Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Every quilter will love this one

I saw this e-card at Bonnie K. Hunter's blog and thought that every quilter will appreciate this one ;).

I know how many pending mending project I still have ;). Some of them may take only 5 mins, yet I can't get to them :D. My non-quilter friends/family never understand why ?

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 22, 2013

FMQ Friday - Feather Frenzy

The past week I headed over to my LQS to finish up the quilting on my Blind Co-pilot quilt, blogged here:
Well I was trying to keep this a secret from my DH and surprise him once I was done. Well, I took the baby with him and somehow managed to quilt little over half of the quilt(quilt measures 62x77inches): 

Blind Co-pilot quilted on the long arm
 It was so weird, because I decided that I will directly practice on this quilt and boy that Long Arm machine had its own plan for the quilting. My designs oriented to be most straight....curves were all gone until after an hour or so.

You can see the flower FMQ design and all squares around it

Finally was getting into rhythm and had to leave

Hmmm....well I didn't get to finish the quilting for before our BMQG Feb16th deadline for Madrona Road Challenge and now I am finishing up this on my DSM.
You can see my curves are looking much better.

I think I have the feather bug again and going to quilt different feathers in the block centers and then keep the quilting simple on the triangles with just simple curves and SID.

Now linking it up with Leah Day's FMQ Fridays.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Star Burst Quilt Along with Melissa Corry

When I bought the Deco Fat quarter bundle around Christmas time, I wanted to make a quilt which would showcase these beautiful large scale prints. While I was browsing through various blogs, I came across Melissa Corry's Star Burst Quilt Along. The pattern was just perfect my Deco fabrics.

Here are my two 32" blocks for this week.

Two more to go.
Now linking up with Happy Quilting Melissa blog.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

W.I.P Wednesdays - Madrona Road Challenge

Our Boston Modern Quilt Guild (BMQG) is taking part in the Madrona Road Quilt Challenge hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). I really love this fabric line from designer Violet Craft.

I made the quilt from the book Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, Blind Co-pilot using the technique called "Stitch and Flip Triangles".  As part of my Boot Camp Sundays I did a tutorial on this technique, if you're interested click here.

Madrona Road Quilt Challenge - Blind Co-pilot
I still have to stitch these 4 big rows together to complete the quilt top. Then off to quilt all these yummy negative space. I already have choose my FMQ design for the background. Now have to decide on the block focus.

Linking up with W.I.P Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dancing Stars Quilt Along @ Amy's Creative Side

I have been collecting fabrics for the Dancing starts quilt along and decided on the size of the quilt I will be using. I bet that is a good start right? For the background fabric I'm going to use an ombre effect. First 2 rows is kona ash, then kona medium grey, then kona coal and then finally kona charcoal.

Hmmm....did print 20some blocks and cut 13 of them to form first 2 rows. So, that's my progress for January.

Now linking it up to Amy's Creating Side Dancing Starts Quilt Along.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Boot Camp Sundays February - Flipping Triangles

February - Improv Piecing using Flipping Triangles

Have you ever been stressed out about matching your points while working with snowballing your blocks? You don't have to stress out any more, Flipping Triangles is going to ease out your anxieties by using modern way of snowballing your blocks.

As you know by now the theme for this month is Flipping Triangles. I came up with this theme after reading the cool modern improvisational piecing technique, "Stitch and Flip Triangle" from the Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts book by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. I am working on one of the quilts from this book and absolutely love this technique. Improvisation piecing(Improv piecing for short form ) is very liberating and fun way to design your quilt as you go.

A heart felt thank you to Jacquie and Katie for letting me do this tutorial on their Improv Piecing technique - "Stitch and Flip Triangles" from their book. They have 3 different quilts in this book using this technique "Supernova Quilt", "Blind Copilot" and "Swirling Medallion Quilt". Check out their book for more details on these patterns.

Lets get started with the improvisational piecing technique,  "Flipping Triangles".

Fabric selection:
This is a great one to use up your scraps any where from 2x2 inches to 6x6 inches sqaures or rectangles or any old looking piece of scrap fabric. If your scraps are light color then choose a darker fabric for you background. And if your scraps fabric or fabric choosen for snowballing your blocks is darker in value then choose a lighter neutral color for your background. I am using Michael Miller Cotton Couture - Charcoal for my background and Michael Miller's Madrona Road fabrics in straw/mustard prints for my triangles. You can choose to mix many different colors of fabric.

Focus Fabric:
5inch strip from 6 to 9 different fabrics. I used 3 sets of colors with 1 solid color to go in each set. Randomly cut these strips into  4inch to 5inch rectangles, triangles or squares.

Background Fabric:
  1. Cut 5.5 inch strips from the background fabric. Then sub cut these into 5.5 inch squares and 10.5 inch rectangles.
  2. Cut 10.5 inch strips from the background fabric. Then sub cut these into 10.5 inch squares
Improv Construction/Piecing:
  • Choose any one square or rectangle from your background fabric. Place your print fabric/scrap fabric to form the triangle to one corner of your background fabric.
  • Sew scant 1/4 inch from one corner to the other.
  •  Flip the triangle to make sure if it covers the corner completely. Its always preferable to have some extra fabric to trim rather than being short off in the corners. The below pictures show what not to do. You can see that its 1/16inch short of the corners.
  • If this happens rip the stitches with your seam ripper and reduce the size of the triangle by moving your fabric closer to the corner. To verify that it would work this time flip the triangle and make a crease. Now stitch scant 1/4 inch from one corner to the other of the triangle.
1.Rip the seams
2.Place the print fabric closer to the corner
4.Sew scant 1/4 inch seam from corner to corner
3.Make a crease
  •  Now flip the triangle to cover the corners and inspect to make sure it hangs over the corner of the background rectangle.

Flipping the triangle

  • Align the ruler along the stitch line to measure 1/4 inch and trim the excess fabric from the background.

  • Press the seam and flip the triangle and iron towards the dark side of the fabric. Now trim the excess fabric in all corners.

  • Alternate picture show a square being stitched to the corner of your background fabric.

  • For each square or rectangle randomly choose how many corners you are going to flip the triangles for. Now repeat the process for all your squares and rectangles and trim off the excess fabric.

Suggested arrangement for your blocks to form a bigger block or a small quilt.
Suggested Arrangement 1

Suggested Arrangement 2
Hope you like this technique as much as I did.
For more quilting inspiration checkout Jacquie Gering's blog and Katie Pedersen's blog. 

If you would like to share your progress from January, please join the Boot Camp Sundays Flickr Group.

Happy Quilting!
P.S. Meanwhile I will also work on getting the linky ready to share your January progress.

Boot Camp Sundays - January Recap

January Recap:
My goal for January was to at least complete 1 quilt and have few in WIPs.
I know that these are some strict deadlines and sometimes feel unachievable. Please don't intimidated, do it at your own pace. The goal is to have fun making quilts and lots of them :-)

Other WIPs:

Hope you got a chance to  make a quilt with Just borders.