Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Modern Quilt Interruption and More Dot's Block

I am taking a Modern Quilt Interruption from Mine and Kevin's MQS quilt.  Well, actually this Modern one, hopefully, will be done in time to go to MQS also, but we'll see.

I fell in love with a quilt designed by my friend Jamie Mueller, visit her blog at  Sunflower Seeds or her website at Sunflower Quilts to see some of her amazing quilts and buy her patterns.  The quilt was originally named "Master Carpenter's Square".  Because I wanted to make a miniature, and if you know me, you know I never follow directions, I changed the quilt somewhat..... and now I'm making my quilt "Jamie's Carpenter Squared".

The original pattern was made with Charm Squares (5").  Miniaturized would have been 6.5" x 6.5", way too small  for me.  Sooooo, I added lots of rows, and rows, and rows.  It is now 48 rows by 48 rows, and will measure 24"x24", Although I am throwing in some larger solid pieces for negative space. Or at least that's the plan!
2 of the sections I have done!
Yep, those are 1/2" squares....
Dot's Blocks...
Star Block 6

Planned Design using ruler by Off The Edge.

 Finished center of block

Finished Block.

 Star Block 7

Designed center star.

Off The Edge Ruler used to add heart quilting to center

Fill the heart with feathers!

Add some X-hatching and the finished Star Block.


 Star Block 8

Block Designed using
 "Flourish" Dusty Farrell's Radical Ruler
Visit Country Stitchin
Center Stitched.

 Finished Block.

So, that's all for today.  Hope you enjoyed seeing the beginning of my miniature quilt and more of Dot's blocks.
Happy Quilting

Sunday, January 19, 2014

More Dot Blocks....

 Since I am busy working on my MQS quilt, I am still posting pics from Dot's Quilt.  Hopefully I get the quilt finished before I run out of Dot's blocks.  

Star Block 5

 Lots of planning for this block!  Inner light background, Outer half star feathers.  Inner Star feathers and then the final plan.  I love this block. 

Final Star Block.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

More Dot Blocks

I may be getting the hang of this blog stuff, well at least I didn't wait a month to post again!  The New Year's over and I've begun to "demantle" Christmas in the evening.  Day hours I am working dillegently in the studio, trying to get my quilts done for MQS.  Jumping back and forth between quilting one and piecing another has made these cold days fly past.  Unfortunately the weather has caused Guild meetings to be cancelled and I miss my quilty friends!  Saturday is the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild and I am going!  The weather should be OK so look out fellow quilters here I come.

The next couple of blocks from Dot's quilt follow.  It's kind of fun, going back and looking at these blocks. Really helps get my creative juices flowing.  I had forgotten that the recurring items in blocks are feathers, "l"s, and leaves.

Star Block 3

Star with plastic design and ruler

Ruler by Off The Edge
I used this to make wavy design

Plastic design, see the 'l' swirls?

Finished Star Block

Star Block 4

With plastic to design.
Plastic drawn design. More "l"s.

Quilted quarter of block

Finished Star Block.

So, that's all for today.  Please come back to see more blocks.  It's been fun reminising how I quilted these blocks and I hope you enjoyed my process.  Please feel free to leave a comment.
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!

Just like everyone else, I will start with my obvious New Year's resolution.... Post on my blog every week.. or at least make the attempt to!  My second resolution is to take pics of people texting and driving and post on FB, (as a passenger!) Yep, pet peeve.

Since I am currently quilting my entry for MQS in Wichita, I have no pics of works in progress to post.  I've never posted pics of competition quilts before hand, superstitious I guess.  And I have sworn my co-hort, Kevin (KevinTheQuilter) to secrecy also! But I can say WOW! he did an amazing job designing/piecing and now it is my turn in this fun and challenging quilting adventure.

I have, therefor, decided to post about some quilts I have done in the past and the process I went thru to create the quilting designs.  The first quilt is by a customer, Dot, who HAND-PIECED a star quilt.  Every star block is different, so I decided to quilt every block different.  I took pictures thru out the designing/quilting, mostly for myself, but also to share with other quilters.  My design process -  I lay my clear plastic sheet over the block and using a dry erase pen, draw out different designs until I find one I like.  Then quilt it.  I took lots of pics so I wouldn't have any repeats.  If I used a ruler, I included it in the pic.

I started by designing the motif for the inset triangle star blocks. 

Plastic over the block

Drawn design.

Finished block!
Star Block 1

Plastic over block.

Design as drawn.

Ruler - from Dusty Farrell's Radical Rulers.
 Available at:  Country Stitchin
Center of star

Leaf in outer star

Finished block.
Star Block 2

Design on Plastic. With ruler from Off The Edge.

Design as drawn.
Swirls feathered.

Finished block.

Well, I hope you liked the first 3 blocks, there are many more, 20 I think!  Please check back in a few days for some more block ideas.  Leave a comment and let me know if you like (or not) my blocks and/or design process.

Happy Quilting!