I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. It’s been a lot going on in my world, which of course is no excuse. BUT, if it’s any consolation, I have some really exciting things coming up here soon. Look for the first post on the 5th of April (So, it looks like we’ll be launching sometime in May. Stay posted!).
In the meantime, I took a few pictures of my latest quilt creation this weekend. It is a quilt that I made as a throw for my bedroom. It is called “Boardwalk”. I had a hard time naming it but, my friend Chris suggested “Boardwalk and I thought it was perfect. The long vertical stripes do put you in mind of a boardwalk. I love the colors and the vibrancy of this quilt. I debated over the white binding and even took it to the LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting to get everyone’s vote. I got lots of great advice but in the end they encouraged me to be daring and go with the white. I’m so happy I did. It wasn’t until the binding was completely sewn on that I knew I had made the right decision. I did have a challenge with the mitered corners for a 1″ binding (finished width). Maybe I’ll add a quick tutorial on this because I love the effect of the 1″ binding. I’ll post more pictures soon.
(If you’re looking for the Giveaway post click here.)
So, I’ve been thinking about this quilt for awhile and I finally got started on it. I bought an Echino panel from The Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica and I wanted to highlight the panel when I used it.
So I decided not to cut the panel and to create something fun to go on the back (or the “other front” since I love reversible quilts). Ever since I started piecing circles using the Dale Fleming method, I’ve been thinking about different ways to use the method and wondered how it would work for “wonky” circles. The design is to make four sets of “concentric” wonky circles to go on the back. Well, really late last night I made the first one. Let me know what you think?
I have quite a few other solids – colors that I pulled from the Echino fabric panel – and each of the four sets of “concentric” wonky circles will be different. Here’s the next set of solids that I’ll use:
Tell me what you think?
So, I found out my college friend Tommie was getting married to his long time girlfriend – just a month before it was supposed to happen! I knew I had to make a quilt for them. (I really just need an excuse to justify making another quilt. But, shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!) Anyhow, for some reason I got it into my head to make it in the wedding colors which were brown and teal. These are beautiful colors but, I had the hardest time in all the world finding prints in these colors. I was looking for prints because I knew I had time constraints and wanted to do a super simple pattern like snowballs or something. So, I resorted to using solids – Kona solids – and unexpectedly fell head over heels in love with solids. OMG, there are so many shades and when you mix them all together – wow! In any case, I started with browns and teals and then I added turquoises and blues and tans. Then I knew I had to have a little contrast so I added some greens and pinks. . . And boy was I happy with the results. I don’t even want to send it off now. I guess I’m going to have to make one for myself too!
I was trying to make something more fancy than just squares – I don’t know why I had the snowball pattern in my mind but, in the end I didn’t want to break up the beautiful solids. So I made something REALLY simple. It’s just 10″ squares so I guess the final size is about 80″ x 90″ (I haven’t actually measured it). I quilted it really simple with random “fairly” straight lines at various angles.
And, as you will get to know about me I just love making reversible quilts so I wanted the backing to look like another quilt “top” – using the fabric I had left over. It still kinda looks like a back but, I like it. Here’s the result:
So, now I’m obsessed with solids and have already picked out my fabrics for my next project – wonky circles out of solids! Yeah! I’ll show you a sneak peek soon.