Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Minimalist Triangle Quilt

I've got a few more quilt finishes coming! It's not that I am wonder woman - it's simply due to the pile of tops that moved with me and have been accumulating in the WIP pile! I'm determined to get some done, reorganize my fabric and find some new inspiration for 2016.

I've been wanting to try a design that seemed minimalist. I admire them so much in modern quilting. And while I find them often beautiful to look at, I've felt most may be not as exciting to make. Then I saw a version of this idea (sorry, I can't remember where) and I loved that although it had a minimalist look I could still use a nice variety of fabrics.

The design is pretty simple - rows of 60 degree triangles. Each triangle a bit more than half cream with the top portion a print. {You can see below how I cut and pieced them}.

The quilting is an all-over design that is very popular, but I had never tried it - squared off meandering. It was super easy and I love how it turned out. I'll definitely be using that one again!

The backing is a Joel Dewberry print that i had stashed for a future back. I think it's perfect. And the binding is a DS plaid from her line at Joann's. Again, I had that in stash and thought it brought a bit of traditionalism to this quilt.

I drew up a little diagram, so I would remember how I made it and thought some of you might like it too. There are so many possibilities! You could do scrappy, rainbow, matching vertical rows, etc...

My triangles measure 7" height finished. All the pieces are cut with a Creative Grid 60 degree ruler. This ruler has the point chopped off at the top 1/4" from the seam line.

Cut a 3 1/2" strip for the triangles. Then use your ruler to line up the 3 1/2" line and the top to cut the triangles, flipping as you go down the strip.

Cut a 4 1/2" strip of the background. Use the 7 1/2" line on the ruler and line it up with the bottom edge of the strip. Cut the trapezoid shape, again flipping as you go down the strip.

Sew a triangle to a background piece. Sew the large triangles together in rows. I used the triangle ruler to cut half triangles for the ends from a 7 1/2" background strip (2 mirror image pieces for each row). Just be sure to use the dotted line to the right or left of center to include seam allowance.

The measurements could easily be adjusted. Just be sure that your background strip is wider than your triangle strip if you want the triangles to float. And if you adjust your strip size - you will always cut the background piece using the line that corresponds to the finished size of the pieced triangle plus 1/2" for seam allowance.

And one more note - once my quilt was bound, I wish I had added a background strip to the top and bottom to "float" the first and last rows.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ikat Quilt Finish

I've talked enough about this quilt, so today I'm sharing the final pictures. The pattern is from Rachel at Stitched In Color and can be found here.

We've been exploring our new hometown and have been fascinated by the old mills that are peppered throughout the area. Greenville, SC has a rich textile history and finding the old mills that have been converted into living spaces has been a treasure. This one found in the Simpsonville area provided a nice backdrop for the quilt on a beautiful day.

I used a voile to back this one. It's the second time I've done that and again I'm finding that the quilt has a wonderful softness and drape unique to the voile.

We photographed a second finish the same day. I'll share that soon, along with a mini tutorial. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Choosing My Quilting Design...

About 3 or 4 weeks ago, I pin-basted two quilt tops in the hopes of getting them quilted up. Then they sat. They sat because I didn't know what to quilt.

A few weeks went by and I decided to start with the easier of the two. A very minimalist triangle quilt that just needed some texture and was asking for a simple all-over design. That one's done, bound and ready for some less cloudy weather to be photographed. Soon!

The second one sat a little longer. Remember my Ikat quilt? I just love it and it will go at the foot of my bed. I wanted to be happy with the quilting.

I often get stumped on these quilts that have very high contrast. The stark white against the dark navy is what really creates the strong design. I considered all-over quilting and straight-line, diagonal and grid quilting. All of those options would require one color thread. Navy thread was out of the question. I seldom like seeing dark thread on white fabric. White or light gray was a possibility, although it would stand out and detract the eye a bit on the solid navy fabric.

What I really wanted to do was use navy thread on the navy, white thread on the white, and blue/gray thread on the medium blues. I also really wanted straight lines in the navy and the white areas. So then it sat some more. The idea of turning the quilt under the machine to do straight lines seemed daunting even though I've done it many times.

