A Christmas Quilt

It’s been a while since I shared a finished quilt!

It’s my Christmas Quilt! I have a Halloween quilt and I have a ton of amazing Christmas fabric, so I knew I needed to make a Christmas quilt! I’m a huge sucker for both Halloween and Christmas fabric. especially Cotton and Steel Christmas fabric…. I can’t get enough so I had to do something with it!

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The only problem with Christmas fabric is that it isn’t solids! It’s prints, hence the Christmas theme, right! And I’m not real good with prints! I get totally pushed around by print fabric.

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Quilts pictures here are by Katie of Sew Katie Did, not my work! 

In October 2017, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild had one of our members, Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did, come teach some classes. One of the classes was her Split Personality Class. I signed up! But I didn’t want to take solids. Katie is so good with prints, so I was trying to let that rub off on me during this class. But what to take??? Christmas!

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I love describing what I do as a quilter to non quilters! So basically the technique involves cutting up fabric, sewing it together, cutting it, mixing the pieces up, sewing it back together, cutting it again, mixing again and sewing it back together again! Yep, that about sums it up! You do that and end up with lovely little improv pieced blocks!

But then what to do with the blocks??? 

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I decided to use one of the designs I came up with from the Quilt Design a Day challenge. I forget what the picture was that inspired this design. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun design inspiration for this quilt. 

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I also used another technique that I don’ tthink I have ever used before. Fussy cutting… Well, sewing with solids doesn’t lend itself well to fuzzy cutting, does it now?? Ha!

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And another technique… Pattern matching my fabric for the back!

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Did you know those reindeer came in flannel? So soft! and adorable!

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I liked how the blue binding didn’t totally scream Christmas for the quilt.

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I really like it turned out! And I’m loving watching the family curl up in on the couch this holiday season!

 

 

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Running Away- QDAD to Reality

Although I haven’t done one lately, if you follow me on IG, you know I love the Quilt Design A Day challenge!

Yes, this is a quilt from last year… But I haven’t posted about it yet…. Now that we have that out of the way… SO! When I heard that the QDAD group was going to have an exhibit at Quilt Con, I knew I wanted to participate! And I did! And my quilt went to Quilt Con! It was so cool! My first year getting to go to QC and my first year with not one, but two, quilts in QC!

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Is this making any sense to you? Are you wondering what I’m talking about?? So the QDAD group has a ‘spark’ every day and it was the same thing with the show. We had the image above, by Michelle Wilkie, that was voted on by the group as I understand (It was before my time in the group) as our spark. It’s a view from the Highline in NY. Sometimes I can come up with a design in the typical 20 minutes that you are encouraged to spend on the design problem. Now this one… Different Story! I started to hate this image!

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Here’s a little insight into my design process! This one went through a LOT of transformations! I started with the top left image and moved across the top row. Plus more… Then I switched gears and started moving closer to the final design…

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Once I got the design settled, the quilt was a breeze! Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if I spent more time working on the design than the quilt!

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There are a couple of things about this quilt that I love. One is the quilting. It’s nothing fancy, but I love how straight and even I got it.

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And secondly, I love how the matched binding turned out! I think it really makes the quilt!

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And then the back turned out pretty cool, too. I used left over fabric from the front, but also leftover blocks from the front. Now I know there’s some fellow Bama fans out there thinking, what are you doing making a quilt in Auburn colors??? Well, it’s hard for me to believe too, since I was brought up not having a fondness for this color scheme. But I have grown to love the blue and orange together! And remember, I was given the color scheme and fabric colors for this one!

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The token label picture…

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ok, I just had to throw this behind the scenes photo in. I don’t know why exactly, but I love it!

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Let’s go back to QuiltCon for a minute. The coolest part of this challenge was seeing everyone else’s quilts at Quiltcon. We watched each other come up with designs and then execute them. But to get them all together and see how different each one is, even though we all started from the same inspiration photo, was awesome!

These are just a sampking of some of the other quilts from our exhibition:

Top Row (L to R): Windows and Angles by Carol Byrnes; Structural Transparency by Emily Doane; Finding Home by Anne Sullivan and City Lights by Stacey Day

Bottom Row (L to R): City Windows by Carolyn Goonrye; Downstream by Yvonne Fuchs; Bend Don’t Break by Karen Foster and City Squares by Tiffany Baxter.

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And back to the beginning! I love how it turned out!

QuiltCon 2017 Favorites

OK, you might be bored with QuiltCon pictures by now, but I’m going to post more anyway. Sorry! I’m headed off for a quilting retreat this weekend and I thought to look back at the inspiring quilts from QuiltCon would be a good way to start off the weekend!

