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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Baby Quilt Bonanza III

I finished my friend's baby quilt. Best of all, she likes it (and baby too). Being pregnant has really cut down on my energy, so I'm glad that I was able to finish it. I'm happy with how the black binding framed the quilt and the quilt's overall look.

Now, I have to go back to my daughter's quilt! I finished cutting fabric for the blocks, so I can move forward with sewing. I have a feeling that I may be working on some other projects for her and her nursery, so I'll probably blog about that as well. 

Back of quilt folded over. Photo by Shelby.

Close-up of quilting. Photo by Shelby.

The finished quilt! Photo by Shelby.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Visit to local quilt shop: Sewn Studio

Today I visited Sewn Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati's Modern Quilt Guild listed the shop on its blog resources page, so I decided to visit.

The staff was friendly and I enjoyed the bright atmosphere of the store.

I found great modern fabrics, notions, books/magazines and stuff quilters like. The store also had many customized fat quarter bundles of fabric from different designers/collection (I really like custom bundles).

If you're in Cincinnati and want to go to a fabric store modern quilters would like, I highly recommend Sewn Studio.

Me in front of Sewn Studio.
Sewn Studio storefront. Photo by Shelby.
Some bundles from Sewn Studio. Photo by Shelby.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Baby Quilt Bonanza II

I finished piecing the top of my friend's baby quilt. I sent it off to the long-armer for the next step. I'm happy with how the colors came together. The arrangement is subtle, but it creates a big visual impact  in aggregate.

Photo by Shelby.

Photo by Shelby.

Photo by Shelby.

Photo by Shelby.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Baby Quilt Bonanza!

This fall, I'm working on two baby quilts (among other things!). One of my good friends is due September and I am due this December.

My friend wants a gender neutral baby quilt. I picked some blue, yellow, black, white, and grey fabrics from my stash to get started.

For my baby,  I'm making a Josef Albers inspired quilt designed by Heather Jones. Her quilt echoes the Homage to the Square, but in pink. The quilt incorporates beautiful elements of modern art. Heather shared the pattern for the quilt in the first edition of Quilty magazine. I don't usually follow patterns, but I really like the quilt.

There's quilting (and brownies) in store for me this weekend!

Fabrics for my friend's baby quilt. Photo by Shelby.
Josef Albers’s Homage to the Square: Glow, 1966, from the Hirshhorn’s collection.
My fabrics and Quilty magazine. Photo by Shelby.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bridal Quilt Finished!

The finished bridal quilt! Photo by Shelby.

My friend's bridal quilt is finally done!

I was short on time, so I commissioned a longarmer to quilt the quilt for me. She did a wonderful job and made it possible for the quilt to be finished by the wedding date.

In the end, the bride liked the quilt and her sister is asking me to make a similar quilt for a loved one.

Close-up of the quilt features. Photo by Shelby.

Close-up of the orange side. Photo by Shelby.

More quilt on the railing. Photo by Shelby.

Quilt on the grass! Photo by Shelby.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bridal Quilt (Part 2)

I've made progress on my friend's bridal quilt. I got relevant fabrics or clothing from most of the bridesmaids and put a modular collage together. 

Close-up of t-shirt feature. Photo by Shelby.
 I wanted to do something different from a block-style t-shirt quilt, because all the bridesmaids did not contribute fabric and I didn't want to make it obvious who didn't. The collage allowed for all the pieces to be one unit, instead of a collection of different t-shirts/fabrics blocked together.

I had hoped to control the colors a little bit more, but with a t-shirt quilt you have to work with what you have sometimes. I decided to make the square with a different color on each side to create some method to the madness!

Some of the green patchwork. Photo by Shelby.
Some of the orange patchwork. Photo by Shelby.
Now, I have to stash the block in white and finish off the quilt!

Friday, March 1, 2013

QuiltCon Lecture Series from Craftsy

I didn't make it to QuiltCon last month and if you didn't either, you can see what it was like! Craftsy has a series of QuiltCon lectures available through its website for free. If you don't already have a Craftsy account, you just have to signup for one and off to QuiltCon 2013 you can go!