Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge

First, I want to thank everyone who has posted kind comments regarding my Michael Miller Challenge Quilt, Modern Trellis. I truly appreciate everyone’s positive feedback and I’m so happy the quilt has been well-received. It was fun to make from start to finish. There is nothing quite like starting with design doodles and ending up with a finished quilt that actually turns out better than you expected! For all those interested, I am currently working on the pattern and hope to have it on Craftsy in the next couple of weeks. I want to make sure the directions are easy to follow, but I’ll be sure to announce when it is ready.

There were over 300 entries for the Michael Miller Challenge, and it was so inspiring to look through the forum at the different ways people used the fabric. The MQG released their top nine and the winners a couple weeks ago, and I’d like to offer congratulations to those selected! There were so many great entries and I’d like to go ahead and highlight some of my favorites that didn’t make the cut this time. Here they are in no particular order!

First up, Pinwheel Pods by Jessica of A Blue Sky Kind of Life. I noticed a lot of folks tried using negative space that wasn’t white, and I think Jessica was really successful using the greys. I love how she paired the colors of the pinwheel squares and used the white sashing…I just overall loved it all.

ablueskykindoflife

Next up is a gorgeous quilt by Victoria of the Roanoke MQG. Unfortunately I don’t have any other details or a blog name, but the quilt was too pretty not to share!

roanoke mqg victoria

Courthouse Petals by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is another great example of someone who used grey successfully. I love the classic quilt with the modern fabrics, great job Cheryl!

meadow mist designs

This next quilt reminded me of my days as a lifeguard and pool manager. Is it just me or does the quilt make you want to jump into a pool and toss around some beach balls? Even the quilting reminds me of rippling water! This quilt was made by Emma Thomas-McGinnis of Quilties.

quilties by emma thomas mcginnis

Another quilt with no blog or extra info :(  This one is by Neva and was posted to the forums. I absolutely love the way she pieced the shards of fabric and quilted it to make it look like the fabric is exploding! Great effect and example of how quilting can add a new twist on the pieced top.

neva

I love slanted lines when quilting and think Angie of the St. Louis MQG composed a beautiful modern quilt. The darker grey/black really makes the fabric pop with this design. Visit her blog at Sew Crazy for Quilts to check out her work.

Angie of Sew Crazy for Quilts

Last up is this beautiful quilt by Betty Seinfeld, again, no blog or extra info. This one reminds me of my days back in design school playing with gridwork.

betty seinfeld

 

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed these folks’ beautiful work as much as I did. Check out their blogs and leave them some love.

Piece Out!

~Corinne

 

Modern Trellis

I’m excited to finally have another finished project to show y’all. I belong to the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and recently completed my Michael Miller Challenge quilt. The past two years, Michael Miller Fabrics has sent out fat eighth bundles to the various members and guilds of the national Modern Quilt Guild. We are then free to make whatever we want and post in the Modern Quilt Guild’s community website for a chance to win prizes. I was very new to quilting and the guild for last year’s Madrona Road challenge, so I was super excited to get another shot at participating this year. My anticipation quickly doubled when they announced the fabrics we were going to use, they are SO my style. Then again, I love almost every line MM produces, so that doesn’t come as much of a shock.

MM provided fabric from their Petal Pinwheel line, and prints from several other MM collections coordinate perfectly. I knew I wanted to make a lap/picnic size quilt, so I bought additional fabrics from local quilt shops and online. Once I had my extended stash, I went to work on a design! I knew I wanted to go modern, to stretch myself beyond my modern traditional leanings. I decided to play with gridwork on a slant, and so I messed around in Illustrator for a while and came up with this:

Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts

Next came the fun part…and by fun I mean the part that gives me heartburn. Math! I printed out several copies of the Illustrator pattern, looked up a few math calculations for triangles I had long forgotten, and went to work figuring out the easiest way to make this sucker. Naturally, I decided strip piecing was in order, and I sewed and cut a bunch of the prints to some solid white fabric.

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I managed to finish the top a couple weeks ago before I went on vacation. I had hoped to finish the quilting prior to my trip back home to DC, but there is only so much time in a day! When I got back last week I quickly got back to work quilting. Here is a pic of the quilt I posted on Instagram before it was trimmed and quilted:

Modern Trellis

For the quilting I decided to do nice clean, straight lines. I love the look and generally don’t stray from straight lines when quilting on my domestic. I did diagonal lines along the large continuous trellis pieces, and vertical lines for the “background.” This weekend I got the binding on and am so happy with the outcome! The quilt ended up around 50×60 inches.

Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts

Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts

Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts

 

 

I used Mod Pod fabric by Michael Miller for the backing…I bought it just for this project, it is so yummy! Here is a pic of the back that shows off the quilting a little more, with help from my sister’s cat.

Modern Trellis Back - Must Love Quilts

Guess I’m ready to upload to the Modern Quilt Guild website! The prize this year is a year’s worth of Michael Miller fabric, and competition is stiff. There are SO many awesome entries, the judges have their work cut out for them! I’m looking forward to checking out the gallery over the next several days as the deadline approaches this Friday. Has anyone else entered their quilts in the challenge? Comment and add links to your blog with your MM entry below! I’d love to see what y’all are entering.

 

Retreat!!!!

For the past year I have been the VP of Events for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild. My absolute favorite part of belonging to the guild are our weekend retreats at Wimberley Quilt Ranch. Three weekends a year we book a long weekend at the ranch to quilt, socialize, and drink some wine. Anyone and everyone is welcome, with up to 12 spots available. The past couple retreats were pretty big (for us) at 10-11 folks a piece, but this past weekend we had a smaller crowd of 7, which meant more space for each of us! Here is a pic I snapped from my messy workspace.

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I felt like the weekend flew by and can’t wait until our next one in August. I did accomplish a few things that I’ll share! First up, finally finished quilting Water/Waves. I’m thinking of making another one in oranges and reds, and then matchstick quilting it in different thread colors. Now I just have to bind this sucker for it to be done!

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Next up is a variation of the baby quilt I shared a week or two ago. This was the original quilt idea, but I thought it was too big for a baby quilt. I’ll be expanding on the story behind this quilt in a later post, along with a tutorial for the block and different ways to arrange the block.

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I recently bought a fat quarter set of Joel Dewberry’s Boutanique, and I really want to try to get out of my comfort zone and quilt with a neutral other than white. I pieced one of Camille Rosekelly’s Fireworks blocks with some natural Essex Linen, but I’m not thrilled with the way it is looking. I haven’t decided what to do about it yet, so it will sit on my shelf for a while.

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I quilted a bajillion baby quilts I’ll share later this week once they are hopefully bound. Everyone I know is having babies, I think I need to just start keeping some on hand to give out as needed!

 

One of my favorite patterns is again by Camille Rosekelly. I have been wanting to piece an On A Whim quilt, but wanted to wait for the perfect fabric. I’ve had some of Josephine Kimberling’s Hope Chest fabric on my shelf for a while and I decided to try it out with the pattern. Again, not totally loving it. This is six of the eight fabrics in the collection I bought, and the quilt would be made up of two of each print. Someone on Instagram suggested I try a dark grey in the middle instead of the lighter grey, I might give that a go.

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Finally, we had the quilt stand to take photos of finished quilts and I finally got a pic of my Cape Anne quilt, the second quilt I ever started! I used the Charming Stars pattern from Moda Bake Shop.

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Long Time, No Post

I can’t believe it has been TWO MONTHS since I last posted. Lots of stuff going on with life and work, but I do have a new show & tell, which I *hope* to follow with a tutorial later this week. I’m moving next week from my apartment into a house, so it might not get posted until next month, but it will get done!

This quilt has a looooong story behind the planning and layout of the pattern. I’ll share more on that in my tutorial post. More importantly, it is for a dear friend who just had her first baby. We met a couple years back at Stitch Lab, during a Sewcial Lounge, here in Austin, TX. A small group of 6 of us were chatting and it turned out my friend and I lived in the same apartment complex and were both fairly new to Austin. We started hanging out and crafting together soon after, and have been friends ever since! It seems like just yesterday she and I were talking about her starting a family with her hubby, and a couple of weeks ago they welcomed a perfect baby boy into their lives! They are going to be awesome parents, and he is a very lucky baby.

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I think this quilt is perfectly sized for tummy time, and playtime! I actually machine-bound this one so they can throw it in the washing machine as many times as they like. I quilted the white squares with white thread diagonally, and quilted the teal and orange squares in their respective colors on the opposite diagonal.

