Curves Issue of Curated Quilts

I’m so excited to be featured in Curated Quilts!

I’ve been lucky enough to have had a couple mini quilts featured in Curated Quilts, but this issue I have a pattern in the magazine! I made a mini for this one too, but it didn’t get a trip to the photo lab! ha!

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A quilt I started with the my do. Good Stitches group, and finished up way too late, was featured in the magazine!

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I love this magazine and the talent it features, so you can only imagine how excited I was to see my quilt and name featured amongst some amazing quilters!

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Each quarter the magazine puts a call for articles and patterns around a selected theme. When I saw the call for curved quilts, I was super excited to submit my Falling Stars quilt.

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The magazine took some really great shots of the quilt, you should really check it out. And of course, there’s the tutorial to make your own! I don’t want to give it all away, so be sure to get the magazine to see more!

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I actually had two quilts in this issue! My Raindrops on Wildflowers quilt was featured in the main gallery!

 

 

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee 2017

And the next installment of quilts from my second year as Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee Co-Chair with Debbie Jeske!

The Guild made a total of 7 quilts for the Giving Committee this year. A couple of them, like in 2016, other members took the lead on. Today, I’m only sharing the ones Debbie and I took the lead on.

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First up, Doing the Pink Flamingo! Pink Flamingo was the Kona Color of the Year in 2017. A lovely peachy pink color. Circa15 Fabric Studio was very kind and supplied the Guild with the enough fabric to share with those wanting to make a block. We gave the guild members 9″x11″ and they added their own gray and white fabric to make improv blocks.

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I made three blocks!

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First up, a funky log cabin! I love funky log cabins!

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For the second two, I made a strip set and was able to use it in both blocks! Do you do improv quilting? I love how sometimes it can come so easy and fast!

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I collaborated with Debbie on the design and fabrics for this one and then I made my blocks and that was about it. The rest of the guild really did the work on this one! Debbie arranged the blocks roughly from light to dark and then pieced them into an awesome quilt top. The backing is Rhoda Ruth Wide Back by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman in smoke, also donated by Circa15 Fabric Studio.  Pam quilted it for us and Matt added more Pink Flamingo for the binding. 

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 Quilt Name: Doing the {Pink} Flamingo

Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Debbie Jeske
Quilted by: Pam Cole
Binding by: Matt Macomber
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Next up is Playing it Cool! This was another improv quilt, but with a little more direction than Doing the Pink Flamingo. This one is inspired by Anne//Play CraftsCrayola Sunset. You can find the original tutorial that Debbie made for the Guild here. We made 6 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ or 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ blocks. We asked the guild members to use all solids in cool blues, greens and purples.

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The blocks I made look like they have black in them, but it’s really a dark blue! Trust me on this one! This is a super fast way to do improv! And really having everyone’s different stash colors come together in one quilt, makes for an awesome combo!

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Debbie pieced the slabs together and Dionne quilted it using an all over Baptist Fan variation that adds great movement to the quilt! Guild Member Deborah Christensen stepped in to do the binding and used a scrappy green mix that plays up the improv!

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Quilt Name: Play It Cool

Quilt Size: 48” x 60”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by: Debbie Jeske

Quilted by: Dionne Matthies-Buban

Binding by: Deborah Christiansen

Recipient: Northwest Breast Center

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For the third quilt, I thought it would be fun to use a Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month. Every month the MQG shares a quilt block on their site with a bunch of ideas of how to use it in a modern way! For this quilt, we used a creation of one of our global members Rebecca Burnett of the Toronto MQG. The Robbing Pete block is a variation on the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block.

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Like the Playing it Cool quilt, we asked guild members to use their own stash of cool blues and greens to make some blocks. The curved pieces were to be blue and the background green. Solids and prints were ok to use on this one!

Using this design idea was my idea. I thought it would be fun! And of course a learning opportunity to sew curves! But as I was putting it together, I hated it! Seriously, I hated it. I didn’t even want to wrok on it anymore and swore I’d never show it on my blog! But then, once I started actually piecing the blocks together, it all started to come together! By the time I finished the top, I liked it again. Once it was quilted, I had completely done a complete turn around. I love it! It’s not my usually style, but it turned out quite nice!

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I used some of the extra blocks to make a pieced backing for this one. Dionne and her husband make our awesome quilt labels for us!  And Rachel, who just happens to be one of the new Giving Committee Chairs, did the quilting. and Amy added on the binding.

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Quilt Name: Cyan

Quilt Size: 48” x 48”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by: Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Rachel Singh

Binding by: Amy Steed

Recipient: Northwest Breast Center

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And last but not least, Icebound!

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For this one, we were inspired by the Berry Icy Ice Bar block from Jodie of Persimmon + Pear. Another improv! Again, we used fabrics from the our own stash of magenta, medium pink, dark teal and light to dark gray to make 12 1/2″ blocks. Once again, Debbie pieced this one in rows and added a bit to each side.

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The quilting and the binding was done by Judy White.

We are lucky to have such an awesome active group of members to help put these quilts together!

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Quilt Name: Icebound

Quilt Size: 48” x 60”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Top Pieced by: Debbie Jeske

Quilted & Bound by: Judy White

Recipient: Valley Breast Center

 

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!

 

 

Zeus on the Loose with Me!

It’s my turn!! Yeah!! Have you ever played Zeus on the Loose?? We love it! It’s basically a counting strategy game. That description doesn’t do much for it, but take my word for it. It’s fun!

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Originally I wanted to make a notebook cover for my son, but my Improv Lightening Bolts kept being too big, so it turned into a pillow! It was really hard to get it as small as I wanted it to be!

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I went through a few plans of projects to make this year. Usually I know exactly what I want to make. Not this year. Then I remembered our new favorite game. But what to make?? At first I got my Greek Gods confused and for a minute I was designing something with a trident… Um, hello, my to ‘I minored in Ancient History’ self…. Zeus and tridents do not go together. Lightening Bolt my friend!!!  Then I was all over it!

I’ll give you a super quick idea of how I made it! Since it’s improv, there are no dimensions or anything to go with! To make the Improv Lightening bolt is simple!

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First, cut out a ‘leaning’ triangle, then sew on a thin layer of the ‘bright light’ fabric and then a thicker layer of the background fabric. So that you end up with two ‘leaning’ triangles. And you want them to both be leaning in the same direction!

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Next, I folded over the top of the triangle to get an overlap. Once I liked where the overlap was, I ironed it flat. This ironed line is where I sew-ed it together.

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And then I trimmed a quarter inch seam. Repeat these last two steps over and over until you have each side of the lightening bolt how you like them. then sew the two halves together!

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Add in the rest of the background fabric for the shape you need for either a notebook cover, a pillow top or quilt blocks…. And quilt away!

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I thought it turned out pretty cool. And once I got my husbands seal of approval, I knew it was pretty cool! (yes, he’s very honest and has no qualms telling the truth about his feelings on my work! Usually he likes it, but not all the time!) I think it’s going to be loved, along with it’s inspiring game!

 

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!