Adventures in the life of a gorram nerd

I’ve noticed that my interest/obsession with quilting waxes and wanes. I always will appreciate viewing other’s quilts but some days/weeks/months all I want to do is design and quilt and other times, I don’t. When that happens, I take a break and focus on other hobbies or activities. I am coming out of one of those low interest periods with a renewed fervor for quilting.

I designed an intricate twisted star quilt which I’ve been posting pictures of on my Facebook page (if you’re not following me there, you should. There are quilt and adorable cat photos). I plan to write up a pattern for that, once I’m done testing it out.

I also wrote up the pattern for my puzzle quilt – Puzzle It Out. The pattern is available through my Etsy store.

Puzzle 1

I made this quilt years ago and recently, I have had numerous requests for the pattern. All I could provide was an Excel sketch of a piece that made sense to me, but could be confusing for most others. I wrote up the pattern, which includes two variations.

The original design was to have a fully completed puzzle, like so:

Puzzle 3

However, when I first made the quilt, I didn’t sketch out the entire quilt. I sketched a row, did some quick math, and cut the number of pieces based on my quick math. When I went to lay it out, I found out that I was short one large border piece and had an extra small border piece. I also was out of fabric. Rather than having a single random-fabric piece, I chose to applique the wrong piece in the border (and stated that it was a design choice to have the wrong size piece rather than an error). This quilt’s name is “Trying to Fit In”.

Puzzle 2

The pattern includes the 1st variation with a completed quilt (as originally intended) as well as the 2nd variation to match my quilt, where a piece is appliqued in the border. You can do either a small or large piece trying to get into a small or large space.

Puzzle 4

The pattern was also named as “Puzzle It Out” rather than “Trying to Fit In”, since I imagine most people will do the finished quilt rather than the appliqued piece, but we’ll see. I would love to see pictures of any finished quilts!

Welcome to Month 12 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 12 and 13’s patterns will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

This is it! We’re finishing the row that we started last month. There is also a bonus “Month 13” row.

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Here is my Month 12 in the AMB Solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

And here is Month 13.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

This is the finished quilt top, with the remaining borders attached. In a week or 2, I will show you the finished quilt.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your finished quilt top. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Welcome to Month 11 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 11’s pattern will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

We are gong to start on our 2nd to last row this month! This is another half row month, where you make part of the row but nothing is attached to the quilt until next month.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here is my Month 11 in the AMB Solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

 

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Welcome to Month 10 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 10’s pattern will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

Last month, we made the top half of the row. This month we’re going to make the bottom half and attach it to the right side of the quilt.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here is my Month 10 in the AMB Solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

And here is the quilt top with the Month 9/10 row attached.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Welcome to Month 9 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 9’s pattern will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

This is our first month where we don’t make a full row. We’ll make the top half this month and then the bottom half next month. We’re doing some work with HSTs. I love the connector section between the two “blocks”.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here is my Month 9 in the AMB Solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

 

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Welcome to Month 8 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. Coincidentally, they’re also located in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year, but more will be revealed later.

Month 8’s pattern was emailed earlier this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

This month is another bottom border. It uses the Easy Angle Tool 6-1/2″ Half-Square Triangle Ruler, though if you don’t have it, the pattern tells you how to mark it off. I would suggest measuring twice and double checking before you cut… not that I messed that up or anything.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here is part of my row in the AMB solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

After you make your row, attach it onto the bottom of your quilt.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

I met Swan of Swan Amity Studios when we worked together at Bella Quiltworks in Tucson. Among many other things, Swan teaches in Tucson at different quilt shops. During one of the classes, she met Lisa May. In their conversation, Lisa May showed Swan a picture of a quilt that she was working on. Swan recognized it as one of my designs. Lisa May had found the design online and had no idea that I was from Tucson or that I knew Swan, so it was a pretty cool “small world” moment.

Lisa May was kind enough to send me the photo of her finished quilt and to grant me permission to post it here.

Here is my original drawing. This was part of my Quilt Design A Day series. There’s a group on Facebook where someone would post “spark” pictures each day. You then design a quilt pattern based on the spark. This was my design based on the Golden Gate bridge. Also, my skill with Inkscape has substantially improved 🙂

Quilt Design A Day QDAD Inkscape Golden Gate Bridge

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This is Lisa May’s beautiful version of my design. I love how much her colors pop. I remember not loving the Inkscape colors because I couldn’t get them bright enough. Lisa May nailed them!

Quilt Design A Day QDAD Inkscape Golden Gate Bridge

This is my 2nd sighting of one of my designs “out in the wild” and I’m very grateful to be able to share it with you all. Thank you Lisa May and Swan!

Welcome to Month 7 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. Coincidentally, they’re also located in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year, but more will be revealed later.

Month 7’s pattern will be emailed out later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

We’re halfway through! I hope you have been enjoying the BOM and your quilt is coming along. This month is a bottom border. They remind me of (oddly colored) diamonds. The way that Swan has you constructing them is kind of cool and much better than dealing with 45 degree angles.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB Inkscape

Here is my row in the AMB solids.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

After you make your row, attach it onto the bottom of your quilt. Also attach a side and bottom sashing strip.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Here are 2 more finished quilts.

For the first one, the rainbow batik, we received this fabric line at the quilt shop. Usually I’m not a batik person but these colors are all so vibrant and needed to be turned into something. I made a bargello out of them. I keep the pattern very simple since I wanted to let the fabrics do the work. The border print was part of the fabric line and is perfect for finishing off the quilt.

This next one is also a fabric line that we received at the quilt shop. Each design comes in 2 colors – 1 with white as the background and 1 with blue as the background. I wanted to do something to reflect the colors/fabrics, so after about a week of doodling, I came up with this. Each block is reflected along the diagonal line. For the borders, I even have a diagonal border along the line, but the far borders are straight seams. The binding also switches depending which side of the quilt you’re looking at, and it’s quilted in blue thread on one side and white on the other. I had fun with this one 🙂

As with the other quilts, these are available for purchase through my Etsy site, link at the top of the page.

Two more (historical) finished quilts to share.

Singular Sensations square in a square square-in-a-square purple green flowers black easy quilt quilts

When I worked at Bellas, one of the books that we had was called Singular Sensations. It has 14 quilts using the same square block. If you change the color placement, then you get a completely different looking quilt. Spiderman and Batman were also this block. This quilt was made for a student who had some type of medical condition… I don’t remember the exact details any more but I know she was in a lot of pain and missed a lot of school. At the time, I was spending a lot of time and effort making donation quilts for children in hospitals and it occurred to me that I should make one for her rather.

teal brown strip quilt bento box batik

7-ish years ago, teal and brown were insanely popular. Every quilt shop I went to, there were so many teals and browns. I knew so many people decorating in teal and brown. My friends in Texas had just gotten married or were getting married, so this was their wedding quilt (and it was finished only 1 year late!) It’s modeled off of a Bento Box pattern but the only rule I stuck with was alternating teal and brown in each block and then in each segment.