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Thursday
Aug152013

I'm Back! 

...I'm never very clever at blog titles, but this is my attempt! I've missed posting in the space. Why the absence? Lots of reasons! But mostly because of Chris and I's business, Remnant, and I'm also working at Modern Domestic quite a bit lately. Also, it's funny how new social media pops up and takes over isn't it? Instagram has been a great tool and I often feel like it replaced this blog. It's such a hub of conversation and instant sharing. But, it's not inclusive! If you don't have the right smartphone, you can't be in the instagram community. :(

My loving mom has been so sweet and reminds me how much she misses my posts, too. And I love sharing with her and everyone want I'm making. 

A new development is I should probably change my blog name to Joy of all Sewing (but I won't), as it is the thing I do the most! I can't remember the last time that I did something creative that didn't involve sewing!

In an effort to make posting easy, I might sometimes just post a few instagram pictures, with little or no text. There probably won't be many tutorials, just a place to share my inspirations and what I'm currently sewing.

 

Four Seasons Paper Pieced wall hanging - pattern by Carolyn Friedlander

My fall look - handmade polka dot tank top. Pattern is the Wiksten tank. Hand knitted cowl - Seed stitch in a round. 

This is my favorite bag I've ever made! The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman, Perfect Quilted Totes

I made this top during the summer, it's made with soft lovely voile, using a pattern from Deer & Doe, Datura.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Apr182013

Bee PDX

This year I'm participating in my very first quilting bee! What's this? It's a group of 11 gals, everyone has a quilt certain month. When it's your month, you purchase the fabric, plan the quilt, and distribute the fabric to other members. Every month I make a block (sometimes more than one) for a fellow bee buddy. It's a great opportunity to try new techniques, play with fabrics that I wouldn't normally use, and get to know some PMQG pals better. What could be better?

Here's a look at a few of the blocks I've made so far:

January - Amber's Flying Geese

Feburary - Jaime's Converging Corners

March - Ale's Star Sampler (I'm making another paper pieced star too)

April - Megan's Scrap Improv

It's lots of fun planning and designing each block! I'm excited to get started on the next one for Katie!

Wednesday
Apr172013

Neon Challenge

When I first got this neon fabric, for the Michael Miller Neon Challenge, I wasn't in love with the fabric. Honestly, I didn't like it at all. For starters, the fabric is literally saturated with color, so much so that it is VERY stiff! But after washing it (it's still stiff), it started to grow on me. 

For Bee PDX, I had started working on my first paper pieced star block. I was instantly hooked! I have been seeing more and more paper pieced stars pop up on blogs and pinterest, now I know why! They are so fun and once you learn the technique the possibilities are endless. Once I finished Ale's block, I didn't want to stop. So I ran out to Powell's and picked up this book that many people recommended. 

 

This block is the Alabama Star, I simplified it a bit, I found it made a bigger impact with less fabrics. Couldn't you just imagine a whole quilt of these? 

 

Friday
Apr122013

Spring Mod Block 

Throughout this year, Portland & Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds are both organizing Block of the Month programs, and they have teamed up and asked me to design a block based on my QuiltCon Block Challenge. They will both feature this block at the meetings and many people will make it for charity quilts and more! I'm so honored! 

I'm calling this block the Spring Mod block, because I've been inspired by the Portland Spring. It's gloomy in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Sometimes visa versa, sometimes still gloomy. It's hard to have such beautiful days of sunshine, followed by pouring rain and not seeing the sun. The back and forth is harder to get used to! ;) These colors in this block represent that. The Mod part is based on my love of all mid-century design. :)

Spring Mod Block

  • 12.5" unfinished block
  • 1/4" seam allowance
  • Press all seams open

Cutting: Cut 1.5" strips then subcut into the following measurements.


Black Essex: 

  • Two - 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One - 1.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 7" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 2" x 1.5" 
  • One - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 6" x 1.5" 
  • One - 2.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 13.5" x 1.5" strips
  • Two - 13.5 x 2" strips for the right and left side 

 Yellow(s):

 

  • Two - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 4" x 1.5" 
  • One - 9" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 5.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 7" x 1.5" 

 

Assembly: 

 1. First, cut all of the pieces that you will need. The trick to this pattern is to first layout all of the strips in the correct arrangement. Follow the pattern in the above picture. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Piece together the cut pieces into  strips. 

