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.
November is a busy month for deadline sewing for me. I have to finish up my Michael Miller Fabric Challenge, and I’m working on a small challenge quilt for a traditional group of quilters that I unfortunately can’t share just yet. On top of that I’ve been feverishly working on some Christmas presents that I hope to actually have done before my flight home in December.
I’ve said before, I tend to sway more traditional than modern, despite enjoying modern quilting. I decided to use the new Michael Miller Challenge to do just that, challenge me. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and design something more modern, with more negative space, that I in no way would consider traditional. I started playing around straight lines and bars in Illustrator and eventually came up with the design below. I love plus quilts, so it’s a happy accident this is a more modern interpretation of the plus quilt.
Pastels are not my thing. I love bright happy colors, and if I choose pastels they are always an accent to brighter colors. When I see 3 or more pastels together I can’t help but think of children’s Easter decorations. I decided to go with an off-white neutral for the main part of my quilt rather than white, and originally wanted very subtle white lines to go up along the left side of the quilt. After putting it together, I saw some aqua fabric laying nearby and instantly knew I’d LOVE the aqua in place of the white. I took a photo and went into Photoshop to alter the white to aqua, just to see if I’d like it better. It wasn’t a matter of liking the white, I did like it a lot, but a matter of knowing I’d love the aqua. I went onto facebook and instagram to confirm my instinct, and this weekend I’ll be ripping out more seams to replace the white with aqua, once my additional cream fabric arrives.
Once the top is done I get to start quilting. I’m actually looking forward to this part on this one, because I want to play with the negative space. I don’t free motion on my domestic, so I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to play with straight lines. So far I have what you see below. Still thinking about what to do with the left side. What do y’all think?
Piece Out! (Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced)
My second entry for the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014 hosted by Amy’s Creative Side is my Modern Trellis Quilt. To start, I want to seriously thank everyone out there who has bought the pattern from my shop or commented on one of my previous posts. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the quilt community regarding this quilt and it means SO much to me.
This quilt was designed as part of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Challenge. The fabrics and colors were so “me” so it was fun sketching out ideas and narrowing it down to one that really inspired me. The ultimate quilt was inspired by the garden trellis/lattices you see out and about. There happens to be one in my neighbors yard that I can see out of the window in my quilting room. To modernize it a bit I decided to extend several of the color pieces to make a spiral or pinwheel shape. Lastly, I added the fading colors, because no matter how often that look is used, I love it just the same.
This quilt has really helped me to understand my journey as a quilter. I often find I’m not “modern” enough for the modern world, but I also don’t fit into the traditional world. Everyone likes to talk about branding, and signature looks/styles, and I understand the value in both. At the end of the day though, I want to make pretty things that I love. I always thought my quilts would get more modern as I stepped deeper into the quilting pool, but I find myself more and more drawn to traditional patterns in fresh fabrics. I’m looking forward to Quiltcon this upcoming winter to see how much that sways me back in the modern direction. Regardless, I’m going to just keep quilting.
Hello again everyone! I am so excited to be participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014 hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. I’ve never joined up with something like this before, and after looking through the posts, it sure is inspiring! What a great way for people around the world to share some of their favorite work. 🙂
Both my entries are ones my current blog followers have seen before. First up, my Texas HST quilt. I designed this quilt many months ago, when I was obsessed with triangles and state shapes. I moved to Texas 3.5 years ago, and I just love how it turned out! I wanted it to be abstract, but true to the shape of Texas. The pattern is available in my shop, and I’m hoping to get a few Texas Quilt Shops to carry the pattern in their stores. That alone is crazy exciting to me, since it initially was just a labor of love for my years in Texas so far.
This baby measures just under 50″ and sadly it is STILL sitting in my dining room waiting to be on the wall. Naturally, all the quilting is straight lines done on my domestic. I think despite the simple quilting it still looks pretty fun!
Speaking of Texas and Quilting, I’m excited to be heading to Houston tomorrow for my first ever International Quilt Festival experience! I hope to post some good pictures when I return. Happy Halloween everyone!
I don’t know about y’all, but I LOVE fall. Everything about it. The crisp air, football, leaves turning orange, and of course, pumpkins! I designed this block a few weeks ago and worked one up, but then got distracted by other projects. My friend Emily of Sew ET decided to work up a few of the blocks herself this past weekend, and I think it turned out adorable! Her pairing of fabric and the darker background really compliment the bright orange pumpkins. You can check out her blog post here. She also sells that yummy Peppered Cotton in Charcoal if y’all are interested.
I’m hoping I get to work a little bit on some fall themed projects this weekend in between sewing Christmas presents…I need a longer period of time between autumn and Christmas! It seems like I can’t ever enjoy my favorite seasons before my OTHER favorite season rolls around.
You can either click on the photo above to get to my Craftsy Shop for the Pumpkin Pattern, or you can Click Here. 🙂 Have fun and enjoy the season!