Saturday, January 20, 2018

Modern Quilts Blog Tour


I was very excited to receive my copy of Modern Quilts: Designs of a New Century (affiliate link) in the mail last week. It is a beautiful, hardcover book that includes over 200 quilts. I am now actually enjoying my time spent in the waiting room during my children's gymnastics classes because it is my uninterrupted time to read through the book :)


I am honored to have a quilt included in the book. I made Warp and Weft for the QuiltCon 2017 APQ 9-patch challenge. It actually took first place!


A little about the quilt...about a month before the QuiltCon submission deadline, I was at work drafting a new patent application on a woven fabric (I write patents for a private industrial textile and chemical company). The fabric was similar to a shot cotton where the warp yarns (that go along the machine direction) and the weft yarns (that go perpendicular to the machine direction) were different yarns. I noticed that it kind of looked like a 9 patch. Thus my woven 9-patch idea was born.



There is such eye candy and inspiration in the book, so consider getting a copy of the book to see all the pieces. 100% of the royalties earned from the book go to the Modern Quilt Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Here is the full list of participants in the book hop.

12/13/17 Amber Corcoran Fancy Tiger Crafts
12/14/17 Heidi Parkes Heidi Parkes Arts
12/15/17 Melissa Cory Happy Quilting
12/16/17 Penny Gold Studio Notes
12/18/17 Shruti Dandekar 13 Wood House Road
12/19/17 Amy Friend During Quiet Time
12/20/17 Paige Alexander Quilted Blooms
12/21/17 Angela Bowman Angela Bowman Design
12/22/17 Lysa Flower Lysa Flower
12/27/17 Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill Whole Circle Studio
12/28/17 Jacquie Gering Tall Grass Prairie Studio
12/29/17 Christa Watson Christa Quilts
12/30/17 Heather Black Quilt-achusetts
1/2/18 Kristin Shields Kristin Shield Art
1/3/18 Krista Hennebury Poppy Print Creates
1/4/18 Cinzia Allocca Deux Petites Souris
1/5/18 Suzanne Paquette Atelier Six Design
1/6/18 Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl
1/9/18 Ben Darby Hunts Patch Quilts
1/10/18 Nicole Daksiewicz Modern Handcraft
1/11/18 Kristi Schroeder Initial K Studio
1/12/18 Kathy York Art Quilts by Kathy York
1/13/18 Marla Varner Penny Lane Quilts
1/15/18 Brigette Heitland Zen Chic
1/16/18 Stacey Sharman Hello Stitch Studio
1/17/18 Stacey O’Malley SLO Studio
1/18/18 Kim Soper Leland Ave Studios
1/19/18 Steph Skardal Steph Skardal Quilts
1/20/18 Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs ← that's me!
1/22/18 Shea Henderson Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio
1/23/18 Katie Larson Katie Larson Studio
1/24/18 Katie Pedersen Sew Katie Did





Friday, January 19, 2018

Arrow Point Path - Chicopee Version

It is rare that I remake a pattern, there are so many new quilt designs on my to-do list, but I had so much fun making a second version Arrow Point Path as a Christmas gift.


I decided to make my son's cub scout leader a quilt for Christmas.  He has been the leader of the troop for 5 years and with my son bridging up to boy scouts in the spring, I wanted to make him an extra special thank you.

I needed a quilt design that would be a relatively quick make and one that I thought he (and his family) would like.  I had a bunch of charm packs of 6" square (yes, strange size) of Chicopee by Densye Schmidt.  The Chicopee line has been one of my all time favorites and I was looking forward to making it into a quilt.  I was also excited to see how the design would look using prints versus the blue and green solids of my first version.


My pattern Arrow Point Path, which I designed as part of Quilt Theory, fit the bill perfectly.  The pattern requires 6" sq prints along with a background fabric.  I had the white background fabric and the Tim Holtz Documentation print from the Eclectic Elements collection for the backing fabric in my stash so I was already to go!

The blocks came together easily and soon the quilt top was done.  At this point, I needed to gift the quilt in 4 more days so a quick quilting design was a must.  I love stippling a quilt so I stippled using the soft white (2021) 50 wt Aurifil thread.  I had the entire quilt quilted in less than 2 hours.


I bound the quilt using another Densye Schmidt print I had in my stash, from Shelburne Falls, I really like the look of the plaid printed on the bias.


