Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Using A Charm Pack to Make the Pinwheel Baby Quilt

I had so much fun making this cute baby quilt! I used a charm pack of V&Co.'s Color Me Happy, paired with Kona's white. I found this cute pattern at the Moda Bake Shop. This quilt was designed by Jodi of pleasant-home.com. Jodi's directions were simple to follow and I made the quilt in about one day. Prairie points were new to me.  They're more work than I thought they were going to be but they really made this quilt sparkle. 

Have you read Moda's Bake Shop blog?  It's great!  Lots of cute quilts and a really good source for precuts, if you're into that like I am! Check out Moda's Bake Shop.  I think you'll find lots of goodies there.

I hope you're inspired today!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Am I A Modern Quilter???

We moved at the end of this summer. No big deal, we've moved 9 times in the 28 years we've been married. However, for the first time in 27 years, it was just my husband and I. We're empty nesters! And this is the first time in a long time that I am going to have to get out and make friends on my own...weird, right? We took our "baby" to college a week before we moved so there went one sure fire way to make new friends. Making friends through my children's school was always easy. I'd volunteer and get to know the other parents. As my kids grew older I went back to work and that was another great way to meet and make new friends. 

Now, for the first time in a long time, I have to get out there on my own. Scary...and I'm not kidding. So, to dip my toe in the waters of finding friends, I decided to join the local modern quilt guild. I already belong to the national MQG, as an individual, and I wanted to get to know some local quilters. I have already made a friend, yay! But attending my first guild meeting was an eye opener.  

I'm not sure I am a "modern" quilter. The more I follow modern quilters the more I think I don't fit the profile mainly because I don't like negative space. And you all know there is a log of negative space in modern quilts.

What I do think I am is a "contemporary" quilter. I am a fan of solids and traditional blocks with a new spin. And I love all the one block quilts so many of today's designers are making. 
For instance, I am a huge fan of the quilts Lee Heinrich designs. Many of Lee's quilts are based on traditional blocks which she transforms into exciting quilts featuring fresh and bold new settings.  For modern quilters, as well as traditional quilters, Lee does a great job honoring traditional quilt blocks while celebrating today's quilt design with a fresh new perspective. Check out her patterns and her book, Vintage Quilt Revival, on her blog, Freshly Pieced.

I'm looking forward to the next modern quilt guild meeting because it's a nice group of people who have a lot of great ideas about quilting.  But I won't push myself to add more negative space in my quilts, or more curves, or use only solids.  I'll keep on doing what I like best because that's what makes me happy and that's what's most important!

Any whoo - here's what I've been working on. It's gong to be a pillow cover. Right now it's sitting until I figure out what I want to quilt in the borders. 

I hope you're inspired today!
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Make A Half Square Triangle Quilt...It's Simple!

Recently I made a half square triangle quilt.  Each block was made up of 16 half square triangle blocks and measured about 18" finished.  I used one layer cake, Gracie Girl by Riley Blake. There were 21 10" squares in the layer cake and I paired each square with a 10" square of Kona white.  I followed this super easy Craftsy tutorial, How to Make 8 Half-Square Triangles at Once: The Magic 8 Method. 

I'm lucky enough to have a large design wall. (My design wall is simply a full sized white flannel sheet tacked to my studio wall.) I took all my blocks, organized them by color, and went to town.  It was a lot of fun constructing all the blocks. I sashed them with corner stones from the same fabric line and more white Kona.  

Try it - it's a great way to use a layer cake.

I hope you're inspired today!
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Monday, May 19, 2014

How Important Is That Specialty Ruler?

In my humble opinion - VERY important.  I have several specialty rulers and have never regretted a single purchase. Even if I only made one quilt with a ruler, the investment in dollars made up for the time and ease of cutting and sewing the blocks using that ruler.

These are the pieces for Block 4 of Julie's Park Bench Quilt. I cut these in about 10 minutes!

My very favorite rulers are by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. Her Sidekick and Hex N More make beautiful quilts. Julie has even designed a mini Hex N More for all of us who are into the new mini quilt craze.

