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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Madame Butterfly

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Madame Butterfly

It is time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival again hosted by Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side.  This is a chance for the quilters in the blogging community to participate in a virtual quilt show! What a concept!

My first entry this time around is Madame Butterfly!

Following my term as President of the Coastal Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara and Goleta, I was presented with a gift of 103 wonky log cabin blocks made in 3 sizes with solid fabrics.  The blocks came in 9″, 6″ and 3″ and most were signed by the members.

    

It was a bit of a challenge to come up with a plan for these blocks.  Here are some ideas that got tossed….

    

Somewhere along the line I remembered seeing the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt and I thought I might be able to come up with a similar design and Madame Butterfly was born.  She started out taller and skinnier…..

And then as the planning began in earnest, she turned into this.  I had to make quite a few more 3 ” blocks in order to get the shape of the butterfly that I wanted. This is the top completed hanging on my fence.

 

I had quite a few blocks left from my guild members so rather than making a quilt “back”, I made another front for a two sided quilt.  I wanted to continue the butterfly theme so I paper pieced a couple of butterflies to anchor this side. I had a lovely newsprint fabric that worked well with the butterflies and wonky log cabins.

The quilting was a big challenge on this quilt as the finished size is 100″ by 80″.  I started by quilting the paper pieced butterflies on the second side. Then I flipped it over and quilted the butterfly wings from the first side.  You can see the butterfly in the quilting in the wing.

            

    

Once the butterfly was quilted, it was time for the straight lines in the background.  Because I needed the lines to work away from the butterfly, it meant rolling the entire quilt into the throat of my Janome 6600 to complete the quilting.  It was quite a challenge but well worth it.

         

         

  The second side of the quilt uses the rest of the guild members blocks along with the  paper pieced butterflies in large frames. The local quilt show hung this quilt as a two sided exhibit so all the guild members could try to locate their blocks. You can see the outline of the large butterfly because the light is behind the quilt as it hung in our local quilt show.

Madame Butterfly was awarded Viewer’s Choice at our Harvest of Colors Biennial Quilt Show and I was thrilled to come up with a design that showed off the handiwork of all of the block contributors. And my granddaughters like it too!

Thanks for checking in.  I hope you are enjoying all of the quilts that are showcased in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I am entering this quilt in Original Design.

Irelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Quilter’s Challenge Quilt

Coastal Quilter’s Challenge Quilt

Several months ago, I mentioned that I was perusing book covers to find inspiration for our Coastal Quilter’s Challenge.  The challenge was “Judging a Book by it’s Cover” and we were supposed to find a book cover as the inspiration for a wall hanging. You can see some of my book choices here.  I didn’t post my book choice in that post because I didn’t want to give it away but here it is…..

I wasn’t crazy about the title and have NO idea what the book is about but found the colors and the cityscape intriguing and wanted to use it as my inspiration. While finding orange and blue fabrics in my stash, I came across the beginning of a wallhanging that I had started when Tangerine was the color of the year.  I thought this would be a good start for the challenge even though I had no idea where I would go with it. (sorry for the lousy photo)

I strip pieced more orange and blues together and then inspiration really hit and I decided to put the cityscape in the circle.  As I hand appliqued the cityscape into the circle, I started thinking about being centered in your family, your relationships and your community.  The title of the piece was born – “Centered” and I had a connection to the title “Back to Blood” as in family.

One part of the challenge was to include the “challenge fabric” in our piece somewhere and mine was part of my cityscape.  I machine quilted the borders and added handquilting in the center to finish it off.

I am very happy with the final piece and believe I met the challenge of finding inspiration in a book cover.

I am linking up to Finish it Up Friday.  Lots of great things to see over there.

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

 

 

Jaylen’s Wonky Geese Quilt

Jaylen’s Wonky Geese Quilt

Continuing with the theme of wonky flying geese, I used two different sizes of geese on this quilt.  Again my inspiration came from Pinterest.

I used a grey background with Malka Dubrawsky’s collection A Stitch in Time by Moda for the geese and scrappy border.  You can still get that fabric line here and here.