Hyperbolic Hexagon Tessellation by Jennifer Kloke

I was about to write, This is one of my favorite…. But they are all my favorites! So I’ll just get that out right now so I don’t start each paragraph with that same sentence! I took a million pictures of my ‘favorites’, but the ones I’m showing today are the ones that I keep coming back to in my head, the ones that really left an impression on me!

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As you probably know, this was my first year to go to QC and the first year to have a quilt (or two) in the show! So imagine my surprise as I rounded the corner, looked up and saw my quilt at the end of the line of AMAZING quilts! It felt awesome!

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And I got closer and closer and super close!

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And technically, I didn’t make this quilt all on my own! This was one of the do.Good Stitches quilts that I designed and made with blocks from my group!

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This is my friend Matt! He’s amazing! He’s the only guy in our guild and did I say amazing? It was great to spend a lot of the day with him wandering around looking at quilts. Maybe a couple of critiques… This is the quilt he designed for our guild’s charity quilt. He also talked me into spending way too much at the BlocLoc booth! And yes, I’m glad he did!

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left: The Kiss by Kay-Anna McCalla and right: Lilianna Kehnle

These two were both from the youth category. Love seeing the youth quilts. I didn’t realize that there was a youth category. I came home and told my son about the category and he got excited. Just the other day he told me we needed to get started on his quilt for the show! We’ll see if it happens!

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Serenity by Stephanie Skardal

Ok, this totally grabbed my attention for a couple of reasons. One, it totally reminded me of seersucker, which I love. And two, after doing my striped quilt using striped fabric, I was in awe of the time it took her to make this one of tiny pieced strips!

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Big Island Blossoms by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

oh, yes, please! I’m learning applique now through our guild’s BOM so this is what I am aspiring to!

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Go North by Maritza Soto

When you walked in the show, the Best in Show was right there, but it was surrounded by people so this is technically the first quilt I saw when I walked in and, boom, I was drawn right to it! Love the colors, the solids and the quilting!

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left: Lincoln by Kim Soper and right: Still With Her by Liz Harvatine

Now the juxtaposition of these two was thoughtful, in my opinion. I had been warned about overhearing people’s conversations around quilts. Let’s just say I loved it and I overheard someone else who didn’t…. I won’t go in the politics of it, but I could go on….

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Fireworks by Jeannie Jenkins

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Made in GDR 26 by Emily Doane

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Double Irish Divergence by Debra Jalbert

Another few where the bright color placement is now seared into my brain!

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I Know The Stars Are There Beyond The Clouds 2 by Heidi Parkes

I have no idea how to hand stitch a quilt. None. But this lady does! Amazing! This quilt was huge! And complete with yards of hand stitching. Maybe once I get this applique thing down, maybe I’ll learn to hand quilt. It’s a such a beautiful technique.

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Square Count Game by Debra Jalbert

This might just be my most favorite… Love the white. Love the bright. the quilting is awesome. Love the little pops of color. I want this quilt! Very inspiring to me…. And I just realized that two of my favorites are by Debra! I think we could be quilty friends!

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Yay or Nay by Debbie Jeske

I also loved seeing my friend’s quilts at the show too. That’s just awesome in it’s own right. But I also love this one by Debbie! I really love the story of the name. Check it out here.

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Half Circle Mirror by Cheryl Brickey

I was drawn to this one because it reminds me of the quilt design a day project that I like to do! I don’t think it is inspired by that, but that’s what drew me in. A lot of my designs and QDAD designs can be pretty minimal and I start to doubt the design, but seeing this one hanging there reminded how beautiful minimal can be.

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Autumn is Wistful by Chawne Kimber

Loved this for reminding me of home and growing up. But the technique is awesome too. I’ve seen the technique used with knits in clothing, but hadn’t thought about it for quilting. Why not???

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Bling by Kat Jones

And last but least, Best In Show! No words. Awesomeness is all I have to say about this one!

 

Quilt Retreat!

Ok, yes, this did happen WAY back in September! But I haven’t written about it, so now I am!

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I look so forward to retreat every year. Partly because I sew from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to bed! Minus a few breaks for meals. Otherwise, it’s all sewing! And sewing with friends! Not just in my studio watching Netflix of dancing around to records! Other real live people! What a novel idea! And fabric comes to us! It’s awesome! Our friends at Island Quilter bring the shop to us!

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I got SOOOO much done! Remember, I said I sewed from early morning to super late at night. I love breakfast, so I don’t want to miss it, so I actually get up in the morning! And it gives me more sewing time! Or should I say almost done. I finally finished my Chaos Top and the back. But I still need to quilt it….

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This is also a bit of a preview of things to come… I finished more blocks for charity quilts. I also finished a Do Good Stitches top and back. And I finished our tooth fairy pillow! Yea! So much progress!

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The group is such a fun group! My buddy, Debbie, and I always have a good time!

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I always get inspired by the work others are doing. The patterns they are using, the fabrics they are using and all the creativity!! It’s an amazing bunch of friends!

