Night Trees Quilt

Something different this time around. This quilt started in Sherri Lynn Wood’s Scrap Doodling class at Quiltcon 2015.  The improvisational process created the first tree shape, and I chose to continue making these fun blocks.  I think I officially beige-d myself out and reached for blacks and blues for the background, and bright, fun tree colors.  It was a bit tricky to photograph the tones, but here are a couple of shots:

 

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All quilted on my home machine.  The trees are left unquilted.

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Dunes Quilt

Here is a quilt I’ve finally photographed called “Dunes”!

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It is a clamshell quilt, but with splashes of color inserted into the scallop-shapes!   To make this I improvisationally pieced some curved color splashes into swaths of a low-volume fabric, and then used a 15″ template I ordered from Baycreek Quilting Products to cut-out the shapes that I called “dunes.” I used the assembly instructions as written in Latifah Saafir’s Glam Clam Quilt pattern.

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The quilting designs vary by dune – some are pebbled, some are straight lines, some are scallops, and some are echo-ing curved lines.  I did each using free-motion quilting on my home machine and I left the color splashes un-quilted.

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This quilt was all machine-pieced; no applique today.  It measures 68″ x 68″.

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Aerial Grove Baby Quilt

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For a fun baby quilt, I made an Aerial Grove quilt.  Pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.  My blogs were double-plus wonky, and I used my sew-and-turn applique method rather than needle-turn.  I hand appliqued the blobs onto the patchwork strips. IMG_3507_2

My quilting was also inspired by Carolyn, but I let my lines spazz-out.   I also only made the colorful “grove” – not the larger neutral border that is featured in the pattern.  A baby doesn’t need that much white space! IMG_3512_2

These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago, during another 20 degree cold-snap here in Michigan.  Apologies for the grainy texture and color-weirdness.

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QuiltCon 2015

I went to QuiltCon and had a great time.  I want to keep track of my favorite photos of friends and some inspirational bits and pieces.

 

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QuiltCon Accessories

I’m heading off to QuiltCon!  I plan on eating and drinking and learning and laughing for five days straight.

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I whipped up a couple of tops I hope to share soon, as well as a quilted sunglasses sleeve and a notebook cover!  Look – I’ve already collected quite a few pins for the #quiltconpinswap!  Fabric is from Carolyn Friedlander’s beautiful line, Doe.

Sunglasses sleeve tutorial found here

Quilted notebook cover tutorial found here

Say hello if you see me!

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Seaglass

I have two quilts to show!  One, I made this summer.  It is a king-sized version of Trapezoids at Work.  It is made in solids (except for one newspaper collage print) and was quilted with scallops.  Pardon the draping in this shot – king-sized quilts are heavy.

DSC_0001-better For quilting, I used A SLEW of tips from this craftsy class – Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine.  Cannot recommend enough.DSC_0004 2   DSC_0011The king-sized quilt was for a client, but I loved the colors and overall look so much, I made it a baby sister.  The below is about 60″ by 75″ or something.

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Make Do and Mend

IMG_2954It’s 22 degrees in the Ann Arbor area today.  My coat had a broken zipper and I was debating whether to attempt a fix or just buy a new jacket.  But it is warm and fits well, and it turns out JoAnn Fabrics had heavy duty zippers in 26″ lengths.

I had to pop-off the male snaps in order to fix the zipper.  I put buttons to cover the holes.  A bit of nonsensical aesthetics.

seedumA friend says the local cleaners would charge about $65 for a similar zipper replacement.

$6 zipper + 1.5 hours of my time (always an existential dilemma placing a worth on my time…) = maybe $24?  I am very happy to know how to manage these tasks.

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Cheers!

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