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First Kiss Quilt

I’ve been working on this quilt to test the free clamshell quilt pattern that will be coming VERY soon. It is called First Kiss and is made with 12″ machine pieced clamshells. It will eventually be a picnic quilt for me.

When I first saw Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Sparkle line, specifically the Roller Skates, 110 Cameras and the Rotary Phones, I was immediately put in mind of warm summers in the late 80’s, early teenage years, and first love. Roller skating, late night phone calls, pictures in the park, and that sweet innocent first kiss. I was a late bloomer mind you so this didn’t really happen.:)  But, this is what came to mind. Hence the name First Kiss.

The 12” machine pieced clamshells really highlight the large scale prints and the coordinating blenders pull it all together. I included scattered clams made of metallic linen which compliment the metallic elements in Melody’s Ruby Star Sparkle fabrics. They aren’t bright in your face metallics but barely there which make them perfect.

These colors aren’t traditionally summer colors especially with the plum and navy’s included but combined with the peaches and reds they sure feel like summer to me!

I’ll have to get better pictures of the back but, here’s a sneak peak. It includes two fabrics, this yummy print by Bari J. that I loved. It is paired with one of my favs called Pencil Check in Linen, a Michael Miller print. And, it is framed in my signature 1″ binding. Can’t wait to take this out on a picnic!

 

Nicole - July 15, 2013 - 12:15 pm

I absolutely adore your stuff!!! Wish you were closer so you could come teach a class in my studio….. Let me know if you’re ever on the East Coast (VA). xo

angela - July 11, 2013 - 2:37 pm

This quilt is so cool. Yippee!!! I can’t wait to get that pattern!

Molli Sparkles - July 11, 2013 - 4:48 am

This is so cutting edge cool, I can’t stand it! I want to grab it and go to the skating rink right now!

Loop de Loop Pillow Class

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!

NancyinSTL - July 11, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Wow! I love this block and now you have my creative juices flowing on other ways to use this technique–for example, spelling out words in cursive. Did you know that some schools no longer teach cursive? I’ve enjoyed your work ever since I discovered you on Flickr a few years ago, but you seemed to have taken a break for a while. Now, I’m discovering lots of interesting things on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Jeifner - July 10, 2013 - 11:25 am

They look great!

Think and Wonder Quilt

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.:)

 

Quiltdivajulie - April 1, 2014 - 7:56 pm

I, too, love Dr. Seuss – but have resisted the fabric line because it is TOO much (and for me that is a lot to say since I adore colors).

Your approach is BRILLIANT!

Lynn @ K&S Design Girls - September 21, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Oh I love this! Amazing.

Pat S - August 13, 2013 - 10:04 am

Love this! Puts my Dr. Seuss log cabin to shame – but I think yours is brilliant.

Melissa D - July 26, 2013 - 6:45 pm

I love this quilt! I love the bits of color in the midst of the neutrals, and I love the back and your labe;, too!

mathea - July 25, 2013 - 12:46 pm

I love this quilt – it’s so elegant and stylish and then you get the surprising bursts of colour when you have a closer look – plenty for baby to explore and a quilt to treasure for a long time after the baby stage. Love the ball!

Alli - July 10, 2013 - 5:53 pm

I super duper dig your quilt’s color scheme! Most Dr. Seuss quilts I see are really bright and primary-color-y, which isn’t really my thing, but yours is awesome! :)

Jeifner - July 10, 2013 - 2:19 am

I really like all the tans/neutrals mixed with the black and white stripes. The pops of character color will be so fun for the baby as it grows up :)

Alison Marie - July 9, 2013 - 8:46 am

I love this – now I really have no desire to finish my all red&blue Dr. Suess quilt for my cousin’s son….I want to start all over again in another direction!

Latifah - July 9, 2013 - 7:29 am

Thanks for all the love everyone! Thanks for letting me know Betty, I’ll look into it – maybe my photos are too big. . .

Betty - July 9, 2013 - 7:26 am

You have such a gift for seeing the possibilities in combinations and making it all work. This is one of the coolest quilts I’ve ever seen and am totally smitten with it!
I’ve followed your blog for a while now and truly love your work (note, I don’t love what engine runs your blog because it just doesn’t load well, herky jerky and slower than molasses). Think I’m doing something wrong?

Carla - July 9, 2013 - 6:03 am

How darling! and a ball to top it off. Very nice

sue - July 8, 2013 - 5:43 pm

fabulous and inspiring!

Jane Holbrook - July 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Very pleasing to the spirit. Modern and traditional and sassy and so sweet. I can almost reach in and touch the fabric. You have just made my day. I am in touch with my inner purr.

Mary Ann - July 8, 2013 - 11:53 am

Just fabulous, so sophisticated and playful at the same time.

Tracy - July 8, 2013 - 11:45 am

What a beautiful quilt! A really restful sophisticated quilt that would look lovely anywhere, and then close up its so playful, what a lucky baby!

Christine Sherman - July 8, 2013 - 8:50 am

What an amazing quilt!!

angela - July 8, 2013 - 7:30 am

I love this! Your work is so interesting and pleasing to the eye. Wow.

Ann - July 8, 2013 - 6:19 am

I have not been a fan of the Dr Zuess fabrics nor the quilts. Too, too much for me. But this, this I absolutely love. I have never been accused of being subtle but maybe subtle is the new me ? Thanks for sharing this quilt is inspirational.

PennyDog - July 8, 2013 - 3:38 am

Brilliant! I love the subtlety.

Lady Harvatine - July 7, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Well done latifah! This is the perfect way to make a dr Seuss quilt. I’m not a fan of crazy colorful ones. I love color too but they can just be too much.

Elisabeth - July 7, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Oh Latifah, this is so amazing. You are so talented. <3

Jayne - July 7, 2013 - 7:47 pm

You were very brave taking Dr. Seuss in a less bold way! But…this so works! Brilliant and some little baby is going to cherish this forever! Well done!!

Giveaway Winners!

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!

XO
Latifah

Leanne M - May 14, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Congratulations to the lucky winners. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway.

“LAMQG Hearts KATIE” Quilt

(If you’re looking for the GIVEAWAY DAY post click here!)

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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.

We heart you Katie! You’ll be missed!

Chantal - July 11, 2013 - 6:29 am

It look great. What thread are you using for blending colors so nicely, invisible thread ?

CRUZ sundquist - June 22, 2013 - 2:24 am

BREATHTAKING!

eileensideways - June 15, 2013 - 5:24 pm

stunning!

Ashton - May 13, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Love it. Fantastic quilt.

snips - May 8, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Wow what an amazing gift! Gorgeous quilt… the cross stitch blocks are fantastic!

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