Most things in the quilt industry seem to be on a quick deadline and quilt market is no different. A week before market, with just a little bit of fabric, I made a quilt for my booth. Can you believe that up to that point, I didn’t have a single quilt for the booth? A lot of clothes and accessories, but no quilt! That seems almost sacrilegious to me! Anyways, I decided that I would make this quilt: I prefer to call this the “Quilt it up, cut it up” quilt because calling it reverse appliqué seems way too fancy. The main reason I went with this technique is that it has very little piecing. With less than a week before I left for market, I knew I wouldn’t have time for anything more complex. To make the quilt, I pieced a quilt top using a large rectangle of each print in the Drift fabric collection. I loaded it on my quilting machine, just as I would a regular quilt top. They I added a solid piece of dark navy linen on top. I decided to go with linen for a number of reasons. First the
Today’s quilt is one that happens to be in the same American Patchwork and Quilting magazine (December 2013) as my Don’t Box Me In quilt pattern, and it’s a stunner!!! If you happen to have a copy of the issue, you might recognize it. It’s the Nordic Snowflake quilt, designed by Gudrun of GE Designs. I really, really struggled with thread paralysis with this quilt. You know what I mean, right? The inability to pick a thread color…..it happens to me a lot. Finding the perfect thread color for a quilt can be tricky….especially when I don’t happen to have the right thread color on hand. Which is exactly what happened! The red that I had was a bit too bright…..I knew that wouldn’t work. I had a medium gray that I thought would look great. It was the same value as the red and thin enough that it wouldn’t make the quilting stand out too much. It seems like a pretty straight forward decision…..order a matching red or go with the gray……
So, I know it has been way too long since I blogged…..I suffer from a mental condition that comes around twice a year….you may have heard of it: “Quilt market induced temporary insanity”. My brain can only hold so much at a time, and prepping a booth for quilt market definitely puts my brain over capacity! But the result was that I got to introduce my newest collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Drift: I think that this is the collection where I finally got the whole designing fabric thing figured out! It doesn’t come to me as easily as quilting, so the learning curve has been fairly steep. Drift consists of 10 prints in two different color ways: Over the next week or show, I hope to share all of the fun quilt market stuff….including my booth, fabric, and the people. Right now, I plan on sleeping for the next few days straight….well at least for a full 8 hours! Happy Quilting!!
When it comes down to the business of quilting, I find that I am not the best quilt pattern writer. I could probably get better at it if I really tried, but then that would take away from my quilting time….and that’s no fun! So when my fabric collection, Legacy, was released, I reached out to my great friend, Jamie and pretty much begged her to write a free quilt pattern using the fabric. Lucky for me, she can’t resist my puppy dog face and she agreed!! In a matter of days, she whipped up this fun quilt pattern, called Legacy Path I love that it shows how all the prints in the collection can be used together! It’s even prettier in real life: Click here for a free downloadable PDF of the pattern…..I hope you enjoy making it! If you make your own Legacy Path quilt, or anything else with fabric from the Legacy collection, I would love to see pictures. You can email them to me, or post them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. And make sure to check in regularly, I am going to be a
Whew!!!! After a fantastic, busy trip to Portland, I am home and gearing up for quilt market…..I can’t believe that it’s coming up already! Today, I finally get to share pictures of a couple of quilts that I quilted for my friend, Lindsay’s, new book “Modern Bee“ One of the quilts is Lindsay’s, called Baseball Curve. The quilting for this quilt was all about texture! I alternated between wavy lines and a design that combined swirls and paisleys. Ribbon Candy separates them in the white part of the quilt. The second quilt, Triple Stars, was put together by Elena Roscoe and was completely different from the first. Since the blocks are such a strong part of the quilt, I used the quilting to echo the blocks. This provides contrast to the background and really helps them stand out. I especially love the itty bitty triangles in the middle of the blocks…. When I am quilting little blocks, like these, I love to use continuous curve quilting designs. (Continuous curv