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Finished quilts – Bargello and Rainbow BOW

I have about a dozen finished quilts sitting in a pile in my living room. They are all ones that I plan to sell (or donate if they don’t sell… they need to leave my house by the end of the year). A friend of mine did a photo shoot with the quilts and sent me the photos. I’ve been starting to go through and list them on Etsy. Here are the first two…

This is one of my 2 bargello quilts. I made this one using just stash fabric (imagine that… not buying new fabric). I love how it came out. After I had cut all of the required strips, I had a small leftover piece which I cut in half and added the little bit onto either end.

My next quilt is a Block of the Week that Swan Amity designed when we were working at Bella Quilts. We were in AZ where summers are 100-115 degrees every day so you just want to stay inside. Every summer we would do some type of “of the week” program to encourage customers to come into the store and give them something to do when they stayed home. For the original pattern, each week was a different fabric. I decided to do a rainbow cascade type effect with mine. We’re going to do something with this pattern, though we need to decide what. I’m pushing for a BOW (Block of the Week) quilt-along.

Stay tuned for many more finished quilts…

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Star In The West QAL – Month 5

Welcome to Month 5 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 5’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.

Last month, we made the right pinwheel border. For this month, we are making the bottom, slightly more complicated pinwheel border. Separately, this is also one of my favorite 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 unattached pinwheel border 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 pinwheels, attach it onto the bottom of your quilt. You’ll also add a sashing strip to the right and bottom.

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!

Star In The West QAL – Month 4

Welcome to Month 4 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 4’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.

For Month 3, we added a flying geese border to the right and bottom. For Month 4, we are going to be making pinwheel borders that will attach to the right 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 unattached pinwheel border 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 pinwheels, attach it onto the right side 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!

Star In The West QAL – Month 3

Welcome to Month 3 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 3’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.

For Month 1 and 2, we assembled the center star. Month 3 is our first border. We will be doing 2 sets of flying geese borders, 1 for the right side and 1 for the bottom.

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 are my unattached borders 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

 

Once you have made your borders, you attach them onto the center star. One thing I love about this quilt is how you add the borders as you make them, so there isn’t a “month 12 – assemble everything you’ve made over the past year” step.

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!

Star In The West QAL – Month 2

Welcome to Month 2 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 2’s pattern was emailed this morning. If you didn’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

For Month 1, we made parts of the Center Star. This month, we are making the remaining sections and assembling the star.

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

For this month, you will be making one pinwheel for the center and then 8 corner rectangle/rectangle units. There are also 4 sashing strips to attach around the star.

Here are mine, in the AMB solids. All of the fabrics are beautiful, but I really love that dark green color 8.

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

For the rectangle/rectangle units, you make it by sewing two rectangles together (go figure). The instructions provide a few methods to do this (pro-tip: if you just eyeball it, you’ll get it right about 33% of the time). Once I stopped being stubborn and eyeballing it, my favorite method is to lay the rectangles together and shoot the top one (purple) slightly to the left. Then you can make a mark in the bottom corner where it meets the teal (I used my white pen). Shift it back, and when you’re sewing, that gives you a mark to aim towards. Or, use the ruler to draw the entire line to make it even easier to sew along. Additional pro-tip: Make sure to check the directions of the r/r units before cutting (I’ve only messed that up once in 3 versions of this 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

Once you have made the pinwheel and r/r units, sew them together. Attach the border strips and ta-da! You have your center star.

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 center block. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Star In The West QAL – Month 1

Welcome to the kick off 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 1’s pattern was emailed this morning. If you didn’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

For Month 1, we are making part of the “center” star (I say center even though it’s in the top left of the quilt).

SitW Month 1 Section

You will be making 2 sets of 4 blocks, for 8 total blocks. Once you are finished, hang onto them until Month 2, when you will make the remaining parts of the center star.

Here are mine, 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 they are laid out. I showed them to a non-quilting buddy who was confused about why there was a hole in the center.

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 spending the year with you. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy new year and happy quilting!

QAL 2016 – Sponsor announcement

I’m still here! The last month has been crazy. I am currently frantically finishing Christmas gifts (every year, same thing). There will be pictures of those in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Swan and I are putting the finishing touches on the QAL patterns. We received some very exciting news. American Made Brands is going to sponsor the QAL! For those of you who don’t know, AMB is a US based (Seattle, coincidentally) fabric manufacturer who makes the most beautiful solid fabrics that I’ve ever worked with. For the last 2 years, any time solids come up, I mention (gush about) AMB. I have used them in a few quilts: Star Gazing and Meadow Mist Mystery, plus a handful of UFOs.

When we found out about the sponsorship, that meant that I got to choose from their 62 fabrics to pick what I wanted for the quilt. 2 nights ago, I connected my computer to my 47″ television and, using Inkscape, I played with the AMB fabrics to come up with a color scheme. I forbid myself from using white, black, beige, or grey for the background, to get out of my comfort zone. This is what I ended up designing:

StarInTheWest AMB

The fabrics have been requested and are on their way!

Here is a picture of the coloring in progress on my television. Sorry for the lighting: dark room + bright tv = poor lighting for a picture.

Designing on the tv

The QAL kicks off on January 2. There is still plenty of time to sign up via Swan Amity’s website. It is only $24 for the entire year. There will be a Flickr area to share your quilt progress, and AMB will be providing prizes. We don’t know what they will be just yet, but tentatively we’re looking at quarterly prizes.

Happy quilting!