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.
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 could only find batting for a queen sized quilt – thankfully!
This is a side view of the Blue Maize Quilt the blue zig-zag stripe is actually at the top of the quilt. It is 18 rows high. It is made with 15 yellow fabrics – most of them are various shades of yellow Kona cottons but, there is one linen fabric and 3 pieces that are yellow prints just to give it a little interest. There are five shades of Kona blues that comprise the blue zig zag area. It will be backed in Kona Snow and I believe I’ll bind it in Snow as well.
A detail view. Excuse all the wrinkles and strings! :
Once again, the quilt is turned around to better show it. It’s actually upside down in this shot to show the blue zig-zag area.
I originally planned to have a 6″ square final block size. I started out with 7″ squares but, once the HST’s were finally cut out they were too skewed and small to cut down to a 6.5″ square, so I had to trim them down to 6″. Of course once 6″ blocks are sewn together, you end up with a 5.5″ final block. Oh well. More reason for this to be a Queen size versus the original request of a King size quilt. But, look at this yummy pile of trimmings. I was a little skeptical at all the yellows and the blues but, my fears were quickly assuaged as this pile was built up.
I am officially, THE WORST BEE MEMBER EVER. Not proud of it, but, it’s officially a fact. So, I spent my vacation in December catching up! I figured I should at least start the new year off being all caught up.
I don’t know why I’m so bad, but, I think that my Bee blocks get in the way of all the other quilty ideas spilling out of my head and if you could only see the inside of my head you would understand!
In any case, I’ll post about these in two different posts for the two bees that I’m closing out for the year. The first Bee was the Bricolage & Butter Bee. I HAD to finish these blocks since we were having our B&B Finale celebration, which happened a few nights ago. And, guess what? I actually had lots of fun putting these together. Why, oh why did it take me so long?
First of all I would like to thank Jamie for hosting such a fun Bee! It really was a great group! I can’t wait to see the finished product of all of these blocks!
First are blocks for the fabulous Terri (who hosted our finale shindig at her equally fabulous home). I’m so embarrassed to say, Terri was Ms. May in the Bee. I told you I was bad. In any case, Terri’s quilt will be amazing when it’s done. She picked out all of these luscious shades of reds. Terri is a very precise and meticulous quilter and her instructions for the Bee were very meticulous and detailed and dare I say a little intimidating. But, it was fun to finally put these blocks together. This quilt is going to be beautiful!
I think I was the most inspired by Chris’s blocks. I’ve been intrigued lately by neutrals with that pop of color so this definitely spoke to me. (I so want the first block as a whole quilt! Gotta put that on the list!) This is going to be so yummy when Chris finishes!
And, then there was Emily. Emily, picked out this amazing array of fabrics in gray and chartreuse and aqua. I love this color combination. (I so think that my mother would love a quilt out of these colors. Gotta put that on the list!) I chatted with Em at the party and I was sad to find out that in hindsight she wishes she had asked us to use more of the solids in our blocks. She said the blocks were looking too busy when they were put all together. I can’t wait to see how she puts them all together though! Sometimes the most amazing creations are formed when out plans don’t work out as we wanted.
Liz’s blocks were fun, quick and easy to put together. Liz is having a little girl – very soon I must add – and wanted us to make blocks for a quilt that would go on the guest bed in the baby’s room. I absolutely love the colors that she chose. Aren’t they fab? Perfect for a baby! I love that she chose non-traditional colors for a baby girl too.
And, last but not least how cute will these little houses be in a quilt? Kelli had us make these little houses and I can’t wait to see how her quilt will come out! She asked for four of these super quick and easy blocks but, I only had enough fabric for 3 and a half!
One of the reasons they are so perfect for quilts is because they are the only other regular polygon, besides for squares and regular triangles, that will tessellate. I hope I didn’t lose everyone in that last statement. In plain English this means that you can piece together regular hexagons over and over again covering a space without any gaps or overlaps. (If ANYONE is curious, the word “regular ” in terms of polygons means that all the sides are the same length and it also has the same angles all around). As a result there are many wonderful hexagon patterns for quilts. And, of course we have the old craze becoming new again of paper pieced hexagons.
So, I started thinking about how I would do hexagons. I also wanted to complete a quilt in my Measured Improv. series that wasn’t so much an artistic quilt like The Big Log or Up In The Air but, a more fun, creative, crafty one. Of course it still had to utilize the method of Measured Improv. Somewhere along the way I thought, how about improvisationally pieced Hexagons! Wallah!
So, I came up with this pattern. It was a lot of fun to put together. I’ll be posting a tutorial of this one soon! It’s fairly simple and painless with very little measuring.
There are 9 “Wonky” Hexagons each has a blue center. There are three other colors in each block that are arranged in alternating arrangements: reds, oranges, and greens/turquoises. There are fabrics from quite a few different lines in this quilt, I wont try to name them all. Two lines that stand out and appear more than once are Love by Amy Butler and Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry. The background is Kona White. I thought about using Snow or something a little more mellow but, I love how crisp this quilt looks with the bright Kona White. The hexagons are pieced improv style with very little measuring which makes them fun and very organic. I love that they are not perfect “regular” hexagons but, each one has it’s own personality.