The Hex N More cuts four shapes in four sizes: hexagons, 60 degree triangles, half hexagons and Jewels.  Julie has designed this ruler to work with cut strips of various widths so cutting the individual shapes is a snap. And best of all, when you make her lovely quilts there are NO Y SEAMS!  Yay!!

Julie's Sidekick ruler cuts three shapes in four sizes - diamonds, 60 degree triangles and half triangles.  

The other big plus is that Julie has designed her rulers with edges that make piecing easy.  The edges of your blocks will match up, making quilt tops easy to piece. 


Check out Julie's fabulous quilt patterns on her blog, and follow her on Instagram @jaybirdquilts.  

She's got quite a few hashtags you can follow to see all the beautiful quilts and projects made with her rulers.

Next blog I'll show you the Dresden ruler and how versatile it is!

I hope you're inspired today!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I'm Crazy About Mini Quilts and Instagram!

For the past few months I have been busy making five graduation quilts, one for my daughter and one each for her four good friends. These are large lap quilts and each quilt is different so, needless to say, I've been busy! To give myself a break I have started making mini quilts.  Here are three I've made recently.

Mini Dwell

This is a mini Dwell, designed by Camille Roskelley and you can find it on her  Thimbleblossoms site.  Isn't it adorable! And so easy to make. I used a charm pack of Bonnie and Camille's April Showers and a fat 1/8th from Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious line to make this, along with some Kona white.  So simple and it went together in a flash.  I cut, pieced, quilted and bound this in just one morning.

Mini Swoon

This is a mini Swoon, also by Camille. I used Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious and Kona white for this.  The pattern calls for eight fat 1/8ths - so it's a great way to use up your stash.  I enjoyed making the Swoon block so I made a single of the original size, below.  This block measures 25" square so I plan to quilt it, bind it and hang it as a small wall hanging.

25" Swoon Block

Are you on Instagram?  You should be! You can follow these cute quilts, and more, on Instagram.  You can see my quilts, blocks and more when you follow me @julieqquilts.  On Instagram you can follow these cute minis by searching the hashtags #dwellalong, #minidwellalong, #swoonalong, #miniswoonalong...you get the picture.  Some of my favorite quilters to follow on Instagram are @jaybirdquilts @thimbleblossoms and @quiltingismybliss.  You can find a lot of inspiration on Instagram so check it out!

Have you joined the mini craze? What mini quilts have you made lately?

I hope you're inspired today!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Quilt Is In .... A Gallery!!

I am sooooooo excited!  I entered a challenge last year, sponsored by Meredith Publishing's American Patchwork and Quilting and The City Quilter, a quilt shop based in New York City, my old stomping ground. The challenge was to make a quilt celebrating the centennial of Grand Central Terminal in New York city. Eighty quilters from 25 states made quilts for the competition and 30 of the quilts are on display through July 6 at the terminal, in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex.  I won honorable mention and I was truly honored! Here are some photos from the opening last week. I couldn't make it, sick daughter trumped a quick trip to NY. Dale Riehl owns The City Quilter, located in Chelsea, and he took these pictures. Thanks Dale!

I hope you're inspired today!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Disco Quilt and a Time-Saving New Trick!

I'm making Julie Herman's Disco quilt. Julie is the creative genius behind Jaybird Quilts and the Sidekick and HexNMore rulers.  I have both of the rulers, love them, and several of Julie's patterns.  Today I'm working on Disco.  I cut the pieces yesterday and I'm chain piecing like crazy today!

Here are the pieces for my Disco quilt, ready to sew!
I discovered a new trick while chain piecing!
Like how I color coordinate my nail polish with Kate Spain's Sunnyside fabric?
I normally use a pad of stickies to act as a guide on my machine's needle plate.  However, they kept slipping off so I needed to find something else.  Voila! I used a 3M Command sticker, you know, the kind you use to put up the removable picture hangers?  Works really well and, best of all, there's no slippage while I'm sewing.  
So, back to chain piecing.  I'll share my finished Disco with you in a few days.  Until then, be sure to check out my pictures on Instagram where I post as julieqquilts.  

I hope you're inspired today!