And you know what I did on Monday? I put my walking foot on the machine and did all those straight lines in navy and white thread. And you know what? It was much more difficult in my head than it was in actuality. And I'm super pleased with how it's turning out...

Using a walking foot to do straight lines and turning the quilt isn't impossible. It helps to have a machine with a larger throat opening, but with that it's totally doable. It takes some time, but not as much as you would think. And if you're sewing on a newer Bernina, be sure to use stitch 1324 which has a securing stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching.

I went on to do some free motion designs and texture fill on the rest of the quilt. That portion is about half done - so the final reveal will be soon!

Do you agonize over your quilting designs?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Panache Quilt Pattern!

I was unable to find the pattern for my quilt using Tucker Prairie, but one of my followers found it! Thank you!

You can find the pattern here:


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tucker Prairie quilt update and more...

Thanks for all the love for my Tucker Prairie quilt! Many of you are planning on making it and looking for the pattern. And good news - it's pretty quick and easy.

As I mentioned the pattern was from the free patterns on Moda's website. You can see the original quilt and the line it was made from here.

**UPDATE** One of my followers found the pattern!! Here's the link:

Panache   http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_panache.pdf

You can see another pretty version of the pattern made by my friend, Cindy, here.

In other news...
Have you cut up your Kona Color Card? I know many have and rave about how easy it makes creating color combinations and matching solids. I've been so afraid to take scissors to mine, but finally did it! I'm using velcro to arrange them on a poster board to keep them tidy. I'm probably about halfway there!

I'd like to do some sewing from the stash and went through some favorite patterns that I've collected. My idea is to use the Kona color swatches to plan a color scheme and then pull from the stash coordinating fabrics.

In other news I'm slowly working on my Shimmer blocks...

And getting ready to quilt the Ikat quilt...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tucker Prairie

I fell hard for the Moda line Tucker Prairie when I first saw it last Spring in Market photos. It's designed by 1canoe2 and I've been a fan of their art since first discovering it. I was able to get a fat eighth bundle from Westwood Acres (I think it actually releases soon!) and the minute it arrived I knew I was going to make this quilt with it.

I've made this pattern before and gave the first one away. It's been one of my favorites and was a freebie on the Moda website a few years ago. It looks like it gone, but I'd be happy to share the simple directions if anyone's interested. Just let me know!

I think the pattern really showcases the fabric nicely. The white is my go-to Moda Bella 97 and the gray is a new print from Zen Chic called Modern Backgrounds. I was lucky that my local quilt shop is carrying some awesome modern fabrics and didn't have to wait for it to arrive in the mail!

Now to figure out some quilting. I have a big gray and white check that I'm thinking of putting on the back. Can't wait to finish this one up!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New, New, New...

So many new things here. New city, new house, new friendships. I do love new, but sometimes miss the comfort that comes with familiarity and history. I remind myself of the familiar girl scout phrase, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold".

I'm finding that common question come up - "so what do you do?" And that funny look when you tell someone you're a quilter. How do you explain modern quilting in this day and age? I've stopped trying and just shake my head when they tell me their Grandmother was a quilter.

I seldom make quilts with a room in mind or a spot in the house. Except when I do a little redecorating. And with a new house, every room is a redecorating work in progress. So I've started a couple quilts with new rooms in mind. More new quilts...

I've always appreciated "minimalist quilts", but never have made one. I thought the family room could use a minimalist throw in teals, blues and grays and started on this...

It's quite easy and fun! I like how it's turning out...

And my Ikat quilt top is done. This will go at the foot of the bed in the master...

My Hello Darling fabric was calling my name. I decided to use "Shimmer" a pattern from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. It's a complicated block, that she made super easy. I'm enjoying putting these together.

Speaking of new, my blog has a new look thanks to Rebekah from Rebekah Louise Designs. She was so great to work with and gave me a brand new "look". I've added a new page called "My Quilts" and will keep adding some of my favorite quilts with a link to the blog post for more info. If you're in a reader, hop over sometime and let me know what you think!

I'm starting to feel good with the "new"...