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Waves

Waves

This is my second entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This quilt is in the small quilt category as the perimeter measures about 120″.  This quilt was another challenge but this time from my local Coastal Quilters Guild.

 

Every year our guild has a challenge committee that comes up with the rules for our annual challenge.  This year the theme was “Monkeying Around”.  Each challenge entry had to use the Monkey Wrench (Churn Dash) block and their imagination.

My main idea was to do a wall hanging with waves.  One day I was perusing Pinterest or Google and looking for waves and came accross ‘Big Wave’ by Linda Kemshall Storm at Sea.  What a great quilt.  Apparently it was inspired by Hokusai’s “The great wave off Kanagawa”.  I didn’t know anything about that painting but my Art History major daughter told me about it.  You can find it on Pinterest if you search for Storm at Sea.  I don’t have permission to post a photo of it here. Linda’s quilt provided just the right inspiration for me to pursue my idea of a wave wallhanging.

My next step was to Google images of Waves.  I set up a folder on my computer and reviewed the many, many pictures I saved over and over again.  I finally settled on a Clip Art.

It had the basic idea I was trying to achieve – now I just had to figure out how to do it with fabric and churn dash blocks.

So I pulled tans, beiges, turquoise, aqua, light blues and yellows from my stash.  I needed a LITTLE churn dash block pattern.  I didn’t want to have to draft my own.  There is a Churn Dash block in the Farmer’s Wife book but it finishes 6″ and I thought that was too big.  I searched the internet and found instructions to make four inch blocks – perfect!

Sooooo – I made four yellow, 14 sky blue, 18 turquoise water and 16 sand tan!  That’s 52 four inch churn dash blocks – about half way through, I was certain I was nuts!

I realized pretty quickly that I was going to need a bit more color for some of the areas so I added a radomly pieced section of the sky and the water in order to get the size I needed.

I drew the wave shapes onto freezer paper to use as a pattern. The scariest step was cutting the waves out of the turquoise “made” fabric!  I cut the largest wave first as it encompasses the entire width of the piece.

Once the first wave was cut, I could use the rest of the “made” fabric for the other waves.  In some cases, I sewed cut pieces together to get large enough pieces but since there is quite a bit of overlap of the waves, the piecing was not a problem.

You can see some of the design process in this photo.  In order to achieve the deliniation between the sky, water and sand, I “bound” the edges of the cut pieces with white to emphasize the shapes. I wanted to use continuous prairie points for the sun and made them in two sizes for more dimension.

         

The first photo above is still in progress and the second one has all the pieces basted in place and ready for quilting!

I found some pretty cool sky quilting images online and tried to get ideas for the waves and the sand as well.  I thought it would be very effective if I could quilt some shells and flip flops into the sand.  Check out the quilting detail below.

         

And the sand…..

 

This was a great project and so much fun to experiment with traditional shapes and modern design and LOTS of free motion quilting.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my process and my finished wall hanging!

The quilting shows up much better in the photo taken on the shady side of the house :)

Thanks for checking in.  I hope you are enjoying all the fabulous quilts displayed in Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

Irelle

 

 

 

Moons on Angle Mountain – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Moons on Angle Mountain – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

 

It’s that time in the spring when Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side hosts the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This entry is in the Modern Quilt category.  This quilt was made as part of the Riley Blake Challenge sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild.

Here is my finished quilt!

If you want to know more about my design process – read on:

I usually start with graph paper and try to put my ideas into some kind of a design concept and that is how this one started.  I knew I wanted some circular elements and triangles with a touch of zig zag.  Once I got the general idea down on paper, I started building the elements. Here is the rough sketch that I began with.

The first step was the triangle section on the bottom left.  Once I got  started with Julie Herman’s Jaybird Quilts pattern Chopsticks, I decided it didn’t need the half circle on that side.

Next I cut long strips of several fabrics to make a zig zag that would go over the triangle section.

I knew I wanted to fill the empty spaces with negative space and the circular elements so the next step was designing those half circle sections. I only took photos of two in progress but there was a third as well. I used a wedge ruler for these sections and scoured photos of quilts on blogs and pinterest to get some ideas of different designs for these sections.

        

With the bottom right section attached to the triangle section, I had a large “V” shaped section to fill. I knew this would be the most challenging part. I had to cut and sew the last piece of negative space into the “V” of the zig zag with two more circular elements as part of that section.

Laying it out on my cutting table only emphasized the challenge so I ended up working on the floor to make sure it would lie flat.  Miraculously it worked and my quilt top was nearly complete.

My navy, aqua and grey color scheme seemed a little flat at this point.  I needed a pop of color! Bright color!  So enter Prairie points in orange and lime!  There is a fabulous tutorial by Penny at SewTakeAHike on how to make continuous prairie points that worked perfectly for this project.  You can find it here.

Now about the quilting…..  I am a bit of a beginner on free motion quilting.  I do alot of quilting with my walking foot but the free motion quilting is still a bit of a challenge. I poured over Natalia Bonner’s book “Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting” and Angelea Walter’s two books, “Free Motion Quilting” and “In The Studio with Angela Walters” and tried to come up with quilting elements that would enhance my quilt design.  Plus, I needed designs that I could handle on my home machine.

I started with the large half cirle on the right.  That part was easy.

Next I started on the triangle section.  I decided to do an orange peel type pattern in the section of the large print triangles and fill in the center section with pebbles.  You can see that detail here along with the mini dresden plates that I quilted in the center of the grey triangles although I did those next to last.  I used an Aurifil varigated thread for all of the aqua and navy sections which might not have been the best choice as some of it gets lost in the fabric.

Straight lines with my walking foot in the zig zag portion.

I traced a couple of large dresden plates in the negative space to add visual interest and then spent several hours quilting spirals in the negative space around them on the bottom right of the quilt.  HOURS!

I also quilted a dresden plate with echo quilting in the top left section of the quilt.

I wanted to do a sunburst quilting pattern from the top right half circle but it gets a bit lost in the pebbles that I used as filler for that section.  It’s amazing how LONG it takes to quilt pebbles!

        

Overall, I was very pleased with how my quilting enhances the design.  Practice makes perfect so I am definitely getting better.  I can see the flaws but the overall quilt is exactly what I had in my head.  I used the leftover Riley Blake prints along with a print called Moondance by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit on the back.

Here’s a few more shots of the quilt.  My photography isn’t the best but I’m working at that too!

 

So that’s the tale of my Riley Blake Challenge Quilt – Moons on Angle Mountain!  I hope you enjoyed the process and the finished product.  I am very pleased with this result!

Thanks for checking in.  I hope you have had a chance to visit ALL of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival entires.  Thanks to Amy for her hosting.

Irelle

 

 

Jungle Animals Baby Quilt

Jungle Animals Baby Quilt

Wow – this one was FUN!

This quilt is a commissioned baby quilt for a baby boy born last fall. I love this bright print with squares of animals and birds that has been in my stash awhile.  I paired it with a coordinating tossed animal print on a white background, hippos and numbers for a fun and bright design.

I started this one by fussy cutting three large blocks of animals and then individual animals and groups of animals from the focus fabric and put them on my design wall.  I pulled coordinating solids and  prints from my stash and cut them into varying widths of strips.

    

That’s when the fun began.  I added single borders to the large blocks and then started with the smaller sections.  Sometimes a single border, sometimes a double border and playing with the placement like a puzzle.  Where I had a gap, I added additional strips to one side or the other to make the piece the right size.  I also added strips to larger sections to make it all fit together.

    

I love how the number prints and coordinating animals on white fill in between the bordered animals.

The final result is a bright, colorful baby quilt that can be used for years.  I used extra yardage of the numbers and tossed animals on the back.  More photos follow.

         

and more photos….

         

I quilted this on my home machine using loops and stars and bound it in a fabulous stripe by Anne Kelle.

      

This was such a fun quilt to work on with those cute little animals and the bright colors.  I think the baby boy that is getting this quilt should be a happy one!

Thanks for checking in.  I’m linking to Fabric Tuesday.

Irelle

 

 

 

Isabella’s Duffle Bag

Isabella’s Duffle Bag

My granddaughter Isabella requested a duffle bag for her 11th birthday.  She chose the fabric when she was visiting last month.

I used the  Travel Duffle Bag pattern from ByAnnie.com along with the fabulous Soft & Stable product from the same website.  Soft and Stable is a foam like product that gives wonderful stability and shape to purses and bags.  The webiste also sells finishing kits, zippers and hardware for all of their patterns.

I spent several hours on Friday night, quilting the fabric and cutting out the pieces so I would be ready to go for our Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild Sew Day on Saturday.  This pattern is very detail oriented and time consuming, but I love the result. One of the first components of the bag that I completed were the end pieces, and my fellow quilters insisted that I must be making oven mitts or slippers.  These photos are for their benefit :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also promised to follow the directions on the pattern which is hard for me to do and I confess that I deviated slightly on this one as well.  The pattern instructions were to assemble the duffle bag and as a last step, bind the raw seam allowances inside the duffle.  I have struggled with this step in making bags in the past so I decided to bind the duffle body and the two end pieces above SEPARATELY FIRST – before assembling the bag.  I was aware that the inside would then have two bound edges in each seam but for ease of sewing, I thought it was worth it.  The photos above show the end pieces bound!

         

It was very easy to bind the pieces individually and the second photo shows the binding on the inside.

There were a total of three zippers – two on outside pockets and a double-slide zipper for the top.  Since I bound the entire duffle body before I put in the top zipper, I loved the finished look around the zipper.

