Starting the Begonia Quilt

Every year, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild does a block of the month quilt.

And each year I start them, but I am very behind on finishing them! Like the 2016 BOM… and the 2017 BOM… I’ve finished all the blocks for those quilts, but I haven’t finished the quilt! I did finish the 2015 BOM!

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This year we’re doing the Begonia Quilt designed by Stephanie from Satterwhite Quilts. And this quilt is looking just like her! She loves a HST!

January and February was a lot of cutting! And not a lot of sewing.

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And a LOT of half square triangles! A LOT… And I think there’s more to come!

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This one is kinda like a medallion quilt. Start in the center and then each month is a new border. The other thing about this one is it’s a MYSTERY quilt! No one has any idea what it is going to look like! You should check out the hashtag, #seamqgbom2019 to see all the different versions. It’s so cool how different they all look even though we’re all making the same quilt!

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ok, the lighting is really off for these last two shots, but just when I was thinking it needed a pop of something.. The orange came in!

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Feel free to join us! Even if you’re aren’t a member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, you can still sew along with us here!

 

SMQG BOM May Blocks

For this month I’ve been working on quilting my Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM a bit more, but I also added a new ‘row’

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Excuse my photo editing… Something doesn’t look right, but oh well…

You can see the bottom row is this months project. The prompt was sewing with scraps. When I make a quilt, especially a BOM that lasts for a while, I keep a bag of all the scraps from that quilt. I don’t integrate my scraps with the scrap bins until the quilt is all done! So this was easy to do! I had the bag right there and ready to go!

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These are my ‘two’ scrap blocks. I started with a long piece of batting that was close to the height I was looking for. But slightly larger. Then I just started a bit in the middle and kept using my scraps until I ran into where the pieces kinda quilt building on themselves. Then I started over. It’s very log cabin like….

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You can see my ‘eyes’ are the center, where I started. Then I’d kinda log cabin around the center, then go off in one direction and come back and go somewhere else! I used only scraps for these, except I did have to cut a little extra white.

I do want to add another thinner strip of this block up the right side, but I ran out of scraps! So I need to do some other blocks and come back to add another row.

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And I really started making some ‘rules’ for my quilting. Most of the quilting is in the white. Sometimes I’ll quilt in the yellow, but not often. And I am NOT quilting on the grey!

I’ve also found that I don’t want to quilt to the edge until I another block to sew on. I’m using my quilting to sew down my seam allowances, so therefore I need a seam allowance to quilt over!

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And I’m stitching in the ditch to get from one stop to the other…. I’m loving this one! I just learned about June’s BOM, so I’m excited to get started on it!

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM 2016

Here we go again! I just finished last years BOM and now I’m starting the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild 2016 BOM!

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Our first block is Strings. I loved making this one!

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Our awesome quilting member Matt, AKA on IG as odditease, is designing this years quilt. Or should I say designed. this is his version. So this is where we’re going with it.

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I totally want to make a whole whole string quilt! This is an improv quilt. I don’t know that mine is actually 100% improv though…. I haven’t measured any of my fabric. I haven’t used a straight edge to cut the fabric. I haven’t been measuring my batting and I’m doing it as quilt as you go again. So what do you think? Improv or almost improv?

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I’m using random pieces of batting to make up my ‘blocks’ from my pile of batting scraps.

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Next I randomly cut a bunch of strips and then sewed them together at a random angle. See, no measuring! I started sewing with the middle stripe and then worked my way out from there.

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Then I squared up my block. I still didn’t measure anything, but I did square the block. I think this might be where the improv starts to deteriorate. But I like it!

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On the last BOM quilt that I did, I also did it as QAYG, but I wasn’t consistent about ironing my seams open and sewing then in the right direction or leaving more than a 1/4″ seam. This time I’m using a 3/8″ seam and ironing opening. With the bulk of the batting, it helps to have a larger seam allowance to iron the seam.

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I noticed after I made two blocks that both at the print in one corner, so I kept going with it for the other corners and I love how it turned out!

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So with each block, my plan is to include a bit of the next block. So I haven’t sewn together this block.

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And then I moved into the second block. The March block is Triangles. See how I added a bit of the triangles into the strings? I think I like it. What do you think?

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Again, there’s no measuring or anything. But check out those grey lines and how they connect! Pure randomness that worked out perfectly!

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I am a part of critique group and one of the members said it looked like her aunt’s dress from the 70’s…. She said it was a compliment, but I’m not sure.

