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Welcome to My New Blog – The Quilt Engineer!

Hey Bloggie Friends,

I have a new blog! Yay! I’m so excited! For better or worse, I will still dream of quilts”:-), but, I will no longer blog at Frankly, when I put up my blog at the end of last year, I knew I Dream of Quilts wasn’t the perfect name for me but, sometimes you just have to just go with it and you can always change later. Don’t get me wrong, I DO dream of quilts. But, I realized that the name wasn’t an accurate representation of me or of my work. I’ve been working on re-branding my blog for a little while and I’m so excited to finally introduce this to you.

So, why “The Quilt Engineer“? Well, I wanted to pick something that really reflected not only me but, also my quilting personality. For starters, I am an engineer by training. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I’ve always been very creative but, my approach to creativity has also always been very deliberate and calculated. (As a matter of fact, I’ve had to concede that some of my more recent attempts at “random” designs aren’t very random at all.:-() So, “The Quilt Engineer” reflects not only my background but, my approach to quilting and creativity in general.

I was initially a little worried that “The Quilt Engineer” would be a little too masculine of a name but, I got confirmation that it was the perfect name from a few friends at the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild. They’ve seen me and my work over the last couple months and I was very happy when I got a thumbs up from most of them. I’ve never been the super cute and crafty type and to try and fit into that mold would mean compromising my integrity. So, for better or worse, here I am!:-)The Quilt Engineer!

I have a lot of things planned for the new blog too. For starters, each month I’ll have a theme and I’ll introduce quilts in that theme. Since it’s the first of June, that means a new month and a new theme: “Measured Improv”. I’ll tell more about that in the next post.

Anyhow, I’ll be posting more often, waaaaaay more often, (which of course is not that difficult to do being that I didn’t post that much at all on my last blog). If you like what you see be sure to subscribe and come back and visit with me often! And, I LOVE feedback, so be sure to comment or drop me a line.

If you need to email me, then drop me a line at latifah at thequiltengineer dot com!

So much fun!


angela maynes - March 13, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Ahh, i came to your blog, and found it free of the quilt police!!!!
Sounds great for me!!!

Valerie Miller - February 20, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Loved the piece on you in Ladies Home Journal! My kind of quilting!

Claudia - August 12, 2010 - 8:39 am

Great quilts!!
I’m an engineer too, I know what are you talking about the fake “random” thing!

Congrats, you have a great blog and amazing quilts!!

Latifah - June 2, 2010 - 5:13 am

Thanks Holly! You’re the first official post on my new blog! :-

And Melissa, yes, it’s crazy. ;-) But, for better or worse, it’s me – all me! :-) Glad you like it though! (And thanks for letting me know about the comments not working in the other post. I’m still getting the hang of the new blog!)

Melissa - June 1, 2010 - 10:59 pm

(NB: I wanted to post this comment on “The Big Log” post, but couldn’t find the link??)
I love your Log Cabin Revisited quilt, but all I can think is how crazy it is! Not in a “crazy quilt” kind of way, but in a “Man, that woman is CCCrazy!” kind of way. :o ) It’s really awesome. I look forward to seeing the next episode of Measured Improv according to Latifah.

Holly - June 1, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Looking forward to reading posts from “The Quilt Engineer”!

The Madelyn: A Girly Modern Baby Quilt Gift Set

So, I just completed a quilt gift set for a coworker. He and his wife were the first friends that I had in the last couple years that have had a baby girl. I love baby gifts and I love little boys but, it’s just something about being able to create a truly girly baby gift. So, I saw the Frolic line by Wendy Slotboom in the fabric store and just knew I had to use this fabric as the inspiration for the quilt. What is cuter than fabric with a collection of owls, possums, squirrels, and woodpeckers on it? And it’s paired with pinks and yellows and greens? So cute. Then I picked a bunch of Kona solids and other fabrics to coordinate and I went to town. I knew exactly what pattern that I was going to use. I had sketched this out for a very colorful quilt a while ago (made with solids of course) but, I was excited to try it with prints. I do love how it turned out. It’s so delicate and girly. And so out of my comfort zone with the colors. I love it! I even got a chance to use one of my decorative stitches on my machine that I never use. The decorative stitch added such an extra dimension of girliness too! Let me know what you think about it!

Here’s the quilt with the ball on it.

Here’s a detail shot of the quilt. The squares are 1.5″ square. And there are two lines of decorate stitching in each of the two white panels. Oh, and you can see a peek of the back with that striped pink and white minky on it.

I usually make “Bibs, Burps, and Balls” to go with baby gifts. I made three bibs and three burp cloths.

Here are the bibs by themselves.

Bib detail. On the gray bib i just added a few straight line stitches.

On the bib with white, I put a line of the same decorative stitch that was on the quilt.

Here’s a little detail from the ball. It’s not as round as I would like it but, it’s still cute!

And, what’s a gift without a card? I also used the decorative stitch here!

Here’s the inside of the card.

And, here it the gift all wrapped up!

