Category Archives: Works In Progress

“Stairway to Heaven” Quilt Top

After many months of very little quilting, I’ve been cranking out quite a few quilt tops that have been floating around in my head. This is one of them. I’m so happy to be back to quilting too! This one is called Stairway to Heaven. Now, I don’t even know if I fully believe in […]

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jane - August 2, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Another incredible design. I love this one!! Bravo Lady.

Sherri ~ daintytime - August 1, 2011 - 8:17 am

Great job. Love this. Shows a lot of commitment.

Melissa - July 23, 2011 - 9:24 pm

I absolutely LOVE it!! I love how colorful and linear it is. Makes my creative heart sing. :)

I saw something vaguely similar in one of the Gee’s Bend books, and sketched out a plan for one of my own. I love how your steps are so skinny!

Pippa - July 20, 2011 - 5:08 am

Oh my gosh. LOVE this!

Val Campbell - July 19, 2011 - 8:56 pm

This just takes my breath away. I love all your quilts, but this one my be at the top of my list. Good work, lady!

Hollie - July 19, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Latifah, it’s stunning! I’m so sorry I missed the last meeting and didn’t see this in person.

Latifah - July 13, 2011 - 11:40 am

Thanks Jenny, Jan, and Vicki!

Cheryl – you totally have to make your version as well. I hate when I have an idea and someone else does it first though! But, I’d love to see what you would have done with it.

Lynette, it was a big log cabin! :-) Half way through it I started to count down the number of strips till the end. Thankfully I included some of my favorite “have to include” colors towards the end.

Thanks Kenda! I can’t wait to see it quilted too! ;-)

Jenny Pedigo - July 13, 2011 - 10:29 am

So interesting!! Love it!

Cinzia Allocca - July 13, 2011 - 5:42 am

this is AMAZING! so well done. i love the rectangle as a starter point as opposed to the traditional square! Can’t wait to see it finished.. and i love your description of it, too.
I have Susan’s book and I love it. The history is fascinating. Your fresh modern take on log cabin should be included in volume 2!

jan - July 12, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Very nice!

Cheryl Arkison - July 12, 2011 - 8:52 pm

No way! I’ve had the fabric pulled for a square version of the same concept for months now. Pretty sure yours is cooler than mine could be.

Vicki W - July 12, 2011 - 3:14 pm

That is sooooo cool!

Lynette - July 12, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Wow – That’s a BIG log cabin. :D Nice job mitering all those color strips on the one corner

kendascrafts - July 12, 2011 - 1:53 pm

wow! that looks great! Can’t wait to see it quilted. I love log cabin blocks.

A Little Something I’m Working On. . .

. . . that I think I really love! Now, to decide how to quilt it. . . any ideas?

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Mary voss - September 7, 2012 - 5:49 am

Love your site and all the quilts. Haven’t tried a modern quilt yet, but now I’m inspired. A great grandson is on the way. Modern quilting hasn’t caught on in Western Michigan much yet. Thanks for all the lovely ideas and great inspiration. -Mary

Improv quilting « Satin Moon's Blog - August 28, 2011 - 10:32 pm

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jane - August 2, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Wow, this is really beautiful Latifah, you are unbelievably talented.

Tanya Heldman - July 15, 2011 - 9:41 am

It looks like the background is just one piece of fabric. I don’t see any seams. Amazing curve piecing. I would do something that would create a different texture in the background from the curved parts. Also, I would use different thread colors.

Ruth - July 12, 2011 - 8:17 am

I abSoLuteLy LOVE this. I don’t think it could get better.

Fabric Fascination - July 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

If it were mine, (I can’t think as if it were yours, because then I would be afraid to ruin it), but if it were mine – I might do large leaves, and seed pods, and alien looking plants from an abundant garden. It is such an organic looking quilt that I think organic shapes would compliment it well. (If it were mine that is)

dana - July 9, 2011 - 3:44 am

I rather like the idea of quilting each shape individually and then the red background in a different color thread and different quilting pattern. I am so loving this quilt and dying that all those curves are INSET.

Cheryl Arkison - July 8, 2011 - 8:26 pm

oooh! Are those inset?

Quilting? Are you hoping to accentuate the fact that the design goes around the edge, or is there a top and bottom to the quilt? I think that decision matters when deciding on the quilt pattern.

If there is a top and bottom, then one idea that comes to mind is actually a traditional fan pattern.

If you are accentuating the all around the edge concept, then it seems obvious to quilt each shape individually. I could see red thread on the inset pieces and maybe a blue or green on the red.

Kate - July 8, 2011 - 1:51 pm

Fun!!! I’ve typed about six suggestions and erased them. I’ve got nothing! But I’m interested to see what you do :)

Blue Maize Quilt

At long last, 270 5.5″ HST later – here is the quilt top for my sweetie. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to photograph the whole top – but, I’ll wait until I’m finished the quilting to figure that out. The quilt is massive though – he asked for a king sized but, I […]

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Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:43 am

:-) Happy Zombie, thanks for such a kind comment!

Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:42 am

Yes, yellow is definitely not a color that I work with often – or probably ever. I’ll write one day why I made this yellow and blue quilt. . . But, I’m so glad that I was pushed to make this! It is sometimes gratifying to work outside of your norm!

Pam - January 23, 2011 - 7:20 pm

I love your quilts. The whole cloth quilt is beautiful. The colors in this yellow quilt are exquisite.

