Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry: Ocean Waves

My second entry for the Fall 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival is another quilt I designed myself, 
Ocean Waves. 

I pieced this quilt entirely with turquoises from my stash. (Yep, clearly I like turquoise!). In direct contrast to that, I had to buy 6 different grays to round out my gray stash for those 4 blocks. I have plenty of gray, too, but gray is such a tricky color! 

After I designed this quilt, I submitted it to Modern Patchwork magazine. It was accepted (yay!) and then I asked my friend Diane Oakes to quilt it. She did, in record time, and I sent it off to the magazine. 

Quilting close-up:

You can really see the quilting motif on the back, too:

More recently, this quilt also hung in the modern row of our guild's show,
Quilts Kalamazoo. 

Quilt stats: 

Size: 56" x 66"
Designed and pieced by: me
Quilted by: Diane Oakes

See more about my two quilts featured in Modern Patchwork here.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry: My Gwen Marston quilt

I was recently a part of our guild's bi-annual quilt show, Quilts Kalamazoo. I had four quilts hanging in the show, including this one, which I called "Look through My Window." It's the quilt I started in a a Gwen Marston liberated medallion workshop in April 2014. This is currently my favorite quilt that I've made, and I'm entering this quilt in the Fall 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Here it is hanging at the show:

And here's a closer look. I'm embarrassed to admit there isn't a picture of me standing with any of my quilts in the show. I'm blaming that on the fact that I was in charge of taking photos of all 250+ quilts in the show for a commemorative CD, and by the time I finished that, I was DONE taking pictures. 

Flashback pic: Here is my medallion in progress (with Gwen!)--I came to the workshop with the center done out of made fabric and the first brown windowpane border. I added the next four borders during the workshop.

A close-up of the center, quilted.

A close-up of the rest of the quilting. 

Quilt Stats:
Size: 46" square
Designed, pieced and machine quilted by: Me!

As I said above, this is my current favorite quilt. I love the techniques used to make it (thanks, Gwen!), I love the color palette, and I'm proud of the quilting I did on it. Now that the quilt show is over, the next step is to hang it on the wall in our family room. Can't wait!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October ALYOF: A Pillow Birthday Gift

I have two (secret) quilted birthday gifts on my to-do list and I'm making one of them my October goal for  A Lovely Year of Finishes, the super-effective monthly motivator hosted by Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts.

Right now the project consists of yardage of these two fabrics:

And an idea in my head. 
Here's to transforming that idea into reality! 

And, since the only photo in this post is fairly boring, let me up the cuteness factor with a picture of my newest sewing assistant:

Pretty sure I'm going to think he's a little less cute when he trips over that ruler and breaks it in half...