Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
I won the pattern at our guild meeting a couple months ago and am now working with Japanese fabrics to make these cool propellers. Hmmmm, do I want to make eight more blocks or just leave it this small size?
Paul shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out: https://flic.kr/p/x4XRDh
Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, May 9, 2014
We usually have a silent auction so I thought I'd make the Liquorice Allsorts quilt for this.
I pieced in the square ones, and appliqued the other three. I did the used dryer sheet trick for turning them inside out and getting the seam allowance tucked in. the fabrics are 30s repros that had the right soft colours and are quite kid-like.
Here's the front. I auditioned the candies on several colours and felt they really "popped" on this bright yellow-green.
I got the label on with the band name and the quilt guild name. It finished to 37 x 48 - 3 feet by 4 feet - a great size for a baby quilt.
The quilting is a bunch of overlapping squares about the size of the allsorts filled with big zig-zags.
This was a really quick project. I had the top started and pieced mostly on Friday after work. I got the rest of the front and back pieced on Saturday (with a quick run to the LQS - local quilt store for more background) and then just layered it - spray glue 505- and got 1/3 of it quilted by Sunday evening. Since the quilting is the part I like the least, i did little bits and pieces on Mon, Tues, Wed and put the binding on it Wed evening and got it washed.
Now it's off to the concert on Saturday to raise a bit of money for the band.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The book starts with a very short “Sewing Basics” section. There are quick how-tos on making snowballs, half square triangles, and flying geese. The “no waste” flying geese instructions are great. I’ve seen them several times, but never know where to find them when I need it.
Then there’s a short page on “Finishing the Quilt” with a paragraph or two on backing, batting and basting. Binding gets two pages with instructions for making straight and bias binding. A good resource if you need reminding or if you are a new quilter.
There is really no information on quilting or even suggestions of how to quilt each project. But, in the full page pictures of the quilts you can see enough of the quilting on some of them for ideas on how you can finish your own.
Each quilt project starts with a full page picture of the quilt in a lovely setting, then ends with a full page picture of the entire quilt flat.
The instructions include 3 sizes for each quilt and the materials table and cutting table clearly give you requirements for each size. There is also an assembly diagram clearly showing you the layout of the blocks for each size of quilt.
Most of the quilts in the book are made of solids and none of them have borders. The look is really modern and the colours chosen for the pictured quilts are very hip and current. Many of the quilts have a limited palette of 2 colours on a white or cream background. This may sound boring, but the quilts look really
I paged through the book to see if there were any quilts that I would actually want to make as that’s my criteria of a good book. There are 8 quilts that I really like in the book and another 3 that have interesting layouts that I’ll probably incorporate into future quilts. So I can say this book is a winner.
The instructions are clear, well presented. The fabric requirements and cutting directions are laid out in a table, then the sewing instructions are given step by step. I decided to try out the “Squared Scraps” quilt to see what following the instructions are like. The yardage listed is quite generous, so you can make a couple mistakes and still have enough fabric to complete the size of quilt you select.
One minor complaint, they don’t tell you how many strips to cut for each element. For example, for the Squared Scraps quilt, you need 48 pieces of white that are 3 ½ by 9 ½. I wish they would say, “cut 10 3 ½ in strips, width of fabric, then cut them into 9 ½ in sections, each strip yields 4 segments.” That way you’d know how much to cut at once.
The sewing instructions are great and they even suggest what you can sew together before cutting if you want to strip piece some of the elements.
I got the baby size pieced on a Saturday using some hand dyed batics.
I highly recommend this book. It is great for modern quilters and for traditional quilters who want to try something a little more modern. There are so many great quilts in it that are graphic, bold, modern and beautiful. The pictures are amazing, the instructions are clear for each size, and there are quilts that will appeal to all types of quilters.
Beginner quilters can find several amazing quilts that will be within their skill level, and experienced quilters can be challenged by some of the quilts.
Friday, January 31, 2014
I thought the background might have been a bad choice, so I made the back with white...
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I love his one. It's the colours and the retro feel to the printed fabrics that she used and all the solids. The squares with the dark grey strips were added later because the quilt was looking very pale.
Jennifer used a dark grey as her background colour. The blocks were looking a little dark until she added in the orange and yellow. Look at how wonky the angles turned out. She used pointy "squares" to start out the bulls eye and got lots of motion in her blocks. You can see a wide strip of pieced "sashing" going up and down. Jennifer has more on the go to add in and she may make another block or two also. I can't believe I didn't get more pics of this quilt while it was being made.
I didn't get a shot of this one while it was on the design wall. We didn't have enough room once people got 4 or more bulls eye blocks cut up. This one had a bit of a tailored look and there's thin piping along the seams of some of the blocks. I like how the grey and yellow fabrics go together so well. Great choices! I hope she'll send me a picture of the finished quilt top. I want to know how she'll put it together. Will there be pieced sashing?
Here's another one without a white background. I love the solid blocks that are scattered through the quilt. They will be a great place to feature some fancy quilting. This quilt got done in half the time as she had to miss the first day of the workshop.
