Thursday, May 6, 2021

Miniature Quilts Galore! part 5

Miniature quilts and wall quilts are some of the most fun projects we've seen.  In these quilts the traditional blocks are reduced to a fraction of their traditional size. They are technically challenging, visually intriguing, and much easier to display than a regular quilt!

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Pure Velvet, 31 x 31, by Amy Pabst, West Virginia


  First Place winner for Pieced Wall Quilts at the Road to California Quilt Show,  Amy explains, "Each 1.5" block in this quilt has 49 pieces for a total of 21,609 pieces. The quilt was foundation pieced on a 1947 Singer Featherweight, then quilted in the ditch on a Bernina."  

 Wow !  We can all appreciate the amount of workmanship that went into Amy's lovely creation.


For this pineapple pattern, Amy chose silks, silk blends, polyesters, velvets, linen blends, and cottons. The neutral fabric tones are set off by small amounts of bright colors, which really make the quilt sparkle.  Amy learned to sew at a young age; and her quilt is a wonderful example of her talents.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Miniature Quilts Galore! part 4

Miniature quilts are some of the most fun projects we've seen.  In these quilts the traditional blocks are reduced to a fraction of their traditional size. They are technically challenging, visually intriguing, and much easier to display than a regular quilt!

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Dynamo by Megan Farkas, New Hampshire

Megan writes, "This quilt is a wonderful opportunity to play with color interactions. I chose this name for the quilt because it's electric - and it goes 'round !"

Dynamo is based on the traditional "Trip Around the World" pattern, in which small squares of fabric are sewn on all four sides of the quilt. Megan's quilt really "pops" because she knows that the trick of making this pattern successful is to place high contrast or light and dark fabrics next to each other, so that the geometric points of each fabric can be easily seen.

Megan hand-sewed her entire work, and it turned out beautifully. We really admire how perfectly pieced and stitched these tiny squares are. This intricate, eye-catching quilt really sparkles !  

Photo taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario, California
 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Miniature Quilts Galore! part 3

Miniature quilts are some of the most fun projects we've seen.  In these quilts the traditional blocks are reduced to a fraction of their traditional size. They are technically challenging, visually intriguing, and much easier to display than a regular quilt!

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Annabelle by Kellie Willey

 In our opinion, this little quilt is a masterpiece. Kellie Willey says, "I wanted to make quilt in honor of my Grandmother, Annabelle, who was a quilter.  She owned a velvet and satin crazy quilt and I decided to make a miniature version. Friends contributed velvet, taffetta and embellishments."

Kellie continues, "Most of the blocks were made using ties that belonged to my husband and my father.  Charms and buttons were collected during my travels and I found many of the stitching ideas online and in books."  Kellie is the owner of Little Quilt Creations; please visit her website for inspiration, lessons and patterns for miniature quilts.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Miniature Quilts Galore ! part 2

Miniature quilts are some of the most fun projects we've seen.  In these quilts the traditional blocks are reduced to a fraction of their traditional size. They are technically challenging, visually intriguing, and much easier to display than a regular quilt!

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Log Cabin Village by Joy Palmer (California)

This contemporary miniature Log Cabin Village puts a modern twist on a very traditional block! We love the way Joy Palmer nestled the tiny log cabin blocks in a gorgeous blue field.  

The maker and quilter says, "Many early Americans lived in log cabins and managed to exist by using everything in all possible ways until it was completely worn out.  This log cabin village is made from thrift store silks, all of which had a prior life as something else.  To add interest to the image, I used minimal pieced blocks supported by similar structures in the quilting."
 


The abundant negative space gave Joy Palmer plenty of room to create quilting designs, ranging from traditional (feathers) to stacked right angles that echo the log cabin design.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

To Spring

Spring is here, and it's time to celebrate simple pleasures — flowers, butterflies, and blue skies.  This quilt features spring motifs with an emphasis on primary colors and a green border.  Its classic blocks bring to mind the joys of springtime, Easter, and quilting.

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To Spring by Debbie Corbett, 33" x 45", quilted by Mike Corbett

Winner of the Second Place award for Mixed Media quilts, Debbie explains, "This is a cheery quilt taking us into springtime. We utilized mixed media with applique and embroidery. There are many different quilting pattern, honey bees, grass, and those first spring flowers." 

(The pattern is "Changing Seasons-Springtime" by The Stitch Connection). 

But wait, there's more ! Debbie's creation also includes an adorable Easter bunny with a carrot, bright tulips tied with ribbon, a kite with a ribbon tail, a butterfly out in the spring breeze, and a darling cottage with a heart above the doorstep. Sunny yellow sashing and a perky half-square triangle border help complete this happy look.  We wish you a wonderful spring season, full of new awakenings, a sense of re-birth, and the hope for eternal renewal. 

