Saturday, June 27, 2020

Begonia Quilt

I started this quilt as part of a mystery BOM designed by Stephanie Satterwhite hosted by Seattle MQG. Having never done a mystery quilt before I was skeptical at first but knowing Stephanie I knew it would be a great pattern. I decided to use fabrics from my stash only and found that I had a stack of pink Kona cottons available since I rarely use the color. The pink was quite overwhelming so used a complementary color to balance it out. The blue fabric is from Modern Solids II collection by In The Beginning fabrics. I absolutely love that color.

This was the palette I finally settled on.

I documented the progress along the way.

Added a 6 inch border to frame the quilt and decided on straight line quilting to accentuate the pattern and not take away from it. 

The BOM was a lot of fun and it was interesting to see everyone's progress over the year. There were some amazing color palettes and you can see all of them using #begoniaquilt on Instagram. I finished this just in time for my niece's college graduation and I know will be much appreciated.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Tinsel Quilt

I recently finished one of my oldest WIPs, started in Spring of 2012. This quilt has a long story. I was a new quilter and I had just joined the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild and signed up for my very first workshop with Kaffe Fassett.

I was so new to quilting that I did not even have a fabric stash or had never heard of Kaffe Fassett. Apparently the quilt was all about playing with color, mostly large florals was what I had taken away from theme of the workshop. We needed to bring 20-30 fat quarters of large to small scale floral fabric.

I had not yet discovered online fabric shopping and bought most of my fabric at a local fabric store on Route 22 in NJ. They carried a lot of traditional quilting fabric along with some Amy Butler fabric. I loved her fabric and picked up pretty much a fat quarter each of everything they had in stock. I imagined the color theme of the quilt to be blue, green and yellow and shopped accordingly. Armed with my now a large collection of blue, green and yellow fabric I showed up for the workshop.

This is where the it went down hill for me. I had no idea Kaffe Fassett had his own extensive collection of fabric or that he was such a prolific quilt maker. I was the only one at the workshop with non Kaffe fabric. Most others were fully aware of his extensive body of work which I was just discovering at the workshop. My stack of fabrics did not have enough color variation and just did not have that oomph that the pattern required. At the end of the day I had come up with this. I even bought some more fabric at the workshop that had pops of pink and red in it which brought some variation to my set of fabrics.

This arrangement on the design wall did not resonate with me and I was not sure I had it in me to complete the quilt. I brought home the pieces I had cut out along with the rest of the fabric and it just lay there as I had no idea what to do with it.

As my quilting skills grew over the years and I became more proficient with color and value in quilts I knew the only way to tackle this is to pick a pattern where I would cut up the fabric in small pieces. The big bold prints would bring a lot of movement and color variation to the quilt. Then I was on a look out for a quilt pattern that required a lot of small pieces when I saw the Tinsel quilt pattern by Cotton and Steel in a quilting catalog.

@copyright Cotton and Steel

Then I cut up all the fabric and here is my version of quilt.

The variations in color along with the pops of red gives it a nice movement. I did orange peel quilting as the 2" squares provide a nice grid for the peels. Added a candy stripe binding to give it an extra pop of color. I backed it with a vintage sheet that I have been hoarding for a while now. Also added a label on the binding.

It is a fairly large quilt at 84" x 84" and is already being put to good use at home. It is a constant reminder of how far I have come with my skills.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Star Cake Quilt

I needed a quilt for a colleagues baby and I had whole six months to get to it. Obviously I started making the quilt the morning of and finished it in the nick of time. I used a free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop called Star Cakes to come up with the blocks. It went together pretty quick and for a last minute thing I do like how it turned out.