I love the binding for this quilt. It is from the Joel Dewberry’s line Modern Meadow. To me it looks like stripes and zig zags all at the same time.
The backing is a mostly denim. I wanted this quilt to be fairly sturdy. I even toyed with the idea of using an indoor/outdoor fabric on the back. But, I realized that the quilt would have to be dry cleaned if I did that so that quickly got voted down. I decided to use an old standby for durability – denim – and realized that Elizabeth from Oh Fransson! recently used the same for her picnic quilt! How fun is that. I wanted to just put denim on the back but, I guess I underestimated the amount that I would need. So, I pieced strips of leftover fabric from the front and made an elongated hexagon out of it to add to the back. (The following image only shows one half of the backing because the grass was a little damp and I didn’t want the front to get muddy.)
I pieced my label into the denim backing. The quilt wasn’t named until after it was completed so I simply added the name to the label.
Naming quilts can be very difficult for me. I think I have a hard time naming them because I’m too close to them. After working on them for so long, it’s hard for me to step back and look at the bigger picture. Lucky for me I have the “bestest quilt namer” in all the world in my corner, my girlfriend Courtney! All I have to do is snap a picture with my phone and shoot it across the miles to Texas where she lives. She is so awesome and comes up with so many amazing names! They are so great that I want to use them all! For this quilt she started off with the concept of “Hexed” as in a spell and from that came up with “Love Potion #9″. Genius! It was especially perfect since this will be used as a Picnic Quilt for two, hence the “Love Potion”. And, it has 9 Hexagon’s in it! Yay! Thanks Courtney for coming up with so many amazing names for my quilts!
Stay posted for the tutorial for this quilt as well as lots of cool picnic accessories!
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!
This must be the year of the baby! This is the fourth baby born in my office this year and we only have about 20 people! And, we still have one to go! Not to even start counting my friends. . . . But, I’m not complaining. More babies mean more fun baby gifts to make and give. I was trying to do something simple for this one since I found out about it last minute. I had most of these fabrics in my stash so that made it easy. I just had to pick up one or two more. The “feature fabric” on this one was the Michael Miller “Giraffe Garden” in Citron. I love giraffe’s and this showcases them in such a fun way. Of course it wasn’t until I took these pictures that I realized that I could have done a little fussy cutting to actually get the little giraffe heads in but, luckily, giraffes have cute legs too.There are a number of other fabrics on this quilt too but, the majority of them are Michael Miller prints.
I call this the Jack-In-The-Box Quilt. The accordion shape that the different colors make in the quilt reminds me of the Jack-In-The-Box toys where “Jack” I presume pops up out of the box and bounces around. Does it remind you a little of the accordion body? This quilt started out as an experiment in using trapezoids in piecing a quilt. I had so much fun playing with them. The problem is that there are only about a million different arrangements you can put them in. This isn’t really a problem but, then you have to choose just which of the arrangements you are going to use. Luckily, I was working on this at a weekend sew at the LA Modern Quilt Guild and my good friend Katie helped me to lay this out and decide. Thanks Katie! I think it turned out awesome! I’ll have to share some of the other trapezoid layouts with you too – traps are awesome!
This was my first time using flannel on the back of a quilt. It makes it so soft and cuddly. One of my favorite local fabric stores, M&L Fabrics in Anaheim has a wonderful selection of flannels for under $3 a yard so I thought I’d try one on this quilt. Believe me, it won’t be the last time! I really did like the effect. Of course, I forgot to put my label on before I basted and quilted this baby, so I had to put it on afterward. And then, I put the label on and hadn’t written the details on the quilt so I had to write it on the quilt after it was attached.
The quilting lines are very simple. They just shadow the lines of the accordion shape.
They show really cool on the back of the quilt though!
I probably shouldn’t do this because the label is not my finest work but, here’s a closer view of it. Note to self: Put label on BEFORE the quilt is basted and quilted AND write the information on the label before you attach it!
Oh, I chose to bind the quilt in white. There were so many colors going on that I thought a nice white would frame it well.
Once again, I didn’t get around to stitching up a card with a piece of fabric the way I like to so I used the jpeg images of three of the main Michael Miller fabrics in the quilt. I kinda like how it turned out. Simple and cute. Of course, you didn’t think I’d make a baby gift without a bib, a burp cloth and a onesie, did you?(One day I’m going to fool all of you and do something different!)
And, here’s the ball!
I love how the quilt looks all rolled up and tied and ready to go into the basket!
And, here it is all put together! I get pretty lazy on this last step and just get a basket, tulle and ribbon. I’m going to have to be more creative next time. Overall I’m happy with how this came out. It’s a nice, easy, quick baby quilt to throw together! I hope baby Eli likes it. His dad took it home tonight.