Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Butterfly Maker's Tote

Maker's Tote: made for my aunty!

A few months ago (okay it was actually back in December) my aunt was visiting and we got to talking about what kind of bag she'd like.  I'd just made the Le Fluers Maker's Totes, which she liked a lot.  I let her go through my stash of fabrics and pick her favorites, and then we narrowed it down to the fabrics used for this bag.  

Maker's Tote: interior gusseted pockets.

She requested I make the bag 2" wider, so it's a little bigger than the small version of the Noodlehead Maker's Tote pattern.  So the interior slip pocket had enough space for an extra little divider for pens.

Maker's Tote: interior slip pockets!

I tried to use coordinating fabrics for the visible areas, but used the contrasting fabrics she picked for the pocket linings:

Maker's Tote: pocket linings!  I love fun little surprises.

The exterior is quilted (directly on the Soft and Stable) using a bunch of near-empty variegated Aurifil bobbins I had from my previous project.  The fabric is from Lizzy House's Natural History line.

Maker's Tote: quilted butterflies exterior.
I tried to include the Heather Ross Mendocino swimming sister fabric wherever I could:

Maker's Tote: gusset and zipper end tab

I was able to finish and mail it to her just in time for her birthday!  Hurray!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Guest Post on the Aurifil Blog

Quilted Paisleys using Aurifil variegated threads!

Today I am so excited to finally be sharing the Aurifil variegated samples I've been working on for the past month!  Head over to the Aurifil blog to see all 36 variegated threads on white and black fabrics, plus they are having a giveaway too!

Here is my giveaway:

Aurifil color card and 7 small spools of variegated threads!

The threads include 2 of my favorites: Marrakesh and Silver Moon, and two of the favorites from my Instagram teaser pictures: Tramonto a Zoagli and Creme de Menthe!

Lots of fun colors to play with! Silver Moon (4060), Silver Fox (4679), Berrylicious (4647), Marrakesh (3817), Creme de Menthe (4662), Limoni di Monterosso (4658) and Tramonto a Zoagli (4657).  You can see them stitched out in the collage at the top of this post!

Giveaway Rules:
1. You MUST include your email address in your comment to enter!  
2. International entries welcome.
3. Giveaway open until September 28, 6pm MST.
4. Winner notified by email, if they do no respond within 48 hours I will choose a new winner.
5. Winner chosen at random.
6. Limit of two comments/entries per person.

To enter: Tell me if you've tried variegated threads, and if yes which is your favorite color?
Second entry (in a second comment!) just tell me how you follow: blog, IG, pinterest, etc.


Don't forget to go check out the Aurifil blog, I'm super proud of how all the rainbow quilted paisleys turned out!  Many thanks to Aurifil for supplying the threads and Michael Miller for supplying the Cotton Couture in white and black so all 36 colors could be well represented!

Aurifil variegated sample!  I love seeing how different the threads look on the spool vs white fabric vs black fabric!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paisley Moon mini quilt

Paisley Moon mini quilt: measures about 16.5" x 16".

Earlier this year the Blue Moon Quilters (a small group of friends that sometimes get together) decided to do another mini quilt swap.  The theme this year was to make a moon mini quilt.  I spent a LOT of time thinking about what to make for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl (my random draw this time).  Finally I decided on a large crescent moon with detailed paisley free motion quilting!

Paisley Moon mini quilt: crescent quilting detail--I used Aurifil Silver Moon #4060 variegated thread so there would be a slightly darker areas to suggest the darker marias on the moon.  It's subtle, but they aren't as noticeable during crescent moons anyway.

Both sides of the moon are appliqued on.  I made as accurate a moon template as possible (using an ellipse for the crescent inner curve) and used Kona Silver and Pepper (which is actually a very dark navy and not at all a grey or black).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the dark side of the moon quilting detail.  I used 28wt Aurifil Dark Pewter #2630 which is the darkest grey I have that wouldn't completely disappear on the Kona Pepper.

I used two layers of Quilter's Dream Orient because I had large enough scraps and hate messing around with my wool (I have a mild wool allergy, plus its stinks like sheep, but I have like super human smelling sensitivity).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the back!

The back is Kona Charcoal, and I used mostly matching Aurifil 50wt threads in the bobbin.  The organic straight line quilting is Aurifil Dark Navy #2784.  Going around some of the stars really helped break up the monotony of FMQ those lines, ha.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: back of the crescent moon quilting detail.  The bobbin thread is Aurifil Aluminum #2615.

