I am modern quilter.
I am a Pisces (who doesn’t know how to swim).
I learned how to sew when I was six and took it up ‘seriously’ at twelve.
I passionately believe that beauty is the birthright of every human and that beauty should be all around us.
I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
I approach quilt design like an engineer.
I love to swing dance so much that I feel like I’m dancing at the feet of the gods when I dance.
I love Indian food. (Can you say Saag Lamb?)
I can watch Law & Order any day of the week.
I hated the color green until about five years ago; now I its my favorite color.
I find green more and more often in my quilts.
I love Blue Bell Cookies and Cream ice-cream and country music from the 90’s.
I love the mountains.
I learned how to fly before I learned how to drive.
I love to quilt.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to enter. Thanks even more for those of you who have chosen to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or through a blog feed. Stay tuned for some fun things around here.
In the meantime, it’s time to announce the Winners!
The first prize is for the Color Card Pack and the winner is:
Number 367 is Julia whose favorite color is red! She will be able to pick out all of her favorite reds with all her new color cards!
And, the second winner is:
Number 675 is Emily who says:
“I love Kona’s because of the selection but I am also in love with Art Gallery solids! Fav Kona is papaya, fav AG is burnt orange, thanks, I love both of your giveaways”
Emily will be taking home this fun little quilt:
Congrats Julia and Emily! I will email both of you shortly. Thanks again for everyone’s entries!
I can’t take credit for this quilt. I was one of many LA Modern Quilt Guild members who participated in making this quilt a reality. An officer for three and a half years and one of the founding members of our guild Katie A. is moving out of state in a few weeks and we wanted to send her away with a little piece of us. I think it’s pretty amazing that 37 people contributed in some part to this quilt. Lori L. acquired all the fabric, I sketched it out and pieced the top, Megan E. quilted it, Hollie L. bound it, Tess H. made a hand embroidered label and 31 other people helped to piece the cross stitch and improv blocks for this stunning double sided quilt. It was made in Katie’s favorite colors of pink and turquoise. She loves personalized things so we thought she would love the cross stitch letters that spell out LAMQG Hearts KATIE. We made it pretty big at approximately 80″ x 80″ so that her whole family can snuggle under it .
I was afraid that we didn’t have enough contrast in the letters and the background so Megan chose to quilt around the cross stitch blocks so that they would pop. They do and look even more like cross stitch.
And the second side of this double sided quilt feature sixteen 20″ x 20″ improv blocks.
Love the binding that Hollie L. finished which alternates solids in both pink and the turquoise.
Such a great collaborative effort!
So many fun details, like the selvedge in this block.
(Thanks for the 683 entries to win! This Giveaway is now closed!)
So, excited! I’m participating in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day and have two fun giveaway packs that you can win that are all about color. There will be one winner for each prize.
First of all, if this is your first time here, thanks for visiting my blog! I’m starting to post a bit more here and you can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Flicker under the name thequiltengineer.
Now, for the prizes! First is a color card pack. If you sew or quilt with solids, color cards are invaluable for picking just the right colors for your projects. In this prize pack you will receive a Kona Cotton Color Card, a Michael Miller Cotton Couture Color Card, a Free Spirit Designer Solids Card and a Moda Bella Solids Color Card!
Second is a fun baby quilt in my favorite color – green! This was a fun quilt that I made exploring the Half Rectangle Triangle technique.
You can enter to win three different ways (enter once, or do all three, it’s up to you!)
Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite line of solid fabric is and what your favorite color is.
Follow my blog (RSS, email, Bloglovin’…etc). Leave a comment telling me you are a follower.
Become a fan on Facebook, or follow me on Instagram (thequiltengineer). Leave a comment telling me which one you did.
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A few notes about the contest:
Drawing will close on Friday, May 10th at 5pm (PST).
Two winners will be selected by a Random Number Generator. They will be contacted by email and their name will be posted on this blog.
