Posts Tagged quilting

quilt inspiration

I have been collection quilt inspiration in this Pinterest board. There are so many great images of modern quilts these days!

I really like the idea of taking a heritage art (I remember watching my grandma, great aunt, and great-grandmother all busily working quilt frames filled brightly colored squares) with abstract, modernist principles.

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black & white quilt

I finally finished that black and white quilt I started ages ago! I’m so happy with how it turned out.

I’ve had some of the fabric for years just waiting for the right project. One of the prints I bought while my sister was visiting me in St. Louis. The other was the end of a bolt that I snatched up in college and have been carting around unused for years. It’s nice to finally put them to work.

The quilt ended up being huge. Great for staying cozy, but made it hard for me to photograph. There’s one lumpy photo towards the end that might give the best idea of the size and pattern of the quilt. Cors  adopted this quilt from the start so please forgive the inevitable coating of corgi fur.

quilt 1

quilt 2
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gifts I made: quilt

Over the summer, I was cleaning out my sewing supplies and came across a stash of black and white printed cottons and it suddenly struck me that I had never made a quilt for Joel and I.  That seemed pretty feeble for a girl who grew up building forts out of and then helping with quilts made by my great-grandma, grandma, and great-aunt.  So I made a giant of a quilt for our home black and white and perfect even with its little imperfections.

Then I started playing with the idea of making quilts for all of our family. That was too big a job for me this year, but I did manage one quilt for my mom and dad. I knew my parents were most likely to use theirs in their front room so their quilt is made with colors that will feel at home there. Please excuse the pup’s fur in the first photo. The quilt got a good brushing and pressing before being wrapped.
quilt 1

quilt 2
I kept the pattern very simple. Each row has only two blocks: one long rectangle of florals and one smaller rectangle of green. The binding is black (same fabric as the back) on the long sides and green on the shorter ends. I like the little added interest of the black and green in the corners.

quilt 3
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quilt update

This weekend, I did not get much done on the quilt. One reason was because I decided to do a good bit of cleaning. I managed to: take all the books off their shelves and dust the bookcases, polish windows, began to organize my mountains of art and craft and sewing and pattern making supplies. There’s more organizing to do, but I certainly earned my coffee breaks.

coffees

The other reason that there isn’t much to report this week is because I couldn’t decide on a backing fabric. My grandma’s trick is to pick up a discounted sheet with a nice thread count at a home-goods store. I played around with that idea before deciding that I wanted a Swiss dot pattern. I finally decided on this fabric. Now I just need it to hurry up and get here. I’m excited to get to the actual quilting part of the quilt!

quilt update

Last week I managed to add the triangular boarder and finish the top part of my quilt. I’ve done a lot of changing around of the pattern as I’ve been going and I think I’m ending up with a design that I like even more than the one I had planned. The boarder morphed from disconnected triangles to triangles that form slanted lines. I think it works better than my original idea.

quilt progress

quilt progress

I guess sometimes you just have to jump in and try something to find out if it works or not. Or maybe that’s just the way that I learn.

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