Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bee Sewcial: February

February is my month on the Bee Sewcial bee. This is my first bee (ever!) and I'm so glad I had Stephanie to help lead the way with January.

I am looking forward to getting to know these fellow quilters as we create together, and will stretch my creativity and skills making blocks for them. The block I made for Stephanie had me improv piecing curved shards which is not a shape I've ever used and it was fun. I recommend following along on the process and progress on IG #beesewcial tag and/or our blogs. It is a huge honor to participate with these talented ladies!

January - Stephanie
February - Kari
March - Melissa
April - Diane
May - Marci
June - Debbie
July - Latifah
September - Hillary
October - Felicity
November - Leanne

Here is what I'd like from my fellow bee-mates…

Poster Blocks

I'm showing my graphic design roots and would like you to make what I'm calling a poster block that will finish to 10'' x 16'' (10 1/2'' x 16 1/2'' unfinished, or bigger so I can trim it down). Using this Pinterest board as inspiration, create a bold, graphic block that breaks free from traditional quilt block grids and uses simplified geometric shapes to create a dynamic and interesting composition. Simple and striking is better than overly complicated, so depending on your desire and comfort level on drafting the blocks, I'm totally ok with super simple geometric shapes. They don't have to look like my samples above, but those are examples of the style I am trying to describe.

I would like the block to have a single solid, bright color background. (More on the color palette is below.)

I'm ok with improv elements, but with structure. Whatever technique you use, make the design bold.

Color Palette

I'm not looking for any perfect match so I don't have Kona colors to go from, but use this print by Inaluxe as a guide. I love the hot reds, corals and pinks with the muted mint, aqua and mustard, with dove gray, cream and black.

Ready, Set… Go!

Here is a 10x16 grid to use to help you plan, if you find that helpful. No need to feel tied to it though!

I wish I had time to sew up one (or a few!) poster blocks but for now I'll be sewing along with you. Those images above are my sketches. I am looking forward to seeing what you create! Ask me any questions!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Congrats to my friend Marti!

My friend, guild mate and fellow blogger Marti has just reached 600 followers! Woo hoo!

She's giving away a copy of Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making that I've signed. I'm honored that she chose that for her prize.

Go on over to her blog to enter to win, if you are interested. Especially hop over to check out her blog. She is incredibly generous with a sassy wit and a total quilt-making machine. I can only make that many quilts in my dreams!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Good Vibrations in Quilts and More

Used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I'm so excited to announce my first ever pattern published in a magazine! The project I designed (and sewed and even quilted myself!) is called Good Vibrations and can be found in the Fall 2014 Quilts and More. It's a little modern, will look fantastic in many different fabrics, and is very easy to piece. The small lap-sized quilt definitely packs a visual punch. The issue should hit the newsstands on August 12.

Used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I even made the cover, down there on the lower right! You can see the other featured projects from this issue, here: There are some excellent ones. I'm definitely making a Petite Chic quilt (by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies) for my cousin's yet to be born baby out of a layer cake from my stash.

It is an amazing full-circle moment for me since that magazine division cannot be more responsible for me getting into quilting. I freelanced for them right out of college where the then editor Heidi Kaisand encouraged me to borrow one of their sewing machines, and the rest is history. I wrote about it a bit more, years ago, in another post.

Used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I have to say a special thank you to Art Gallery for the gorgeous fabrics. If anyone is interested in copying this look, they are Carnaby St. by Pat Bravo along with some of their basics. I know I can still get these prints at one of my LQS, and some of them have been added to their basics lines and coordinate with some of their newer collections, too. I'm a huge Art Gallery fan! Their fabrics sew like butter and they have some of my favorite fabric designs, plus they have a deep selection of lovely basic prints.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Modern Provence mug rug

I recently made this mug rug for a swap at the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild. My partner Lyn mentioned that she liked the colors of Provence: deep, saturated blues and sunny, buttery yellows. How beautiful! Those colors are always so happy to me. I took the Provence theme and put in touches of the modern aesthetic, with the wonky star and some bold patterned fabrics. The border is a lovely slubbed chambray.

The mug rug in its new home

The very best part is that Lyn loved it! She sent me this photo of her tea wares on it and it is perfect. It helped that she was so descriptive about what she wanted, and it warms my heart to see she enjoys it. Her sugar bowl is gorgeous, too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Breaking the Grid

I absolutely love this new quilt top! It came about from sketching some block shapes. I think you can really see some influence from my career as a graphic designer in it. The shapes are quite flat, but the way the shapes overlap and the color positioning creates a lot of depth and movement. To me, it has a good balance of expected and unexpected. That little red cross finishes it like a little punctuation point.

I included a textured background fabric which is Line Scratch in charcoal from Carolyn Friedlander. This fabric is brilliant in the way it hides seams. The seams are even more invisible than on the solids. Carolyn's fabrics are amazing. I've been mulling over how to quilt it. I haven't quite decided but it will be on the simple side. It needs a structured and/or linear quilting, not something very curvy. Now you know what I'll be working on in my spare time!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Feature on Sew Mama Sew

I'm super excited Sew Mama Sew is running a series of features on Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making every Thursday. The chapter I wrote was featured yesterday. There is a great deal of color theory terminology basics just in the post! Of course, there is a lot more in the book… ;-)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Slopeside change up from my mom

My mom was one of my pattern testers for Slopeside. I had asked her just to work through a few blocks but she loved it (of course--she's my mom!) and wanted to make a whole quilt. It is great to have a supportive mom even though I'm an adult.

Look how great it looks! She's a fairly new quilter but she pieced it perfectly. She used a print layer cake called Tranquility by Sandy Gervais. The quilt will be cute to have out during the fall especially.

My mom's version of Slopeside!

Notice that she also paired up her colors instead of using a contrasting mix like I did. I love seeing what she did with the pattern!

Don't forget you can still get the pattern on sale! Get 20% off your purchase of the Slopeside pattern from now through July 12, 2014 with this coupon code: SLOPESIDE20.