The handles and strap were made with fabric covered strapping and the hardware made the finished product very professional looking.  If you are a visual learner, this bag pattern doesn’t have alot of photos which can be challenging but the instructions were well written.

Lots more photos!

        

The details include pockets on both ends, a center pocket on the back, two zippered pockets and a center pocket on the front, a divided pocket on the inside, two handles as well as a carrying strap that has a cushioned pad and is adjustable. There are even zipper pulls from the coordinating fabric.  As noted, lots of details but it makes for a very professional project.

I would suggest that this bag is for intermediate sewists and you can probably purchase one for less than it costs to make this but as a special project for a special person – it’s fabulous!

Thanks for checking in!

Irelle

 

 

Navy and White for Crew

Navy and White for Crew

My daughter-in-law’s sister-in-law had a second baby boy last month so I had another excuse to make a baby quilt.  Fallon, the mom, wanted navy and white.  I ordered a number of graphic navy and white prints and got started with a simple quilt design.

         

I started with the idea of putting all the blocks together with no sashing but I thought it was too busy.  The next idea was to join 4 blocks with a secondary pattern in the center of each, off set them and add white sashing.  It worked.

I used a navy and white minky fabric on the back and did straight line quilting.  I love it!

          

This will be a nice, cozy quilt for a cute baby boy!

          

This was a great project and I loved making it!

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

HST Sampler

HST Sampler

I love the versatility of Half Square Triangles.  When Jeni Baker at In Color Order did a HST Block of the Month Quilt Along I signed up and followed along.  It was 2012 and I completed the quilt in 2013 but did not do a post on it so I’m sharing about it now.

I chose a collection called Summersault by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit.  I paired it with bright white and the first step is making ALL THOSE HSTs!!  I love my BlocLoc ruler.  It has a groove that butts up against the seam and allows you to trim the HST square.  They also have rectangle and flying geese rulers which I can’t wait to try.  You can get them at Fat Quarter Shop or at the BlocLoc website here.

         

Here are the first two blocks.

          

And a few more:

I worked along through out the year and finally finished all the blocks.

My favorite long arm quilter, Heidi from Rocky Mountain Quilting did the quilting once I completed the top and here are some shots of the finished quilt.

    

And a couple more….

    

I am including this quilt in the donation quilts to Fostering Friends that our Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild has adopted as our local charity.  We need 30 quilts by May for the foster kids that are “graduating” out of foster care.

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

 

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

I have so many projects in the works, it’s hard to keep track.  Good thing I keep a list!

First up is the “Lunch Box” quilt that I am making as a sample for Roxanne’s, A Wish and a Dream in Carpinteria.  The pattern is by Lakehouse Dry Goods as is the fabric!  I need to make the back and get it quilted so they can hang it in the shop and sell kits!

Next up is binding, pillow shams and throw pillows to go with these two tops.  I expect them back from Heidi at Rocky Mountain Quilting by Friday.  I am making twin “Bed in a Bag” quilts for my granddaughter’s preschool auction on March 1st.  Not much time to spare on this project.

         

And if that doesn’t keep me busy through the weekend, I have a baby quilt to make using these fabrics.

         

I think it will be fun!  Bright and cheery.  I’m planning to border the animals with the strips and fill in with the other prints.  Check in later for my finished quilt!

Thanks for checking in .  I’m linking to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

 

Irelle

2013 Recap – Quilts

2013 Recap – Quilts

I love looking back at the year to see what I was able to accomplish and this year was no different. I was a busy girl so the recap is broken into several posts.  Group Quilts was posted last week and you can see that one here. Today’s post is my quilt recap for 2013.  Here’s the Mosaic with details below:

Row 1 Quilt 1:  Lines in Linen – This quilt was made for the Madrona Road Challenge sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild.  I used the Madrona Road fabric and mixed it with linen.  This quilt was accepted into the Modern Exhibit at the International Quilt Show in Houston and is traveling for awhile.  You can read more about that quilt here.

Row 1 Quilt 2 and 3: Janelle’s Quilt – I made this twin size reversible quilt for my granddaughter Janelle.  My daughter chose the main fabric and I built around it with other coordinating fabric and even made floor length curtains for three windows with the turquoise fabric from the Little Apples collection by Anela Hooey.  The curtains alone took 12 yards of fabric!  More here.

Row 1 Quilt 4:  Kaffe Diamonds – This is a queen sized quilt for my bed and I love it.  Big challenge from the class with Kaffe to the completion but well worth the effort.  Post here.

Row 2 Quilt 1: Jaylen’s Wonky Geese - Kaffe version.

Row 2 Quilt 2: HST Block of the Month. No post yet but this was a Block of the Month sponsored by In Color Order and she now has a pattern available for this.