Dale used a light batik for the background colour and a nice daisy print for the centre of each bulls eye. This one turned out looking very restful and sweet, not the the angular grey and orange one sharing the design wall with her. She added background sashing to two sides of each block then got this up and down layout where the blocks are not all lined up in rows but sort of bounce around the quilt. Most quilts made with this technique end up very angular and angry and a bit jarring, but here's one that looks pretty calm.
Carol's quilt blocks start out looking really west coast. I love all the black and white prints she used and that red is perfect. This layout isn't what she'll probably end up with. We were just placing blocks and pieced sashing strips anywhere to get an idea of what could work.
This one is another one with batiks and features a bright centre block
This one turned out unexpectedly wonky. The white fabric is a bit stretchy so some of the strips went a little wobbly, giving it a true Gees Bend look. The centers of the bulls eye are a black and white fabric and that inspired adding narrow black and grey sashing between the blocks. Look at all the little bits of colour in some of the black.
I am so amazed how different each quilt turned out. We all used the save technique, but personalities start showing through the blocks. I wonder as an exercize, what would happen if we all used the same fabric. How different would each person's blocks end up?
I'm hoping to get pictures from the quilters as they get the top together. I don't even need to see it quilted. I'd love to see the final version of the top. If it gets quilted, that would be a bonus! We really didn't talk much about how to quilt the tops other than me suggesting an all-over boxy stipple would work, or half inch apart 'L' shapes in each block would work too. Maybe something curvy would soften the quilt a bit, or maybe that would just look too out of place.
I think I talked everyone out of putting a border around their quilt. My thought is a pieced sashing keeps the wonky improv look going. Also no border makes it seem as if this may be a detail of a much larger piece of art. The doesn't end at the edges, but keeps on going on and on. A border would say, "This is it, there isn't any more." The binding is all you need to edge this type of quilt. The purple one on page 1 is probably the one that is closest to having a border, but since the internal sashing is just a wide, it's not really a border at all.
I came home on Sunday exhausted, but energized! I may even finish of a couple of projects in the next couple weeks!
Thanks, Sunshine Coast Quilters for a wonderful retreat!
Monday, October 28, 2013
It was so much fun. I had 13 women in my workshop and below is a photo journal of what we accomplished over the 3 days of the 2 day workshop. I don't know where that 3rd day came from!
I'm terrible with names, so I'll try to match up the names of the participants with their quilts. Forgive me, ladies, if I get it wrong or if I really should have remembered your name and didn't.
First, here's me working the room.
This one was all purple and green batiks to make the blocks.
Here's the process that we used with the guild president Jeanette's blocks. Make a square bulls eye.
Notice the little "inclusions" in some of the strips. The rule was if you have to sew two strips together to make it long enough, you had to cut in in the centre and add a contrasting fabric in the block, not at the end. Of course, one extra bit is never enough, so you can see some strips have several inclusions. Even some of the white background strips have inclusions.
Here's Kim's rust and green blocks. She used the left-overs from another quilt that featured the leaf print that's in the centre of the blocks. The little squares are 1/4 inch checkers she had pieced for the other quilt. They made excellent inclusions scattered throughout the quilt. Kim stayed up all night working on this "exploded block" layout. She pretty much used up every scrap of black that she had. She's actually hiding an area of white where there isn't enough black.
Holly's blocks used a variegated green fabric. The light end became the background and the dark end became one of the coloured strips. I loved the coral fabric for the background, but I'm not sure what Holly has decided to use. This is just the blocks laying on the yardage she brought. I think she's making another block or two before she decides.
Part two coming up next.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Tooting my own hornThe Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild was contacted by TAGOR, Textile Arts Guild of Richmond, to see if anyone could give a talk about this "Modern Quilting" movement that's been going around. I eagerly agreed and here's the updated announcement:
While, I'm on a tangent, you know how Washington state talks about the Pacific Northwest? Does that make this part of Canada the Pacific Southwest? Does it feel a bit like the US doesn't know anything exists above their border? Any-how, lower mainland is pretty much all the communities along the mouth of the Fraser River up to Abbotsford, I guess. That would be Vancouver, North Van, West Van, Burnaby, Port Moody, Coquitlam, PoCo, New Westminster, Maple Ridge, Mission, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and White Rock. When I looked it up, I see Chilliwack isn't included and that's my hometown! and if you go much further, you're beyond Hope. Oops, Google says it includes Chilliwack and Hope too and actually contains 59% of BCs population! You are all welcome to come.
I've started collecting quilts I made for others back for the talk, and of course will show lots of unfinished quilts, as that's pretty much my thing. You know, make the quilt top, then put it away. I was thinking of trying to get a couple more finished for the show, but, why? I don't want to pressure myself when there's so much else happening and of course so many more quilt tops to start on too!
Do come as I'll be talking about some of the traits of modern quilts and how they are really variations of what we all do as traditional quilters. If you are a traditional quilter, you may see a quilt of mine that you'd like to try for yourself. The fun of alot of modern quilts is you don't need a pattern. Just sketch out a sort of layout or plan, and then go for it.
There's going to be a lot of this if I don't get some "holders":
|Check out the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild on Flickr for pictures of our members quilts|
And there's a great group to help and encourage you - the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild.