We had our first meeting for the LAMQG last night. It was so much fun! Such a wonderful group of people who love to chat about quilting as much as I do.
20 of us at our very first meeting!
Oh the fabric shopping, block making, workshop having, and quilting quilting quilting we’re going to do! If you are in the LA area and haven’t joined us yet, I hope that you do! We have all levels of experience represented so even if you’re just getting started with quilting you are more than welcome!
A couple of questions came up about what my process of designing my latest quilt top is. The title of this post pretty much sums it up how I work. I tend to wing it quite a bit!
It started like this…
Just a few random blocks that I made with no idea about how they would all fit together. I liked them arranged this way, so I stuck with it and figured it was time to start doing some planning.
My clearly amazing photoshop skills lead me to this:
From there, I made blocks based on this arrangement, just looking at the photo as I went along. The most measuring that I did was to grab my ruler and put it up on my design wall to get a sense of the size that the block I was making should turn out. Admittedly, a couple of times I had to rip out a seam to add a bigger piece of fabric to a block that had turned out a bit small. But I’d rather do that than spend tons of time measuring and cutting specific fabric sizes. I much, much prefer to just eyeball the whole thing, while erring on the side of making each block too big. It’s so much easier to trim down a block than have to add to it! I also made sure that I overlapped the blocks, allowing for seam allowances, as I arranged them on the design wall.
I spent a lot of time stepping back and staring at the design wall (if you don’t have one yet, really, you need one! It will change quilting for you!) and deciding which colors to add to which block. I make my decisions as I sew, block by block. I love designing as I sew. It makes the sewing feel less like the labor portion of a creative process.
This is it, now all sewn together. I made a couple of changes from the plan, but mostly stuck to it. It measures 56″ x 54″. Since the goal is 80″ x 88″ I have plenty more to go…
From there a bit more planning was in order because the quilt does have to turn out a specific size after all…
Again, my astonishing photoshop skills where put to use. Then I printed out what I’d come up with and with a pencil and some markers (I’m so high tech!) I did some simple math and bit of color planning…
And now I’m just working away at making the rest of the blocks! Should be done in a few days…
Hope that you all have wonderful Mondays!
It’s so tough to pick my current favorite quilt to feature in Amy’s online quilt festival (such a fun idea!) but I’m going to have to go with the Red & Aqua lap quilt. I love it – who doesn’t love the color combo??
I used white in both the sashing and the blocks in the quilt and I love the framing it creates for each and every fabric in the quilt.
I originally posted about the quilt here.
Be sure to click on over to see all the other quilts in the online festival!
Ok – it’s not completely different – it is “me” in that it’s improv. pieced, but this is way out of my comfort zone!
And I love it! Holes to fill and It’s going to be a full sized quilt so I have a long way to go but so far so good. In this photo the purple pops more than it does in person and what looks like black here is actually dark brown… I think that I’m only going to grow to like this more and more as I keep working on it. And I’m officially a purple convert! Don’t think that I’ll suddenly be using it tons, but I’m loving it in this quilt.
And it took about .2 seconds for me to fall in love with this Lantern Bloom fabric line.
Normally I go for more graphic stuff, but this is some pretty pretty fabric… Ok – back to it!
Here in LA, we hardly feel fall show up. But the past few days have been so so wonderful. Sunny and cool (for LA) and it’s put me in a fall mood! After making the huge hexagon quilt I wanted to make a quick and fun little project so I put together this little stroller quilt. It’s small – 24″ x 36″.
It’s actually a sample for a new class that I’m going to be teaching Pasadena at The Common Thread Studio. It’s another beginners quilting class that will happen in November.
And now – back to work on the commissioned quilt! Should be able to show you the beginnings of things later this week!
Some beautiful Lantern Bloom fat quarters for my next quilt!
A commission that will have no white included! I’m so excited to be pushed out of my comfort zone with this fabric and quilt. Can’t wait to get started.
Today is my last day on the most recent job… Oh beloved sewing machine – we are soon to be together again!
Happy weekend to you all!
I went back and looked, and the first photo I have of the beginnings of this quilt is from July 24th. And today is September 28th. Two months it took me to make this quilt. For me, that is a long time. Now it would be one thing if I’d done a ton of sewing otherwise, but I kinda haven’t. The odd quilting bee block here or there, but otherwise? Not much sewing! Lesson I’ve learned? Don’t start a huge quilt when you’re going to be working a lot. Tackle smaller quilts and that way it’s easier to get a project finished and feel that needed sense of accomplishment!
But anyhow – the quilt!
It’s 80″ by 88″ – a full sized quilt, but it’s on a queen sized bed in the above photo.
The pebble quilting, which I’ll never do on a quilt this big again (it took SO long!) really works on this simple pattern. I love it. Especially after the wash and crinkle…
Love how the deer pop since I’ve otherwise used smaller scale prints.
I used the Wonderland polka dots for the binding.
The back – sorry for a kinda dark photo. The brown reads darker in this photo than it actually is.
It’s actually more like this:
I love this quilt. I do. But it was a huge project to get it all finished. No more hexagons or pebble quilting for me for a long time. Improv piecing and stippling, here I come!
It’s for sale in my shop.