I don’t know about you, but Christmas is on my mind! This week is the Austin Modern Quilt Guild Holiday Party, which should be super fun. The theme this year is sewing accessories, so I made the zipper pouch below. I had drawn some kitty faces and thought they’d be cute to applique onto the bag, and I think it’s pretty cute!
Anyone else making handmade gifts this year? I mocked up a quick gift tag printable you are welcome to use. Just click on the image and print from your browser! Easy as that. Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday so far.
For those of you who don’t know, Sew Mama Sew is doing their bi-annual Giveaway Day! I decided to offer a free copy of my Modern Trellis pattern to 5 winners. Winners will be sent a pdf copy of the pattern, so international folks are welcome to enter.
Just leave a comment below. Comments will be closed on December 12th at 5pm Pacific. I will use a random number generator on the 13th to choose the winner. If you follow my blog go ahead and comment twice for an extra chance to win. That’s it!
Hop on over to Sew Mama Sew to check out all the other awesome giveaways. There is some awesome stuff on there, and lots of awesome bloggers, so go make new friends. 🙂
With Quiltcon just months away, I recently tried putting on my modern hat. I sadly didn’t finish my Michael Miller Challenge quilt (the aqua won and the top is done and spray basted, but I just didn’t have time to quilt it). I unfortunately had to travel for work this past month and got sick immediately upon my return, so my quilting hours were severely limited. I decided to focus my efforts on a different design that I came up with earlier this month. My initial source of inspiration was this card I found advertising a type of coffee you can get at Starbucks. I am totally in love with the angles, lines and triangles, so I challenged myself to use these elements to come up with my own design.
I’m constantly striving to be more creative, so it important to me that I find inspiration in elements of design, rather than taking another person’s art and making it in textile format. While that in and of itself is a challenge, I want the design to be 100% mine, and the only way to do that is to take in all of the creativity surrounding you, and giving it your own voice. I ended up experimenting in Illustrator with intersecting lines at 60 degree angles, and came up with this.
I had some Cotton + Steel basics lying around that I just knew would be perfect for this quilt. I wanted to stay true to the shapes in the design, so I ended up using a million and a half partial seams in order to construct the quilt. It was a learning process and I got the hang of it approximately 60% of the way through the quilt. I had to seam rip quite a bit, but ended up happy with the ultimate result. I came to the realization that my least favorite part of quilting is naming the quilt, so I reached out to my dad for some help. He came up with “Crossing the Line” which I think fits the quilt perfectly. I think the MQG had a lot of entries this year for Quiltcon, but I’m still super hopeful this makes it in. Did anyone else enter any quilts? I’d love for you to comment below with a link to your blog post about the quilts you entered!
Finished Quilt Size: Approximately 60×70 inches – Another good couch quilt 🙂
Side note: Yes, my blog has been decorated for Christmas. I’m a huge Christmas nerd. Happy Holidays! Linking up to Freshly Pieced
for WIP Wednesday. Technically the binding is still glue basted and needs stitched.