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.
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!
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″!
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.
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!