Those strings are wonderful. I just made a Bonnie Hunter quilt that had a string block. Now I covet your pile of strings! I hope you use them to make something else equally as wonderful!

Patty Simmons - January 22, 2011 - 7:46 am

Absolutely gorgeous! I’m glad it’s not just two fabrics, but how you’ve used so many different shades of the two colors. You may push me into trying yellow. . .

happy zombie - January 19, 2011 - 10:57 am

WOW! If I had socks on, they’d be knocked off right now! I love so much about this – the movement, the dimension, the playfulness… but most of all I love how you’ve made the solids come to life and KA POWIE ZOWIE!

Rosamaría - January 17, 2011 - 5:19 am

wow! that quilt is reeeeally gorgeous!
love the assembly!

mjb - January 9, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Beautiful! I love the sense of movement in this.

Angie - January 6, 2011 - 7:04 pm

What a great assembly of HST. I like the colors with the various hues – Wonderful job!

Kathy Howard - January 6, 2011 - 6:38 pm

There is a way to do binding with one color on one side and another on the other side. I don’t recall the size strips you need. If I find the directions, I’ll post a link here or on twitter.

Latifah - January 6, 2011 - 11:22 am

Oh Lauren! Thanks so much for saying that! Can’t wait until Sew Modern is open!

Sarah – I did think of a blue binding and I think it would be gorgeous. But, my boyfriend asked for two things – a yellow quilt and and all white quilt. Long stories behind why he wanted both but, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone. If I have a Kona Snow backing and binding then he’ll have an all white quilt on the back! ;-) There is a method to the madness! :-)

Vicki, Chris, and Debbie – thanks so much for the comments!

Sarah - January 6, 2011 - 11:00 am

Gorgeous! So vibrant and beautiful. Have you thought about a blue binding?

Lauren - January 5, 2011 - 8:04 am

Oh, Latifah, I’m exhausted from gasping at the beauty an ingenuity of your quilts. You just take my breath away…and Inspire!

Vicki W - January 5, 2011 - 6:31 am

That quilt is going to be fabulous!

Kris - January 5, 2011 - 4:57 am

Wow! That is stunning. I love the way you used so many shades of the same colors. It has so much depth.

Debbie-Esch House Quilts - January 5, 2011 - 4:52 am

This quilt is stunning! The blues look so rich against the yellows. I also love the scrappy yet limited color range. Beautiful!

WIP’s: A Pixel Quilt

Does having the fabric cut out count as a WIP (Work In Progress)? I hope so because I don’t even have the quilt laid out yet. But, I’ve been dreaming about a pixel quilt for a long time. Here are my fabrics – 20 Kona Cottons. I can’t wait! Have a good week everyone!

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Mariyn Bauer - December 16, 2012 - 12:02 pm

I would love to make a pixel quilt but not sure where to start, so I am going to start with a picture. I will pick something out then start reading everything I can get my hands on.

kelly - August 30, 2010 - 7:14 am

oooh, i’m curious as to how this is going to look. the other day, i was scribbling with my oldest daughter, and i thought “this would make a cool looking quilt. if i did it in squares it would look pixelated.”

June Theme: “Measured Improv”

Each month on The Quilt Engineer blog we’ll explore quilt designs within a certain theme. I so often get overwhelmed with the designs that float around in my head that I figured if I picked a theme for the month that I could stay more focused. I know I’ll still keep wanting to skip ahead […]

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Latifah - June 23, 2010 - 10:38 am

You are so right Cheryl! In a way I think most Improv is like this but, I’ve found that a lot of people who’ve never tried Improv don’t understand this. This approach to Improv is very apparent in many of your quilts for instance your “Wednesday Night Races” quilt. Love it! :-) To be honest though, the Improv style was a challenge for me. I’d much rather have a plan and just barrel through the sewing to get it completed. Improv is a much more intuitive process and it is about feeling your way through it and making decisions along the way. This makes Improv quilts more time consuming for me. It has been a lot of fun though.

Cheryl Arkison - June 22, 2010 - 8:48 pm

Interesting term. I am mostly improv, but I don’t necessarily believe that this means all wonkiness and completely random piecing. I often start a project without a drafted plan, but maybe a sketch or a concept. I may do very precise piecing, but I usually leave it up to whim and what I’m left with as I put the top together. I still consider this improv, because it isn’t a pattern.

patty - June 4, 2010 - 8:57 am

I am not much of a planner or a measurer. I like to just get going with an idea and see how it turns out. I use this approach mostly making small quilts that can be given as baby quilts. I found you when I saw you The Big Log was posted on Flicker.

Debbie-Esch House Quilts - June 4, 2010 - 4:47 am

Hhmm, measured improv. Sounds interesting. Since I also tend to be a quilt planner, I look forward to seeing what you do with this topic.

Alison Marie - June 3, 2010 - 9:54 am

Latifah, your new blog looks awesome!

Melissa - June 3, 2010 - 1:54 am

I love your new blog, it’s perfect. Can’t wait to see what you have in store.

Liz Harvatine - June 2, 2010 - 9:42 am

Hi Latifah!
The new blog looks great! It’s definitely much more “you”. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Lauren - June 2, 2010 - 9:06 am

Latifah, the new blog looks GREAT! It feels very “you” and I love your idea for monthly themes. Congratulations!

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