Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lone Star Quilt

A lone star quilt has long been on my bucket list of quilts to make. When I signed up for Sarah Bond 's workshop that was about variations with a lone star block, I decided to stick with the traditional pattern. 

I have lately been experimenting with colors I normally would not work with which includes darker backgrounds, non primary colors, hues and shades I rarely see in my Instagram feed. One of the best ways to pick these colors is that they are the ones that are usually not sold out at a fabric store. :)

Anyway for this quilt I used a jelly roll of Kona solids in gray scale called Stormy Skies and Foxglove.

As for the quilting, I just echoed the blocks all the way to the edge of the quilt and machine bound it with the background fabric so that the star would stay as the focal point.

The quilt is finishes off at 80" x 80".

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Take On Bear Paw

As my blog posts get more scarce, so is my quilt making. However in the past month a lot of quilts I made earlier have come into the limelight. Let me start with the first one.  A variant on the Bear Paw block.

This quilt was a long time in the making. About 3 years ago when I was undergoing physical therapy, while recovering from a knee injury I would find myself often staring at my shoes. The colors of the shoes really struck a chord with me and I decided to use them in my next quilt. Inspiration comes from the strangest of places!

There was a pattern I had been toying with in EQ7 for a while now which started as a Bear Paw block but ultimately evolved into this. 

These are the shoes that inspired the color scheme.

The Kona cotton colors that were used:
  • Nautical
  • Germanium
  • Robin Egg    
The quilting is an all over Baptist Fan pattern beautifully executed by Pam Cole. Pam is such a pleasure to work with.

This was the first time I made a quilt with a dark background and I really like how it makes the blocks pop. I see a lot more dark quilts in my future. 

Leaving off with a few more pictures.

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.