Here is the inspiration photo from pinterest.  It is actually a poster from 1958.  It’s amazing where you can find inspiration for a quilt pattern. Clearly I took artistic license to create my quilt pattern. I used two sizes of geese and flipped them around.

Here are more photos of the quilt.  I quilted this one myself using randomly placed triangles made from templates of the geese.

  

I used fat quarters of the same fabric collection in a different color way for the back of the quilt. I sashed it with the same grey from the front and bound the quilt with the same scrappy 2 1/2 inch strips that I used for the scrappy border.

This pattern is available in my Etsy Shop.

I am linking to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations and Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party at Sew Many Ways.  Both blogs have lots of fabulous links to check out if you have some time.

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

 

 

 

 

Chevron Improv

Chevron Improv

I love Lotta Jansdotter’s first line of fabric, Echo and knew I wanted to do something modern and outside the box for me.

I get inspiration for quilt designs from viewing the architecture and art sections of Pinterest and when I saw this image, it spoke quilt to me.

I think this could be windows in a building reflecting the images around it but it is the graphic chevrons that appealed to me. I pulled my fat quarters of Echo and cut them into various widths.  I ordered additional yardage of the Ironwood Aneta from Superbuzzy to use at the top of the chevrons and found a solid in my stash that was perfect color of taupe.  I used narrow strips of white sashing to set off the prints in the row and added random rectangles for additional interest. My wonderful long arm quilter Heidi Duryea from Rocky Mountain Quilting did the quilting.  I asked her to keep it simple and modern and she did a fabulous job as usual.

I am still working on my photography and finding the best ways to photograph my quilts for my blog. Here are some additional outtakes from my photo shoot. Photography is a learned skill and I am definitely still learning.

         

Where do you get inspiration for your quilt designs?

I am linking up to Sew Modern Mondays, Sew Darn Crafty and Quiltstory. Thanks to all of you for sponsoring linky parties!  I love checking out all the creativity in blogland.

Thanks for checking in.   Update:  This quilt won FIRST PLACE in our local quilt show!  I’m linking to Val’s Quilting for Awards Quilts in the archives.

Irelle

 

 

 

Americana Quilt

I’m updating this blog post to link up with Sew Many Ways for the theme of Red, White and Blue and to include another version of this quilt.

Original Blog Post from 2/7/2012…..

I’m still on the blog theme of quilts gifts from Christmas as I was not able to blog about them as they were completed due to the surprise factor. My sister-in-law, Mary requested an Americana Quilt when I discussed quilt themes with her.  Using more traditional fabrics was a bit outside the box for me but I love the result.

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Work in Progress – Janelle’s Quilt

Work in Progress – Janelle’s Quilt

After two years of stashing the fabric that Tracey, my daughter, chose for my granddaughter Janelle’s twin size quilt – I finally got started.  We had a Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild Sew Day on Saturday and it was the perfect time to start this quilt.  The focus fabric is the tulips and we chose coordinating colorful prints to make this a great quilt for a 3 year old.

The tulips came in a panel that I cut apart and then bordered with two different fabrics.  I also made some Disappearing 4-Patch blocks.  I did some scrappy log cabin but Tracey thought they were too busy so I will put them on the back.  We decided on square in a square for the remaining blocks.

Now I just need to add the white sashing and then the coordinating border.  This is the border fabric.  There are four horizontal strips so I will cut them apart and add them as a border and then I’m going to bind in red.

My goal is to have this complete by the time I leave for Sisters, Oregon on July 7th.  I’m linking to WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced.  Lots of projects to check out there!

Thanks for checking in.

 

Irelle

 

Works in Progress

Works in Progress

I am trying to get my blogging schedule back in a better routine after my move. Blog posts two days in a row is a start :)

I taught my first quilting class at Roxanne’s, A Wish and A Dream in Carpinteria on May 21st.  We are making my Stars and Stripes Americana Quilt.

While my students worked on sewing red and white Half Square Triangles, I worked on HSTs using Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda to make a zig zag quilt.

On Saturday, I taught an all day quilt class on my “Anna Quilt”. I’ve made this pattern in 4 different fabrics (see those quilts here) and started a new one while my students were busy with their projects.  Here is my top in progress.

