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!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday

How about a little WIP this week?

First up, my sewing room has undergone a bit of a makeover. I had 2 machines and 2 cabinets, and have downsized to one of each. The result is a ton more space to move around and I was able to put my machine close to the windows. You can even see some of the beautiful Fall foliage out my window today!

We attended my nephew's wedding in NYC and I came home with an idea for a quilt for the couple. The pattern is Pow Wow by Cluck, Cluck, Sew and it's already in the quilting stage.

They got married in Brooklyn and I was excited to find some New York City fabric at The City Quilter to include in the quilt.

And I've finally cut into my Cotton + Steel! I'm making a simpler, fun variation of my Peppermint Float quilt from Simply Modern Christmas.

This one I'll blame on Lee {and my trip to Mood}...
Some knit fabrics for the Get Up and Go Skirt. Nervous and excited to start!

 And I've been knitting. I picked up some yarn at Purlsoho and using their free pattern for a scarf. I've had to rip it out a couple of times, but a very wise knitter mentioned on Instagram that ripping out is part of knitting - so true.

I'm loving the relaxing feel of knitting and I may already have some new yarn on the way!

So that's what I'm up to on this beautiful Fall day! Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Vanilla and Blooms

It's been a busy month here so far. My husband had some minor surgery and we had two trips for some fun family get-togethers. One of them was to New York City. I'm actually from upstate New York and visited the city quite frequently as a kid. But it's been a long time and I took the short time we had to pop into some iconic creative shops - Purlsoho, the City Quilter and Mood. I came home very inspired and ready to sew!

Just before I left, I finished up my Vanilla and Blooms quilt.

I started with some fat quarters of Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery. As usual, I added some stash fabrics for a nice unique mix. The backing uses the hive fabric and the hexagon fabric from the line.

This is quite a large quilt for me, so I sent it off to one of our local longarm quilters, Jane Coons. I hope you can see the lovely design she quilted in each of the blocks...

One of my favorite quilts! {Do I say that about all of them??}

Be back sooner this time!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Great Granny Squared

I finished a quilt this week! One that was supposed to use up all my scraps of Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Well, that didn't happen, but it did turn into a really pretty quilt!

The pattern is in Lori Holt's book, Great Granny Squared.

I think it's always fun to mix different lines from one designer {or two in this case}. The fabrics work well together, but it gives you a different look than one line on it's own.

I really quilted this one. About halfway through I was having second thoughts about what I had gotten myself into. And maybe I was over quilting it... but after some positive encouragement from my Instagram friends, I quilted on. Now I'm really happy with how the quilting enhances the pattern.

The back is one of the large florals from Scrumptious...

In other projects... this quilt has gone on 2 retreats and the top is together. Cheerio by Thimbleblossoms.

Thanks for visiting!