Saturday, December 19, 2015

Blue and White Wedding Quilt

When one of my oldest friends announced her engagement I knew that I would be making her a quilt. A combination of an inherited box of fabric from her mother and a quilt she pointed out on Pinterest lead me to put together this quilt. 
I purchased a blue solids bundle at QuiltCon in February and mixed in some prints from my stash and built the quilt a block at a time, starting with the paper pieced blocks. Once I had a number of blocks made I filled in with some smaller blocks and and whatever I needed to fit the space. I included some blocks that have special meaning, like wedding ring blocks, a friendship star, maple leaf blocks because they were married in the fall, a heart, and a W which is her husband's last initial. 

I quilted it on my Juki TL 2010Q and gifted it a couple of weeks after their wedding. It was very well received and I hope that I've given them something that they can use for years to come. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Collaborative Effort

Hey there! You may have thought I have been slacking in the blogging department, already, but really I just haven't finished anything since May! Except, maybe a few dresses and maybe a bag. BUT no quilts. I've been working a lot and have a few bigger deadline projects going, so mostly I have been chipping away at those. 
I did finish a quilt recently though! My cousin is about to become a dad, so my aunt dropped off the scraps of the fabrics that she had used to make some crib sheets to fit the unique size of the family crib. And, learning that the soon to be mother was planning on hot pink, black, and white for the baby meant that it basically fit the bill of my most recent fabric crushes! My mom mixed the crib sheet scraps with some hot pink, black, and white fabrics that we had on hand and a quilt top was born! I quilted, bound and labeled the quilt and we gifted it this past Sunday. The quilt was very well received and I look forward to seeing it used in the future. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WIP List

Most quilters have them. For some the number can be counted on their fingers, while others would have to borrow spare digits from family members or friends to count that high. I tend to fall the camp of having 5-10 WIPs (works in progress) at a time. Hopefully listing them here will make me follow through. The goal this year was to end 2015 with no projects that were in the works at the beginning of 2015.

Final Stages
     Pink - needs a label and a sleeve

More Quilting Needed
     Lemoyne Star Quilt - I started this quilt about two years ago with a FQ bundle Amy Butler fabric. It's already bound, I just need to add some quilting to the 16 stars before I really will call it finished.

     You Do You

Quilt tops
     Jacob's Ladder in Simply Color Fabric 

     Orphan blocks from first quilt - need sashing and to be assembled
     Dad's Quilt
     Uneven Mountains

To make 
     Riley Blake challenge?
     Guild block commitments
     Natural History quilt

Other projects 
     Linen dress
     Polka dot dress 
     Sew button onto dress 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Uneven Mountains

Ok, so in my last post I talked about the amusement and genius that new quilt designs give me. IT HAPPENED. I finally figured out how to use that huge stack of black and white fabrics, and it's amazing.
I added a few more black and whites, took a bundle of solids that I bought at Quiltcon, and combined them into a design that has been lurking in my mind for the past few months. 

When Sarah of Stitching and Bacon posted that she was going to make a "modern delectable mountain" quilt in my mind that translated to uneven strips within the delectable mountains-- her version had the traditional block with random scrappy color and value placement. (Which was amazing and haunted me for weeks) while I truly loved how Sarah's quilt looked that idea of uneven strips in the "mountains" was stuck in my mind. 

One night it all clicked and I came up with this drawing, which was enough to start me on the path to making this quilt. It took me a week or so to have the time to get started, but I ended up with 32 black and white fabrics, and four of each of the eight colors from the bundle. I made my half square triangles while at my guild's quilt retreat in Kennebunk, I even got a few of them spliced up. Isn't it just wonderful when the things in your head translate to fabric correctly? 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sliced Pom

EDIT: somehow I deleted this while trying to add a tag. oops! here it is again, so everything is in the same place. 

This coming November the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild will be presenting an exhibit on modern quilting at the Gathering quilt show in Manchester NH. When this was announced we discussed the characteristics of modern quilts and how our quilts fit into this sliding scale of modern-traditional. 

I decided that in order to have a quilt that I was happy to have hanging at a show I would make at least one new quilt to submit. This is the first concept I played around with -slice and insert using Kona solids Pomegranate and Cyan. I originally cut my background pink blocks to 14inches square, but after inserting my 1.5in blue strips they were beyond the capabilities of my rulers to square up, so I cut the blocks into 9 4.5 inch squares each and reassembled those into my quilt top. 
I quilted only in the pink background using the McTavishing quilting motif which gave it amazing texture and really made those blue sections pop! 

I still need to add a label and hanging sleeve to this quilt, but I am very pleased with the outcome! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Analysis Paralysis, or, The Difficulty of Getting Started

Now, hear me out. I am often so jazzed about my latest vision for a quilt, that I jump in. I do about an index card worth of math, and get to cutting. This means that I often cut way too much, and sometimes have to run out and buy more fabric, but I jump in with both feet and worry later about details like final quilt size, color placement, etc. During these times my absolute genius astounds me, and I amuse myself to no end with how stellar my newest creation is going to be.

The other times? Analysis Paralysis. I can stare at the same pile of fabric, or color combo, or block/quilt pattern for oh, days/weeks/months and I still have no idea. So, I will begin compiling things on Pinterest, or just reviewing my different quilting inspiration boards. I have split my pins into categories for patterns, tips and techniques, quilting, and other themes. 

There are times when this just doesn't work. 

I have this great pile of black and white fabric. I've been looking at it for maybe 8 weeks. Its a mix of prints in different value -- some have more white, some more black. I've been slowly, subconsciously, building this collection since I started quilting (ahem, or hoarding fabric, however you would choose to think of it). It needs a kick ass pattern to highlight the lack of color, while still giving a good definition to the blocks or pieces that are being used. I've made the mistake in the past of not paying enough attention to contrast, so I try to give it some thought now to ensure that I don't end up with one big muddy blob of inarticulated shades. 

I've debated adding a bundle of solids to the mix to make the black and white stand out and to give me that strong definition that I'm craving. Heck, even just the right color choice of one solid addition could make these black and white prints sing. 

For now, I'm just going to keep staring and hope that I make a decision soon, because the quilt that I see in my mind? I already know its going to be amazing. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

A beginning...

Are you there Internet? It's me, Kali.

I've been debating getting into this blogging thing for far too long (like, for maybe two years!) and so, the time has come. I've been searching more and more for a method to document my quilts, note my inspiration and process, and track what I'm working on. Enter: a quilt blog! Perfect.

When I found quilting in the summer of 2012 it seemed to me like the perfect evolution from the last studio art class that I had taken that spring in college, steel sculpture. (I'm not crazy, I promise...) For me, sculpting with steel was about shape, texture, and making something decorative with a material that was developed purely for function.

In the past two and a half years I have jointed my local modern quilt guild, gone to QuiltCon in Austin Texas, made twenty or so quilts, bought a Juki TL2010Q sewing machine, and developed my skills mostly through online tutorials, Craftsy classes, and general perseverance.

I look forward to documenting what I'm currently working on, what I've finished, and where my quilting goes from here!