Photo taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Quilt Arizona! show in Mesa, Arizona.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Miniature Quilts Galore ! part 1

Miniature quilts are some of the most fun projects we've seen.  In these quilts the traditional blocks are reduced to a fraction of their traditional size. They are technically challenging, visually intriguing, and so much easier to display than a regular quilt! In the next few weeks we'll be featuring some beautiful examples of this art form.  You'd never know that this quilt is less than 12" in size.

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Very Mini Mari by Emily Jackson (California)

Emily Jackson made this stunning miniature mariner's compass star quilt in a stunning green and blue design.  The high-contrast colors give the star blocks a 3D appearance! The very creative reverse applique border echoes the circular shapes surrounding the compass stars.  Emily Jackson says, "My love of tiny applique and reverse applique tied the blocks together.

We admired Emily's perfect paper piecing of the eight-pointed star blocks. In the quilt description she says, "A dear friend introduced me to miniature quilting, and encouraged me to take it to the extreme by miniaturizing a traditional compass block from 18” diameter to about 3” diameter.

To show just how tiny this quilt is, here's a photo of it hanging with other miniatures on the display wall:

  Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Make An Irish Chain Wall Quilt or Table Topper - NEW pre-cut kits available!

Irish folklore tells us that the three leaves of the shamrock symbolize faith, hope, and love. And if you happen to find a four-leaf clover, then even more luck will come to you ! Here's how we made a 36" x 36"  wall quilt/ table topper in the Irish Chain pattern with a shamrock theme.

Please note:  For the fabric shown below, we have pre-cut kits of the for this shamrock table topper available for purchase at our E-Bay shop Front fabric, borders, binding strips, and even backing fabric is all cut and ready to go, plus easy-to-follow instructions.  All you need to do is sew!  (The paper banner above the quilt is just for decoration and is not part of the kit). 

 

This quilt has only two alternating blocks. One block is a single square of fabric, and the other block is a Nine-Patch block.  

FABRIC FOR FRONT OF QUILT :

Fabrics "A" and "B" need to be fabrics with high contrast, so that you can see the criss-cross diamond-shaped lines that make the chain effect. 

Fabric A: For Fabric A, we chose 1 yard of a very bright green cotton with puppies and gold metallic sparkles.  From Fabric A, cut twelve squares, each one 6 1/2 " square. These will be the single square blocks.

Fabric A strips for nine-patch blocks: Also from Fabric A,  cut 4 strips that are 2.5" wide , cutting on the width of the fabric. These strips will be used in making the Nine-Patch blocks.


Binding strips: Also from Fabric A, cut another 4 strips that are 2.5" wide, cutting on the width of the fabric. These will be the binding strips. 

Fabric B: For Fabric B, use 1/2 yard of a pale neutral fabric to provide a sharp contrast with the bright green fabric.  Ours is white, with light gray paw prints. Check to make sure that your fabrics show a big contrast which can clearly be seen. That way, you will see the chain effect.

Cut Fabric B into 5 strips, 2.5" inches each, cutting on the width of the fabric.  These strips will be used in the Nine Patch square to make the criss-cross lines of the chain. 

 

Fabric C: Fabric C is for the border strips.  Use 1/2 yard of a coordinating fabric of your choice. We used tiny green shamrocks. Cut  4 border strips, each one 2.5" by the width of the fabric. 


FABRIC FOR BACK OF QUILT: Cut one square of fabric size 42" x 42" for the backing. We used a coordinating tone-on-tone green fabric, like a Moda Marble fabric.


PIECING INSTRUCTIONS

Now we'll start to make the Nine-Patch block. First we'll sew together lengthwise one Fabric A strip (green), then one Fabric B strip (pale neutral), then another Fabric A (green) strip.  These three fabrics sewn together are called a "strip set." We've shown them mocked up below:

A-B-A strip set (make one)

Next, make two strip sets of  Fabric B (white) - Fabric A (green) and- Fabric B (white). When finished, your strip sets will look like the photo below. 


B-A-B strip set (make two)

Now it's time to create the Nine-Patch block that will comprise the Irish chain!  

From the A-B-A strip set (green-white-green), slice off 13 crosswise pieces, each one 2 1/2 ". 

Make 13

 From the B-A-B strip sets (white-green-white), slice off 13 pieces from each of the strip sets to make 26 crosswise pieces altogether.  


 Using these slices, you'll build a Nine-Patch square as shown below with the actual fabric.

Make 13 nine-patch blocks as shown.
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Next, lay out your alternating quilt blocks for the final assembly. You will have 5 rows across and 5 rows down. (25 blocks total).

