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2011 Quilt Projects

Here are my completed quilt projects for 2011…

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1.  Queen Sized Anna Griffin Quilt – COMPLETED February 6, 2011

Way back in the summer of 2009 I bought the fabric for this quilt – some beautiful Anna Griffin fabric that inspired me to make a huge quilt for our bed. I had never made a quilt before! So here we are in February 2011 and I am finally finished with this project. I the quilt professionally quilted by June Broughton of Redding, California. As with all my quilts, I did a pieced back so that when the top is folded down, the back is revealed. I used a wool batting which makes this light weight, but very warm. I hand stitched the binding myself (which was quite a chore).

Size of Quilt: 92″ X 92″

Fabrics Used: The main fabric making up the blocks is Anna Griffin.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. I had people discourage me from taking on this project as “the first quilt I had ever attempted.” But, as you can see – I finished it, and I love it!

Below are photos of the finished quilt:

2.  Holly’s Quilt – COMPLETED February 22, 2011

I have a new great-niece. Holly was born in December and I was so excited to design and stitch a quilt just for her. Holly’s mom, Sarah, indicated that she liked the colors green, pink and brown…so I searched until I found just the right color combination. The result, I think, is a very feminine baby quilt for a beautiful little girl!

Size of Quilt: 47″ X 40.5″

Fabrics Used: The block fabric is a combination of Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda and  Back Porch Bouquet by Bate and Taylor for Maywood Studios. I used a Kona Cotton solid in Deep Rose to frame each block and give it a little “pop” off the cream sashing. Also, for the first time, I made cornerstones in my sashing which I think gives the quilt a little whimsy. I pieced the border using left over scraps of the main fabric and bound it with a dainty pink stripe fabric by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics. The backing on this quilt is probably my most favorite to date. I used a Minky dot in off white which is absolutely fabulous. It is silky and so very, very soft – perfect for a baby. You can see all the Minky fabrics here. I used a silk batting – warm but light.

The Quilting: I quilted this with straight vertical lines in the sashing, then quilted around the inside of each block.

What I Learned Making this Quilt:

  • Although Minky fabric has a lot of stretch, it quilts up beautifully.
  • Cornerstones and a scrappy border add a lot of whimsy to a baby quilt.

Below are more photos:

3.  Shadow Box: A Monochromatic Challenge – COMPLETED March 26, 2011

I made this quilt for The Modern Quilt Guild Project Modern: Challenge 2 contest.  The challenge was to:

“Design and make a quilt that is monochromatic. Create interest, life and energy in a quilt by using tints, shades and tones of a single color.”

The quilt had to be a minimum size of 45″ X 45″ and be a completely original design. It was much harder than I thought to design a monochromatic quilt. I found a Google image which became my inspiration – a building casting its shadow over a parking lot. This inspiration motivated me to choose various shades of plum to recreate the idea of dusky shadows. I decided to have common elements running horizontally and vertically through the blocks, and used various widths of sashing to give the quilt some variety and interest. Because shadows often play tricks on our eyes, I decided to put little surprises (using a lighter fabric) in the sashing  which include various sizes of  rectangles and squares, and even a pinwheel.

Size of Quilt: 50″ X 50″

Fabrics Used: Kona Cotton Solids in Magenta, Pansy, Mulberry, Crocus, Petunia, and Violet. For the binding I used Oval Elements by Patricia Bravo in Amethyst.

The Quilting: The quilting was simple, straight lines following the vertical and horizontal lines of the quilt. I didn’t worry about making my lines completely straight, but allowed a bit of free form to them to replicate the movement of shadows. The back is pieced with a large pinwheel in the center and various width strips across the quilt.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • It takes some creativity and stretching one’s comfort levels to design a quilt from scratch.
  • Using one color is WAY harder than it looks.

The photo which inspired me:

More photos of the finished quilt:

4.  Kaffe Fassett Bohemian Style Quilt – COMPLETED June 12, 2011

I love Kaffe Fassett – I love his quilt designs, I adore his bright and bold fabrics, and I love the silky feel and quality of the fabrics produced by Westminster Fabrics. I decided to call this quilt “Bohemian-style” because of its bright, unconventional fabrics and silky feel…for some reason it reminds me of Romanian gypsy fabric. This quilt is very, very simple -but the bold fabrics are what make it pop. Each “block” is a 10″ square of fabric stitched together in a random order.

The back is mostly one piece of fabric, but I had some leftover 10.5″ blocks that I pieced in a strip across the middle.

Size of Quilt: 53″ X 53″

Fabrics Used: A variety of Kaffe Fassett fabrics in the blue, plum and pink ranges. The batting is silk – which I love for its soft drape and warmth.  The binding is a Kaffe stripe in purple and magenta colors.

The Quilting: A meandering stipple design.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • Simple is often best.

More photos of this quilt:

5.  Star Friendship Quilt – COMPLETED June 10, 2011

I made this quilt for my friend, Laura (read my blog post here). I had been thinking of making a quilt for Laura for some time…and then it came to me to make a pair of quilts – one for her and one for me, similar but different, a shared quilt of sorts that when used would make us think of each other, even though the miles separate us. This is Laura’s quilt – mine is not quite done yet. I made each star block approximately 6.75″ square (finished), sashed them with Kona white, and placed cornerstones of the main fabric in the horizontal sashing. I decided to give the quilt a scrappy feel by doing a pieced border.