Kim’s Technicolor Galaxy quilt was almost done! If you check out her IG, you’ll see the finished version! Totally makes me want to finish mine…. And I love how Allison’s molehills quilt is coming along! The colors are awesome!

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Our amazing Matt brought one of his medallion quilts to finish! I’m not sure who was working on the Chic country pattern. And Dionne was working on her amazing giraffe quilt!! One of her animal quilts is on my bucket list!

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And who doesn’t love an awesome swag bag! Full of goodies! My book will teach me embroidery! I’ve always wanted to learn and now I have instructions. Perfect!

Thanks to everyone at SMQG that put the retreat together and that came and made a great retreat for us all! I’m so excited about the next one! Yea!

 

Finish Along Quarter 4 2016!

And once again, my list is going to be very similar to past lists… Ready for this?

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OK. First up… The Chaos Quilt from Libs Elliot. The top and back are done! I just have to quilt the thing!

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I’m STILL working on the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt!

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My do.Good Stitches group quilt from months ago needs to get finished ASAP! This is another one that has both the top and the back done. It’s just waiting to be quilted!

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I’m also inspired to finish this one using the quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful! I have a great idea of who it is going to go to, so I’m inspired again!

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And I’m so close on this one…. I’d like to get this one done, too… But there are others higher on the list!

I also need to make my Quilt Con entry for the QDAD show… I’ve got the fabric… And the design… Can I do it?

And there’s my October do.Good Stitches quilt. And since I’m so behind on the other do Good quilt, I’d like to make it up to my group and get this one done super fast!

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There’s a requested Christmas mini quilt using my Inside Out Pineapple block…..

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And I’d love to get caught up on my Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM quilt by the end of the year….

And the last one that I can’t find a picture for is an old one that has been sitting on the shelf for about 3 years. Sitting there with a front and back done! So it just needs a little quilting love…

Ok, this list is insane long… AGAIN…. But I want to get these DONE!!!!!!!! And some are almost done!

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Me+You Fabric Challenge with Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

We just recently had a guild challenge using fabrics from Hoffman Fabrics line, Me+You.

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It’s a line of bright saturated batiks. When I first head batik, I opted out. Then I saw them and opted back in! Be sure to check out the hashtag #meandyouandseamqg and you’ll understand why I opted back in! The line is a great line of fabrics, with prints and solids.

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I had grand plans for this project…. But they didn’t pan out as planned…

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As you probably know if you follow me on IG, I’m loving the Quilt Design A Day FB group. So for this project, I had planned on making one of my QDAD designs into a mini quilt/pillow.

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I started with the circle using the reverse applique process that I used here. Looking pretty good, I thought. Feelin’ good about it!

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Then I added little squares using the needle turn applique process. I looked at a few tutorials…. I was originally inspired by Carolyn Friedlander‘s book Savor Each Stitch. But I hated how it looked. I need more practice….

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Then I tried teeny tiny reverse applique. Didn’t like that either… So I cut up the circle! And made some improv quarter circles….

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Added some circular quilting….

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And it ended up looking absolutely NOTHING like the original design! Nothing! But I like it!

I wasn’t able to make it to the show we had at Pacific Fabrics in Northgate, but we ended up with quite an impressive group of designs!

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All show photos via AllisonSews and SMQG

 

 

Quilts for Pulse Hearts

We all know about Pulse and the horrible events that took place back there back in June. Most quilters also know about the Quilts for Pulse Call for Quilts organized by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

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As soon as the call for quilts came out, one of our guild members, Matt, stepped up and decided to organize a heart quilt block drive from our group! And what an outpouring of blocks! Matt ended up with enough blocks to make 6 quilts! 6!!!!

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Orlando asked for heart blocks with a bright rainbow color theme. So bright is what I did! They also gave a few tutorials to choose from. For our quilts, we were also asked to use the tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew. It is the easiest tutorial ever! I think it probably took about 15 minutes to make the three blocks! Way quicker than writing this post anyway! 🙂

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You still have some time to make blocks! Orlando has had such an outpouring of support and are working hard to get all the victims families, the first responders AND all the survivors quilts! If you can whip up a block or two, mail them before the 15th! And if you want to make a whole quilt, September 15th is there deadline. All the information is here.

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previous 2 photos via Matt’s instagram

Here’s one of the quilts from our guild! And the amazing quilting by Matt! He’s amazing!

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These blocks are so quick and easy! I really enjoyed making them and could see where you could churn out quite a few in no time!

Sewing with Leather

Last weekend I took a class to learn more about sewing with leather.

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It was a lot of fun! I made two pouches, a keyring, learned new things and got to hang out with my SMQG friends! The Guild brought in Krista Fleckenstein to teach for two days and give a lecture. The classes and lecture all revolved around projects in her book, Beyond Cotton.

