Spring 2015  Blogger’s Quilt Festival ~ “A Maker Lives Here”

Lady K Designs, Quilts

I decided to enter two quilts into the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival over on Amy’s Creative Side website.  If you are visiting my blog from the festival link, thank you so much for your time!  The second piece I am submitting to be voted in the Original Design category is a quilt I designed for Fat Quarterly‘s Curved Piecing issue this spring.  I named it “A Maker Lives Here” because of how I use the quilt and the fabrics I made it out of.  In our family room our large couch has it’s back exposed so I like to cover it with decorative quilts.  They aren’t traditional shaped quilts, they’re more like oversized table runners.  I love large quilt blocks, and was inspired to design something that would showcase the remarkably beautiful “Maker” collection from Art Gallery Fabrics..  Thanks to Jessica of Sew Many Creations’ “Pathways Ruler” I recently fell in love with curved piecing.  The ruler makes cutting the “pie” and “crust” shapes out so much easier, and not to mention much more safely than other templates on the market.  .   

   

Selecting fabrics is one of my favorite parts of making projects, and this time around was no exception.  I chose to use the low-volume fabrics in the “Maker” collection, and pair them against the pink and peach fabrics in also in the collection as well as white and coral fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Prisma Elements line.  I went for a “controlled scrappy” look in my design and I’m pleased with the result.  Using an assembly line process to piece the units needed to build the 20″ blocks, made for fairly swift assembly, considering all the pinning I do when making curved pieced units.   
     Using a 50 weight Aurifil thread, I quilted this on my Janome Skyline s5 using a medium meander design.  Because of Art Gallery Fabrics’ luxuriously smooth and soft hand, this quilt feels amazing with the quilting.  This quilt measures out to 69.5″ x 29.5″, with three 20″ blocks and perfectly covers the back of our oversized couch perfectly by hanging it over the edge.  (The pattern will be available in the “Curved Piecing” issue of Fat Quarterly e-Zine.) 

 Thank you again for checking out my quilt.  I hope you will take a moment to check out my other submission to the festival HERE.     

 

Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival ~ Menagerie

Quilts, The Quilt Book Project

I’m so nervous!!  I am entering two quilts in the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival over on Amy’s Creative Side.  If you are visiting me here for the first time because of your interest in the festival, “Welcome!”  You can find much more of my work and thoughts over on Instagram.  The link is there on the right.  

 The first quilt I am entering will be in the LARGE QUILT category.  It measures 93″ square, 372″ around.  My friend Anna aka @HootnHaller and I challengecd ourselves to actually make some things out of the many quilt books on our shelves.  This is my first finish and I couldnt’ be happier.  I call it “Menagerie” because of all of the animal prints throughout the top and back of the quilt.  It is made up of entirely all Cotton + Steel fabrics.  Of course I used 50 weight Aurifil thread to piece it and to sew the binding down.  I finished piecing it last week.  After piecing the back, I delivered it to my local long arm quilter, JoAnn Sholtz, and had her use a beautiful turquoise colored thread to quilt the dense “Deb Swirl” pattern all over it.  I was so excited to pick it up from her yesterday, Monday, that I ran right home, made up the binding, machine stitched it onto the top and then spent 4.25 hours hand stitching the binding to the back whole watching The Voice & DVR’d The Bachelorette.  And then… I slept under it!  Hubby and I just love it and were amazed at how nicely it fit on our king sized bed.   
   The pattern is called “Breaking Tide” by April Rosenthal.  It’s the second pattern in her book, “Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced” from Lucky Spool.  I designed the back of the quilt using 10″ quarter square triangles to reflect the quilt top, and used two color ways of the coyote and rabbit print from Cotton + Steel’s “Mesa” collection.  I honestly don’t know which side I like the best!   

 Well, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my quilt.  To those of you who have also entered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, good luck!   Thank you to Amy of Amy’s Creative Side for providing such a fun platform to share quilts in.