Fabric and Flamingos

My goodness, I have been a busy bee with a whole lot of nuthin to show for it! I found some backing fabric for the heart quilt, so hopefully I’ll start quilting that soon. I’m *almost* done quilting the Water/Waves quilt, only 12 inches left to go! I started cutting fabric for a baby quilt/tutorial I hope to post Monday (the quilt top will hopefully be done, the quilting for sure, will not!). Last, but not least, I’ve been working feverishly on designing some fabric to print on Spoonflower. I have 8 million ideas in my head, but last week settled on a theme for my first attempt. Flamingos! Here is a little sneak peek at two of the flamingo lovebirds:

Corinne Sovey  |  Spoonflower Flamingos

I wish I had more quilty goodness to share, in the meantime, enjoy this picture of my adorable cat. :)

must love cats

Heart Quilt and Tutorial

I have been wanting to make a pixel heart quilt, a scrappy quilt, and an equilateral triangle quilt for a while now. I ultimately decided to combine the three and now I have my very own equilateral scrappy heart quilt! I painstakingly cut 3 small triangles out of 60% of my stash (in a particular colorway of course, I’m still too uptight to go too scrappy) and came up with the quilt below. I initially had an entirely different quilt in mind, but after playing on my design wall, decided this was the best option. I think it is my favorite quilt I’ve made! I still need to quilt it, but wanted to post it in time for Valentine’s Day. Here it is!!! Big thanks to my lil sis for holding it up for one of the photos. (Linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday)

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

The quilt ended up measuring around 50 inches by 60 inches. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to trim the top and bottom rows off to make the quilt square, or leave the jagged edges.

Are you ready to make one of your very own!?! First head on over to Fresh Lemons for her tutorial on cutting out equilateral triangles. My triangles started out as 4 inch strips, so the math even works out!

First up…How to piece the triangles together

Full disclosure: I am usually a press the seam to the side kinda gal. I personally think its easier to match points if they nest. That said, this quilt is far easier to make if you press your seams open. As long as you machine quilt the life out of it, after you are done the quilt should stand up fine over time. Before we look at how the whole quilt is constructed, let’s review how I pieced my triangles.

You are going to start off by placing two of your triangles together, right sides facing. Sew a quarter inch up one side.

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Time to press! As I said before, I think its easier to sew these types of triangles together if you can use the corners of the pressed open seams as guides. Take a look at how the piece should look from the front and back:

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Now that you have the seams pressed open, you will use those corners as guides. You are going to place the next triangle, right sides together, one on top of the other, just as before. Instead of worrying whether or not you’ve offset the triangle enough, use the openly pressed seam as your guide.

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Voila! You have three triangles sewn together and you can keep adding on. I like chain piecing, so I will sew triangles together in sets of two, and then put sets together to make into sets of four, etc. Goes a lot faster that way!

Heart Quilt | Must Love Quilts

Quilt Configuration

Okay, now that we know how to piece the triangles, let’s look at how the quilt actually pieces together. This quilt is made up of columns instead of rows. For my quilt I made 15 columns of 29 triangles each. Essentially you are sewing together rows of 29 triangles and then turning them on their side to form columns.

Sew your triangles together like this:

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Then turn them on their side and line them up as columns like this:

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

Finally, sew together your rows and you have your quilt!

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

The Heart

The heart is made up of 14 triangles that span 4 of your rows/columns. Use the coloring diagram at the bottom of this post to figure out where you want to place your heart, and pay close attention as you piece!

Heart Quilt Tutorial | Must Love Quilts

The possibilities are endless!

Initially I started out wanting the triangles to be white, every other triangle, like the two options below (forgive the colors, these were quickly illustrated files). Ultimately the heart just wasn’t visible enough, which is how I ended up with the cascading triangles.

Heart Quilt | Must Love Quilts

Heart Quilt | Must Love Quilts

I’ve included a diagram below so you can color your own heart quilts and use them as a reference when piecing your triangles. I also came up with a couple of other fun colorways in Illustrator I thought I’d share. Here is a rainbow version:

Heart Quilt | Must Love Quilts

My favorite is a gradient heart quilt. I think I might make this one and enter it in our local quilt show…if I do I’ll be sure to post pics!

Must Love Quilts | Heart Tutorial

Coloring Diagram :)  Just click on the picture and print! Hopefully it prints out properly on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.  Like with Water/Waves, I included more rows and columns just in case you want to make your version larger. You can also adjust the size of your triangles to make it bigger. 

Must Love Quilts | Heart Quilt Coloring Diagram

New Pattern & Tutorial Sneak Peek

I’ve been working on something this past week that I am so excited to post about! I just need to add two more columns to the quilt top and then I’ll be ready to post a full tutorial, pattern, and coloring sheet so you can make your very own versions! Stay tuned, it will 100% be happening this weekend. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek!

New Pattern Sneak Peek | Must Love Quilts