Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tessellating Horse Quilt

This past October, I received an email from a gentleman, who’s wife had recently passed away from cancer.  His wife normally quilted her own quilts on her own long arm machine, but due to the progression of her illness, was unable to quilt her last quilt.

(I am keeping actual names out of this post so as to protect their privacy)

We met and discussed design.  I went home and doodled on a picture of the quilt and sent off some design suggestions via email and we came to a decision on the quilting design.  Originally the tessellating horses were supposed to be the back of the quilt, but due to her hard work on this it was decided to make this the front of the quilt.

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It is such a moving experience to finish someone’s quilt who couldn’t do it for themselves….or at least it is for me.  While quilting this quilt, you think of the life that was taken too early and those that are left behind to grieve and only hope that this quilt can bring some joy to those that are left behind.  This particular quilt will be going to their daughter.

Here is the quilt just off the quilt frame…….

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This past weekend, I had an opportunity to present the finished quilt to her husband at a local quilt shop (Cottonseed Glory/Annapolis, MD) at their HandiQuilter Club Meeting.  For those of you that don’t know, HandiQuilter is the brand of long arm machine I have, and Cottonseed Glory holds a monthly meeting for those of us that own them.  Most of the quilters there knew his wife, so everyone wanted to see the finished quilt.  Here are some pictures of the finished quilt.

 

Tessellating Horses

Tessellating Horses

 

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The quilt back was beautiful also!!

The quilt back was beautiful also!!

A special thank you to Ellen for doing such a great job on the binding (not one of my favorite things to do….lol!!) and to Andie, for doing the embroidery of initials and date, just as this quilter normally signed her quilts!!

I thank Pat at Cottonseed Glory for recommending me to finish this quilt.  But most of all I want to thank this quilter’s husband for entrusting me with his wife’s last quilt.  What a huge honor to be able to do this for a fellow quilter!!!!

 

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Kaffe Fassett Class

At last I get to write about the Kaffe Fassett class I took.  In October, a friend and I traveled to NJ to take a class with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably at Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ.  The first evening was a lecture which was very enjoyable.  Learning how they make their fabrics and design their quilts was so much fun, as was meeting Kaffe, Brandon, and Liza Lucy!!  That night they also did autographs.

Me, Brandon & Kaffe

Me, Brandon & Kaffe

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We stayed at the Lily Inn in Burlington, NJ, which was a lovely B&B.

The next day we were taking the Mediterranean Hexagon Class from Kaffe’s book “Quilts in Morocco”.  We all showed up with our fabrics that we thought we were going to use and our preconceived notions of what we thought our quilt might look like at the end of the class…..and then had those ideas totally blown out of the water!!!   It was all about working outside your comfort zone and outside the box!!  I am not sure that many of us ended up with a design that was what we originally thought we were going to do.  Brandon  was only able to be there for a short time that day and we had an amazing day with Kaffe and Liza.

Our first project was to tape our design wall fabric up to the walls.  Their design wall fabric is awesome!!!  I ended up buying enough to make my own large design wall at home and just love it!!!

We then had to fussy cut our hexagons using the templates that were designed specifically for this quilt and worked beautifully!!!  Once the hexagons were somewhat in place, Kaffe or Liza would come around and stand back and ponder our fabric choices.  Fabrics would then be moved around and some discarded until  the colors flowed and were catching to the eye.  It was very helpful to stand pretty far back and look at your design or look at it through a reducing glass to see how all the colors/patterns worked together.  Another way is to take a picture with your phone camera and look at the picture.  Any of these techniques made it easy to see if a hexagon needed to be changed out for something else.  It was amazing how a certain color or pattern would stick out and you knew it needed to be changed.

Hexagons in place

Hexagons in place

After we had most of our hexagons worked out, then it was time to add your triangles/points.  This took quite a bit of time and for me (and most people there), Kaffe ended up having to take me shopping for more fabric choices for the points.  So much fun to walk across the street to the quilt shop and have him pick out fabrics (not specifically his own either) that would work with the quilt.  I have to say that some people came back with fabrics that we all thought…..how could that possibly work…..but it did!!!!  He definitely has an eye for color and design!!!

Once we all had our quilt layouts to a certain point, Kaffe walked around to each design wall and analyzed  each one for us all to hear.  He is so animated when talking about fabric choices and color!!

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My quilt

My quilt

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So below is what I left with……enough for a start to my quilt.

From class

From class

Once home, I positioned the pieces on my wall and then played around with adding enough to make it large enough for me.  It took quite awhile to get everything to the point where I thought it all worked together.  Here is the finished design on the wall.

Ready to assemble!!

Ready to assemble!!

It all went together so easily and then it was ready to quilt – my favorite part!!!