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Now I’ve got to get the April block done!!! Sqiggles, coming up!

Technicolor Galaxy- Update!

It’s been a little while since I updated on this project! I got close to up to date, but now I’m really behind again….

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I got up to date with blocks 3, 4 and 5. I’m still in love with the project, I just need to get back on it!

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Each of the three blocks was really 4 blocks, so the 3 blocks is really 12 blocks in total! Block three was the Piano Keys. Super easy paper piecing. I made one extra block of this one. You can see in my planning for this block I didn’t use a solid. Once I had the two prints together, I knew it was a big fat NO!

Block 4 was the scattered geese. Another paper piecing, just a little more in depth. And I made these with a solid first, then decided I didn’t like it that way. So technically the 12 blocks were actually 16 since I made a few extras….

And lastly, Block 5 was the Arrowheads. This block incorporated the applique. I’m not a big fan of applique because I’m worried about the fabric fraying after washing. But I did it anyway! And I love how they turned out!

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Here it is all together! You can read more about the earlier steps here and here.

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The next ring is waiting patiently for me in it’s box…. I’ve got one of the 3 sets done… I need to finish the rest of the ring to show! What am I talking about? I want to finish the whole thing before the end of the year…. We’ll see!

Border of the Month Quilt Update

I feel like I keep talking about this. One I love it! Two, I keep finishing and photographing it for our monthly SMQG meetings, so it’s finished and ready to blog about!

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I am working on other things! But… Here’s more of my quilt!

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I was up to design this month’s border and I felt like it needed some triangles! So I went with the flying geese. I love the no waste flying geese tutorial from The Pieceful Kwilter! I used 2×4 geese. I think it was ready for a different shape.

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You can download the directions from the SMQG Blog, here. The directions include a very ordered set of 4 borders of geese and the more random set of borders. The random set is what I used. Or you could come up with your own border or geese!

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Again, I quilted the border! I added on last months border without quilting it. Which I realized wasn’t what I really wanted to do. So for this border, I pieced the border and the batting onto the last border, and then quilted. It kinda defeated the purposed of QAYG and having a big quilt to move through the machine, etc. But I got into a rhythm and it seemed to work out. I used the flying geese to design the quilting pattern that continued over to the last border.

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OK, it’s on the shelf and I’m working on other things! Hopefully something to show soon!

Seattle MQG Block of the Month Progress

I’m still loving the Block, or more fitting, the Border of the Month Quilt we’re doing with our local Modern Quilt Guild!

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You may notice something different… I took a little detour before adding on the new blocks! I decided to quilt it as I go. Yep, I love a little QAYG action! All the little crosses were the May Border! Between the quilting and the May border, I have been working on this one A LOT lately!

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I started quilting in the middle and did four sets of spirals over the first few months borders. It took a lot longer then anticipated, but I love how the spirals contrast with the Inside Out Pineapple Block!

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For the March and April borders, I let the March block angle inspire the quilting.

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And then comes the May border! Man! Time consuming for sure! But I love it! We used the Raspberry Kiss Block from Wooden Spoon Quilts. I was stumped on the quilting for this border though. So I continued to use Rachel for inspiration and quilted the border the same way that she quilted her Raspberry Kiss Pillow.  I used the cross to quilt a grid along the border.

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I’m a little biased, but I think it looks pretty good so far!

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And then I added the June border….

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I’m not sure about this one… I like the border, but am worried it needs more of the white… I was trying to bring back the look of the green solid borders from earlier in the year. I haven’t quilted it yet, so I could replace it. But I don’t know if I want to do that either. Part of me tells myself to stick with my original plan and it will all work out in the end. Part of me tells myself to replace it…. Hmmmmm….

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I’m just not sure if the green on green border is too heavy…. We’ll see if I change it. But for now, I’ll leave you in suspense! And I’m off to design the next border!

 

 

Medallion BOM with April’s Border

We’re moving along on the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s BOM medallion quilt!

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This month’s border was super simple! Just adding a simple white and green border on each side. I’ve started a little trend and I’ve been adding in a pop of one of the other colors in each border. Can you find my pop in this border!

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In looking at the pictures, I wonder if I should have not used white… hmmmm…. THat would ahve been nice too, just green and green… Oh, well! Instead I added the dark green to the top corner.

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And the light green to the bottom corner. And yep, there’s my pop! A little orange spot.

