I have been quilting a lot but I can’t post anything!! I’ve been working on my SpriteStitch.com swap gifts. I am doing both the mini and mega swap, so I have two different buddies. The deadline to get everything in the mail is October 31. I am finished making my gifts for the mini and just need to buy some [redacted]. For the mega, I have finished a few of the things and am working on other thing and waiting on other other thing. I can’t wait to get these finished and sent so I can properly talk about them!
There is also a Block of the Month announcement coming down the pike, but I have to wait on that too. That will be coming in a few weeks, right around quilt market.
In the meantime, here is a picture of a quilt that I finished awhile ago. Every summer at the quilt shop we would do a Block of the Week to encourage people to come into the shop (summers are usually dead in AZ; no one wants to go outside when it’s 105+ degrees). I liked this one because you had a row for week 1, then a few blocks, then another row. For the shop sample, each block was a single fabric. They were all desert colors of various browns and tans. I decided to diagonal-rainbow (it’s a verb) the colors. I used mostly-solids that I had in my stash. Each fabric has a different thing to it – the orange looks like crushed velvet, the blue is a Moda Marble, the purple has dots, etc. The background is one of the Moda Grunge fabrics, which are still one of my favorite fabric lines. I just bought 42 fat quarters from that line, so expect to see more of the Grunge.
Hopefully the next update will include the secret projects.
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.
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.
I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work for Star Gazing. We (Swan of Swan Amity Studios, Kathie Miller of “I’m afraid of computers”, and I) had come up with the first pattern draft about a month ago. The plan was that over the next 5 or so months, we’d create a solid alternate colorway based on the solid one that I am planning to make using the American Made Brand solids. Well, Hoffman fabrics contacted Swan and asked for a Solid version NOW, so we’ve been putting that together. Kathie and Swan are working on the actual quilt top and I’ve been redoing the pattern with the new numbers. There has been a bit of scrambling, but it’s been fun! It has also been a good way for us to edit the first draft of the pattern. Right now, the plan is for Star Gazing to be sold to quilt shops and through Swan’s website as a Block of the Month. Then for next year-ish, I’m pushing to run it as a Quilt-Along on here.
Also, we decided on an official name for the group of us when we pattern together: The Bella Girls. We worked together at Bella Quiltworks in Tucson before it closed and started designing for the shop specifically, so it seemed appropriate.
The above is my current version of Star Gazing. I’ve changed a couple blocks numerous times from the last time that I posted a draft, but I think I finally have a version I love. Last night, I started on the first block. Here is my block #1, Gemini.
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.