For the back, I used some extra star blocks (one in each colorway) and pieced them together into a large stripe. I then used big pieces of one of the main fabrics and attached them to the top and bottom of the stripe. I crafted a label and fixed it to the bottom corner of the back.

**This quilt was featured on Modern Day Quilts on July 5, 2011

Size of Quilt: 50″ X 51″

Fabrics Used: Hope Valley by Denise Schmidt and Kona Cotton White.

The Quilting: Using white thread, a free-motion meandering stipple design

What I learned Making This Quilt:

  • Stippling is not all that hard after all!
  • How to make quarter square triangles

More Photos:

6.  P2 Modern Quilt-Along Quilt (COMPLETED August 8, 2011)

I made this quilt as part of the P2 Modern Quilt-Along group. The quilt-along was hosted by Charlie and Ryan at Patchwork Squared (their joint blog) and participants shared their progress on the Flickr Group. The center block was a unique block which I designed myself using a vintage quilt as inspiration. You can read more about my process for this on this post.

I pieced a unique back, as I do with all my quilts, using left over scraps of fabric from the front blocks and Kona Ash as the main gray fabric.

Size: 42.5″ X 43″

Fabric Used: This quilt is made up entirely of Kona Cotton solids – in my case I chose one of the pre-packaged color combinations of ash, white, mango, coal and turquoise (courtesy of the Fat Quarter Shop which sells a vast array of Kona Cotton Solids). Each block measures approximately 12″ (finished) and the quilt is sashed and bordered with the Kona Cotton Ash.

Quilting: I quilted this by machine using a free motion, meandering stipple pattern.

What I Learned Making This Quilt:

  • Almost every block in this quilt had new piecing skills for me – once again, I learned the value of the perfect 1/4 inch seam!
  • Modern style can be found in vintage quilts by changing up color and placement just a bit.
  • Solid quilts are so very beautiful.

More Photos:

7. Bright Holiday Coin Quilt (COMPLETED November 11, 2011)

This quilt was actually completely pieced way back in 2009 when I joined a quilt-a-long through a Flickr group. But, it took me nearly two years to actually sandwich and quilt the darn thing! I was still a very new quilter when I pieced this – and there are a lot of “mistakes” and inaccuracies…but I still love this quilt for its bright, happy, unconventional holiday fabrics.

Size: 53″ X 55″

Fabric Used: The main fabric for this quilt is by Clothworks – but because it has been so long, and I did not write down the collection name, I cannot remember the designer. I sashed this quilt with Kona Cotton white and used one of the lighter prints for the binding.

The Back: As with all my quilts, I did a pieced back using some of the “extra” coins in a strip and then using one of the dark and light fabrics to set off that strip.

Quilting: I decided to do a combination of straight line quilting and free motion (meandering stipple) quilting on this one. I stitched straight lines in the sashing and around the edges, and then did an all over meandering stitch in the coins

The Label: I used perl cotton to embroider my label, attaching it to the quilt with a blanket stitch.

What I Learned Making This Quilt:

  • It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you make – beauty is in the fabrics used.
  • Always finish what you start!
  • Embroidering the label is a more beautiful way to document a quilt than simply using fabric markers.

More Photos:

8. Woven Ribbons – AKA: Chocolate & Raspberry (COMPLETED November 28, 2011)

Despite its smallish size this lap quilt was a bear to piece. I call it  Chocolate & Raspberries, but it is actually named Woven Ribbons by Halli Keller and Nancy Reba who designed it. My local quilt shop offered a class last February 2011 for this quilt, and I jumped in to try doing something a little different. This pattern requires very careful cutting and exact 1/4″ seam allowances. Strips of 2.5″ wide fabric are pieced together into ten “stratas.” These are then cut into 1.5″ strips. THESE strips are then pieced, in a specific order, to create the woven ribbons appearance of the quilt. In the end, what you see are 1″ X 2″ rectangles which make up the pattern. If it sounds tedious, it is! I had to take frequent breaks from this quilt just to rest my eyes and my patience a little. But, that said, I am delighted with the finished result!

Size: 41.5″ X 58″

Fabric Used: I used fabrics in three tones of two colors (light, medium and dark in chocolate and raspberry) with a neutral ivory fabric for the little crosses. The fabrics were small repeating patterns which read like solids. I decided to use a deep chocolate brown to border the quilt as it allows the design to pop. And then I chose a dark raspberry fabric and some left over fabric from the front and stitched a pieced binding.

The Back: I used left over strata to do a pieced center for the back.

Quilting: The quilt is quilted in a free motion, meandering pattern, and I quilted four hearts in each corner.

The Label: Because this was a special quilt for my mom for Christmas … I designed a hand-embroidered label.

What I Learned Making This Quilt:

  • Patience is a necessity when making a bargello-type quilt – but the results are stunning!
  • Careful cutting and perfect seam allowances are important with intricate designs.

More Photos:

 

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