Friday, November 15, 2013

Paloma Quilt

It’s finished!

on the bed

The back


This was a commission quilt for a dear friend.  She told me that she liked soft colors, something that looks like it has been out in the sun for a couple of weeks then beaten with a rock. 
So I started looking for fabrics and came upon this gorgeous collection from Dear Stella, Paloma.

paloma collage

I added some fabrics from an older Dear Stella group, J’Adore, and even though it’s an older collection I managed to fine enough yardage of the Eiffel Tower for the backing. The low volume prints from Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet collection and Kate Spain's Sunnyside collection made the balance of the palette.

It wouldn't be a Susan quilt unless I added a lot more fabrics, so I used the color coordinator tool on Hawthorne Threads and selected some additional prints. I also went through my stash and pulled several fabrics. the pattern I selected was the Kitchen Windows pattern from Elizabeth Hartman’s book The Practical Guide to Patchwork.
Designing the blocks was fun as I fussy cut the fabrics to fit the pattern.
I quilted it in a spiral stipple using Isacord white.

On Thursday I had the opportunity to deliver the quilt in person. A mutual friend accompanied me and we had a wonderful lunch together in Vero Beach.
happy recipient2
Vero beach becky susan lauren

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Barcelona Quilt

I just found a post about this fun quilt. I intended to publish it in September.

It’s finished. The scraps I received from Brigitte at Zen Chic have been transformed. I decided rather than choosing a formal pattern I’d just have fun with the scraps and make wonky log cabins. I added some prints from the Comma and Architextures collections and threw in a few solids.
completed barcelona



Quilting detail

quilting detail

Fabric: Barcelona and Comma by Zen Chic, Archetextures by Carolyn Frielander, Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater, Bella solids by Moda, assorted stash fabrics
Pattern: Wonky Log Cabin
Batting: Hobbs washable wool
Thread: Superior Fantastico, Free motion quilting using Bernina 630
Size: 54” x 54”

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Scrappy Broken Dishes Quilt

Awhile ago I purchased two of Laura Gunn’s Edges charm packs. I think I had a plan for them, but they languished in my closet. I then bought a charm pack of the new summer 2013 Kona solids. Charm packs are 5” squares sold by manufacturers to market new lines.

Kona® Cotton, Summer '13 palette
I’ve been working on an lovely queen sized quilt which I just finished (post to follow) and I just wanted to sew something quick and easy.
I sorted through my scraps and found some orphan whites and cut 5” squares.  From the charm packs I picked out the colors of spring and summer and chose to make a baby quilt in the timeless broken dishes pattern. I have a lot of squares left over in an autumn palette which would make another nice quilt.
I haven't quilted it yet, it will go to my church group and will likely end up going to our hospital’s neo natal unit.
I love this pattern, there is so much movement. The top measures 41" square.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lemon Pepper Quilts

On a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest I had the occasion to stop at the wonderful Stitchin’ Post quilt shop in Sisters Oregon.
Stitchin post
It’s a beautiful quilt shop and I found a pattern named Lemon Pepper by a designer I didn’t know about, Kenna Ogg of Madison Cottage Design. I bought the pattern and a fat quarter kit to make a throw sized quilt.
Here’s a photo of the pattern (she designs other patterns too)
Madison Cottage Design Lemon Pepper
When I returned home I dug through my stash and had enough grey, mustard and black to make two quilts. One for me and one for our local hospice. The quilts were easy to make, and could be handled by a beginner. Any color way would work. I’m thinking of making it in green and yellow.
The quilts measure 63”x63” and are machine quilted. I did one with multiple lines of diagonal quilting (love those Riley Blake geeky glasses)
diagonal straight line quilting
The other one I did in a 4” cross hatch.
cross hatch quilting
I machine stitched the bindings on both quilts.
Besides having a wonderful quilt shop, Sisters, Oregon is at the foot of the Cascades. On our way out of town we captured this unforgettable image. The cowboys, horses and dogs are metal sculptures.
sisters cascades