Here's the quilt label I made in a hurry.  I literally thought "2007" before writing it and then my brain clicked and I was like UGH wrong decade.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: simple quilt label

One of our members, Sara @BlueQuailStudio moved to Michigan recently, so unfortunately wasn't able to make our swap meeting, but here are the other 3 quilts!  I was gifted the one on the right, made by Afton at Quilting Mod:

Blue Moon Quilters mini quilt swap!  Left quilt made by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt) Finish!

Out of the Woods (Meadow quilt), measures 70 x 66.5" (after first wash).

Hurray I finally finished my meadow quilt!!  You can read more about my tips on fixing the template to get flatter, better blocks here.

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): flower and medallion detail.

This quilt used fabrics entirely out of my stash--with a focus on low volume fabrics that I'd had for a long time.  It was kind of fun re-visiting fabrics from previous quilts and projects, and super nice to clear out low volume fabrics I wasn't sure how to use up (but worked great for a pieced back!): 

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): pieced back!

My favorite part of this quilt is the quilting.  I wanted to keep the quilting fairly large-scale so it would be an extra cuddly lap quilt.  

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): flower quilting detail.
Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): medallion quilting detail.

I used all Aurifil threads on this quilt--including the cone of Stone (#2324) I received as part of the Aurifil Artisan welcome package.  I used it for all of the low volume quilting and in the bobbin, but chose near-matching threads for each of the flowers:

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): Aurifil colors used!

I'm a firm believer in quilting the life into a quilt, and although I didn't quilt this as densely or detailed as others, the results are still gratifying:

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): Before quilting
Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): After quilting and first wash.

While piecing this quilt I pondered what to do with it, and finally settled on gifting it to my aunt.  She's the last (but not least!) to receive a quilt from me on my side of the family.  The benefit of this is my attention to detail and skill level are much better than 5-7 years ago (I've been quilting for almost 8 years now!).  Fittingly there are some low volume fabrics in this quilt that I acquired 5-7 years ago (and one I got only a week before I did the piecing, so).

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): quilting texture, and flat as a pancake. <3

Interesting (?) shrinkage stats
Quilt top:            72.5 x 84.5"
After quilting:      70.5 x 82"
After first wash:  66.5 x 70"
Cotton batting--I think Quilter's Dream, but maybe it was Warm and Natural?  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt) progress

Last year I took Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt class, but had so many issues with the templates she gave out in the class and her instructions that I deconstructed the template and made a bunch of changes so the block would sew together smoother and lay flat (click here to see the tutorial I wrote up).

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): block corners all cut out.

It was really frustrating, so I only worked on the quilt in small bursts.  This week I felt like doing some piecing (especially after that big whole cloth I just finished!) and got out this quilt again since it was already cut and ready.  I was mostly please with how the blocks sewed up, but there were quite a few (out of 20) that still came out wonky and a little wavy (though significantly less so than with the original template Lizzy gave out!).  This one wasn't 12.5" square, and had a few small waves:

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): problem block.

I took it back to my ironing board, re-sprayed it with starch and pressed it while gently pulling it slightly into the right shape.  Not an ideal solution, but it worked well enough that I could trim it to 12.5" square:

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): re-pressed and trimmed block

Piecing all 20 blocks took only one day of work!  Today I worked on making border blocks, and now I'm ready to sew it all together:

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): quilt block layout. Should finish at 72x84".

This quilt is being worked on by shear stubbornness and determination to actually finish it.  The colors, mixed low volume and quilt pattern aren't at all my style.  I'm trying embrace it and enjoy the process though.  Plus I'm using up a decent amount of my stash fabrics!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wings Alight Finished Quilt!

Wings Alight Quilt: Finally finished!  70 hours of work spent on this quilt.

You can see my previous blog post about this quilt HERE, it summarizes the process in making it!  Today's blog post is mostly photos of the finished quilt, but you can see all blog posts related to this quilt by clicking: Wings Alight Wholecloth.  

Since I love before and after photo, here is the Michael Miller Luxe in Charcoal quilt top:

Wings Alight Quilt: posing with my quilted wings!

Aurifil Threads generously sponsored the threads for this quilt, and boy did I go to town with them!  I used 32 very full bobbins!  I used all 50wt in the bobbin and background, but the wings are outlined in a 28wt and filled with 40wt.

Wings Alight Quilt: the quilting alone took 56 hours on my domestic machine!

