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Sunday
Dec022012

Geometric Eames Quilt

November has ended and I can't believe it's already December 2nd. I have so much that I want to share from the past few weeks: knitting projects finished, hosting a baby shower for a friend, cooking lots of yummy Thanksgiving food, and Christmas sewing projects I'm working on. But first, I'm so excited to share this quilt that I made specifically for our bed and also for Quilt Con's quilt show. Quilt Con is the first modern quilter's conference and strictly modern quilt show happening in Texas in February. I'm planning on attending with lots of my PMQG friends. Friday was the deadline for submitting quilts to be considered for the show. I'll find out by December 30, if it's accepted. Back to the quilt! 

I've been wanting to make a new quilt for our bed for the past few months. I have one quilt for our bed, but it's mostly white and pastel colors, much better suited for the Spring and Summer seasons. 

Since we live and breathe mid-century design, I really wanted to make something that reflected this passion. I've been looking for inspiration and thinking about ideas for awhile. A few months ago, Chris found this print ad designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller. We both knew this would make an amazing quilt, but I thought that it would be nearly impossible to make this into a quilt. 

Fast forward a few months, and as I was looking for something to make for Quilt Con, I pasted by this photo again and I knew I had to somehow make this happen. Thankfully, after careful studying of the photo, I figured out that this could be pieced in rows made up of only two shapes, an 60 degree triangle and a parallelogram.  I used kona solids, white, four grays, and black, made a diagram, do lots and lots and lots of math! ;) Then got to sewing! Once I finished the top, I hadn't given much thought to quilting it, but after realizing how much bigger this quilt was than any other quilt I've made, I soon realized that it would be impossible to try and quilt this on my small machine. 

Thank goodness for Modern Domestic! They have the most amazing mid-arm quilting machine, in which you load the quilt on (it's stationary) and move the sewing machine around as you quilt the design. It's so much fun and makes quilting so much more enjoyable! They were nice enough to let me try it out and play on this incredible piece of Bernina magic. I'm not sure if I'll be able to go back to quilting on my small machine. ;) 

I decided to quilt densely. I really wanted to add lots of texture to this quilt, so within each color I quilted a specific geometric or mod quilting design. Here are some close-ups of the quilting: 

And here's the quilt! 

I love how the shapes seem to pop out and become three dimensional. No matter what happens with this Geometric Eames quilt at Quilt Con, it will be much loved here at our home! In fact, I haven't taken it down from this wall yet, I'm enjoying it as wall art! ;) Thanks everyone for the encouragement with this quilt along the way, it's been such a fun process! 

I'm pondering about srinking the design, editing a few rows and choosing a new color way, but making a smaller lap quilt. I'm considering making a pattern for this, and I'm wondering if there would be any interest? If so, let me know! 

 

Monday
Sep242012

QuiltCon Block Challenge

Today is a GREAT day! I just found out that my block has been chosen to be one of the 20 blocks that will be featured in the Quilt Con Raffle Quilt! Click here to see it! There were over 375 blocks submitted and all of them were simply mind-blowing. I'm utterly amazed that mine was chosen. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I'm speechless! ;) And if you don't believe me, simply click here to see all of the amazing blocks and the hard hard task that Elizabeth had in choosing! 

For those of you in that are not in the modern quilt world, here is a little background: The Modern Quilt Guild is a national guild that has over 100 chapters (PMQG being one of them). For the first time ever they are hosting a conference in February in Austin, Texas called QuiltCon. So far, I believe over 800 people have registered (myself one of them!). There will be workshops, lectures, meet-ups, and more! One of the activities leading up to the event was a block challenge. Simply put, make a block using the QuiltCon logo colors to describe what modern quilting means to you. 20 blocks would be picked to be part of a quilt that will be raffled off at QuiltCon to raise money for Austin Children's Shelter. All of the other blocks will be assembled to make quilts for every child in the shelter! 

I knew I wanted to participate if not only to help make a quilt for a child. Thinking about what modern quilting means to me, I knew I wanted to play with some mid-century shapes. I love taking vintage elements and translating them into quilts. It's quite a challenge, but being challenged is something that I love about modern quilting. It's so open to interpretation and you can make anything that you set your mind to! I sketched out many designs but ultimately decided on a blocky design, following the order of the QuiltCon logo. 

The QuiltCon logo: 

My sketch and plan: 

After mapping it out, I decided it would be much more vibrant and represent myself if I added pattern. Pattern is what drew me to start quilting. I love print and pattern, so not including it would not have fully represented what modern quilting means to me. I decided on the dimensions and then I pieced each shape together in strips. I didn't pre plan where I would sew the patterns in, I slightly improved where they would go and made the strips longer than they needed to be so that I could trim them later. 

Here it is one more time! It measures over 24 inches long! I really didn't think that it would get picked simply because of the volume it would consume within the raffle quilt! Thanks everyone in PMQG & the online quilting world, you all continue to inspire me with all of your amazing work, I love being apart of this creative community!!