Mini Quilts – Kelli’s Mini Quilt

We have such fun and amazing swaps at the LA Modern Quilt Guild. I haven’t blogged about many of the yummy quilts and gifts I’ve received. So this week, I’m going to play catch up! We’ll start with the oldest first.:-)Now, please don’t ask me how long ago I got this cutie but, it has been hanging on my wall for over six months! I love it. It’s so simple and cute. It makes me think of childhood and summers off of school and trying to fly kites. Just by looking at it it takes me back! Thanks Kelli J. for such a fun piece of art! I hung it on my bedroom wall and love looking at it! (Yes, and by  a weird stroke of luck, Kelli was the recipient of my Jagged Little Pill quilt. It was a blind swap! What were the odds of that!)

Take a look at the little fun details, the applique and the fun, random straight lines of the quilting. Love it!

Jessica Defibaugh - May 19, 2011 - 10:57 am

LOVE the quilt… we find a ton of inspiration with you Quilt Guild in our Brunswick, Missouri! Thanks for Sharing!

Amanda - April 9, 2011 - 2:31 pm

I’m loving the red binding. It sets of the gorgeous kite. Great idea!

Rasheedah - April 7, 2011 - 5:21 am

This is awesome.

Reecia - April 1, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Beautiful quilt!!

Anna - February 26, 2011 - 7:41 pm

I love this little quilt and I’m glad to hear your a “Quilting Geek”. Welcome to my world :) I belong to the Vancouver Quilting Guild. I love snooping around other guilds to get inspiration. I think I hit the Jackpot. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

Pippa - February 24, 2011 - 2:40 pm

This is so cute! I love the whimsical design.

I’m Such a Quilt Geek!

I look so serious in this picture. (This is actually my I need to find my glasses look! Haha!) We had so much fun learning how to long arm yesterday.  Talking about serious quilt geeks. I’ve already started dreaming of all the things I can do with it. Oh, the possibilities! I can’t wait until February 1st when Sew Modern opens so I can get to work. So fun!

Pippa - February 20, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Ah, I’m jealous! I can’t wait to learn how to long arm. One of these days. And you look inspired, not geeky in the slightest ;)

Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:47 am

I may be in on Saturday morning – I have a commission quilt that I need to finish! :-)

Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:44 am

Yes, oh yes – a long-arm! Can you believe it! I think I’m scheduling time this weekend!

Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:37 am

Sherri – you have to learn the long arm! It will open up new worlds to you. :-) But, I must warn you it will be another line item in your quilting budget! Haha! Still envious of the hand quilters! One day maybe. . . Who am I kidding, I’ll likely never do more than a little “accent” hand quilting!

Sherri Lynn Wood - January 23, 2011 - 11:13 pm

Looking so good Latifah.

I just spent a week hand quilting my last quilt and I’m ready to learn the long arm.

liberty - January 18, 2011 - 1:47 pm

wait, is Lauren gonna have a long-arm there?
OH YES!… sign me up.
can’t wait till it opens.

Lauren - January 15, 2011 - 12:16 pm

You don’t have to wait till the first, Latifah! Just let me know when you want to come in!

Alissa - January 14, 2011 - 6:23 pm

Quilt geeks forever!!

Kate - January 14, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Isn’t it so much fun?!! I think it will be a big trend in 2011. I did my first 2 quilts in December.

Mini Quilts – Jagged Little Pill

This is a project that was finished last year – like six months ago – that I never posted! It was made for the LAMQG Mini Quilt Swap. It was a random swap so everyone that brought a mini quilt pulled a wrapped package from the table. My little quilt was pulled by Kelli and guess who’s quilt I pulled? Yep, Kelli’s! It is super cute and I’ll post it soon.

Of course I used the Six Minute Circle method developed by Dale Fleming and this quilt was inspired by a Marimekko fabric.

And, it was named by the most “awesomest” quilt namer in all the wide world – my girlfriend Courtney again! (Thanks Courtney!) She said ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and I think it’s perfect!

And here’s my poor attempt at a label. It is actually pieced and I like that but, I didn’t give myself enough time to write the info before it was quilted so it’s not the neatest. Oh well. It’s labeled for once!;-)

Shauna - January 16, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Mmmmmm….dee-list! What are the dimensions?

Jessica - May 29, 2011 - 10:37 pm

I love this quilt! Excellent color choice :)

Your work is incredible.

