Adventures in the life of a gorram nerd

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.

Continuing the Etsy listing frenzy…

This first quilt is a Stripper’s Club pattern from the Quilter’s Market in Tucson, AZ (every month they give us a pattern made from 2.5″ quilt strips… what were you thinking of?). The fabric that I used by the Farmer’s Market line by RJR. I bought it for myself as a birthday present circa 2008 or so.

This next quilt is the first quilt top that I ever made. It was a class at the Quilter’s Market called Yellow Brick Road. There is now the YBR quilt patterns, but this pre-dates those. It’s made using fat quarters cut into strips. For the layout, you put all of the pieces into a bag and then randomly pull out each piece and sew. For me, who likes to know exactly where we’re going, it was a bit of a challenge, but fun. I really like how it turned out.

Yellow Brick Road finished quilt strip quilt Moda Marbles blue green yellow leaf leaves

I’m continuing getting my backlog of quilts listed on Etsy…

I grew up on the Beatles music and watching the Yellow Submarine movie. Even now, any time I say “PhD”, I say it as a single syllable, “fd” because of this movie. It also is the only reason why I’ve considered getting a PhD. I love the blue meanies and Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD (the brown body + blue face guy in the center of the panel.

VIP / Cranston fabric put out a line based on the Yellow Submarine movie a few years ago and I bought enough for these 2 quilts.

The first, All You Need Is Love is a panel in the center, framed by some of the complimentary fabrics from the line.

Beatles All You Need Is Love Yellow Submarine finished quitl blue rainbow Paul McCartney John Lennon Ringo Star George Harrison blue meanie Cranston fabric

The second uses the Yellow Submarine panels, framed by the holes fabric (“there’s a hole in me pocket”) and some of the brighter fabrics for the line.

Beatles Yellow Submarine 2

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