Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Story of Jon's Quilt

Modern, minimal, masculine is completed. Here it is on Jon's bed in the cave (his basement room). It's perfect and I can't thank you all enough for the effort you put into your blocks. He hasn't seen it yet, but I know he's going to love it.
Here's the guy you made it for. His future is bright! I'm a happy mom that he'll be wrapped in a quilt made by all of us.
The quilt has had a few renditions since I first posted the top. I took it apart a couple of weeks ago and did a redesign. I paired some of the blocks and framed them as pairs for the top section and for the bottom section, framed the blocks individually.
I really like how the vertical pairs add interest to the quilt and I love how the pairs relate to each other. It's quilted with simple straight lines which I think adds to the modern feel. The quilt fits his double bed perfectly. The back is snuggly, chocolate brown flannel.
Now, for the sad part of the story. I finished the quilt last week in time for graduation on Saturday. I popped it in the washer and when I took it out of the dryer I found one of the blocks had disintegrated. Liz, I'm so sad to say it was your circle block. It didn't have a thing to do with the block's construction because that's not where it ripped. I think it must have caught in the washer and just ripped and ripped. This is the replacement block. I had to take out about a fourth of the quilting and tear the top apart to insert the new block. It wasn't easy, but I'm so happy that I was able to repair it. I had an extra block, but I had already used it to make a pillow sham for him. I didn't want to rip that apart, so I used a block that I had made for a project improv quilt that wasn't in a top yet. It was made from scraps you all sent back, so I think it fits.
Though I'm sad that the quilt isn't the original, I think the washing disaster makes the quilt even more special to me and I hope to Jon. You all did beautiful work and helped me make the perfect quilt for him. Thank you.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A couple late blocks for Wendy!

Sorry these are late. I was a little nervous with them at first because there are so many colors, but it was fun! I played with scale on these two. They look like they're different sizes, but they're really both 10.5 inches!
For Wendy Block 1 For Wendy block 2

Hope you like them!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Block for Wendy

I can't get over how much I love the colors that Wendy chose for her quilt and her inspirations. And after seeing all the great blocks already made for her, the finished quilt is going to be gorgeous.

Here is my little addition to the quilt. I loved making this block because there was no way to do it wrong. Every color combination looked amazing. I hope you like it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Late Block for Lynn

It took me a while to get this block finished but I happy to report it is finished and ready to go to the post office. I am sorry it took so long but I am so happy to be feeling good enough to get back on the sewing machine. As I mentioned on my blog, my long absence was due to some serious morning sickness but I have happily turned a corner where the thought of my sewing machine no longer makes me nauseous.

I hope you like it, Lynn!

Friday, May 15, 2009

rich colors for quilt blocks!

I opened the fabrics and was so happy -- the reddish orange is my favorite color, and in fact was the theme for my wedding!

I also finally looked at a tutorial on how to make log cabin blocks (are you chuckling at me?) and dare i say these are the finest looking log cabins i've ever made!

and poor lucy fell asleep reading the craft books... (i didn't set this up, i swear.)


Monday, May 11, 2009

simply solid

Simply solid, simply beautiful. I like the complexity of this one.
I like the simplicity of this one.
I hope you like them too, Wendy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

a quilt reveal: the car quilt is done!

and i love it, love it, love it! i decided to go with a stripey binding (my first non-solid binding!) and ended up finishing the hand-sewing in one evening, with the help of hulu and episodes of arrested development. that is some funny stuff.

here is a full shot of the quilt top hung on the backstop at the park across the street from my house:

in my head, i usually orient it vertically (not horizontally), but i'm not tall enough to hang it that way for the photo, so you'll just have to turn your head or your monitor.

loopy, loopy quilting. it's quite a mess, but i actually sort of like it that way.

and here is the back (i used a lovely, lightweight dark denim that my grandma gave me from her stash):

i've even tried it out in my car to see if it works (that's my toasty warm feet up on the dash):

it works! too well, in fact. i spent a wee bit too much of my lunch hour admiring the way the sun shines through to the backside when you're cozied up underneath it. it was the perfect weather for trying out a quilt--sunny, but surprisingly chilly.

i haven't yet washed it, and i haven't made the bag that the quilt will get stored in in the car (that's where your block will go, liz), so you may get to see more pictures of this quilt. i am so happy with it! thanks a million for helping me to create this beautiful, funky and soon-to-be-very-well-loved-and-frequently-used quilt!

wonky amish?

here are my (two... yeah, there was a lot of fabric!) blocks for wendy. the deep solid colors in them remind me of the amish quilts i grew up with, but the improvised piecing is definitely modern. i'm looking forward to seeing this quilt finished!

since i loved all of the colors and didn't want the arrangement of them in the block to look too pre-meditated, i decided to try my own version of "paper bag piecing." I just put all of the fabrics into a paper bag and pulled them out each time I was ready to add a new piece to the block. I then cut (with scissors, but still surprisingly straight....) off the size of strip that I needed and sewed it on, then pulled out the next color.
it's not particularly wonky, unless you count the unevenness of the width of the strips, but i hope that's okay.
both of the blocks ended up being at least 11" square, so you should have plenty of wiggle room for squareing them up the way you want, Wenday. I love the unifying idea of the black as the centerpiece of each block. Thanks for this fun assignment!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wendy's Block

I pretty much followed the piecing on the block seen here that Wendy mentioned as block inspiration. This was my first time cutting fabric without a rotary cutter and ruler. Picking up the scissors definitely helped to make this block less straight linear than the log cabins I've tried in the past.

The colors of these fabrics are gorgeous. It was so much fun to work with deep jewel tones. Can't wait to see the finished quilt hanging over your couch, Wendy!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

blocks for Wendy

I finished my blocks today for Wendy. I made two, because it is easier to chain sew two log cabin blocks than one.

block for common threads quilt bee

block for common threads quilt bee

I hope you like them! I had fun making them.