Amanda - April 9, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Gorgeous colours!
So effective! I’m really loving the Alanis connection too; I’m with Alissa – what a fabulous album!

Amanda - April 9, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Gorgeous colours!
So effective! I’m really loving the Alanis connection too; I’m with Alissa – what a fabulous album!

Cheryl Arkison - January 28, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Didn’t we all love that album when we were 18? Or 20 and bitter?
Very cool little quilt.

Patty Simmons - January 22, 2011 - 7:51 am

Alanis will be calling requesting this one!

Marianne Haak - January 14, 2011 - 1:37 pm

So beautiful….I’m a big fan of marimekko fabrics too.

Machen und Tun - January 13, 2011 - 12:46 pm

this one is killing me! great colorchoices, sweet quilting – just: wow!!

Latifah - January 12, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Haha! I know I was – I think I still have the CD in my collection! :-)

Alissa - January 12, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Your friend must be an Alanis Morrisette fan! Oh how i luuuuuuuved that album when I was 18. Love the quilt!!

Harold the Bear and the B-Boy Quilt

As some of you know, I’m a little obsessed with giving gift “sets” for baby gifts. Generally the set will be a quilt and bibs, burps and a ball. But, this time it is a bear. And I actually saw the pattern for the bear first and then whipped up this quick quilt to go with the bear.

I am not a big fan of using patterns since my motivation in sewing is seeing the ideas in my head become a reality BUT, sometimes I see a pattern too cute to pass up. Enter Kwik Sew Pattern 3246. I glanced at it while browsing at my local fabric shop and immediately envisioned a soft cuddly classic teddy bear and a clean modern quilt to match. I just knew this would be the gift for my co-worker Sasha who was expecting her second little boy. I even thought that since it would be a classic teddy bear that I should make the quilt in super classic baby boy colors – blue. This is not in my normal color scheme. You know I LOVE bright, bold, and crazy colors but, it is fun stepping out of what I normally do and still create something true to my design aesthetic. Plus, I needed a simple pattern I could throw together quickly. I was able to get 1/8 yd cuts of most of the fabric (most quilt shops don’t do this and should!) and I loved the thought of short wide strips.

To achieve that “classic” look I used the super creamy Kona Eggshell as the background fabric and framed and bound the quilt in a dark Kona Nightfall.  Uber- classic! I used Alexander Henry’s Granville in blue as the inspiration print and picked lots of fun blues and creams to coordinate.

I love how it turned out, Simple, clean, quick:

For the quilting, I stippled the main patchwork quilting area and for the cream background area I alternated decorative stitches with a straight line stitch using a different decorative stitch each time. I very rarely use decorative stitches on my quilts but, I find that they can be great for some baby quilts. In this case, they help to create a sort of classic heirloom feel to the quilt.

The quilt is backed in a soft tan gingham flannel fabric. I thought a gingham added to the “classic” factor and the flannel is perfect since it is so cuddly and soft.

And, I especially love the Teddy Bear. Once again, it pains me to use patterns but, this pattern was more than worth it. It is even more cuddly and soft and perfect in person. This will definitely be difficult to part with! And, my awesome friend Chris suggested Harold for the bears name and it kinda stuck! I realized there were a lot of B’s associated with this quilt, Blue, Boy, Baby, so of course it became the B-Boy Quilt!

Just look at Harold. Don’t you just want to pick him up and squeeze him!

For anyone curious, this is the bear pattern. It was fairly easy to put together. I of course chose the most difficult material to work with – fur. I was covered in fur and my sewing area was one big furry mess when I got finished. But, with a little patience I was able to put the bear together in a couple hours. Super quick and easy. And, the fur wasn’t THAT difficult to use – I just had to relax and accept that I and my sewing space would be covered in fur until the end of the project. Then I was able to barrel through the actual sewing. It was my first time using a Kwik Sew pattern for anything and I found it to be clear and easy to understand. This bear is huge though. I made the small one and it is 20″!

Lori - January 29, 2011 - 2:35 pm

That quilt is beautiful! I just bought a fat quarter pack of Michael Miller gray and blue….this will be a perfect quilt for me to make!

Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:41 am

Haha! I’ll try to make this explanation quick Alison. My sole motivation for quilting (or any sewing) is to see the creative visions in my head come to life. Sewing a pattern is boring to me. And, unless it is something that I REALLY want to see made or unless I am creative with the changes I make to patterns to make them “my own:, I generally don’t like the process of just sewing from a pattern. Believe me, “pains” is not an understatement here. Just one of my quirks that I have come to embrace! Haha!

