A couple weeks ago now, I finished putting the binding on the Block of the Month quilt I started all the way back in August 2014 with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild. I finally had a chance to take full photos of it at my guild meeting this week.
I’m happy with this quilt and how it turned out. But more than anything - I’m really glad for the whole process of making it! It was a learning experience from start to finish. The block of the month really gave me the opportunity to learn new skills, and try new techniques that I wouldn’t have done on my own. Even the quilting was totally new for me, in my first time trying to use a long arm machine!
It’s now on our bed, crinkly and soft after washing!
* Approximately 84 x 84″ finished size
* Quilt blocks were made by me through a block of the month with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild
* Kona Cactus, Kona Ash and Kona Charcoal along with a variety of grey and black-and-white fabrics
* Pieced together in an improvised way to make a queen-sized quilt
Previous posts about the making of this quilt (there are a lot!) Many of these have links to the free online tutorials our guild used during the block of the month, if you’d like to try some of these blocks too:
I had a whole bag full of small, oddly-shaped scraps from foundation paper piecing the gemstones. I organized them roughly by size into small, medium and large. Then I sewed them on to pieces of paper - starting with smallest ones first, then working my way to larger scraps building outwards. This actually goes quite quickly and is kind of addictive! Then, I just trimmed into squares and rectangles.
The only annoying part of this process is taking out the paper from the backs of the blocks! I had to use tweezers quite a bit to get the little bits out.
Anyway, I’ve used up almost all my scraps now and have enough blocks to make something with. I’m thinking I’ll piece these blocks into a grey background - I also have grey scraps (Kona Shadow and Iron) left from my gemstone quilt to use up. I think I’ll work on this today and see where it goes!
New new obsession is quilting (if you follow me on Pinterest you will be nodding your head!) so this little project caught my eye. Skirts are one of the easiest things to sew, all you need is some fabric and elastic, but this little quilt pocket adds some real sweetness to what would otherwise be a plain skirt. Just watch out, because you might get addicted to quilting too!
Experimenting with the Lightning Bolt Block: A few weeks back I was playing around with some colour layouts with my Lightning Bolt block, for a “secret” quilt I’m making.
Rather than choosing one colour design, I decided to make it like a sampler quilt with different colours in each block. Since I’m using a limited palette, it’s fun to see how much the different colour designs can change the feeling of the block!
I’m using Kona solids for the whole thing: Banana, Buttercup, Papaya for the yellows; and Ash, Coal, Snow and Black for the neutrals. I’m nearly halfway done piecing, and I think this quilt will be really fun when it’s done!
The thousands of textiles currently housed at the Brooklyn Museum are prime examples of the vast global history of textile making and sewing traditions in New York City. In participation with New York Textile Month,we will be showcasing one textile per day for the month of September. While difficult to narrow it down to only thirty textiles, we think these works are best at weaving narratives about topics such as innovations in the textile industry, craft and the beauty of the handmade, textiles from legendary designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Anni Albers, as well as textiles with a sense of humor. Did you know that PeeWee’s Playhouse had a line of textiles made?
Anna Williams was an African-American quilter from Louisiana. She made quilts throughout her entire life, incorporating scraps of fabric including traditional printed cottons, unusual synthetics, and textiles adorned with sequins. In middle-age, she was recognized by artists and collectors who helped her exhibit and sell her quilts. The artist’s bold approach combines traditional block settings with free-flowing improvisation. What is truly masterful is her use of color. Although the quilt might appear chaotic at first, closer inspection recognizes that it is organized by pinwheel blocks. The acquisition of this quilt was an effort to expand the canon of the historical ones in the collection and include a quilt made by a woman of color.
Susan Beal, the PMQG 2012 President, wrote up a small tutorial for making a tote bag, which I loosely followed to make mine. I used wonky log cabin blocks that were intended for a quilt - but they measured 12x12 so they were perfect for this project.
This post is stuffed with links, so click away and be inspired :)