Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hexie Rebellion | Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall, 2016

It's that time of year again - Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side! If you have not done so yet, definitely head on over to see some beautiful quilts!

This is Hexie Rebellion.

Hexie Rebellion was inspired by A Sprinkling of Hexagons Flea Market Fancy Style”, a quilt by Ashley of Film in the Fridge. I was immediately drawn to Ashley’s use of negative space and the alternate grid work of her layout. With Hexie Rebellion, I utilized bright solids to create my two-toned half hexagons. I opted to use two sizes and straight stitch applique them onto a low-volume print. I chose the Grow print in Fluorescent from Alison Glass's Abacus collection to add interest to the areas of negative space.

I elected to let my hexies rebel against their traditional settings of floral and hexagonal shapes. Instead, I chose to keep them unattached; allowing them to go their own way and scatter in a somewhat random, yet cohesive layout. To add movement, I chose to “spin” some of them so that the seams are pointing in different directions.

I kept the quilting simple and functional, selecting organic lines to keep the focus on the hexagons. I machine quilted them without marking the quilt; instead choosing to eyeball the lines to purposely keep them from being too rigid. It should surprise absolutely no one who's visited my blog a time or two that I bound the quilt in B&W stripes. (I'm kind of obsessed with stripey binding!)


Pattern: designed by me, but inspired  by "A Sprinkling of Hexagons Flea Market Fancy Style" by Ashley from Film in the Fridge
Fabric: various solids including Kona, Cotton Supreme, Bella, Designer Solids; Michael Miller Clown Stripe in B&W for binding; Grow in Flourescent from Alison Glass's Ababcus line for the background
Thread: pieced and quilted with  Aurifil #2021 (Natural White) 50 wt, Appliqued with various shades of Aurifil 50 wt
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approximately 40"x50"

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 09.20.16

I finished the Rising Star quilt! And once again, I cannot show you! I have four, almost five, finishes that are waiting patiently for their moment to shine. That's the only problem with secret sewing - you can't show it off for awhile. I posted this pic of Rising Star's back and binding on Instagram, so I'll share it here as well:

I was very pleased to see how well Tula Pink's Lazy Stripe in Amber plays with Alison Glass's
Handcrafted line.

I only had one other item on my list last week: finish the Halloween quilt...yeah, that didn't happen. I got a little annoyed while attempting to stitch down some of the smaller circles. I had to set that aside for a couple of days while I attached the binding to the Rising Star quilt. I decided to do that by hand. I've been machine binding most of my quilts for the past year and I forgot how time consuming hand binding is. It's so worth it though!

This week's list:
  • Halloween quilt
    • finish the top
    • piece back
    • baste
    • quilt
    • start hand binding (I really don't have time, but I guess I can do it at night instead of reading...although I really need to finish Joe HIll's The Fireman because it's the best book I've read all year! [Stephen King must be one proud papa!])
  • Pull fabric & press for Art with Fabric blog hop project 

Linking up with Christine 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 09.13.16

It's the husband's birthday today and we've got a long day planned so I'll keep this short and sweet. Especially since I meant to write it last night. OOPS!

I was able to get most of the Handcrafted Rising Star quilt completed...and then I realized I didn't have enough of the fabric I'd chosen to bind it with on hand. Since it's something I'll definitely use again, I went ahead and ordered another yard. While I'm waiting on that to arrive, hopefully tomorrow, I've been working on the Halloween quilt.

I'm currently in the process of sewing the applique circles onto the top. With limited, if any, time in the sewing room today, it will most likely be tomorrow before I finish that part. I'd like to have both these quilts finished by Friday so I can take them to my guild meeting Saturday. We'll see if that actually happens. Luckily, I checked ahead of time to make sure I have enough fabric for the back and the binding. I do! I'll be quilting this one with a giant spider web, so hopefully that won't take too long since this quilt is only going to be  throw size. 

This week's list:
  • Finish Rising Star quilt
  • Finish Halloween quilt
Linking up with Christine

Thursday, September 8, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 09.06.16

I had to scrap my Handcrafted orange peel quilt. Long story short: be very careful when purchasing fabric from big box craft stores.

I now have a box full of beautiful Alison Glass orange peels appliqued to crappy fabric that seemed just fine...until I started piecing the blocks. Since I can't stand the thought of tossing all that lovely Handcrafted fabric, but at the same time, cannot bare the thought of looking at those dang orange peels, that box is hiding out in the closet for awhile.

Luckily, I had enough Handcrafted leftover to start from scratch. Needless to say, I didn't waste my time with any more low-budge fabric. I had enough Kona Silver on hand to use for the background. Instead of more orange peels, I chose to make a Rising Star quilt. It's one of my favorite Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorials. It's stunning and so easy to make. (In fact, I made a mini version of it earlier this year and chose it for the August block for Cheer Circle, my do. Good Stitches group.)

