Sunday, April 29, 2012

modern barn quilt paint along :: my finished ohio star

It's finally finished! My Ohio Star barn quilt is hanging in its new home on our little outbuilding, which houses Jeff's studio. And I love it, and of course now I want to make an actual quilt with these colors. They are so soothing to me. Hmmm....I just might have to do that soon. Here's how I made it.

I started with a two foot square piece of plywood and painted it with primer.

Then, using a pencil and straight edge, I drew out my design.

For this project, blue painters tape is your best friend. Seriously. It takes a bit of time to tape each section out, but believe me, it's totally worth it.

I also marked each section with its corresponding colors (ie. G=green, B=blue, C=cream) so I wouldn't get confused while I was painting. 

I used an x-acto knife and a straight edge to trim the painters tape so that it fit perfectly into all of the corners of the triangles in my design. I worked in sections, and wanted to paint all of the blue areas first, so there was a lot of taping. 

You can see how precise your cuts can be with the x-acto knife. But be very careful--those blades are very, very sharp!

Here's what my board looked like after I was finished with taping off the areas for the first color of paint. Lots of work, but like I said, so worth it. 

And I'm ready to paint! I was excited to finally add some color to the board. 

And so was Olivia. She kept begging me to let her help paint. To recap, I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior paint from Home Depot on this barn quilt. You can check out my previous post for the exact colors that I used. 

After two coats of the bluish color was applied and dry to the touch, I carefully removed the tape.

And there was lots and lots of tape to be removed. 

But see, like I said, totally worth it. A little prep time with the tape makes the entire painting process so much easier if you want to achieve clean crisp lines between your colors. 

I waited about an hour after the first color of paint felt dry before I started to tape off the areas for my second color, a chartreuse green.

Again, I used two coats of paint and let it dry thoroughly.

And then removed the tape carefully.

Starting to look good!

At this point in my process I noticed that even though I had been very careful with the tape, I was still getting a few areas where the paint was seeping through the edges. So, I thought I'd use a bone folder to really smooth down the edges of the painters tape, making sure it adhered well to the board beneath it, almost burnishing the edges of it with the tool. I wish I had thought of using the bone folder at the beginning section, but it's something that I'll be sure to do with my next barn quilt painting. 

And the third color, a grayish cream was ready to be painted on.

Here's another little tip that I use a lot when we're painting anything, be it furniture, walls, or a barn quilt:: if you need to let a coat of paint dry, but will be adding a second (or even third) coat of paint to it, wrap your brush in a plastic bag so the paint doesn't dry out on it. You can use a ziplock back for a small brush like I did above, but if you're using a roller, a plastic grocery bag works great. Seal the edges as much as you can by zipping the lock around your brush or wrapping the ends of the plastic bag around your roller. Then, you can go right back to painting without having to wash out your brush or roller each time, and you won't get those clumps of dried paint in your project. 

Final coat of the last color!

And I was so excited to take the tape off and finally see how it all looked!

Voila! I love it!

Here are a couple detail shots where you can see the few bits of seepage that I had. It isn't enough to bother me, and I honestly don't think anyone but me would ever see it, especially by looking at the barn quilt panel from far away.

And here it is again installed. 

I love the areas where all of the colors come together.

And now of course, I want to make more. I'm thinking a four foot square would be pretty darn awesome. If you've made a barn quilt with me, please share photos. I'd love to see them! Feel free to also add them to the Modern Barn Quilt Paint Along flickr pool here

Friday, April 27, 2012

my Olivia doll on GenQ

Do you remember the little sneak peek I shared with you last week? Well, she's finished and you can see and learn a little more about her today on Generation Q as part of their Show and Tell series

I need to make a few little tweaks to the pattern, but I hope to have it finished and available as a pdf in the new few weeks. Thanks again to Scott and the rest of the folks at Generation Q for inviting me to play along! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anni really gets around

It's so fun to see my work pop up in places, many times as a surprise to me. Yesterday I found that my Anni quilt was included on a post on pink inspiration on the Stitch Craft Create blog earlier this week.

And sometimes I know that she's going to be seen somewhere.

Anni will be included of the inaugural issue of Quilty Magazine! I'm so excited about this publication, and you can imagine how thrilled I was when Mary Fons, the brainchild behind both the Quilty show and the brand new Quilty Magazine, asked to include my Anni quilt. And you won't believe how amazing she looks in the magazine, not to mention the incredibly kind words Mary had to say about her! I've seen the final proofs and they are striking. Seriously, seriously striking.  I just pre-ordered a couple of copies, and you can too by visiting the Fons and Porter shop site here. Quilty will ship May 15, and I can't wait to see Anni and all of the other great work in it!

Monday, April 23, 2012

making progress :: modern barn quilt paint along 2012

I'm actually making some progress on my modern barn quilt for this year's paint along. How are all of yours coming? I'm a bit behind because I was under the weather last week with a cold, but I've got my board primed and ready to go. 

