long weekend today.  See you all next week and enjoy your weekends!

Have you seen the latest issue of Stitch?

StitchPost1

There’s an article in there written by yours truly!

StitchPost2

About what we’re all up to with our modern quilting!  Needless to say, it’s exciting to see this:

StitchPost3

And I never showed the finished “Yellow Pop’ Quilt ’cause I had to wait for this to come out first, so here it is…

Yellow Pop

I’m in love with the yellow stripy binding.

Binding

Hope that your weeks are all off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

Embracing Gray.

That’s certainly what I did with this quilt, so that’s what I’m calling it.  It’s on our bed and staying there!  I love it and so does my husband.  Not girly at all this one… I really like the simple graphic nature of this quilt. I offset the columns a bit giving it an asymmetry that I’m loving.

Embracing Gray

The fabrics? Konas Medium Gray, Coal, Charcoal, and the RK Gray Quilters Linen (which I LOVE by the way) are all in there.  The background is Kona Ash.  And then the yellow is a Kona as well – it’s Butterscotch.  The one patterned fabric is a Heather Baily print.

Embracing Gray

I pieced together a back with the remaining fabric.

Embracing Gray - Back

It’s already being enjoyed by everyone!

Embracing Gray being enjoyed

As a side note – thanks for all of your comments on straight line quilting. It’s clearly a topic that a lot of people are thinking about.  Moving my quilting in different directions is something that I’m eager to do and I feel I might surrender to some long arm classes… I am tiring of stippling, and am not very attracted to many other simple free motion patterns.  Straight lines really appeal to me though and the options are endless, but impossible to achieve well on my machine.  I’m all about making quilts at home from start to finish, but at a certain point there are limitations… I just know the second I go and try long arming one of my quilts I’ll be ruined and never want to quilt a quilt on my home machine again.  What to do? Oh the trials and tribulations of a quilting obsession!

A couple of bee blocks.

With months flying by, my bee commitments have gone down from an insane five bees to a manageable two.  I’ll admit that it’s much more enjoyable to be a part of a bee when you remember which bee and person the block you’re making is for! These are both for Bee Imaginative.

For Kate:

BeeI

And for Elizabeth:

BeeI2

On quilting big quilts on a little machine.

I’ve always encouraged people to quilt their big quilts in their little machines because it CAN be done. But I find it significantly easier to stipple a big quilt than straight line quilt it. You can work your way through the quilt in a more manageable way.  Do you agree?  I’m only talking about BIG quilts here…

Stippling

This one is huge.  Huge. The goal was 95″ x 100″ but my 90″ batting ended up not being quite wide enough so it will end up being about 92″ x 100″ (don’t you love that a quilt will still fit your bed if you chop three inches off??).

I wanted to straight line quilt it.  I wanted to do horizontal straight lines, every 3/4″ to 1″ over the whole thing.  But my machine is limiting me.  For the first time in my quilting life, I am consciously aware that my machine can’t do what I want it to.

I simply can’t straight line quilt a quilt this big for two reasons. 1) my machine will pull at the layers (even with the walking foot) and inevitably it won’t look as clean as I want it to and 2) that’s a whole lotta quilt to fit through the throat of my machine.  I find it possible with stippling in that you can shove and push and maneuver the quilt as you please – but with straight line quilting it all has to feed through in one straight motion.

So – to any of you avid straight line quilters out there – are there secrets I don’t know about?  My thinking is that it’s just probably way past time for me to upgrade on my machine, huh? Oh Janome Horizon – how I love you and covet you.

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