Alison Marie - January 22, 2011 - 12:22 pm

It pains you to use patterns?!!! I think I get what you mean, but tell me more….

Patty Simmons - January 22, 2011 - 7:50 am

Your baby gifts must be quite coveted! You are so ingenious!

Victoria - January 10, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Serious cute you are, Harold. ;-)

Marianne Haak - January 10, 2011 - 6:13 pm

I absolutely love the baby quilt and of course Harold is adorable too. I love the black binding with the white…so sharp!!!!!

DianeY - January 10, 2011 - 11:54 am

I’m not sure which I love better! Beautiful quilt & truly huggable Harold!

Herringbone Linen – Modern Whole Cloth Quilt

I love looking at quilting in new and fresh ways. Oftentimes “new and fresh” refers to looking at traditional and established methods and making them your own. I’ve been thinking a lot about designing whole cloth quilts. I’m a little hesitant in calling this a “whole cloth quilt” because most whole cloth quilts are such intricate works of art. I’ve even thought about referring to this as a Plain Quilt a name the Amish use for a whole cloth or almost whole cloth quilt. The word “plain” is quite the misnomer though. There was little to no piecing in Plain Quilts BUT, the stitching though clean and simple was beautiful and often quite intricate.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the term a whole cloth quilt is simply a quilt made from two pieces of “whole cloth” basted together and then quilted. The highlight of the quilt is of course the actual quilting stitches as there isn’t any piecing. So, for my version of a whole cloth quilt, I started to think of some creative, clean, modern machine quilting patterns.

I’ve been very obsessed with the herringbone pattern lately, sketching many herringbone quilt patterns in my sketchbook and decided to go with a herringbone quilting design for this quilt. I so love how it came out. It is very simple but, very classic and clean. And the rich colors just make the design pop.

I designed this quilt with a specific friend in mind. Liz of Lady Harvatine fame (and one of the most awesome and inventive quilters I know) is having a little Baby Harvatine and I wanted to make something special for her and her little one. Luckily, we knew what her colors would be since the blocks we made for her for the Bricolage & Butter Bee will eventually be a quilt for a guest bed that would go in the babies room. Yippee! So, I set out to find the perfect fabric for this quilt. I figured she would receive a whole slew of quilts (which she did) and thought that she was the perfect candidate for a unique quilt style – that she likely wouldn’t get from anyone else. I auditioned a number of fabrics, including some luscious dupioni silk. In the end, I settled on a  two pieces of linen for the front and the back – very similar in color and texture to the fabrics in her quilt. And a simple cotton binding – again with two fabrics from her quilt.

The front of the quilt is a turquoise blue and the back is a yellow gold color. I don’t know the brand, they are just linen’s that I purchased at Michael Levine’s Fabrics in downtown Los Angeles. I did pre-wash all the fabric since I knew the linen would shrink quite a bit.

Of course, since the highlight of the quilt would be the quilting, I had to decide on the thread that would be used. I chose to use a Yellow/Gold Gutermann Variegated Cotton thread. I love the effect. It adds a subtle character to the quilt that you don’t even much notice until you look at the stitching.

The contrast of the thread with the turquoise on the front was perfect.

I used a decorative stitch on my Janome 6600P that essentially sews a stitch and then sews over that stitch, resulting in a very heavy stitch. (For anyone that has the 6600P it was Mode 2 Stitch 20.)

The beauty of this quilt is in the texture and color and this was difficult to capture in pictures.

I chose to make the backing yellow even though it was just a complementary color on Liz’s quilt. I love how the quilting lines created texture and depth.

I like how the binding frames the quilt and adds another subtle detail. It is a 1″ binding which works well with a simple quilt like this. It includes two fabrics from Liz’s original quilt. I can’t remember the line the green comes from (if you recognize it let me know!) and the red is a Shot Cotton.

Let me know what you think about it. I’d love to see what others interpretation of a modern whole cloth  or “plain” quilt would look like.

Qlt712 - June 20, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Latifa, I came across this quilt from *Crazy Mom Quilt site (she was finishing up a quilt from 2011) and she was inspired by your Genius Quilt… I love this quilt it is unique and a awesome design. You have convinced me that a whole quilt can really be an amazing gorgeous piece of glorious art and using the vibrant fabric colors is by far awesomeness :-)!

yep, it's me - June 20, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Doesn’t this quilt end up looking like one of those things guys use in moving vans to haul furniture?