I was able to get all the cutting done and piece the top yesterday. Earlier today I pieced the back and basted the quilt. I will get the label printed later and frame it in coordinating fabric this afternoon. I usually add the label prior to quilting, and hope to get that attached today as well. Hubs is working late today, so I might even get a jump start on the quilting.

Moving on to this week's list: 
  • Remake the Handcrafted quilt.
  • If I finish, start the Halloween quilt
Linking up with Christine

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 08.30.16

This week my list consists of one item:

  1. Work on, and hopefully finish, the orange peel quilt
The end.

Oh, wait. Here's a picture of some cute fabric I bought to make some swaddling blankets next month. 

One more thing.... look what it's almost time for!


Now, really...the end!

Linking up with Christine:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 08.23.16

Last week I was able to finish the travel themed quilt. Unfortunately, it will be some time before I can share more about this one as it will be a while before it makes it to its new home. 

I was unable to complete the #QuiltsForPulse quilt I was working on. Short version, I had to rip out a whole lot of quilting. I will be getting back to work on this today and hope to have it finished sometime Thursday.

Because of the QFP quilt issue, I did not get to work on the orange peel quilt, but I did receive the backing fabric. I also ordered these adorable reindeer for the back of a current Christmas WIP. (Thanks Christine for being my favorite fabric enabler!)

 Reindeer Toss is from Pink Chandelier's Alpine line and the Batik Crest Border is from Alison Glass's
Handcrafted 2 line.

This week's list is short & sweet as I'm leaving for Atlanta Friday morning to visit my parents.
  • Finish #QuiltsForPulse quilt
  • Work on Orange Peel quilt

Linking up with Christine

Monday, August 22, 2016

Then...And Now

Devoted Quilter

Leanne from @Devoted Quilter is hosting a linky party titled "Then...And Now". She's asking that we share some of our first quilts along with some of our most recent. The premise is to take a look at where our skills are now as opposed to where we started.

I made my first quilt in 2013 as a gift or my cousin's first baby. In fact, it was the first time I'd used a sewing machine since Home Ec back in the '80s!

My first quilt

I cringe when I look at this shot. To start, it's an awful picture. I would never present a quilt like this now. As for the quilt itself...It's one maybe five or six times I actually followed a pattern. Well, I did make one modification. If you look at the second to last row, you can see Harry's initials "HJH". Looking at this quilt now, I can honestly say I would not not make it again It's not my style at all. To me, the layout looks crowded; I rarely use borders anymore; and that binding is way too wide for me. 

In comparison, this is the quilt I made Harry earlier this year. He became a big brother last month and I thought it was high time he had a big boy quilt.

Now, I realize this isn't the best picture. However, I was pressed for time and it was very bright and blustery on the shores of Lake Michigan that day; but I wasn't going to have another chance to get the shot. As for the quilt itself; it's a good representation of my style these days: clean lines, bold colors mixed with low-volume prints, negative space, skinny striped binding... these are a few of my favorite things!

Here are a couple more of my first quilts:

Apparently I thought draping quilts over a chair was
a good thing when I first started!

This is my least favorite quilt ever.

And some of my more recent finishes:


Harry's baby brother Max's quilt

Over the past 3.5 years, I can say that my piecing is much more precise (although I doubt it will ever be as close to perfect as I'd like!), I have more confidence in fabric and color selection, and, while I still favor linear quilting (and probably always will), my quilting stitches are much more even and my lines are straighter. While I still purchase patterns, I do it rarely and only for unique projects that I adore. Violet Craft's The Elephant Abstraction, Lady Harvatine's January Block, My Quilt Infatuation's Folk Dance are a few examples. Also, my photography is better; I'm still working on it, but it's definitely headed in the right direction.

Lastly, a few words about fabric selection. When I first started quilting I had to have all the big bold prints. I bought them with reckless abandon, not caring that I had no plan for them. I now find myself staring at my stash wondering how the heck I'm going to use them. Thank goodness for charity quilting, as I have been able to utilize a lot of these prints in charity projects.

Now, other than purchasing every single Tula Pink collection, I rarely buy anything other than solids, solid-like, low-volume prints, and blenders. The exception being fabrics for commissioned quilts (even then, it's only when the person commissioning the quilt wants something theme specific). These days, I'm also much more fastidious about when I buy...okay, for the most part. I still impulse buy on occasion! (Who doesn't, right???) However, now I try to only fill holes in my stash and buy for specific projects. 

If you're interested in seeing more on the progression of my quilting, click on the "My Quilts" tab under my blog header.

Thanks for stopping by!

Devoted Quilter