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10 Shades – Finished Quilt

When I was in Tucson last month, I brought 10 Shades of Grey home! Swan used her professional setup to take some photographs of it. This is the best one.

Star in the West quilt Bella Girls Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey Row of the Month ROM machine quilting Handiquilter

Nancy did such an amazing job on the quilting. I was shocked with how intricate it was. She used white and grey threads. The negative space has so many individual shapes quilted into it. It really brings the quilt to life. And, just, wow. That’s really the only way I’ve been able to describe the quilt.

We (Swan and I) will be doing this as a Block of the Month/Quilt Along through my site starting in January. So if you want to make your own, make sure to follow me here or on Facebook for more information.

The quilt is home and on my bed. Here is Blitz (my Seahawks pillow pet) enjoying it.

Star in the West quilt Bella Girls Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey Row of the Month ROM machine quilting Handiquilter Seattle Seahawks Blitz pillow pet

10 Shades – Finished Top

Here it is! The finished top for 10 Shades!

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey Row of the Month ROM

As the quilt went on, I was having trouble deciding which fabrics to use where, so for the last row (on the bottom), I just used all 10 fabrics.

The quilt is on its way to Tucson to be quilted by a former quilt shop co-worker, Nancy Stein. Nancy did a lot of the shop samples and does amazing work. I asked her to use black, white, and/or grey thread but beyond that, she has free rein to do whatever she wants. She was saying she see a lot of lines, rather than curves. I am so excited to see what she comes up with! When it’s finished, Swan from Swan Amity (also in Tucson) is going to pick it up. Swan is going to bind it (I did a happy dance around the office) and then photograph it as an alternate color option for Star in the West (second happy dance). I’ll pick it up in June when I’m next visiting.

We’re also talking about running this as an online Quilt-Along. We have a few other things to do before we can fully focus on the details, but it does look like something that will be happening, and soon. Tentatively, the plan is that I’d run the monthly portion through my site and host the Flickr/Instagram/something to show the blocks each month. And this means that I get to decide what fabrics to use for the next version! I’m thinking of returning to my usual bright jewel toned fabrics on a black background. Stay tuned for more details.

10 Shades – through Month 12

Last night I buckled down and (possibly) finished 10 Shades! I added one more border on the right (Months 9 and 10) and bottom (M 11 and 12).

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

When Swan made the initial quilt and showed it to Joelee, the quilt shop owner, Joelee said that it was too square and Swan added an optional bottom border. You can see it at the bottom of the pattern available here. I’m still deciding if I want to add that or not… as of right now, I’m leaning towards yay.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese

Here is a close up of one of the star blocks in the bottom. I nicknamed it “Ninja Star”. It was good practice in doing partial seams which I usually avoid. Our new BOM is all partial seaming to put the blocks together, so I can’t avoid partial seams much longer.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

10 Shades: Through Month 8

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

I’ve made a bit of progress of 10 Shades. I added the month 8 border to the bottom. There is one more side border (months 9 and 10) and one more bottom (11 and 12). There also is an optional bottom border, but I want to get the rest of it together before I decide if I want to add that.

I’m getting ready to start on the Star Gazing BOM so I’m trying to get this one closer to finished (or, gasp, actually finished) before switching projects.

10 Shades: Through Month 7

I spent yesterday evening working on 10 Shades and am now through Month 7.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

It seems like lately I’ve been doing a lot of designing (and shopping) and not much actual construction of anything. So last night was a construction night. I finished attaching the two pinwheel rows to the right and bottom. I then made a bunch of HSTs for the snakes on the right and made the bottom stripes.

There are 5 months worth of blocks left. There’s also an optional bottom border. So I’m halfway finished!

10 Shades: through Month 3

Happy New Year!

Not much of an exciting update today. I’ve been working on 10 Shades and have added month 3 to the center (since it was originally designed as a BOM, each of the rows are months or parts of months). Month 3 is the right and bottom border of flying geese.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

I am starting to assemble the rows for months 4 and 5. Month 4 is on the right and 5 is on the left. I’m a little concerned it’s a bit too much white, but we’ll see.  I should have those assembled and attached this weekend!

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

10 Shades and Star Gazing BOMs

I have an exciting announcement! I will be doing the graphics for a Block of the Month pattern series!