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I guess next time I could actually iron the quilt top, huh! I’m loving this BOM series! You’re welcome to play along. If you do, I’d love to see it. You can get the April instructions here.

Technicolor Galaxy BOM

Yep, you read right! I’m doing 2 BOM (block of the month) quilts this year! I’m loving both of them! They are so different, both the medallion quilt and this Technicolor quilt are working from the center out!

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I debated and debated doing this Technicolor Quilt, but in the end, I decided to go for it! The quilt is designed by Alyssa from A Pile ‘o Fabric. It’s called a skill builder quilt in that each month a different quilting technique is used so you can learn new techniques that you might not attempt on your own!

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If you bought the whole kit, fabric included, you’d do the rainbow like in the picture. I didn’t do the rainbow! As much as I love bright colors and have been wanting to do a rainbow quilt, I’m also trying to use my stash!

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Last year I bought a bunch of blue neon fabric after being inspired by my quilting friend Cath’s, of Wombat Quilts, neon pink quilt! The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild did a more traditional block of the month last year that I had planned on using my neon for. But it didn’t happen. So this year, the Technicolor Galaxy is going neon blue!

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The first technique I learned about was starch! I’ve always skipped this step in everything! I’ve actually never ever even owned a can of starch! I’ve used liquid starch to make ghosts for Halloween, but never used it in quilts or sewing projects. It’s amazing! It turns wrinkly fabric into fabric that feels like cardstock! Very weird and cool, all at the same time!

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First we glued the center pieces in place.

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Then we made bias tape applique! Which scared me…. There were a lot of steps. After watching others do these steps, I decided to not do them! All I ended up doing was making the bias tape and glueing it with Elmer’s glue! Another technique I have never used! Glue it down and iron in it place! Easy peasy!!

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Then we quilted! Oh, this is also a quilt as you go quilt! Yeah!

Now onto March’s border! Paper piecing! Right up my alley!!

(and, yes, all these were iphone pics, so please excuse the photo quality!)

SMQG BOM- 3 months in!

As you might have seen, I’ve been playing along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s 2015 Block of the Month project! I’m loving it!

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This year it’s a medallion quilt with a new border each month. January’s center block can be found here and February’s progress is here. This month yours truly designed the border!

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I made a wonky triangle border. Or flip and stitch border. Whatever you want to call it, I love how it turned out. It’s not the easiest border I’ve ever sewn on… The inset seams were a bit of a bugger until I really figured out that it really was inset seams that were needed! I made it a few ways and took it apart until I got the inset seams lightbulb!! I also heard rumor that starch the triangles will help!

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Our BOM crew is working together to make this a great quilt. Our friend Yeechi has been setting up the tutorials so they look great! You can get the directions here.

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Since I designed this month, mine is obviously done and I am anxiously awaiting next month’s border!!!

Inside Out Pineapple Quilt Block- Free Pattern!

I made a new quilt block! Now, I’m not saying I’m the first one ever…. But I will also say I searched and searched to find this block and I couldn’t find it! So I made my own!

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This block is for one of the quilts I’m working on this year! Our quilt guild, The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, is doing another Block of the Month quilt this year. I’ve never done a medallion quilt. Honestly, it’s never crossed my mind. But my friend Allison, stepped up to organize the BOM this year and the medallion idea was what she came up with and I’m actually excited about it!

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The idea for the center was to use a block from from our 2014 BOM suggestions. Then each month after there will be a new border. I decided to do the pineapple block. I was totally inspired by this Pique Pineapples with a Pinch of Pizzazz quilt by Nancy J. Didonato. But when I really looked at it and all the pineapple blocks out there, the square in the middle is little and the small part of the ‘pineapple’ is in the center. I wanted the block to be just the opposite!

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So I made a pattern! And this one will be listed on my Craftsy site for free! Or you can get it here.

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What would you make with this pattern? Would you make it more scrappy? The quilt I’m making is obviously going to be primarily green and white. I asked my husband what color he wanted. He said blue, but I said no since I’m already making him a blue and white quilt. Then he suggested orange. I thought ok, until I got to my sewing room and I wasn’t really excited about my oranges…. So it’s green and white! I also realized I am very much a solids kinda girl. As much as I love prints… I always seem to end up quilting with mostly solids!

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I also had the center square dark green to start with. Then I had to take two blocks apart and switch out the green for the more yellow green and I think it adds a nice punch for the center of the quilt!