Now I’m ready to make this quilt in a colorway that more reflects me!:-)Here I come solids!

kylydia - June 8, 2010 - 4:40 am

I am thoroughly impressed! This is my first visit to your blog (I came by way of Handmade by Alissa for a glimpse of the mini-quilt you made for the LAMQG). Anyway! I love all the pieces of this gift and the presentation, especially.

Do you use stiff interfacing for the bibs?

Munaiba - April 28, 2010 - 5:32 pm

Those baby gifts are really cool. This is my first visit to your blog and I’m adding it to my RSS page so I can see when you update. I’d love to see you over at my blog some day.

Abi - April 27, 2010 - 11:27 pm

So cute, it makes me want another baby!

Dopako - April 22, 2010 - 11:59 am

OMG, simply wonderful!!!!

Liz Harvatine - April 20, 2010 - 8:19 pm

It’s great Latifah! What beautiful work!

Patty Simmons - April 20, 2010 - 1:24 pm

Wonderful! And what baby wouldn’t love it all! You’ll have to give us a tutorial on making the bibs and burps! Or a link to the pattern? Great work.

MegVS - April 18, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Beautiful! What a lovely gift!

Chrissy - April 17, 2010 - 8:46 pm

WOW. I absolutely looove the quilt, and all of your extras are just wonderful. What a beautiful gift!

Danielle - April 16, 2010 - 4:42 pm

Wow, that is such a beautiful gift! Well done!

Sara - April 16, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Wow, your presentation is amazing! I usually throw my quilt into a gift bag with some tissue paper. I’ll have to use your inspiration next time! Can’t wait to see your next quilt.

Kelly B. - April 16, 2010 - 11:08 am

Just saw your quilt pic posted on Flickr and clicked to your blog to see a bit more detail and OH MY GOSH! That is the most fantastic gift EVER! So thoughtful and totally beautiful–every single piece!

Laurel - April 16, 2010 - 10:45 am

Wow; this is a fantastic baby gift; absolutely beautiful. Geez, I just give a quilt!

Melissa P - April 16, 2010 - 9:16 am

Oh. My. Gosh. This is so beautiful, Latifah. I am sure the new parents and baby will LOVE it.

Em' - April 16, 2010 - 9:00 am

Oh My GOSH! WHAT a GIFT! Such great presentation and thought went into this! Love it! Great job!

A Really Awesome Giveaway: Congrats R0ssie!

So, if any of you are into modern quilting and DON’T know about the flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, then you don’t know what you’re missing. But, I suspect it’s not that many of you because the group has just surpassed 2,000 members! In celebration of this R0ssie is having an amazing giveaway with 29 – yes, that’s right 29 – awesome giveaway items. These giveaways items are from some of the most amazing contributors to the Modern Quilting world. Check it out and sign up to win here.

Just a sneak peek at some of the amazing giveaways:

Signed Copy of Denyse Schmidt Quilts! (Photo courtesy of R0ssie)

Fabric Pack from the Awesome Malka at Stitch in Dye & a Pillow Pattern (Photo courtesy of R0ssie)

Fabric from Lucie Summers (Photo courtesy of R0ssie)

And, yes, there are 26 more. You have to check it out.

pegeth - April 5, 2012 - 11:47 am

Wow, I saw the article in LHJ. Wow a group who just might understand my crazy mixed up mind. I teach traditional quilts and I am forced to do them. Do not get me wrong, I live quilting as it has been my sanity keeper for years. But I love playing with the fabrics, No one gets me. Thanks for being!
I will return.

Bee Blocks for March

This weekend I got caught up on all of my Bee Blocks! The first two are  for the amazing Jenny from Home Ec for the Bricolage and Butter Bee. They were a lot of fun to make! The great thing about bees is that you get to play with fabric that you never would use yourself. I love the linens that Jenny chose and the warm and cozy feeling of the blocks when they were finished. I hope you like them Jenny!

Bricolage & Butter Bee for Jenny, Block 1

Bricolage & Butter Bee for Jenny, Block 2

Second are blocks for Greta for the Fussy Cut Bee, Group B. So much fun and so many bright colors. This is going to be an awesome quilt when it’s all put together. The floral fussy cut centers of the log cabin were lots of fun. Greta, I hope this is what you were looking for!

The Fussy Cut Bee - March Blocks for Greta, Block 1

The Fussy Cut Bee - March Blocks for Greta, Block 2

I’m also have about half of my blocks back from the Bricolage and Butter Bee. They are sooooo awesome! Look at those colors. I carried around all of the blocks that I have so far for a few days because I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them! Here’s a sneak peak from Lauren. I’ll share all of my blocks with you when I get them.

Bricolage & Butter Bee - Blocks from Lauren to ME!

Jennifer - August 18, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Those blocks are great! I especially like your blocks… the solid colors make me swoon…

Jennifer :)

idreamofquilts - March 31, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Thanks Chancy. I am going to have soooo many beautiful blocks when I get them all back. This is just a small sampling. I’m so excited to get the quilt laid out and put it together!

chancy - March 31, 2010 - 12:26 pm

I love those blocks that Lauren sent you. Gorgeous.