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I also did a label for this quilt which reminds me of that day spent with Kaffe, Brandon and Liza.

Label on my quilt

Label on my quilt

All in all this quilt was way out of my comfort zone as far as color goes, but I have to say that this is one of my favorite quilts and represents meeting three wonderful people (Kaffe, Brandon & Liza), finding a awesome quilt shop in NJ (Olde City Quilts) and spending time with a quilting friend!!

And of course…..as I shared in the last blog post….sharing this quilt with Kaffe and Liza was also a special moment!!

Kaffe, Liza and myself with Hubble

Kaffe, Liza and myself with Hubble

Happy Quilting!!!!!

 

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My Instagram Rainbow Mini Swap

So…..I recently learned through Instagram that there was a mini swap going on.  Actually, there are a lot of them on there, but I guess I just happened to come across this one first. You have to be careful though because it is so tempting to sign up for all of them!!

Anyway, there were 500+ people that signed up for this swap (#Rainbowminiswap) and each person was assigned a swap partner to make a mini quilt for.  Well, I decided I would get a jump on mine and get started right away, even though the deadline isn’t until the end of March.

First Swoon Block done!!

First Swoon Block done!!

This is a blind swap so you do not know who has your name and your person doesn’t know you have her.  You are required to post several pictures of your progress on Instagram.  It is a lot of fun to see what others are making!!

The pattern I used is Thimble Blossoms Mini by Camille Roskelley and is called “Swoon”.   They have some great patterns on their website, which is www.thimbleblossoms.com.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this pattern or if this was going to be my swap mini, but I figured I would try it and see what happens.  Here are all four of the finished blocks.

Finished piecing!!

Finished piecing!!

OK…..so now I like this and have gone on to the quilting.  Here is the finished project!!

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Now from what I have learned through this process is that a lot of participants then go on to send “extras” to their swap partner.  Since my swap partner is in the southern half of the USA, I did purchase a “crab” Christmas ornament to represent Maryland, but am going to have to give some thought to a few other little things to include in her package.  I will be sure to post an update once she receives her package and post pictures of the mini that I receive (oh….I can’t wait!!!! :))

I definitely had fun working on this mini and will have to keep my eyes open for more Instagram Mini Swaps in the future.

Happy Quilting!!

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Hubble and Kaffe!!

This quilt, called Hubble, came to me earlier in 2014, from my friend/quilter, Ellen.  As usual, I photographed the quilt and printed out a picture of it and then proceeded to doodle on it until I had a general idea of what I was going to quilt.  Fortunately, I had free reign to do whatever I wanted….which I love!!!!

Now….just because I have something doodled on the paper does not mean that that is exactly what I am going to quilt.  In fact there were some areas that I totally changed up on a whim as I was quilting it.  And of course the whole time I am quilting, I am just praying that my customer will be pleased!!  And yes, there are times I quilt an area of a quilt and then I am just not happy with the stitching design and have to spend time picking out those stitches!!!  That is one part of the process that I do not enjoy at all!!!! LOL!!!!

This quilt is from a pattern from Carrie Nelson entitled “Hubble” and is a Schnibbles Charm Pack Pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.  Carrie recently made a career move from being an independent pattern designer to working  for Moda.  I am sure she will be a great addition to their team!!

Ellen used all Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a background fabric called Bear Essentials from P&B Textiles.

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Hubble first made it into the local quilt show and won a “Reserved Grand Champion” award.

Hubble at County Fair

Hubble at County Fair

After this, it went on to the Maryland State Fair where it took a 2nd place in its category.

At the MD State Fair

At the MD State Fair

After these two shows Ellen decided to enter it into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Show.  It was accepted to hang, which is a huge honor in itself!!

Hanging at Pennsylvania National Quilt Show

Hanging at Pennsylvania National Quilt Show

A couple of days after the show, Ellen told me to look at the blog below.  Well, what a surprise when I opened the blog and this blogger was writing about her four favorite quilts of the PNQS….and scrolling down…..there was Ellen’s quilt with both of our names mentioned.  What an honor that was!!!

http://quiltingonmainstreet.blogspot.com/2014/09/pennsylvania-national-quilt.html

Now for the Kaffe part of the quilt!!!!!………………

My next venture in October was to take a class from Kaffe Fassett (which I will write about in a future post).  Ellen thought it would be fun for me to take “Hubble” and show it to Kaffe.  So I did!!!!! 🙂

Well, as you can see below….he loved it!!!

Kaffe, Liza and myself with Hubble

Kaffe, Liza and myself with Hubble

Kaffe touching the quilt!!

Kaffe touching the quilt!!!

I think that we will never wash this quilt again!!!  LOL!!!

All in all we have had a great time with this quilt!!  It was such a fun quilt to quilt and I love it more each and every time I see it!!!

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