I’m sure your quilting would be much more appreciated on something pieced.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts - May 19, 2011 - 11:04 am

Oh I just love this. Very clean, fresh and I love the thread choice too. Excellent quilting.

laura lewis - April 24, 2011 - 1:09 am

seriously. i very rarely comment on blogs, this is INCREDIBLE.

Peacock Chic - April 15, 2011 - 9:59 am

Amazing!!! The design is so simple yet looks so AMAZING. Love the color choices too.

amandajean - March 9, 2011 - 9:56 am

this is an utterly fabulous quilt! nice, nice work!

Cheryl Arkison - January 28, 2011 - 3:52 pm

I’ve had herringbone on the brain too, but haven’t acted on it. This is incredible!

Bonnie - January 25, 2011 - 9:28 pm

Love your blog, Latifah. It is so YOU!

Latifah - January 24, 2011 - 10:46 am

Yes mjb, I find that restraint is one of the biggest design challenges but, when it is effectively utilized the result can be stunning! So glad you like it!

mjb - January 15, 2011 - 8:56 am

I love the bold solids here – I would’ve been tempted to use a print on one side, I think. The quilting is really beautiful.

Kate - January 10, 2011 - 11:55 am

LOVE. I love everything about this quilt, simply gorgeous!

NancyinSTL - January 10, 2011 - 10:11 am

I love your quilting aesthetic and just realized that this was another one of your quilts. To me modern means beautiful in simplicity, so I think calling this quilt a modern whole cloth is right on the money. You seem to know how to make just the right choices of colors, fabrics, thread, and design.

By the way, the pattern in the bricks behind your quilt would make a great quilt design too.

Margaret - January 9, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Love this! The green in the binding looks like it’s from Basic Grey’s ‘Origins’ line.

abi - January 7, 2011 - 8:33 pm

I favorited this on Flickr and didn’t even realized it was you! I should have known…you always make my favorite quilts :) Awesome work, as usual.

Angie - January 7, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Beautiful quilting – it really is a nice way to make a thicker stitch. Great job!!

nichole - January 7, 2011 - 12:27 pm

i have been dreaming of herringbone so much lately! this is so, so lovely. great job!

Melissa - January 7, 2011 - 11:12 am

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. I love the variegated thread, too! What a nice touch. :o)

Liz Harvatine - January 7, 2011 - 9:46 am

I love it so much Latifah! It looks so cute in the room and I can’t wait for the baby to use it!

Sara L. - January 7, 2011 - 9:26 am

Wow! I came here from flickr, because I love this quilt, and the close-ups in this blog are making me a little faint! That thread is luscious. I think I have to go to the quilt store…

Beautiful job!

Stephanie - January 7, 2011 - 5:51 am

I love this quilt so much it’s making me feel a little woozy. Now I NEED to make a modern whole cloth quilt.

kelly - January 7, 2011 - 5:51 am

like everything else you make, this is beautiful and interesting. i enjoyed just reading this post, too! i guess i did a “whole cloth” (or plain – since i wouldn’t call it an intricate work of art) quilt, but i had no idea that’s what i was doing! it was using star wars sheets, but still. :)

yahaira - January 7, 2011 - 5:38 am

everything combined to make a gorgeous quilt. I love whole cloth quilts and have been daydreaming about one since I saw a very lofty one in cream at a eco-store. if I can find the perfect batting I’m going for it with some shot cotton.

Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy - January 7, 2011 - 4:58 am

Latifah, this quilt is so truly amazing! Thanks for the education on whole cloth quilts, I’d never heard the term before. Yours is just stunning. I love that stitch you used on your machine, it looks practically hand quilted! That variegated thread looks just amazing – I haven’t tried it before, but now I definitely want to!! I love the pieced binding, too. Stellar job, as always!

Debbie-Esch House Quilts - January 7, 2011 - 4:45 am

This is an amazing quilt! I love the idea of a modern whole cloth quilt. I love the thread you chose and that it contrasts on the front and blends on the back – the best of both worlds!

My Bold quilt isn’t whole cloth, but it has minimal piecing and the color and the quilting are the stars.

I tried to insert a link here, but am not sure if it will work in a blog comment. If not and you’d like to see my Bold quilt, check out my eschhousequilts photostream on Flickr.

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