Friday, September 22, 2017

Curated Cabins - a finished mini quilt

Curated Quilts is a new a printed quarterly journal that is launching their first issue soon and in their news section of the website, I saw a call for submissions for their next issue.

The magazine was looking for mini Log Cabin quilts 10"x10" up to 16"x16" using their color palette of 5 colors. I have been working on some quilts and patterns for magazines (to support the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book), so I thought that a mini might be a fun little side project.


Here is how my mini came to be...  After finding solids in my stash that were pretty close to the colors in their color palette, I cut a bunch of ¾" - 1 ¼" wide strips from each color and started piecing them together into random log cabin blocks.


Next came the fun part, trying to fit them all together into a cohesive and pleasing arrangement. Due to the size restriction, I decided my blocks were a little on the large size and so when I arranged them, I folded them to get an idea of how to trim them down and fit them together.

I used Kona Windsor as the negative space because I love the color (it is this wonderful dark blue with gray in it which is difficult to capture in a picture) and I had a bunch of it.

For quilting, I used a diamond cross-hatch design with varying spaced lines. The quilting went super quickly due to the small size of the quilt.

I used Aurifil 1246, a medium gray, in 50 wt to quilt with. I wanted the quilting to show up both on the lighter blocks and in the darker blue background to pull the blocks and negative space together.


I bound the quilt with the same print I used on the back of the mini, it is almost the same shade as the orange in the quilt top, just a little less bright with a very subtle print. The mini finished at about 12 ½" x 15 ½" and I named it Curated Cabins :)

I will be submitting my quilt into the Log Cabin Mini Quilt Call for Entries on Curated Quilts in hopes it makes it into the second issue of Curated Quilts. You should check out all of the other mini's that have already been entered, each is such a great take on the log cabin design and the specified color palette.


Thanks for stopping by!

I am linking up with Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.







Thursday, September 21, 2017

Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Newsletter

Would you like more sneak peeks of upcoming Meadow Mist Designs patterns?  How about special coupon codes for newly released patterns?  I have decided to launch a Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Newsletter and I hope you will want to join in :)

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Arrow Point Path



It's that time of the year again...each fall, Amy, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival on her blog.  We are allowed to link up two quilts and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts.  

My second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is Arrow Point Path, a quilt I made for Quilt Theory.  Quilt Theory was formed back in February 2016 from tight-knit group of like-minded quilters collaborating to create simple and modern quilt patterns.  All of our patterns are printed on 4"x6" cards (also available on 1 page pdfs) and we will be releasing our third collection in just about a month. 

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Arrow Point Path has a really fun design that is created using a simple block that is repeated and rotated within the quilt top.  My son said that he really liked the design because it made his eyes do funny things :)

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

I quilted Arrow Point Path in an swirl/paisley type design using 40wt white (color 2024) Aurifil thread.  I liked the effect of using the 40wt (versus my usual go to 50wt) because it made the quilting stand out just a bit more to give the quilt some good texture.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Quilt Stats

Size: 60" x 70"
Fabrics: Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller.  
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt in white (2024)
Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
Quilting Patterns: Large paisley shapes
You can find the Arrow Point Path pattern on the Quilt Theory website.

My other entry for the Fall 2017 Blogger's Quilt Festival is Taste the Rainbow, you can read about it right here.

Here are my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over the years:

Fall 2016: State of Being
Fall 2016: Canvas Lines





Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion




Fall 2014: Vintage Star


Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt

Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two


Fall 2013: Pi Quilt


For those that are new to my blog, please check out the Magnolia Mystery Quilt (my 4th annual mystery quilt), we are just getting started!






Blogger's Quilt Festival - Taste the Rainbow


It's that time of the year again...each fall, Amy, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival on her blog.  We are allowed to link up two quilts and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts.  

My first entry to the festival is my Taste the Rainbow mini quilt which I designed and made for my local guild's, Greenville Modern Quilt Guild, challenge.   The challenge was to create a 
mini quilt (less than 36" on all sides) with a modern take on the classic birds in the air block.




My mind went towards how to place the blocks without the traditional grid and thought of a circular design.  Combining that with a rainbow palette and I had the beginnings of my quilt design.  The rainbow fabrics are a mixture of fabric manufacturers with the majority of the fabrics being Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons and Michael Miller Cotton Coutures.  The background is a Blueberry Park print from Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.

I used Corel Draw to draw out the design and create the paper piecing templates.  In order to keep everything well aligned and spaced, I added a lot of radial lines, you can see the craziness.




The design is paper pieced from 16 "pie slices", with each slice being sewn from 4 paper piecing templates.  This was not a quick make, but it was exciting as each colored slice came together.



I used my favorite batting, Warm & White by the Warm Company for the quilt.  I find Warm & White has a great structure after quilting so it is perfect for wall hangings.

I quilted the background by echoing the triangle shapes close to the seam lines and then adding some concentric 16 sided polygons.  Next, I add some running stitch hand embroidery (I am calling it embroidery as the stitches only go through the top layer, they are not quilting stitches) 1/8" spacing between the lines using matching Aurifil threads in 28 wt.  This also took a long time but gave me a nice hand project for when I was outside with the kids.



As I was showing sneak peaks of the design and quilt on my blog and social media I was asked if I could write a pattern for the quilt so I put together templates for anyone who would like to create their own Taste the Rainbow - Craftsy Etsy

Note: This is a set of advanced level paper piecing templates, not a full pattern.  The instructions do not contain general paper piecing instructions, sizes of fabric pieces to cut, or seam allowances printed on the template sections.  


Quilt Stats

Size: 32 1/2" x 32 1/2"
Fabrics: Solids from Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman and Cotton Couture by Michael Miller.  Background gray is from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.
Thread: Triangles used matching Aurifil 12 wt., Background used Aurifil 40 wt in dove (2600)
Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
Quilting Patterns: Triangles used running stitch hand quilting.  Background used outlining and concentric octagons.


My other entry for the Fall 2017 Blogger's Quilt Festival is Arrow Point Path, you can read about it right here.

Here are my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over the years:

Fall 2016: State of Being
Fall 2016: Canvas Lines

Fall 2015: Riley Blake Triangle Quilt
Fall 2015: Improv Table Runner

Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion

Spring 2015: Plus Plus - Two Tone Version

Fall 2014: Oh The Places You'll Go

Fall 2014: Vintage Star

Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt

Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two

Fall 2013: Pi Quilt

Fall 2013: Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt

For those that are new to my blog, please check out the Magnolia Mystery Quilt (my 4th annual mystery quilt), we are just getting started!







Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ My HST


I am so excited to see all of the half square triangles (HST) for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt popping up in our Facebook group and on social media #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt.

We just started piecing the mystery quilt and instructions are monthly so if you want to join in it is not too late!  You can find all of the information about the mystery quilt here (including the instructions, fabric requirements, quilt sizes, Facebook group, sneak peek, etc).

My Half Square Triangles:


I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.