Row 2 Quilt 3: The Isabella Quilt – This is an original pattern available in my Etsy Shop but I haven’t done a post on this one yet.

Row 2 Quilt 4:  Book Challenge Quilt.  This quilt was done for our local Coastal Quilters annual challenge and in 2013 it was called Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.  The quilt was to be based on a book cover but not a replica.  See more here.

Row 3 Quilt 1:  Jack & Lulu Baby Quilt – I made this for my daugher to give as a gift at a baby shower. Post here.

Row 3 Quilt 2:  Boston Strong Quilt – Our local quilt shop – Roxanne’s A Wish and A Dream in Carpinteria, CA sponsored a quilt drive to make these quilts for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing where a dear friend was injured.  I made blocks, quilted several and the final donated total was 23!

Row 3 Quilt 3: Brown String Quilt for Fostering Friends.

Row 3 Quilt 4: Log Cabin Quilt for Fostering Friends.  See post on charity quilts here.

Row 4 Quilt 1: Mystery Quilt – I started this in a class at Long Beach International a couple of years ago.  Post here.

Row 4 Quilt 2 and 3:  Princess Beach Quilts for Janelle and Jaylen  I have lots of photos of these but no post yet.

Row 4 Quilt 4:  Blah La La – This quilt was made in a class at Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats with Freddy Moran.  No post yet but coming!

Row 5 Quilt 1 and 2 – The Oaks Doll Room Quilts – See post here.

Row 5 Quilt 3: Alphabet Rainbow Baby Quilt – Commission for a friend.  No post yet.

Row 5 Quilt 4:  Double Wedding Ring Challenge for NYC Modern Quilt Guild – post here.

So there’s the recap – reminds me of my missing posts for 2013 and I already have two finishes for 2014!

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

2013 Recap – Group Quilts

2013 Recap – Group Quilts

My blogging activity was erratic at best in 2013 but my sewing and quilting was very busy!  I worked on a number of group projects as well as charity quilts, challenge quilts and lots of quilt projects just for me!  I haven’t even blogged about some of these finishes but hope to get that accomplished in the next couple of weeks.  Here is the quick recap!

Group quilts!

Row 1:  so Good Stitches – Grace Circle:  Front and Back.  Blocks made by group members, assembled, quilted and bound by Irelle

Row 2:  Quilt Con Charity Quilt:  Blocks made by members of the Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild – Top and back assembled by Irelle, basted by Katherine, quilted by Susanne and bound by Virginia

Rail Fence Charity Quilt – blocks made by Liz Zok and assembled and bound by Irelle – donated to Fostering Friends

Row 3:  Kaffe and Solid Charity Quilt:  Fabric packets assembled and donated by Irelle; blocks made by Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild; assembled, quilted and bound by Irelle – donated to Fostering Friends

Yellow, Black & Grey Charity Quilt: Fabric packets assembled and donated by Irelle; blocks made by Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild; assembled, quilted and bound by Irelle – will be donated to Fostering Friends

Row 4: Madrona Road Challenge Blocks made by Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild – assembled and bound by Irelle

Thanks for checking in.  Stay tuned for more 2013 recap posts.

Irelle

 

 

Quilting for do Good Stitches

Quilting for do Good Stitches

Last summer, I joined an online bee with the purpose of making charity quilts.  Rachel from Stitched in Color started this group of bees called “do Good Stitches”, a Charity Bee and posted the need for additional quilters last summer so I immediately signed up.  You can read more about this group here.  I was assigned to the Grace Circle.  You can see photos of past quilts made by our circle here.

September was my turn to choose a pattern and send instructions for the group.  I chose one of Alyssa Haight Carlton’s blocks from her Modern Block of the Month over at Sew Mama Sew.  My local modern guild had used this pattern for a donation quilt last year and I thought it would be fun to do an entire quilt with this block.

Here is the graphic of the block from the Sew Mama Sew blog.

The only instructions I gave my Grace Circle was to use any color grey as the neutral and only solids – any colors – their choice.  They all did a FABULOUS job!!  Interestingly the blocks ALL used only three colors of grey so my design was able to group them together for an interesting modern design.  This quilt measures 67″ by 72″ so it should make some young adult very happy.

I did circular quilting starting each spiral in the center of the large squares.  AND the quilt is two sided with more blocks and design on the back.

Here’s a few closeup shots of the large squares with the quilting.

        

Here’s a few more shots of the front and back of the quilt.

    

This quilt is going to join a group of quilts being made by the Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild as our donation to Fostering Friends of the Assistance League.  This organization puts together care packages including our quilts for young adults that are “graduating” out of Foster Care and will be on their own for the first time. These young adults range in age from 18 to 24 and most have lived quite some time in group homes.  We are happy to contribute to this wonderful organization.

I’m linking to Quilt Story!

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle