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.
Three hotel rooms, two states, and five airports later, I finally finished my Modern Solids Challenge Quilt! After much back and forth I decided to go with one of the designs that I designed using a variation of the Birds in the Air block. Instead of the standard block made with HST’s (Half Square Triangles) I decided to make the blocks with HRT’s (Half Rectangle Triangles). Introducing my Buzzed Birds Quilt!
This is the individual block.
Birds In the Air Quilt Block with HRT’s
Which I of course turn on it’s side so that the diagonal of the HRT is parallel with the top and bottom of the quilt.
I love the look of using two background fabrics in this quilt! So much so that I carried them onto the binding.
And of course, this one got my favorite all over quilting design of a random crosshatch! When it came to naming this one I just kept thinking that if the birds in the air are in a rectangular formation AND on their side then they must be drunk. Then I kept thinking about the stories in the news a few years ago about birds getting drunk by eating fermented berries. So, all in fun this quilt is called Buzzed Birds.
Thanks Free Spirit Fabrics for this opportunity to play with your fabric! And Denyse Schmidt for picking awesome colors!
As a part of the Modern Solids Challenge Free Spirit Fabrics has given us a wonderful bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s Hadley fabric to giveaway to one lucky person! The great thing about this fat quarter bundle is that it is bundled with the coordinating solids. Love that. One entry per person please. To enter just comment on this blog post with what you will make if you win this bundle of goodness! A Random Number Generator will be used to pick a winner. Entry will be open until 5pm Pacific Time on Friday, October 10th 2014. I will pick a winner by the following Monday, the 13th.
I love to hear about everyone’s design process. For everyone it’s different. For me it is key to see the whole design in my head before I actually cut fabric. I have been learning Illustrator and Design and luckily I can quickly draw
Our design parameters are as follows:
60″ x 60″ final quilt size
Just use fabric from the box (we could ask for more for background fabric if needed)
She captures the beauty of many traditional patterns and presents us with gorgeous clean modern versions. So, of course I started looking at antique and vintage quilts. There were two quilts that I kept coming back to. One was quilts made from variations on the Birds in the Air:
and the other was Sugarloaf Quilts:
I figured I could make these modern. These are the traditional blocks:
Birds in the Air Quilt Block
Sugarloaf Quilt Block with Traingles
Sugarloaf Quilt Block with Diamonds
I’ve been working with paper pieced half rectangle triangles (HRT’s) a lot lately in my designs so I guess they had been on my mind so I started to play with ideas that I could incorporate them into these traditional layouts. I haven’t seen HRT’s much in antique quilts but, if you substitute them for HST”s or combine them to form regular triangles. Then walla! These were the rejects.All of which I would still like to make into quilts!
I knew I wanted colorful but, not rainbow-y and I knew I didn’t want to use white for my background fabric. But, to decide what to use when you have 75 colors. Due to my heavy work travel schedule, I waited too late to request extra fabric from Free Spirit. Luckily I live in LA with awesome local stores and Sew Modern had two choices that are also included in the Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids Fat Quarter Box – Spark Gold and Sand Dune. My decision was narrowed down.
It is interesting how just changing the background color changes the look and feel of the quilt.
Then it hit me – I can use both! I’m so excited with how this is coming out. . .