After taking some pictures, I washed the quilt to give it that crinkly, soft look.  I am always worried if I gift a quilt without washing it, the recipient will think that they did something wrong washing it when it comes out of the dryer looking so different.  Here is a picture of the yummy texture of the washed quilt (sorry for the indoor shot, it was super windy out and I had to gift the quilt the next day).


My son's cub scout leader and his family loved the quilt.  He was amazed at how I had quilted it.  It was a good reminder to me that to those that do not quilt and are not familiar with quilting, simply moving the quilt under a stationary needle to create a quilting design (no matter how simple the design is to us) is truly impressive to others.

Quilt Stats:
   Name: DS Arrow Point Path
   Size: 60" x 70"
   Fabrics: Chicopee by Densye Schmidt for FreeSpirit (prints) and  Moda Bella in White
   Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
   Thread: Aurifil 50wt white 2021 for piecing and quilting
   Quilting Design: stipple

Thanks for stopping by!





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trio of Plus Sign Pillows ++ a free pattern trio for pattern newsletter subscribers

To celebrate the soon-to-be release of my book Modern Plus Sign Quilts, I have created a Trio of Plus Sign Pillows that I am offering as a FREE bonus for my pattern newsletter subscribers (note this is different than receiving my blog posts via e-mail).

The Trio contains one regular (traditionally pieced), one paper pieced, and one appliqued pillow pattern and I made them to match my new couch :)


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meadow Mist Designs ++ Made By You

I love seeing the quilts made with Meadow Mist Designs patterns!  Here are just a few that have been floating around blogland / Instagram recently. 

Have you made a MMD pattern?  I would love to see it!  Please send me a picture at meadowmistdesigns at gmail dot com. (All pictures used with permission, and some links are affiliate links.)



Jan A. from Cocoa Quilts

Jan made a version of On a "Jelly" Roll (my number one best selling pattern) using a jelly roll of Simply Colorful by V and Co. for Moda.  I love the purples and the texture of the quilt design.

Photographs by Jan A.



Rochelle aka Bella Quilts

Rochelle made an awesome version of Half Circle Mirror, using blues for the circle shapes.  Look are her quilting, I love what she has done with the negative space.

Photographs by Rochelle



Liz from Savor Each Stitch

Before you read any further, go hop over to Liz's blog and see her gallery of finished quilts for some jaw dropping quilting.  Aren't Liz's quilts simply amazing?  I was so excited when she told me she was working on a version of Arrow Point Path (a quilt pattern I designed for Quilt Theory).  I just love her version!

Photographs by Liz



Tish from Tish's Adventures in Wonderland

Tish is an amazing quilter, tester, and pattern designer.  She tested this year's mystery quilt, the Magnolia Mystery quilt, and just recently finished quilting last year's mystery quilt, the Meadow Mystery quilt.  I love the colors she used and the quilting is amazing.  Between Tish and her husband David, they have made four versions of the Meadow Mystery Quilt!                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Photographs by Tish


Many thanks to Jan, Rochelle, Liz, and Tish for permission to highlight your quilts!





Friday, January 12, 2018

Wayward Transparency - Quilt Top


I have been taking part in Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl's free quilt along called Wayward Transparency.  I got a late start to making the quilt due to some other quilting deadlines, but I am happy to have been able to finish up the quilt top in time for the quilt along linkup.

Yvonne creates amazing quilts with a transparency effect and Wayward Transparency is one of my favorites she has created.  You can find all of the information and instructions for the quilt along right here.



For my quilt top I used:

Fabric A - Free Spirit Solids in Yellow
Fabric B - Kaffe Fassett - Shot Cotton in Clementine
Fabric C - Kona Cotton in Lipstick


The quilt top came together very quickly and easily.

Yvonne offers 2 different versions, a traditional setting and an on-point setting (and many different layouts of the blocks within each setting).  

I initially thought I was going to do the on-point setting, but once I had the blocks together, I decided that I really liked the look of the triangles going out on the diagonal so I went with the traditional.  I added a small border to float the design a little more and my top was done!


I am still not sure how I am going to quilt this quilt, but all of the quilts showing up on Instagram #waywardtransparencyqal and on the Quilting Jetgirl Facebook group are giving me some great ideas.  

Thanks Yvonne for hosting such a wonderful quilt along!