Monday, June 10, 2013

Improv Color Block Quilt for Coats and Clark

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this quilt with you! You might remember that I shared some photos of it while it was in progress a couple of months ago. This is my Improv Color Block quilt and I made it for my friends at Coats & Clark.

It is made out of eight fun FreeSpirit Designer Solids and the binding is Anna Maria Horner's Ghost Print in Dusk from her new Field Study linens.

The linen is so amazing, and it ties all of the solids, which are Slate Gray, Spark Gold, Salmon, Chamois, Soldier Blue,  Lime, Orchid, and Bahama, together perfectly. I quilted it on my domestic machine with straight line stitches that echo each rectangle in contrasting Coats Dual Duty XP threads, which are my go to threads. The colors are really so great!

The Improv Color Block quilt was on display in the Coats & Clark booth last month at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon, and it will be used in their ad campaign this fall and winter.

Here's my sketch for the design. I wanted to create a quilt that had an improvisational element to it, yet wasn't completely unstructured. This pattern allows you to rely on your own creative intuition and construct each of the six columns that make up the design in an improvised manner, with varying widths and colors combinations of the strips of fabric. All of the columns are then trimmed to the same length and the quilt top is put together. The result is that each quilt that is made following this pattern will be completely unique, which I love the idea of.

And here are a couple more photos of the finished quilt that I shot in my back yard before I sent it off to Coats. You can see the quilting and binding a bit better in these, I think.

You can read more about the quilt on Sewing Secrets, the blog of Coats & Clark, and find the complete pattern as a free pdf download here.

everyday inspiration lecture for the CMQG

If you're in the Cincinnati area, please join me at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild on Wednesday where I'll be giving a lecture on how I find inspiration for many of my quilt designs from every day places. I'll be sharing about my process, how I record my inspiration and then translate it into quilt designs. I'll also be sharing some finished quilts as well, including my Silo quilt, shown above, with the inspiration below, which is still one of my favorites to date.

My lecture will take place at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild meeting this Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Cincinnati 45215. Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 3, 2013

guest curator on CRESCENDOh this month

I'm so incredibly honored to be a guest curator on CRESCENDOh this month. I'm a huge fan of Jenny Doh and I was so excited when she asked me to share my story on how art saved me, as well as some of my favorite blog posts with her readers.

It's funny, because before Jenny asked me, I never really thought about how I was saved by art. But now that I've spent some time looking into what lead me to where I am now, I see that art making and creating was an integral part of so much of my past, as it will undoubtedly be to my future. So, please check out my story here. I'm so glad to be able to share it with you all, and I hope it is meaningful to you in some way. I truly believe that we all have been gifted with creativity, and art is in each and every one of us, in many different expressions. We just have to believe in ourselves and our own creativity. The rest will come to us.

Be sure to follow along with all of my curated posts on CRESCENDOh throughout this week. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

twenty shades of pink

I created this mini quilt, which I've named Twenty Shades of Pink, for the Quilt Alliance's TWENTY 2013 Quilt Contest, Exhibition, and Auction. The theme of the challenge was really broad; basically, you could create anything that celebrates "twenty:" the numeral, the concept, the quantity, the word, etc. 

It probably comes as no surprise that I would choose a simple approach to this task, so I used twenty different shades (technically speaking, hues) of pink solid cotton fabric, ranging from pale pink to deep fuchsia. I arranged the colors so that they were in order from dark to light, and then back to dark and light again, giving the quilt a bit of an ombre effect.  

I sewed the twenty fabric strips together and then I cut the pieced section into three segments of varying widths, which I then rearranged and sewed back together. The quilt measures 20 inches square in accordance with the guidelines of the challenge.

I machine quilted it with straight lines of stitches in pink cotton quilting thread.

And I used a solid light gray cotton for the binding and backing, which I thought worked well and didn't compete with all of the pinks. 

My favorite part of this quilt is that little strip of patchwork at the bottom. I love it, and I think it really makes the design, if I do say so myself. 

And I think this design would look really stunning as a bed sized quilt, don't you? Large strips of solid pink fabrics, or perhaps twenty hues of another color? Blue would be kind of amazing....

Twenty Shades of Pink will be on display at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Paducah later this year, as well as some other venues, and it will be auctioned off as a benefit for the Quilt Alliance. I'll keep you posted on the auction as it gets closer.
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