Here it is! The finished top for 10 Shades!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Hi everyone! I am back from Asia and ready to get back into quilting.
To kick it off, this is Star Gazing. I’ve mentioned this once or twice but this is the first picture. A few years ago, I worked at a quilt shop and we did sampler after sampler BOMs before we said “I can’t do another sampler quilt!” which was when we (mostly Swan) started designing our own BOM. Typically, Swan designs, Kathie figures out how the heck to construct what Swan came up with, and then I do the graphics on the computer. Here is our newest, Star Gazing.
Right now, we have draft 1 for all of the patterns written up with pictures. While I was gone, Kathie and Swan were testing and editing. Swan’s version is limited to 8 colors since it’s easier to kit a BOM with fewer colors. But since I’m just doing my own for me, I have no color restrictions, so this is mine in all of its 16-ish color glory. I’m primarily using American Made Solids with a few Kona Cottons when I needed a certain color.
I will be posting pictures of each block. The pattern will be available through either Swan Amity Studios or possibly Quilters Market in Tucson… I’m not sure what the plan is; I just do the technical bits.
Here are some more quilt tops that were donated to gals who make quilts for various charities and support groups in Tucson.
First on the list is Floral Frenzy using the Floral Whimsy fabric line. I fell in love with the blue in the border when we got it into the shop and designed this. The final pattern was a bit less than I was hoping for. I also was never been able to get a true color picture of this quilt. I took about 15 pictures before giving up. The actual fabric is much brighter.
This quilt uses the 2nd line of Wizard of Oz fabrics. I machine appliqued the little pictures in the pink, blue, and yellow squares. I was never enamored with this fabric line because the faces looked kind of creepy. I had that same problem with the I Love Lucy fabric line that came out around then.
These two are possibly the first quilt that I designed. I fell in love with the Robert Kaufman Fusion line and bought a yard of the 20 or so that my quilt shop had (and still haven’t used all of them up!). I was going to make a reversible quilt – one side would be the brights and one side would be the pastels. I made the tops and didn’t get any further.
Zip It – Bright
Zip It – Pastel
This pattern is for the Potato Chip Quilt, named because “it’s so easy, you can’t just make one”. They were right – I made two.
Potato Chip 2
Potato Chip 1
This is a Row of the Month quilt through a quilt shop. They gave us little accessories to decorate each month – buttons for the snowman’s face, kite tails (which are in the picture), floppy ears for the bunnies, etc.
Lastly, I procured some of Michael Miller Fairy panels and made this. If you look close enough, you can see the purple and yellow Fusion fabrics to make everything square.
I spent yesterday evening working on 10 Shades and am now through Month 7.
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!
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now that I have the gift quilts finished and en route to their recipients, I can work on other projects. First up was making the last few blocks for GenXQuilter’s Vice Versa BOM. For this BOM, each month we made 2 blocks – 1 with the “standard” color placement where you have a white background and colored fabric making up the shape, and then reversed with the white in the shape and then the background is the color. So every block in the quilt has an inversed buddy. This was really fun to make and I’m looking forward to exploring inversing (it’s a verb 😀 ) blocks more in the future.
My first BOM and one of my first forays into long arm quilting
BOM using Asian fabrics
BOM through my LQS
Now that things have slowed down after finishing Tetris, I wanted to go back to showcasing some of my quilts. These are 3 block of the month programs that I participated in. For Razzle Dazzle (the black background one), it was one of the first guided quilts I made. The first few quilts, I designed my own patterns and did a “make it work” approach. This was one where I was working on building skills. One thing I was trying was to square up my blocks, meaning after you make the pieces you trim them to be square. The little bit I missed is that you trim them to be square AND the size you want. So if your squares need to be 1.5″, you trim them to 1.5″ (crazy, I know). But I just trimmed them to be square. So in the 2nd row, 2nd column, those little green wings are hilariously undersized with some creative piecing to get them all to fit, and it wasn’t until quite a bit later that I learned what I did wrong.
For the 3rd one (not Razzle Dazzle, not Asian BOM), it was a program for the quilt shop where I was working. Normally, for a BOM, you work on one block every month. This one, I had 2 weeks to assemble the entire thing. It was pretty intense, but fun. And a really cool looking quilt.