And I finally came up with the design. I'm going with an Ohio Star block, which has been on my mind the past few months with my Ohio Supernova quilt and our CMQG exhibition at the International Quilt Festival

But instead of the coral, sea foam, and cream that I used in my quilt,  I'm using these three colors from the Martha Stewart line of paint at Home Depot. We're actually in the process of painting our house, and we're using these three colors (plus a fourth), so I thought they'd be perfect for the Ohio Star barn quilt. The colors, from top to bottom, are Salvia, Sultana, and Garden Shed. Don't you just love the names of paint colors? 

I think my little helper agrees on the color choice as well. And here's a couple of tips if you choose to use paints from Martha's line at Home Depot: while I think she has an amazingly gorgeous array of colors to choose from, I prefer Home Depot's Behr brand paint, so I always have Martha's hues color-matched into Behr paint bases. I especially love the Behr Premium Plus Ultra, which has primer mixed in with the paint. Also, I'm using exterior paint for my barn quilt (since we're already using those colors in our house painting project), but you can use either interior or exterior paint (and even acrylic craft paint) because you'll be finishing the barn quilt with a few coats of polyurethane sealer. 

I can't wait to get this barn quilt finished, and I can't wait to see yours! If you're painting along, please let me know and send me photos of your finished barn quilts, and even your quilts in process. Also, feel free to add them to the Modern Barn Quilt Paint Along pool on flickr!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

a little sneak peek

Here's a little sneak peek of a fun project that I've been working on. I am finishing up a new quilt pattern featuring Betz White's Stitch fabrics, but I wanted a side project with a little change of pace to work on as well. I made Olivia a cloth doll last year for her third birthday and I've been wanting to make her a new one based on a design that I've been playing with for a while. Here's what I came up with. 

She's jointed with buttons so her little arms and legs move.

And her hair is made out of wool yarn in two long braids. When Olivia first saw her, she said,"you made a doll like me, Momma!" I'm so excited with how she is turning out and I can't wait to show you more!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

my cosmic burst quilt top

Finally! I'm finished with my Cosmic Burst quilt top. You might remember that my friend Mark Cesarik graciously sent me a stack of 5" squares of his new line, Cosmic Burst, to play with a couple of months ago. And can I just say that I think Cosmic Burst is the best name ever for this line?? The colors are so bright and saturated, so I knew that I wanted to combine them with white fabric to really make them pop. I opted to make a bunch of half-square triangles with the squares and I really loved the vertical orientation of the blocks.

The three white zig zag stripes of the negative space really stand out against the colorful prints!

I'm not sure how I'll quilt this yet, or what I'll use for the binding. Do you have any suggestions? Cosmic Burst is shipping to stores this month, so be sure to ask your independent fabric store to carry it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

International Quilt Festival, Cincinnati, Spring 2012

Whew! What a weekend! The International Quilt Show at Cincinnati has come to a close, and it was such a great time. As I told you last week, myself and three other members of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild installed the show, which was a real treat for us. It was so fun to see the exhibit finally come to life after all of the months of planning, creating, and organizing. And it looked great! I took some video footage of the show too, and I'll share that with you soon as well.

We had signage, labels, and our quilts were even roped off!

The people at Quilts, Inc. were incredibly great to work with, and were always happy to answer any questions that we had along the way. I want to extend a special thank you to both Carmen and Amanda, the special exhibition coordinators who were there every step of the way and were the two who actually invited us to submit an exhibition proposal.

And here we are installing the show. It was a great challenge to decide the layout together, and to put each quilt in it's place. We tried to hang them so that there was a variety throughout the exhibition, and I think we did a great job, if I do say so myself!

Thanks again to Victoria, Sarah, and Lynn for helping!

The was so much to see at the show, but one of my favorite booths was the Bigfork Bay Cotton Company. I was walking through the aisles with my friend Sarah when I saw something that I immediately recognized. Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden series of patterns!

You might recall that I was part of Pat's blog hop a couple of months ago to introduce the new patterns, so it was great to see all of Pat's versions together in person. Traci and Jane of Bigfork Bay Cotton Company were so fun, and their booth was full of so many gorgeous things.

I was really intrigued by a product called Art Kloth, which is a foundation fabric that can be used in a variety of ways. They had used in in a fused sample of one of Pat's patterns. All of those pieces above are fused without a single stitch.

They also had samples of bags where Art Koth was used as interfacing, which seemed to give the bags a nice shape but kept them lightweight as well. I think it would be perfect for some floor cloths, which I think would be a great project, one of these days.

Traci was also kind enough to give me my first spool of Aurifil thread, which I'll be using in an upcoming project. I think she was a little shocked that I've never used it before! What can I say, I'm a simple girl...

And finally, Saturday night was the CMQG Modern Meet-up. It was so great to have a chance to meet so many people, and spend some time together.

Here's Ashley from SassafrasGirl, Brenda from just a bit frayed and Pink Castle Fabrics, Faith from Fresh Lemons, Jessica from A Little Gray

Anna from woollykat, Rachel from imagine gnats, and Debbie from Esch House Quilts. I was also lucky enough to have dinner with the fun gals from Ann Arbor on Friday night. I had met Brenda last year at Quilt Festival, and Debbie and I have emailed back and forth a few times, plus she has a great blog and I admire her work so much. But I really felt like I've known them all for a long time. I'm bummed that they don't live closer, but it will be great to see them at Quilt Market in Kansas City next month.

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