I made a few quilts in the time I wasn’t blogging. Here are a few table runners. The first quilt is from an exchange with my traditional guild. Each month had a modern theme like pixels, chevron, improv, etc. I added some white to each one and sewed them together, the easiest setting ever.
The second one is from my modern quilt guild. I requested it be not more than 20″ so I could have another table runner. Everyone made blocks and somewhere along the line someone put it together. I only had to quilt and bind it.
This next one is a disappearing nine patch where there are more than the normal white squares and not the typical 5/4 setting.
I didn’t realize I’ve made so many cross quilts. And the last one I don’t remember where I got the fabric but the pattern looked fun so, you know how it goes. Practiced some free motion quilting on it.
Have you seen the latest Modern Patchwork (March/April 2017) magazine?
Back story: In my local Modern Quilt Guild we did an exchange with some gals from a traditional quilt guild about an hour away. I had written up a simple tutorial, which is what we followed. Then after the exchange my group got together, designed a layout and pieced the top together. (Designing in a group was interesting, I’d like to do that again) Once the quilt was finished, we went to their meeting, did a modern quilt presentation and shared the quilts we had sewn from each others guild. It was a blast.
The quilt in the green/grey setting (in the magazine) was the first quilt. I sewed it to show what I was talking about in the tutorial. After my group got together to set the exchange blocks I wondered how many settings I could come up with myself. I sewed up 20 blocks and found 19 more settings but the blocks were getting ragged so I finally stopped. I enjoyed this all so much I decided to share and sent it in to see if they’d publish it. They did.
The second quilt in the magazine, the frame setting, is pieced by members of the Wenatchee guild (blocks), set together by Moses Lake Modern Quilt Guild and quilted by Charisma Horton.
Below is one of those 19 settings I came up with and it’s scrappy back. Just finished today. :o)
Being a member of the Modern Quilt Guild gives a girl the chance to sign up for the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club. Every month we receive a lesson. I’ve only done one so far but if this is any indication of what the rest of the year will be like, I’m excited.
The lesson, by Amy Friend, was easy to understand, with only a few steps and something anyone can do. Even those who don’t fancy themselves designers.
Here are a few ideas I was playing with.
I’ll be sure to try this again. Some day I’ll design one I like enough to sew up! Check out #mightylucky on Instagram to see what others are doing.
A little more of the sewing room. Here’s the view from the kitchen. All the action and mess is around the corner out of sight. I thought a lot about this when designing our home.
I didn’t want to cut it off from the rest of the house as that would have created a hallway, which always seems a waste of space to me. I try to avoid them. Plus, on the left wall upon entering the sewing room there’s an 8′ x 8′ design wall that wouldn’t have been possible if there’d been a hallway.
The design wall is two 4′ x 8′ sound boards attached to a wood frame and wrapped in flannel backed tablecloths.
I really like how the 3 quilts on frames look hanging on that wall. A few of my brother’s in law even commented how they like them which is amazing. I don’t think they’ve ever said anything before about one of my quilts.
And finally a close up of the starting block for the next Round Robin in my Modern Quilt Guild. I started a local one here in Moses Lake, Washington, USA 2 years ago after some encouragement (pushing!) from a few friends. It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot from the other ladies.
Hope you have a nice Saturday and keep warm. We are finally above freezing and it’s weird but that feels warm!
In finishing this little quilt I decided to use a green thread, usually it would be white. I was trying to decide between two when I wondered if you’d even be able to tell if I used them both. Was the difference too subtle?
The answer was yes, too subtle to notice for a design feature. The peach has the darker, the blue the lighter green. But then I also thought if I were to run out of a color that a similar color would work. I wouldn’t have to run to the store and no one else would be the wiser. Good to know.
I put it on the long wall in my new sewing room. We moved in last April. I intend to fill this wall to the ceiling with art of some kind, mostly quilts. There’s a ways to go.
Here’s a better shot of the new addition.
P.S. Thank you for the comments on my last post. I truly felt like I was walking into an empty room talking to myself. It’s been sooo long. You made me feel welcomed back. Ya made me smile.
Scraps. They breed on their own, we all know it.
I decided to contain them in a basket and made the rule that when it got full I had to sew them up. So I did, improv, cut into 9″ squares. They made good backs, and a few fronts. But that gets boring after a few hundred blocks.
Note to self: Perhaps the size of scrap that goes into the basket needs to be smaller so they don’t fill the basket so quickly. Hm.
So I separated them by color and again with the improv cut into 9″ blocks.
Always love crosses, so some improv crosses. That was fun.
Now what other patterns can you sew with scraps? Because this quilt, though 63″ x 72″ did not make much of a dent in the scrap basket.
My friend Jeri shared a quilt she’d sewn from the pattern Fabric Fusion. She used primitive colors with muslin. I kept thinking about it and since I had some bright scraps…
I tried a few blocks with a light grey sash (second row). Not too good, the grey blended right in with the other fabrics. So I tried it with white, but then I had one row of grey and one of white sash. Did not want another random what-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-this UFO. Hey, why not continue the graduation to charcoal?
That was fun. I’ve been sewing a lot lately. Cutting out kits to take to retreat and a sew day coming up soon with friends but then I want to sew them up. Oh well. It’s nice to have the time to do so…and the fabric to do it with!