Thursday, July 18, 2019

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month! Part 2

We're celebrating Modern Quilt Month at Q.I., and we couldn't be more excited about these fun quilts!  So, what makes a quilt modern? According to The Modern Quilt Guild, the characteristics may include the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast, graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, and expansive negative space.  This is the second of four feature posts.

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Ombre Blossoms by Ellen Born, quilted by Monty Richardson


Ellen explains, "Ombre Blossoms was created using the [color] gradation fabrics, arranging the various colors to create star blossoms in varying hues. "


Ellen's use of softly colored ombre fabrics give her quilt such a pretty sparkle. This quilt is made using a 60 degree diamond ruler for cutting and strip piecing. The Ombre Blossoms pattern by Krista Moser plus the ruler are available for purchase online at Amazon.

Daydream by Laura Flagler


Laura notes, "This is a visual commentary on creative rumination culminating towards an idea. [It's] assembled with improve piecing to simulate the textures of paint on canvas."


The various pieces of this inward-spiraling pattern are meant to symbolize fragments of thoughts as they coalesce into a sequence of ideas. Laura's quilt is an inspiring and most interesting comment on the workings of the human mind.

Fleur by Melissa Winona, quilted by Kimmie Tanner


Laura writes, "My sister says that [the creation of] Fleur was my subconscious designing a flower.
I didn't see the flower in this design until after we added the fabrics. This pattern may be found on our On Williams Street site at Etsy."


This gigantic contemporary flower looks like so much fun to make !

The Boyfriend Quilt by Kimberly Davis


Kimberly remarks, "I was drawn to this pattern's simplicity and bold use of solid fabrics."  (We recognize this basic design as the City Park pattern by Cherry House Quilts.) Kimberly quilted her creation herself, using gently undulating lines which complement and enhance the modern geometric arrangement of the square blocks.


Kimberly did a great job in selecting these richly saturated hues which are both restful and energetic, allowing her quilt to fit right in with many different room decors.

Tequila Sunset by Gina Miller


Gina says, "Colors of valley sunsets off the back porch are captured in fabric and expressed in modern blocks."


We love these "sherbet" colors of peach, mango, tangerine, strawberry, and lime, which really pop right off the background of the quilt. The creative "en pointe" setting gives the blocks and the adjacent cornerstones a very eye-catching contemporary chain effect.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month!

We're celebrating Modern Quilt Month at Q.I., and we couldn't be more excited about these fun quilts!  So, what makes a quilt modern? According to The Modern Quilt Guild, the characteristics may include the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast, graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, and expansive negative space.  This is the first of four feature posts.

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Empire Place by Charlene O'Connell


This stunning paper-pieced Empire Place quilt was made by Mardi Norwood, and quilted by Charlene O' Connell.  Charlene explains, "Mardi Norwood was doing a massive downsize and decided to give me this quilt.  I was very honored that she wanted to give it to me and thrilled that I got to quilt it."  The Empire Place quilt pattern is by Kristy Wolf and her daughter Shayla Wolf at Sassafras Lane Designs.


A Sky Full of Stars by Kimberly Davis


This hexagon design quilt was named A Sky Full of Stars for a year of Coldplay concerts in Pasadena (California) and Phoenix (Arizona) and a trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson.  The quilt was based on a workshop taken with pattern maker Libs Elliott (the design is called The Weight of Love). Many of the beautiful indigo fabrics are by Alison Glass.


Which Way Did They Go by Patti Kupferer



This quilt may appear to be minimalist, until you examine the intricate quilting!  It is the first of a series by Patti Kupferer, and it showcases her longarm quilting skills.  An original design, she created the quilting pattern based on a stained-glass window and used various fills for the sections.  The orange thread really 'pops' on the gray background fabric.


Edward by Marjory Peck


We love the Picasso-like faces in Edward ! Marjory Peck says, "As an applique artist that is losing hand dexterity I was looking for a way to continue my work without hand applique.  I used this piece to teach myself machine applique with turned edges."  Marjory quilted this piece herself, and the result is impressive.


Poppin' In by Jane Congleto, professional quilted by Chris Sousa


We love optical illusion quilts, and apparently so does Jane Congleton!  She says, "I've always liked 3D and geometric quilts.  it was a challenge! It is my first quilt show entry [and] I really like it!" The beautifully-pieced quilt is based on the Convex Illusions pattern by Kathleen Andrews. 


Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July 2019!

The birthday of the United States of America — Independence Day — is celebrated on the Fourth of July. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In honor of the holiday, we've selected a few outstanding red, white and blue quilts from this year's shows.

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Vintage Block of the Month, 78 x 84", by Robbie Groves, quilted by Carol Dockery


We love all the fun baskets, stars, birds, pinwheels, and churn dash blocks in this sampler quilt! Robbie Groves says, "This was a Block of the Month class taught at The Granary [a quilt shop in Sunnyvale, California].  I could not resist making it using my favorite colors from my stash.  It was a fun class."  The design, by Barbara J. Eikmeier, was inspired by antique random block sampler quilts from the late 1800s.


Liberty Garden by Linda Wood, quilted by Jessica Gamez


There are so many wonderful appliqued elements in this quilt! Linda Wood says that she enjoys doing hand applique, and she loves Lisa DeBee Schiller's patterns.  The quilt won a ribbon for Third Place in the Applique - Small category at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.  Our favorite block is the flag shown below.


America in the New Millennium, 53 x 55", by Brenda Feltham, quilted by Brenda Feltham


The use of flag fabric really makes these stars sparkle.  Brenda Feltham says, "I made and hand quilted this quilt in 2001.  The white fabric has the year 2000 printed on it.  It's an earlier work and not paper pieced so the points are not all perfect.  I finished this quilt in July with hopes for the future.  After 9/11, I hung it in my office as a reminder that we are all American strong."


Image credits:  Photos were taken at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association show (California) and at the Quilt Arizona show.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

More Scrap Quilt Inspiration !

It's time for some scrap quilt inspiration! What a great opportunity to sort through your stash and use your imagination to create beautiful blocks from remnants of fabric. Here are some of our favorites !

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Spiderweb by Amy Witherow, California


Amy explains, "The quilt front was started in Jean Impey's class, 'Spider Web'. The quilt back was started in Fern Royce's class, 'Working Small.' Obviously, I wasn't working small here, but part of the class was about using scraps, and I had a bunch of half-square triangle strips. I decided to see what they'd do in a Log Cabin design."


We recognize many of these fabrics, including some Kaffe Fassett favorites! The secret to this quilt's success is to have enough neutral off-white background so that the viewer's eye can easily see all the different fabrics in the foreground. These blocks are nicely spaced so that each individual block stands out clearly, with plenty of contrast.

Wonky Nine Patch no. 2 by LaNelle Wilkinson, California


LaNelle writes, "Since 2012, I have periodically made wonky 9-patch quilt blocks and saved them for a 'someday I'll finish this quilt' project. In 2018, I finished a queen-sized quilt for me bed and had blocks to spare."


LaNelle continues, "Those leftover blocks inspired me to make this smaller quilt  (size 50 x 77). I love the bright colors, and the quilt makes me happy." We too love these pretty colors, which provide a contrast that really makes LaNelle's quilt sparkle.

Adventures in Sewing by Bonnie Bobman, quilted by Cindy Stohn


Bonnie says, "Clean out time ! Starting with no plan, each round was determined based on the existing layout. Piecing it in the studio, an RV, and ironing on a campground table made this quilt a travel memory."


One of the fun things about a scrap quilt like this is looking at all the different fabrics, remembering where they came from, and remembering which projects they were used for. There are lots of intriguing prints and varied colors in Bonnie's quilt.

Scrappy Strings by Celeste Johnson, Arizona. Quilted by Melissa Turner


Honorable Mention winner in the Scrap Quilt category at the 2019 Quilt Arizona Show,  Celeste notes, " I saw a similar quilt on Pinterest and thought this quilt would use up my large collection of strings. Ha Ha, this quilt barely made a dent in the scraps."


Celeste cleverly used her black and white scraps to make very contemporary sashing pieces. The sashing does a great job of making the clear, bright pastel colors of the blocks really "pop'' into the foreground.

Quilt of Many Colors by Carol Kananen, California


Carol states, "At the last quilt show, I bought six fat quarters of single color batiks. Then I went home to "shop" in my batik stash for coordinating prints. I sewed strips together from light to dark, and this is the result."


Carol's quilt is size 29" x 35", which makes an eye-catching wall quilt, as well as a very colorful table-topper. The variety of warm and cool hues makes it perfect for all seasons and home decors.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association show (Spiderweb, Wonky Nine Patch, Quilt of Many Colors, Adventures in Sewing) and the 2019 Quilt Arizona show (Scrappy Strings).

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Scrap Quilt Inspiration 2019 (1)

It's time for some scrap quilt inspiration! What a great opportunity to sort through your stash and use your imagination to create beautiful blocks from remnants of fabric. Here are some of our favorites.

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Nostalgia by Meghna Connell, Arizona. Quilted by Penny Boese


Meghna notes, "I am a beginner quilter from India. Growing up, my favorite festival was Diwali ( the Hindu festival of lights). I've used my mother's old sarees in this quilt along with many Kaffe Fassett fabrics to give a glimpse of my nostalgia."

Close-up, Nostalgia


Meghna's scrap quilt is a study in vibrant contrasts. She's done a terrific job of combining the complementary shades of blue with orange, and purple with yellow in order to achieve the maximum color impact.

Knot Anymore by Darla Orndorff, Arizona


Darla says, "[This is a] neckties quilt, foundation pieced on muslin. The pattern is inspired by a Navajo blanket. Look, can you find Mickey, crowns, a horseshoe, USAFA, hearts, stars, elephants, reindeer, eagles, and Bugs Bunny? "

Close-up, Knot Anymore


Marla has done excellent work in piecing and in arranging the color ways so that they move from light and dark, to deep shadows, then back to light and color again. This chevron pattern is perfect for displaying all of the variations in the neckties.


China Visions by LaNelle Wilkinson, California


LaNelle was inspired by quilt artist Ann Brooks and her collection of Chinese Coin quilts. LaNelle writes, "Ann Brooks showed so many of her beautiful quilts at Quilting 101 class. It was a challenge to decide how I wanted to use her inspiration in my quilt. Since I like smaller quilts, I chose fewer colors to work with."

Close-up, China Visions


LaNelle continues, "It was fun to keep moving the strips, finally sewing them together and declaring the top finished."  She quilted this eye-catching colorful 27" x 31"piece herself, and the diagonal and wavy lines motif very nicely complements the geometric rectangles of the blocks.

Color Me Wonderful by Marianne Nowacki, Arizona


Marianne remarks, "It was so much fun to play with all these pretty batiks. I collected the wide variety by participating in several swaps."

Close-up, Color Me Wonderful


Look at all these pretty batiks whose lively hues give Marianne's quilt so much energy and personality ! She did a super job of piecing and quilted the top herself with a cheerful spiral pattern.

Colorful Strings by Kris Lovetro, Arizona. Quilted by Kathy Hunt


Kris states, "This quilt was just fun. I used all my Kaffe Fassett scraps to make 'colorful strings'."


In our opinion, one of the great features of Kaffe Fassett fabric is that it all seems to go together very well, regardless of shade or value. Kris had an excellent idea of using a neutral hue for the sashing, which really helps the gorgeously colored blocks "pop" out in the foreground.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association (China Visions), the 2019 Quilt Arizona show (Nostalgia) and the 2018 Quilt Arizona show (Color Me Wonderful, Colorful Strings).

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Free pattern day ! French Braid Quilts

Here are free patterns for French Braid, Friendship Braid, and similar chevron quilts.  "Braid" quilts are sewn from fabric strips in a pattern that gives the illusion of woven strands, like a hair braid.  To go to a pattern: Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the words "PDF download" (or the hyperlinked website name) in the title above the quilt.

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Egyptian Braid quilt, 48 x 78”, free pattern by Sharon Wilhite for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (PDF download)


Glee wall hanging, 10” x 40”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Bette’s Bouquet quilt, 56 x 70”, free pattern by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics


Columns of Color quilt, 21 x 27”, free pattern at All People Quilt


All About Color quilt, 46 x 51", free pattern at Fabric Freedom (PDF download)


Tonga Utopia quilt, ~64 x 78", free pattern by Osie Lebowitz at Timeless Treasures Fabrics (PDF download)


Rainbow Connection quilt, 60 x 72”, free pattern by Osie Lebowitz for Timeless Treasures Fabrics (PDF download)


Esoterra placemats, free pattern by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Esoterra placemat (PDF download)
Plantae placemat (PDF download)

Cable Knit table runner, 60 x 20”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)



Braided Rug quilt, 58 x 68”, free pattern by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics (PDF download)


Sultry jelly roll quilt, 65 x 70”, free pattern at Moda Fabrics (PDF download)


Rhomburie quilt, ~62 x 57", free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Vertical Garden quilt, 60 x 80”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics


Autumn Vibes Friendship Braid QAYG Tutorial by Maureen Cracknell


Cherry Blossom quilt, 90” square, free pattern at Clothworks (PDF download)


Velanio quilt, ~72” square, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics


Purple Play quilt, 40-1⁄2" square, free pattern by Pat Bravo at All People Quilt

 

Abacus quilt, 80” x 90”, free pattern by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics


Astrodelic quilt, 42 x 42”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics


Batik Braid jelly roll quilt tutorial by Reanna Lily Designs


Bloomin Basket quilt, 55 x 75”, free pattern at Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


Daydream panel quilt with chevron border, 41 x 61”, free pattern at Blank Quilting (PDF download)


Braided Table Runner tutorial by Bari J.


French Braid table runner, 22 x 62”, free pattern by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics


French Braid mini table runner, 22 x 42”, free pattern by Pat Bravo (PDF download)


Basketweave Braid star block, free pattern by Nydia Kehnle


Braided Table Runner, 15 x 42”, free pattern at Jordan Fabrics (PDF download)


Diamond Chain table runner, free pattern by Jinny Beyer (PDF download)


Chambray Stripy cushions, free pattern at Leutenegger (PDF download)


Friendship Braid Pillow tutorial at Husvarna Viking


Colette blocks, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)


Free Pieced Chevron block tutorial at Tallgrass Prairie Studio


Sashed Half Hexi quilt tutorial by Jenny Doan at Missouri Quilt Company


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