Working from the left, Row 1 starts with a Nine-Patch block.

Sew the rows together using the chain piecing method of your choice. 

Add the top and bottom border strips, then the side strips. 

Add batting if you wish, then baste the quilt to the backing fabric. 

Sew on the binding strips, and you're all finished ! Enjoy your new project ! 

We titled our quilt "Lucky Paws" because of the cute puppies and the neutral paw-print fabric. 

If you'd like to purchase all this fabric pre-cut, including directions and piecing diagrams, we have several kits available at our E-Bay shop.Click here.


Image credits:  Photos and instructions are by Quilt Inspiration.  Do not duplicate without permission. quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Convex Illusions

Do you love optical illusion quilts as much as we do? Today's stunning quilts are based on the Convex Illusions quilt pattern by Kathleen Andrews at KwiltArt.  The use of different colors and quilting patterns allowed today's quilters to make the design their own.

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Convex Illusions by Marcie Hammond, quilted by Jeannie Rogers 

Marcie Hammond won a second-place ribbon for her Convex Illusions quilt! We count seven different red fabrics, going from deep red to pink, in the squares that surround the center motif.  Marcie notes that selecting reds is always hard, and she used the opportunity to explore the local quilt shops in her new neighborhood. Jeannie Rogers used a variety of interesting quilting patterns to enhance the design.

Convex Illusions by Judy Getch, quilted by Rose Maynes

Convex Illusions is a strip pieced quilt pattern that creates a dynamic 3D optical illusion.  This choice of fabrics allows the black-and-white illusion to pop right out from the center of the quilt! This quilt was expertly pieced by Judy Getch, and enhanced by some lovely quilting by Rose Maynes, as shown in the closeup photo below.

If you want to learn more about this design, check out the YouTube videos posted by Kathleen Andrews at this web page: Convex Illusions at Kwilt Art (the video links are below the pattern cover photo.) The pattern is also available at Amazon. Also, you can see another version of this pattern in green at our post on the 2018 Springville Quilt Show.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Quilt Arizona show.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Northern White Rhinoceros

Quilters use their creativity to celebrate myriad subjects, including endangered species. This impressive quilt by Corinne Yarbrough from California, exhibited at the 2020 Road to California show, inspires us in many ways. 

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Northern White Rhinoceros by Corinne Yarbrough (California)

Corinne designed and made this original quilt for her nephew, whose favorite animal is the Northern White Rhinoceros.  Corinne used raw edge applique to create the magnificent animal. The background tiling design was adapted from Gloria Loughman's Radiant Landscapes.

Those who are familiar with Susan Carlson's fabric collages may recall her Pink Rhinoceros. Corinne participated in one of Susan Carlson's classes in the past, but this Northern White Rhino is her own design. Her expert use of light and dark fabrics to create the details of the rhino's face can be seen below.

Sadly, since 2018, there are only two known rhinos of this subspecies left, both of which are female. Barring the existence of unknown or mis-classified male northern white rhinos elsewhere in Africa, this makes the subspecies functionally extinct. There are hopes that another of this species might be created some day from eggs that have been banked. Meanwhile, the two remaining of this species are kept on around-the-clock guard to deter poachers, who are responsible for decimating this species.

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Northern White Rhino, photo by Mistvan, Creative Commons image at Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

In Love with Blue-Violet

We hope your year is going well. This stunning heirloom quilt by Mami Noda from Japan inspires us to dream about going to a real (not virtual) quilt show, in person, in the near future.  We wish you good health and happy quilting.

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In Love With Blue-Violet by Mami Noda (Japan)

Mami explains, "At the first sight of the old kimono, left by late mother-in-law, I was fascinated by its beauty. I put it together with white and light colors to bring out the blue-violet color." 

Mami's quilting technique is not listed on the description card, but this work appears to be all hand-quilted. Mami does say, "I added applique, trapunto, and embroidery to make it a little more gorgeous." We think she did an outstanding job!  We are amazed at all the hours of work it must have taken to produce this lovely creation!

In the background, you can see some quilt blocks which seem to be of vintage fabric, as some are in soft,  gently weathered tones. Mami remarked, "I tried to replace various memories of her life with many small pieces and patterns. It's my pleasure to revive beautiful fabrics as quilts." We think Mami has done a superb job in honoring her family relative with this intricately detailed and spectacular quilt.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California show.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Painter

We hope that 2021 is treating you well so far. This portrait quilt by Lenore Crawford inspires us to dream about going to a real (not virtual) quilt show again, in person, in the near future.  We wish you good health and happy quilting..

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The Painter by Lenore Crawford

This stunning art quilt was inspired by a photo Lenore Crawford took of working artists in Paris. The colors and detail she achieved transports the viewer right into the scene.  Lenore used her raw edge fusing technique to create the piece, along with a little fabric paint to add fine detail and shading.  The row of paintings were depicted with fabric.