3. Sew the strips together. Make sure that the alignment is correct. I like to pin the strips together to make sure each mod shape is lined up correctly. 

4. I've made the block bigger than it needs to be, so that you have a little wiggle room! ;) Trim up the block to 12.5" square. 

 I tested this block again and asked my friend, Petra if she wouldn't mind testing it too. We made both of these in the leftover neon fabric that we had from the PMQG/Michael Miller Challenge. :) 

Have fun with this block! Feel free to modify and arrange blocks in different ways! I'm excited to see how these turn out. Please don't hesitate to ask questions in the comments. :)

Happy Sewing!  

 

 

 

Monday
Mar112013

QuiltCon Quilt Show // Part One

Probably my most favorite part of QuiltCon was looking at the stunning quilts in the first all modern quilt show. Here are some of my favorites, and there is more to come! I couldn't limit them to only one post.  I really enjoyed looking up each of these quilters, finding their blogs and being inspired all over again. I've included as many links as I could find, it's worth clicking through and reading their complete vision for the quilts too. Enjoy!


Controlled Chaos made by Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call Me Betsy 

There is so much I love about this quilt! The quilting is outstanding, and I love a good stitch and flip triangle! Plus, through this quilt I discovered her fabulous quilting blog, check it out! 

Fracture by Charlotte Newland of Displacement Activity

If you can believe it this quilt is paper pieced! Charlotte designed it herself. She has a lovely blog and is from London, UK. I easily fell in love with her work. She also has a quilt-along for this quilt. After seeing this, I'm very tempted to dive into the world of paper piecing! Most quilts in the show were machine quilted in such amazing ways. It was refreshing to see the tried and true method of hand-tying which was used in this quilt. 

Sunrise I by Erika Mulvenna of Miss Sews-It All

I first saw this quilt appear in my inbox right before QuiltCon. I loved it from the beginning, it was featured in a Bernina newsletter as a new quilt-along happening on We All Sew. I'm adding this to my to-make wish list!

Streetscape by Katie Blakesley of Swin, Bike, Quilt!

I always love a good HST (half square triangle for my non-quilty readers) quilt, but this one drew me in more than usual. I love the color scheme, it's a bit unexpected with the yellow. I also enjoy the good use of prints and solids, plus impeccable straight-line quilting! 

The Caltrans Quilt by Susan Kephart

Susan paper pieced this quilt together to make this perfect herringbone pattern. I love the use of the black cross-hatch and alternating orange and black! 

Migration by Seasons Evans of SeasonDQuilts

The black and white flying geese blocks are so simple and beautiful. Triangles seem to be constantly in style and inspiring to me. 

Helix by Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts

Where do I begin with this quilt? The colors, composition, and quilting are so inspiring! I love how the angles are arranged on the bias. This quilt makes me want to densely quilt something. I love how the quilting converges very densely.

Starburst also by Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts

I really love this block. It appeared multiple times throughout the show and it always caught my eye. Nicole says it was adapted and inspired by Gwen Marston's book Liberated Quiltmaking. I really love the use of pinks and orange - a great mix of solids and prints! 

Off the B.O.W. by Krista Fleckenstein of Spotted Stones

I first met Krista in Lizzy House's class and knew she had a special talent. All of the blocks and prints she made in class were amazing. We keep seeing each other throughout the event and her name kept popping up on so many of the quilts! I think she had three in the show! This quilt was part of a bee, called Bee Liberated, they made blocks all from Liberated Quiltmaking II. I'm thinking this will be the block I make for the bee I'm currently in. I really love the combination of low-volume prints and bold fall tones that are used in this quilt. 

Reflection by of Josee Carrier The Charming Needle

I love the asymmetry of this quilt! Once I read about how Josee made and envisioned it, I loved it even more! It could also be looked at as a skyline reflection if turned horizontally. The hand-stitching is the sun setting. But she didn't want it to be that obvious, so it's vertical. Still very eye-catching! 

Impracticality by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy

Angela is incredible! Read her post on this quilt (link above) because it's really unbelieveable. I was able to meet her last year when she visited PMQG. She's extremely friendly and self-proclaimed extrovert. You should have seen her on the dance floor of the 80s party! So much fun. This quilt really shows off her personality and her amazing quilting skills. I love the cut off corner, too! 

I hope you enjoyed this first set of quilts. Doesn't it make you want to quilt right now?!