This top is made with “Grow With Me” by Katie Strain, Arrin Turnmire and Deb Strain for Moda.  It is an adorable baby boy collection and perfect for my daughter’s friends Alex and Doug and their new twin boys.  Its off to Heidi at Rocky Mountain Quilting for some long arm magic before we gift it to the twins.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress with finishing these projects.

I’m linking to Freshly Pieced, WIP Wednesday.

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

 

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilt

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilt

It’s that time again – Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side is hosting the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This is an opportunity for bloggers all over the world to post photos of their quilts so we can all enjoy a virtual quilt show.  Thanks to Amy!

My quilt for this Festival is my version of Facade.  Rachel Griffith from P.S. I Quilt did a Build a Quilt Workshop online about 6 months ago.  I used the workshop quilt as the center of my quilt.  The blocks were made up of half square triangles and a rectangle to make a 4″x6″ block.  I wanted to showcase the fabulous Heirloom collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics in my quilt rather than a more scrappy effect so I chose to combine HST’s of the same fabric so you see a larger block of each print.

Once the center was complete, I decided to make a larger version of the block to surround the center section using the larger blocks horizontally on the sides and vertically on the top and bottom.  I added a couple of borders to complete the queen size quilt top.

    

Heirloom comes in three different colorways. (You can still get this fabulous collection here and here.) I used a combination of the Ruby and Sapphire Palettes in my quilt top.  And then I used the remaining fat quarters from those two palettes to piece the back along with some tone on tone white.

    

I made pillow cases and pillow shams out of some of the Heirloom prints to complete my bed ensemble. Heidi Duryea from Rocky Mountain Quilting did the quilting for me. She does a wonderful job.

    

I am thrilled to have this beautiful quilt on my bed. I love this fabric collection and it makes my room bright and happy although I’m not typically a pink kind of girl.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  It’s been pretty quiet around here the last couple of months as I have been in the middle of a major move.  Things have finally settled down so I hope to get back into a more regular routine of blogging my creative efforts. I hope you’ll check in again.

Thanks again to Amy for hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival!

Irelle

 

 

 

 

For Baby Angelina

For Baby Angelina

I am going to a baby shower on Saturday for my daughter-in-law’s cousin Mikaela who also happened to be the nanny for my twin grandchildren, Michael and Giuliana when they were born in 2009.  Mikaela feels like family even though we are not technically related.  She is expecting a baby girl in May.  She picked out some fabric for the nursery and asked me to make a couple of banners.  Here they are hanging in my livingroom.

The center two fabrics with the brown background were the main fabrics along with some coordinating colors. I don’t know the collection for most of the fabrics as Mikaela gave them to me. I added some from my stash including several colors of Grow with Me by Moda to complete the banner and then used the same fabric for a quilt.

    

I modified a pattern by Joel Dewberry called Heirloom Album that I found in the Fall 2011 issue of Fabric Trends – it is also on the cover.  I used the pink square on white fabric of Aneela Hoey’s Sherbet Pips collection by Moda for the connecting strips and a jelly role of snow made it go together really easily.

    

I used Ann Kelle’s Argyle in Peony for Robert Kaufman on the back with a couple of leftover fat quarters and one of my favorite fat quarters from my stash – Cape Ann by Moda.

I had enough scraps leftover that I made another quilt top with the same fabric but I’ll save that for another day.

I’m linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Sew & Tell at AmyLouWhoSews.   It’s Monday and now I’m linking to Canoe Ridge Creations Sew Mondern Monday and Sew Many Ways.

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

A new challenge – teaching….

A new challenge – teaching….

Our local quilt shop in Carpinteria, CA, Roxanne’s – A Wish and a Dream has asked me to teach a couple of classes using my original patterns. I am flattered and nervous and excited and scared all wrapped up in one! I have been scrambling to get the two samples made and have the pattern tested – thanks, Bee!

The first class I will be teaching is my Anna Quilt.  I love this pattern. I am working hard on getting the pattern published.  Who knew it was so hard to write clear, consise instructions for constructing a quilt!! The pattern is versatile and goes together very easily.  My sample for the class is using the boy version of Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.  If you’re local, Roxanne’s carries a good selection of the fabric.  If not, you can find it here and here.

    

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