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The first class was about printmaking, the lecture was about mixed media artists and the second class about sewing with leather. Both of which are talked about in her book. I debated which class to take becuase I wanted to do both. I had taken two classes from another guest teacher and wasn’t happy, so I was a little leary to take both. Now I’m kicking myself! The printing class turned out awesome work! ANYWAY…. The book is really good. I get kinda annoyed when teachers books are ‘required’ for the class, but this one is worth it. I got the book from the library to start, to see if I wanted to actually add it to my own stash of books. It is full of useful information, so I did purchase it!

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We learned about the different kinds of leather, things to look for when purchasing leather and how to cut leather…

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And then we were off to actually sew with leather! There are quite a few tricks of the trade that I didn’t know about! Different stitch lengths and sorts of things like that. It is hard to get remember to switch back and forth between the right stitch lengths for leather and fabric!

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We ended up with 2 pouches each! I still need to add in my fancy labels, but otherwise they are ready to be stuffed with something!

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The class ended up with such a great pile of pouches! I love some of the others fabric choices! And some even used fabric they had made in the class before!

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Then we got to play around with veg-tan leather and make a key ring. No sewing involved on this one. The leather is way to thick. But there was a lot of pounding involved!

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If Krista comes to your town, take both classes! That’s my advice! The only problem with this whole sewing with leather class is that now I want to go buy leather!!! There’s a cool leather shop here in Seattle almost in my neighborhood… This could be bad…. but in a good way…..

 

 

More SMQG Giving Committee Quilts

I’m really enjoying working with my co-chair Debbie, and of course the rest of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild,  to develop a nice lineup of Giving Committee quilts! 
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I’ve already shown you the ‘first‘ quilt we made. These two quilts are the second batch of quilts we made also using fabric we ‘inherited’ from previous years. We inherited lots of black and white print fabric!
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Debbie and I made a list of quilts we wanted to make and decided, of the list, the Improv Quarter Log Cabin lended itself best to the black and white fabric! We encouraged the makers to give their blocks a little wonk when they squared them up.
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With all of the blocks received back, we were able to make two quilts! The larger one we like to call Fade to Black! Debbie laid out all the blocks for each of the quilt and came up with the awesome overall design of the FADE! She also sewed the larger top together, which Arlene DeBuck kindly quilted with a delightful variety of quilting motifs.
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Then there were enough blocks left to make a baby-sized quilt, which we like to call Blue Trimmed Cabin. Debbie put this one together also, quilted it up, and passed it on to Yeechi Chen to bind. Yeechi even added a sweet aqua flange to this little quilt.

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photo by A Quilter’s Table

Both of these quilts will be donated to Nurse-Family Partnership.

Quilt #1 Name: Fade to Black

Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Debbie Jeske
Quilted by: Arlene DeBuck
Binding by: Arlene DeBuck
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Quilt #2 Name: Blue Trimmed Cabin
Quilt Size: 36″ x 48″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced and Quilted by: Debbie Jeske
Binding by: Yeechi Chen

A Memory Quilt Using the Complete Quilt Design Planner

Remember the Friendship Bracelet quilt that I finished not long ago? Well, originally I agreed to test Blair Stocker’s, AKA WiseCraft, pattern to make a memory quilt. Very quickly I realized that wasn’t going to work for that pattern.

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Then she asked me to test another pattern, The Complete Quilt Design Planner Pattern. I was one, very intrigued by the name, but also knew it would work well with my memory quilt idea!

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The pattern is really not a pattern at all, but step by step guide to designing your own one of a kind quilt! It has layouts for 6 different sized quilts. It was really fun! My son and I laid out all the fabric we were going to use, grabbed some colored pencils and we both started designing!

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A friend of mine from way back… Like Middle School I think? I was actually best friends with her younger sister for a while… Anyway, she asked me to take her sons clothes to make into a quilt. I ended up separating the piles and using mostly wovens on the front and the knit t-shirts on the back.

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I really loved this little center guy from a baby outfit! I also think it also tied together the colors from the other clothing pieces. Once I had it designed, I realized not all the pinks were the same, etc… So there was a bunch of laying out and picking up and laying out again to get it right!

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And the back is a t-shirt quilt. These t-shirt quilts take a long time. I didn’t want just a bunch of regular squares, so it took a bit, I mean a lot, longer to layout than I thought it would! I also added in a few colored blocks to fill in the spaces in between.

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This is a great pattern, especially for beginners. It also got me to try something new. I don’t think I’ve ever done a whole quilt out of the same size blocks before. It’s always fun to look at quilt design a little out of your design comfort zone and this is exactly was I experienced with this one.

You can see more examples of this quilt here.

AND… It’s the one thing that I actually finished this quarter! oops…