When I worked at Bella Quiltworks, two of my coworkers, Kathie and Swan (of Swan Amity Studios) designed a Block of the Month (BOM). We were tired of the traditional BOM sampler quilts where you make 12 blocks, maybe add some sashing, and tada, quilt (some examples here). They’re all well and good, but we needed something else. So Swan took some graph paper and designed Sense of Direction and Kathie figured out how in the heck to construct it. I was responsible for doing the computer work and making the graphics for the patterns. Here is my finished Sense of Direction quilt:

Block of the month BOM Stars Flying Geese quilt Bright colors Michael Miller black bouncing balls Snake Pinwheel

For the next year, Team SwaKaCa designed and put together another BOM for the shop named Star in the West. The quilt starts in the top left and then each month a border is added to the quilt. This is from Swan’s website where she sells the completed BOM pattern.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese

For mine, I’m doing it in greys. I love colors and patterned fabric and for the last year or so, I’ve been going through a grey phase as well as a solids phase. It’s been a bit odd, especially for those who know me. I picked out 10 white/grey fabrics and am using the black Moda Grunge fabric (not pictured) for the background. And the quilt’s name is 10 Shades of Grey. Someone suggested it as a joke and it stuck.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

Since I’m getting ready to work on the new BOM, it seemed a prudent time to finally start on 10 Shades. I spent a few days cutting all of the black background for the whole quilt (benefit of having the whole pattern!) and assembled the “center” star.

Star in the West quilt Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey

For the new BOM, I can’t post the pattern since it’s a work in progress and not my property, but it is really awesome. It involves a lot of interlocking stars which is how it got its working title Star Gazing. I will be doing my version in American Brand Solids. They’re made in Seattle and the colors are yummy. Plus Fabric.com was having a December sale and I got them for 25% off – score! I have a few more greens coming, I already own some purples, and the background will be a few shades of grey, but everything is solid.

Star Gazing fabrics

Black and white quilt

Recently, I purchased these fat quarters from the Sylvia Collection by Lotta Jansdotter. I had 4 white and 4 black and 1 that I was hoping would read as in between. I liked that each of the 4 prints had an inverse, since I’ve been playing with inverses lately.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters

Some sketching and math later, I came up with this block. I was able to get 16 squares of each FQ which make 16 of those blocks, which is a lovely number in quilt.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W Excel

This design that I sketched using my super fancy software (that may resemble Excel but definitely isn’t… shhh…)

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W Excel

When I got the fabric cut and the HSTs sewn and laid out, the fabrics read busier than I was planning on and the design gets lost. The other problem is that the fabric that I wanted to read as in the middle was reading as black.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W

I played with a few other arrangements before deciding on the one with the black on the outside and white in the center.

A few hours later, here’s the finished quilt top! The quilt top is about 48″ square. While I was in Tucson, I donated the quilt at Quilter’s Market.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W

Donated quilt tops

I have a tendency to see a new pattern or technique and “need” to make it, finish the top, see something new and go try that. I end up with a lot of finished quilt tops that I don’t love for one reason or another. When I lived in Tucson, the tops just accumulated in the quilt closet. When I moved to Seattle, I couldn’t take everything with me, so I went through a huge stash purge. I filled up my Beetle twice with quilt stuff, brought it to my Wednesday quilt group, and said “take what you want. I’m not taking anything back”. A lot of the group participants make quilts to donate (hospitals, women and children’s shelters, etc), so it made it easier to part with so many of my investments. Here are a few tops that were given away.

This first one was me testing out a technique where you make 4 at a time HSTs. You put two charm (5″) squares together, sew around the perimeter, then cut on both diagonals. Tada – 4 HSTs. The problem is that all of the edges are bias edges and stretch like crazy. If you do want to do multiple HSTs at a time, I recommend that 8 at a time method that I talked about here. You don’t end up with the bias edges. The quilt’s working name was “Bias Edges From Hell”. It was a pretty quilt, but I was so annoyed with it that I wanted it gone.

4 at a time HST Half Square Triangles Charm Squares

I spent a tax season working at H&R Block. During one of the trainings, I sketched out a quilt. I used a Shoo Fly block with the center also being a HST. With the colors and no sashing, it looks a lot more complicated than it was.

Blue one

I had been wanting to try the “Disappearing” blocks. The idea is you make something, cut it a certain way, turn certain things, and resew, and it looks complicated when it’s pretty simple. I started with the Disappearing 9 Patch. To do the D9P, you sew a 9 patch block (3 x 3 grid of squares) then cut it into quarters. You rotate 2 opposite blocks and have your D9P block.

Disappearing 9 Patch 9-patch D9P Quilt block technique How to Tutorial

I used 2 colors in this one to see how it would look. Usually you see more colors in the blocks.

Disappearing 9 Patch 9-patch D9P Quilt block

Next up, a Disappearing 4 Patch (D4P). With a D4P, you make a 4 patch (2 x 2 grid of squares) then make 2 (equally spaced from the center) cuts on each side to get 9 blocks (so basically the opposite of the D9P). You then rotate every other piece to create the effect. And if you vary the cuts, like I did, you get different looking woven blocks.

Disappearing 4 Patch 4-patch D4P Quilt block technique How to Tutorial

And here’s mine, playing with different shades of the primary and secondary colors.

Disappearing 4 patch D4P primary colors

Last one, I received a charm pack with instructions for making the hour glass block. It was another technique/trick quilt where you sew a few things first, then cut, and your blocks appear. It was so long ago, I don’t even remember exactly what I did.

Charm pack 5" squares Hour glass blocks Bow tie block