Boardwalk Quilt & More Coming Soon. . .

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. It’s been a lot going on in my world, which of course is no excuse. BUT, if it’s any consolation, I have some really exciting things coming up here soon. Look for the first post on the 5th of April (So, it looks like we’ll be launching sometime in May. Stay posted!).

In the meantime, I took a few pictures of my latest quilt creation this weekend. It is a quilt that I made as a throw for my bedroom. It is called “Boardwalk”. I had a hard time naming it but, my friend Chris suggested “Boardwalk and I thought it was perfect. The long vertical stripes do put you in mind of a boardwalk. I love the colors and the vibrancy of this quilt. I debated over the white binding and even took it to the LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting to get everyone’s vote. I got lots of great advice but in the end they encouraged me to be daring and go with the white. I’m so happy I did. It wasn’t until the binding was completely sewn on that I knew I had made the right decision. I did have a challenge with the mitered corners for a 1″ binding (finished width). Maybe I’ll add a quick tutorial on this because I love the effect of the 1″ binding. I’ll post more pictures soon.

Marilyn Akey - August 12, 2012 - 9:56 am

Where can I get the directions or pattern to make the Boardwalk quilt? It is beautiful! Thank you, Marilyn Akey

Double S - May 20, 2010 - 11:08 am

You have a unique signature style!

Melanie - April 23, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Beautiful quilt and the colors are fabulous and the white border really sets it off. Thanks for sharing.

Dopako Jones - April 5, 2010 - 11:01 am

Ummmm….. so can I have it? I need it! Lol, JK I just really like it. Thanks for sharing.

Becky - April 1, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Ah, thanks! I actually meant to say “I like to do everything by machine..” above. But to get such a great result, I may have to do a little hand sewing.

idreamofquilts - March 31, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Thanks so much Ashley! I’m so glad that you like it.

Ashley - March 29, 2010 - 6:35 am

This is fabulous — I love all the solids and I just adore the white binding! It was great to have a chance to see it in person! :)

idreamofquilts - March 25, 2010 - 9:17 am

Leslie, I too was skeptical until it was completed. :-) But, I thought the contrast would be awesome. I figured, worse comes to worse, I could take it off! Haha!

idreamofquilts - March 25, 2010 - 9:13 am

Hi Karen,

Thanks! So far I’ve only used Kona Solids but, I’m looking at getting some other types to work wtih. I LOVE working with solids!

Karen - March 24, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Stunning quilt! What solid fabrics do you use?

Leslie - March 24, 2010 - 12:45 pm

seriously, love this. It’s beautiful. I have to admit I didn’t see the white binding when the LAMQG talked about it but it’s BEAUTIFUL

idreamofquilts - March 24, 2010 - 11:02 am

Thanks everyone for all the love! I’m so glad that you like it! :-)

idreamofquilts - March 24, 2010 - 11:01 am

Thanks Cheryl! And, yes it is a continuous mitered binding. I’ll post the tutorial soon.

idreamofquilts - March 24, 2010 - 11:00 am

Becky, I’m so glad you like it! About the binding. I machine sew it to the front and I hand sew it to the back.

ArlettaUNLEASHED - March 23, 2010 - 12:48 pm

This is great keep up the amazing work. I think it is soo cool that you are pursuing your passion and sharing it with the world…Love Big Sis lol

Nicole - March 23, 2010 - 11:32 am

I’m glad you went with the white binding! It is soooooo awesome!

Laurel - March 23, 2010 - 10:37 am

This is a beautiful quilt. And the somewhat wide white binding really does make it even more amazing! Well done.

Alissa - March 23, 2010 - 12:18 am

Latifah it’s seriously so so so great! I love it. The white binding is perfect.

Cheryl Arkison - March 22, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Stunning! And yes, definitely awesome decision on the white binding! I should probably wait until the tutorial, but is this a continuous mitred binding? Or do you do each side individually?

Becky - March 22, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Seriously, one look at this quilt and I feel completely excited for summer. What a fabulous color POW. Thanks for sharing it!

I am curious about your method of binding. I have a 1″ binding method that I started doing because I like to do every thing by hand and hate stitching in the ditch (in other words: i’m lazy and inaccurate!)

Thanks again for bringing this breath of fresh air into the world!

Chelsea - March 22, 2010 - 6:09 pm

WOW! Love.

Rachel - March 22, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Oh! 1 inch binding is so on my want to do list of things to do …. Please do a tut!
tut sweeet!

chancy - March 22, 2010 - 4:43 pm

Oh my goodness, this quilt is beautiful. I love it.

angie - March 22, 2010 - 4:29 pm

Oh, I really LOVE this. So pretty.

Jennifer - March 22, 2010 - 4:01 pm

That is a gorgeous quilt, and the white binding is perfect. I just love it!

Anne - March 22, 2010 - 3:20 pm

I am in love with the gorgeous colors and the simple clean design of this. Boardwalk is a good name for it!

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