The idea for this quilt was originally inspired by this interview with street artist/muralist Kelsey Montague (IG: kelseymontagueart).  I contacted her for permission to use her artwork as inspiration for this quilt since I intend to show it, however the wing outline and filler patterns are my own (or inspired by FMQ designs I've seen around the internet or suggested by friends!).

Wings Alight Quilt: center mandala, a suggestion by my friend Sara!  Can't imagine the quilt without it now.

Since my last blog post I was able to block and trim the quilt.  It now measures 93"wide x 88" tall.  Here it is laid out on my queen bed:

Wings Alight Quilt: resting on a queen sized bed!

I love how the wings wrap over the edge the bed!

Wings Alight Quilt on my bed.

This quilt should be should cozy to sleep under once it's done with being shown, I used Quilter's Dream Orient batting!

Wings Alight Quilt: quilting detail.

The back of the quilt didn't end up being as interesting as I'd hoped, but overall I'm pleased with it!

Wings Alight Quilt: the back!

If you want to see move of this quilt, you can see my previous blog posts here and my Instagram posts about it here.

Wings Alight Quilt: back detail.

If you get a chance to pose with this quilt while it's at a show, I'd love to see the photo!  On Instagram tag it with #WingsAlight or #WingsAlightQuilt and me @quiltsNfeathers!

Wings Alight Quilt: my 5 year old insisted on posing with the quilt again (she posed in front of it at the bottom of this post too).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wings Alight: Art With Fabric blog hop

Wings Alight: large whole cloth quilt, measures about 94" x 103".

About a year ago I came across this interview with street artist/muralist Kelsey Montague (IG: kelseymontagueart).  Immediately I was inspired, and my brain started working out how I could turn those wings into a quilt and how it would look.  Once I realized that I was serious about making it into a quilt I knew I needed to get artist permission, especially since I'd like to show this quilt!  I emailed Kelsey and explained my idea and asked if using her art as inspiration would be okay.

Next I asked Aurifil if they would be willing to sponsor the thread for such a large wholecloth quilt.  They said yes and sent me several large spools of thread.  I finally got started on this quilt this April by first creating a line drawing of some sandhill crane wings as they come in for a landing (hence the name of the quilt, Wings Alight [a·light: descend from the air and settle]).

Wings Alight: wings drawings--left is on tracing paper, center is printed from a digital file, right is the transparency.

Then I used a projector to enlarge and copy the wings onto my fabric (Michael Miller Luxe in Charcoal):

Wings Alight Quilt: Me with the projected wings.

After basting it (same fabric on the back, but in the light grey/Fog color, and I used Quilter's Dream Orient for the batting) I got started quilting.  I spent 56 hours quilting this beast on my Janome 6300 (it only has a 9" throat)!  You can read more about my process by going back through the Wings Alight Wholecloth posts here or on my Instagram feed: @quiltsnfeathers.  Here's the before and after pictures:

Wings Alight Quilt: Before--107" wide by 99" tall.  The wings are drawn on with a chalk pen.

Wings Alight Quilt: After (cropped photo, sorry!)

That's ALL Aurifil threads!!  The after picture does not do the quilting justice, so here are some close-ups:

Wings Alight Quilt: detail of the feather free motion quilting designs.

There are over 100 feathers on each wing, and although I tried to mirror-image the wings, it was hard coming up with that many appropriate fillers.  I got inspiration from my previous quilts and drawings, pictures on Instagram and blogs.  Maybe you see something that was inspired by you!

Wings Alight Quilt: more free motion feather designs!

Wings Alight Quilt: shoulder and background quilting detail.

I ended up only using 4 different Aurifil threads: Light Jade (1148) in 28wt for the feather outlines, Aluminium (2615) in 40wt for the feather designs, Dark Pewter (2630) in 50wt for the background quilting and bobbin, and Jade (4093) in 50wt for the mandala.  The background quilting and bobbin work used 2 large spools of 50wt thread!!

Wings Alight Quilt: wing and mandala--all free motion quilted!

Unfortunately all of that dense quilting in the center of the quilt created a wavy quilt, and I will need to block it before I can bind it. 

Wings Alight Quilt: the back!  oh those wavy edges...

Once I get it properly blocked and bound I will get new photos and share on my blog and instagram (@quiltsnfeathers)!

Wings Alight Quilt: my 7 year old standing in front of the wings!

Go check out some other awesome art created with fabric!  Today's blog hop participants are listed below: