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.
I’ve been playing around with Bias Tape Applique for awhile and love it. L.O.V.E. It! I haven’t posted about many of these quilts on the blog yet and will post more about them over time. It is such a versatile and fun technique and you too can learn the basics by learning how to sew this Loop de Loop Pillow. I will be teaching this class at Sew Modern in Los Angeles this month. The class will be taught in two sessions on July 17th and 24th and there are still spots available.
In this class you will learn how to make bias tape, the best types of patterns for bias tape applique, and the best techniques for sewing it. Then, you’ll sew it all up into this fun envelope style pillow.
I was SO proud of my students in my last class and of what they created – these are just the pillow fronts. The fabric selections are so different and yet every one is great! Aren’t they?
I can’t wait to see what this next class comes up with!
Some very dear friends of mine are having a baby boy soon and their nursery has a Dr. Seuss theme so of course they are getting a Dr. Seuss quilt! I love bright and colorful quilts but, sometimes Dr. Seuss quilts and projects are made with an overabundance of color and prints. Can you believe I said something has an overabundance of color? Haha! Anyhow, I wanted to make a baby quilt that was fun and featured the Dr. Seuss characters but, that was quieter and a bit more sophisticated.
I introduce to you the “Think and Wonder” quilt (47 x 47″) named after a Dr. Seuss quote that says: “think and wonder, wonder and think”.
This is the very first improv log cabin-y quilt that I have made, can you believe it? I’ve made LOTS of improv log cabin blocks for charity quilts and bee blocks and the like but, this is the first quilt that I did on my own!
I used three Dr. Seuss prints from the first Celebrate Seuss line by Robert Kaufman for the front and a fun Green Eggs and Ham print for the back. I coordinated with lots of tan, cream and white cotton and linen solids and prints. I also added a bunch of black and white prints including some of my favorites from Suzoko Koseki, Lu Summers, Ed Emberley and a few more.
I think the Horton block is one of my favorite blocks but, I love how all the blocks blend in with one another. Each block features one Seuss character and has a bit of the black and white Seuss stripe. And, though you can’t see it well in the photos, they also each have a piece of the white on white Pearl Bracelet from Lizzy House in them.
Of course, I just HAD to use the black and white Seuss stripe for the binding. And the quilting is a simple grid that contrasts with the improv nature of the piecing and gives a little order to the quilt.
I sort of fell hard for this Green Eggs and Ham print. I was happy that I was able to make this quilt from stash fabrics since I already had the other three Dr. Seuss prints but, I HAD to purchase this print for the back. It completed the quilt for me. The perfect balance of sophistication and whimsy.
And, since it was so awesome, the back is just the Green Eggs and Ham print and the label which features Horton.
A closer look at the label.
I love the contrast between the neutral front and the fun green back.
I had a couple onesies laying around from a previous gift so I appliqued a Green Egg and The Lorax on them.
And, of course, there’s a ball. There’s almost always a ball in my baby gifts.
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!