Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Liberty of London Quilt

I can't remember how long I've been a fan of Liberty of London fabric. I guess just about as long as I've loved fabric, which is a long time!

When Liberty of London contacted me to design a simple quilt using their fabric, I was beyond thrilled! Do you find it fascinating to stare at all the little details of a fabric as I do? If so, the Liberty fabric is so full of gorgeous detail you'll find yourself lost in the beauty of it as you sew.

So here is the quilt I designed for them. Simple, clean and fresh.

You'll find more pictures and full instructions at the Liberty Craft Blog. And be sure to visit the Liberty Fabric Store to see all the Liberty products and Haberdashery {I feel so British using that term!}

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Charley Harper Fabrics

I became a huge fan of the artwork of Charley Harper after running across a book of his work in Anthropologie many years ago. I bought the book thinking it could be an inspiration for some appliqué designs. I never followed through with that (and wanting to avoid copyright issues), so I was thrilled when Birch Fabrics introduced the Charley Harper fabric!

I've had the fabric, and actually attempted a couple of ideas using it, but just couldn't come up with exactly what to do with it.

Yesterday I just got all the fabric out, pulled some coordinating basics and started making. It was one of those sewing days that created a huge mess, but I literally lost track of time. And here's what I came up with...

It's quite a slow process, but I'm fussy cutting the adorable motifs and framing them all to fit into several defined sizes.

And they'll all fit together into a neat little grid, kind of resembling a gallery wall.

So it's back to work this afternoon, fitting all these puzzle piece together...

And did you know that there is a recent release of some newer prints? Hoping they arrive in my mailbox today!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sampler Quilt finish

A year-long project, done. I enjoyed every minute making this quilt, from finding patterns to fabric selection to piecing to quilting to photographing. We took advantage of a beautiful autumn day and late afternoon light yesterday to snap some pics.

I shared more info about the quilt and the blocks here.

Now I can just sit back and enjoy the results of all the fun work...

In the white area between each block, I quilted a simple feather design, custom drawn to fit in the odd shaped space. Each block was custom quilted - which sounds pretty fancy, but basically I quilted designs in each block with no predetermined plan.

Backing and binding to finish it off...

A personal treasure.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Modern Appliqué Illusions Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I'm excited to share a new book written by my friend, Casey York, called Modern Appliqué Illusions. I met Casey through the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild several years ago. As a lover of appliqué, I was immediately drawn to what she was creating at our sew-ins and sharing during the Show-and-Tell portions of our meetings. Casey has a unique style that is very modern and not seen elsewhere in the modern quilting community. So the fact that she's written a beautiful appliqué book is no surprise!

All of the quilts in the book play on the illusion of perspective and depth. It's quite amazing how the projectss create dimension on the quilt surface, through both the appliqué design and the quilting. If you haven't given appliqué a try yet, this may be the perfect place to get started. Casey includes lots of basic instructions for fusible appliqué and includes her unique method of using embroidery to finish the raw edge.

I was drawn to this project called "Perspective" because I love letters and words on quilts. See the illusion of depth? You're actually creating the letters by appliquéing the shadows.

I decided to try it in a small project and made a pillow for my grandson...

Some of the illusion is also created by the quilting. There are quilting lines provided in the pattern for the letters and I quilted the background with closely spaced straight lines to flatten it a bit.

I used my go-to machine appliqué technique of a small button hole stitch around all of the appliqué pieces. Here's a close-up... I take the width and length of the stitch down a bit from the default settings to create a less-noticable stitching line.

It was a fun project!

Would you like a chance to win this new book? Casey has kindly offered a copy to giveaway here! Just leave a comment below - if you're in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you happen to win and you're international, you will receive an electronic copy. I'll choose a winner on Wednesday November 26th. Good luck!

Be sure to visit Casey's blog as she is showing and discussing in-depth all the projects in the book. And if you don't win you can buy a copy here.

For more chances to win and see more of the book, be sure to visit all the stops on the tour!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Peppermint Float Variation

I've had this variation of my Peppermint Float pattern {from Simply Modern Christmas} in the back of my mind for a while. I finally created it in EQ7, liked the idea and decided it was time to cut into my precious Cotton+Steel fabric!

The change starts by substituting an alternate 6" square or block for the center star...

A slight change in the sashing creates a background grid for the blocks. I think that has lots of possibilities! The sashing strips are cut 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" with a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" framing fabric piece on each end.

It's actually a simpler version and went together in a snap!

I decided not to add a border to this one {except for a white background border to float the design}, so this one's ready for quilting! I'm thinking of a simple diagonal grid.

Here's the original quilt from the book...

What do you think of the variation?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pow Wow quilt

I've had the pattern, Pow Wow by Cluck Cluck Sew for a while now. When I was looking for inspiration for a quilt for my nephew and his wife, it immediately came to mind after seeing this item on their wedding registry. They asked for blues, purples and red only - so this is what I came up with...

They live in NYC and got engaged on the Brooklyn Bridge. This Gramercy fabric by Leah Duncan is her depiction of the bridge. It became the perfect backing for the quilt.

It was fun to include some NYC themed fabrics purchased at the City Quilter!

And the straight line quilting added some great texture...

Hope they like it!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Orange Peel Quilt

I started this quilt over a year ago. I seem to have a thing for petals and leaf shapes. There's something about those petal shapes connecting up to create a pattern that gets me every time. A few years ago I did the Joseph's Coat quilt which has a similar shape and vibe.

Do you think it has a Fall feel? I'm not one that goes for the typical Fall colors {notice the purple Mums}, so this says Fall to me...

The petals were hand appliquéd - one of the reasons it took me a year. I shared my method of freezer paper and starch here. I decided not to let the petals touch. I was sure that if I tried to do that, some of them wouldn't. So there is purposely a slight gap at the corners.

If I had to do it again, I think I might have added a background border to float the design a bit. Of course I realized this after it was quilted.

The backing is a Sandi Henderson print I found on sale!

And my quilting design was quite simple. I outlined the petals and repeated petal shapes in the background. The petals are quilted with loops.

I loved making this! You may see more "petal" quilts in my future!