Showing posts with label Modern Quilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Modern Quilt. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A modern quilt for my bed


You know that saying -  the cobblers children have no shoes?   I'm the quilter who has no quilts.  I give them all away or work on others' quilts. Until now.  I finally made a quilt for my own bed.  A king sized quilt.  

  It is SO BIG!  
 I wanted something neutral,  simple and calm.   I chose a variety of neutral fabrics in taupes, and greys.  
 I chose someone else's pattern this time -  from Carolina Patchworks -  Sweet Garden  (Emily Cier) .   

I am not a happy pattern follower, and was grumbling a lot, but this pattern just seemed to suit what I wanted to do - and why reinvent the wheel?    But of course I had to add new treads to the wheel. LOL    I initially set out to adjust the pattern to be entirely a king.  Pieced it all together, laid it out on my bed and my heart sank - it was just too busy.  Too quilty.   Too much patchwork for the mood I wanted in my room.  
So I  *GASP*  hacked it up so it was a smaller bit of patchwork and added some calm, white fabric to the top and bottom.    And then I quilted it - and got a little carried away.   

I started with simple waving lines....
started to add swirls -  I just marked the 'c' shape of where I wanted the big swirl placements.  Then I started to fill in the shapes with fillers to show movement and flow.
This is how the top '1/3' of the quilt looks:
For the patchwork, I just did simple ribbon candy in the sashing. This gave the texture and allowed the squares to pop like little pillows.    For the squares or rectangles larger than 4'' I quilted a line or two in the space to keep the batting and fabric stable.  This is where I feel like a rule breaker.   I know it should be consistent amount of quilting throughout.   This is where I rebel and feel like I can't follow along.  I WANT this added interest.    
I mean, look at how the little pillows pop!  This is my bed anyways....I will report and edit this post in the future if I find out it is a useless experiment.   But I don't care.  I love this look.


 This was very free flowing quilting - all improvisation with me just knowing that I wanted it to look swirly, flowing and show moment -  an ode to the beach, waters, etc.     
My quilt has yet to be bound.   It is still 'commando' without a binding.  I will keep it plain white to keep the focus on the quilting and the colour palette.   
 I hope you like it!  It's pretty breath taking on my bed.   Now I'm too scared to use it.   I am so super thrilled with how it turned out.   

Pattern - Carolina Patchworks  Sweet Garden by Emily Cier
Fabrics -  assorted prints - too many !   Kona cotton in Snow
Thread -  Glide thread in White,  Wonderfil Decobob bobbin thread white
Battings - Hobbs heirloom 100% wool batting.  
Hand guided quilting on my APQS machine.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Modern Custom Quilting...

 Stacey and her mom Lynn brought this beautifully pieced quilt to me.  (Carolina Patchworks - Sweet Garden Pattern)  I think I drooled a little...
 The colours were stunning,  so perfectly pieced,  and perfectly placed.  Every print that had a special direction, was placed in a uniform direction.   
 I did a figure 8/wishbone design in one direction of the sashing, and ribbon candy in the other.  
Some of the blocks I did swirls, pebbles, straight line details..
Each block was outlined with stitching for best definition:
 ...some of them I left on their own like these wee ones....they look like little pillows! 
 Some blocks I kept simple....
 ...and some blocks I used the print to dictate my quilting,..
 with outlines...
or following the detail in the print to give it texture...

The backing was just as beautiful -   the piecing, again,  perfect.  Here is a sample where it has been pieced: 

That's right -  where?!  

Hobbs 80/20 batting
Glide thread in white
Wonderfil Decobob grey thread for bobbins

Pattern:  Carolina Patchworks Sweet Garden

Quilted by me on my APQS machine


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Neutral quilt with modern style...


Beautiful modern quilt pieced by Linda.  I love the neutral colours she chose.   
It was pretty easy for me to see how I would want to quilt it -  emphasizing the piecing and the contrast of light and dark....and Linda was all for it.  
 I densely quilted the inner white areas and the border, using a variety of simple fills like u-turns, swirls, pebbles.   This photo doesn't show it but  I also quilted down the centre white diamond shapes and stitched between the blocks for more definition. 

 The outer border of this quilt was a scallop print. It was carefully pieced with perfect matching edges.  I just quilted along the lines to give it some texture.  

 Clamshell fill
 swirl flower fill
 a mix of swirls and pebbles I like to call jewelled swirls.
 swirls
 Backing -  I also stitched the ditch area of the outer blocks to show definition of the piecing and stabilize the fabric some more.  



Friday, November 28, 2014

Modern Bargello Quilt


I have a new tutorial up at Moda Bake Shop!   Check it out here
I have always loved the Bargello Quilt. This is a version of a simplified bargello - one with sashing to break it up a bit and give it a modern flair. 

We started with lots of practice on curves -  using graph paper.    My son loved helping me with this part.  


 Although the technique isn't quite the same as using the 'tubes' of fabric,  it still gives the practice of how you want your curve to flow.  

While I was planning the bargello I actually changed up the design many many many times.   I just wasn't happy with the look.    I think if I had a different set of fabrics or colours, I may have gone with my original design.    So, I simplified things again and went to my computer.  I used microsoft excel to create a basic idea of my bargello. 


Then I started messing around and adding my first idea -  just vertical sashing.   Wasn't pleased with that, so I added horizontal sashing in random places:   

I liked this idea, and will try it again in the future.  But for a tutorial I thought, how on earth am I going to keep this simple and doable for someone new? 

So I changed it to consistent sashing with rectangular blocks:
which I liked a lot too...but the squares seemed to work best this time!

I quilted the quilt with just wavy lines.  It was so freeing.   I was going fast, I wasn't measuring or marking.  Just 'driving' the machine.   So unlike my usual quilting.  I loved it. 


I love the watercolour effect of this line by Zen Chic called Figures.   It really worked well together.   The colours are gorgeous -   I love that salmon/coral!  


I used 'Suzie's Magic Binding' to create interest in the binding.  I think it looks fantastic!!!  


Quilted on my APQS Millennium using Hobbs 80/20 batting,   Superior Magnifico (navy) and Wonderfil Magnifico Decobob in the bobbin.

If you make one, I would love to see your version of it!    Enjoy your week!