Lenore Crawford lives in Midland, Michigan, and The Painter was featured in the Midland Daily News last year. You can see more of Lenore Crawford's work, plus wonderful creative quilt patterns at her site on Etsy.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California show.  The green and white ribbon shown on the quilt signifies an Honorable Mention award.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Charming Canines

We hope the new year is treating you well so far. This charming canine portrait quilt, seen at last year's Road to California show, inspires us to dream about going to a real (not virtual) quilt show again, in person, in the near future.  We wish you good health and happy quilting for the year ahead.

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Viking Barkley by Angela Pachal

Angela Pachal says, "The inspiration was our dog Barkley, and the pattern was made from an original photo.  He was born on Halloween and every year he was dressed in a costume.  This [quilt] was a true labor of love for our beloved mini schnauzer."  

We were impressed by the incredible detail Angela achieved with her choice of fabrics and design, along with her quilting designs which followed the lines of the dog's fur.  This quilt is a wonderful tribute to her sweet-looking dog.  You can see more of Angela Pachal's creations on Instagram.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show in Ontario, California.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Kaleidoscope Quilt

Welcome to 2021. This kaleidoscope quilt inspires us to dream about going to a real (not virtual) quilt show again, in person, in the near future.  We wish you good health and happy quilting for the year ahead.

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Kaleidoscope Quilt, 54x 70, by Gail L. Weiss, Oregon. Quilted by Nancy Stovall

Gail explains, "This quilt was made from 3,113 pieces using 5 different shapes. Cut and stitch lines were screen printed onto the back of 21 different Kona Solid fabrics, and a running stitch was used to sew them together. "  We enjoyed viewing Gail's lovely quilt because it projects a lighted glow that seems to originate behind the fabric, much like holding a kaleidoscope up to a sunny window.

Gail adds, "It took 10 months to sew the top together, then it was given to my co-collaborator, Nancy Stovall, who did an amazing job with her hand-guided quilting. It added to the top, without detracting from the design."  Gail's work is a fabulous example of the English paper piecing method of assembling patchwork. Her juxtaposition of light and dark values, along with the intermingling of warm and cool hues results in a luminous and sparkling work, to which the name "kaleidoscope" very aptly applies. 

If you would like to sew this spectacular quilt on your own, then you're in luck !  Gail has this pattern available for purchase as a PDF download on her website,  GailLizette.com. At the bottom of the book listing, there's also a link to Gail's very helpful  tutorial on English paper piecing. 

Image Credit:  Photos were taken by by Quilt Inspiration at the January 2020 Road to California Quilt Show,  Ontario, California.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Dream Big

Welcome to 2021! This "Dream Big"  quilt inspires us to dream about going to a real (not virtual) quilt show again, in person, in the near future.  We wish you good health and happy quilting for the year ahead.

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Dream Big flower panel in gray, quilted by Jillane Ocano

Jillane Ocano's quilting skills are showcased on this fabric panel, which gave her the chance to try different free motion quilting designs for a wall hanging for her office.  The Dream Big fabric print, designed by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero was produced in numerous colors by Hoffman California Fabrics,.  Jillane says that she was new to FMQ and she tried out some new feather designs, and worked on pebbling.  The quilting was completed on a 16" Babylock machine.  The results are outstanding (see detail below)!

 

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Quilt Arizona show.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year 2021

Welcome 2021 ! We wish all of you the very best of health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in the New Year. May you truly be gifted with the blessings of abundance.

24 Abundance Quilts by Therese May, California

Therese made 24 of these sparkling 12 inch square mini-quilts to display at the 2019 show of the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association. She explains that each one has "an inspiring message, all embellished with buttons, beads, paint, and polymer clay meant to all hang on one big wall for this show." 

Each of the quilt borders is lavishly decorated with different colors and different items. This one features tiny shells, interspersed among colorful orange yo-yo's with green button centers. At the top you can see the intriguing image of a duck's head (which appears to be a green-winged teal).  Light blue buttons are set around the inner border, so the complementary shades of blue and orange provide a great contrast. 

This quilt above features green satin yo-yo's and matching green buttons encircling a center which we imagine to be the stars of a winter night's sky. We liked the square beads of the inner border, which provided geometric interest and contrast with the round embellishments of the outer border.

And here is the collection of Therese's quilts on display, all designed and quilted by her.  This profound visual impact of her work comprises a strikingly attractive image. The uplifting thoughts shown above seem to us to be an example of a positive mind-set which encompasses the hopes and dreams of beginning again. Happy New Year to everyone !

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Show in Santa Clara, California.

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