If I can’t get in touch with the winner by Sunday, May 12th another name will be selected.
International friends are welcomed to enter!
Good Luck and be sure to check out Sew Mama, Sew to enter all the other awesome giveaways there!
OK. This will be one of the many quilts that I’ll be posting about that I’ve made in the last year or so. This one was a quickie. Well, sorta.
Last year the LA Modern Quilt Guild was lucky enough to host Elizabeth Hartman of the blog Oh, Fransson! I don’t take many classes but, wanted to take one with her because, well because she’s Elizabeth Hartman. I picked the Text Class where we learned two different techniques for adding text to quilts. One was an applique technique and the other was for pieced letters.
First of all, if you ever have a chance to take a class with Elizabeth don’t hesitate. She is patient, thorough and pretty much all around awesome.
Because of the million and one projects that I have in process at any one time, I didn’t want to have another project to add to my WIP list. So, I wanted to finish enough letters in class for a completed project. Plus, I needed a gift for a friend that was having a baby. I wanted something clean, nice, and simple for a new baby girl and her family. My friend Lori who took the class with me suggested “shhh. . .” for the words and the quilt idea was born.
I used a color combo that I was digging at the time: mint, purple and orange. Well, I think I still dig it. A lot. The top half is a print called Mountains in Mint from the Monsterz line from Cloud 9. I LOVE this line.
And the bottom half has the characters that spell out “shhh. . .” appliqued on. They’re really fun because each of the letters are patchwork.
For the pieced letters part of the class, I thought that it would make a fun label out of my initials that would go on the back of the quilt. And, I thought I was being smart by choosing the larger pieced letters. I figured I could finish them because they would be less tedious to piece. They were less tedious but, for a label they look sorta ridiculous. Oh well. I added my little easy Spoonflower label so that my initials would make a little sense.
Fun simple quilting, with the top half quilted with straight line quilting. And the bottom half quilted with wavy lines.
It sorta looks fun from the back.
I chose a binding that was pieced with my favorite fabrics from each of the three colors. You’ll notice in the other pictures the corners were also rounded which adds to the simplicity.
And, most baby gifts from me get a ball. Dad’s and babies generally love these more than the quilt. And they are pretty easy to whip up.
I know, I’m blogging. Miracles do happen, huh? I don’t have much of an explanation but, life happens, ya know? Like almost a whole year of life. But, that means I have a TON of things to post about because I’ve been quilting my way through life. Anyhow, here’s the first one.
Some of you saw photos from the first version of this quilt, Neutral and Neon at QuiltCon in Austin in February. I really did love that quilt. Apparently one of the QuiltCon attendees really loved it too. She contacted me after the show. But, with the original quilt going to travel in a Modern Quilt Guild traveling show (and a secret desire to keep it for myself when it comes home) I decided that I would remake it for her.
I thought about just using the first as inspiration but, when I thought about when you fall in love with a specific piece of art – you only want that piece. So, I tried to make as exact of a version of this quilt as I could. It’s pretty close. . .
I shipped it out yesterday and was able to snap a few photos before it went out:
This quilt was inspired by an accidental stacking of fabric of Yoshiko Jinzenji and Suzuko Koseki. I attempted to make the traditional clamshell modern through fabric choice and layout.
I chose various cotton, linen, and linen blend fabrics to coordinate with the Jinzenji and Koseki fabrics.
A tiny 1/4″ binding helps to frame the quilt but, just barely. It’s perfect for this quilt since it will be used as a wall hanging.
I chose to quilt this with irregular straight lines which gives a very modern organic feel to it.
The 8″ clamshells are all machine pieced.
Yes, that’s a coordinating bag.
And a custom printed label.
I love how the seam allowances on the clamshells show through the back of the quilt. I’m glad that I’m so diligent about pressing – didn’t know it would show through like that.
What’s a commissioned quilt without official paperwork. Right?