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:
All quilted on my home machine. The trees are left unquilted.
Thanks for looking!
Here is a quilt I’ve finally photographed called “Dunes”!
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.
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.
This quilt was all machine-pieced; no applique today. It measures 68″ x 68″.
Thanks for looking!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I’m heading off to QuiltCon! I plan on eating and drinking and learning and laughing for five days straight.
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
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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.
For quilting, I used A SLEW of tips from this craftsy class – Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine. Cannot recommend enough. The 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.
No prints in this one, and the inclusion of some pinks and purples.
It’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.
A 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.