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This is another project inspired by Elizabeth Hartman‘s Craftsy class, Inspired Modern Quilts: 7 Small Projects with Big Style. I had purchased Thimble Blossoms’ June Bug quilt pattern moons ago but hadn’t started it because I thought it too time consuming but after watching the tutorial, dove in and made a bunch of pedals.
Because I positioned the pedals close to one corner of each block, I had to make sure that they were clustered toward the center, a mistake I made in a previous iteration which will no doubt become mug rugs for gifting and giveaways. I quilted all the linen parts of this piece with a rambling vine motif which I doodled on paper first, there are a few random flowers tossed in for good measure.
My sewing space is rather chaotic after so much sewing so I’m going to take the day off to clean and organize. Not sure what I’m going to do for my next project. If you have any great tutorials, please pass them along!
I signed up for Kimberly Einmo’s Jellyroll Quilts class on Craftsy and I really loved her tutorial on the easy Lonestar. Even though I’m not a big fan of stars in general, with the right fabrics I think they can look really good. After I’d pieced my four quadrants, I shuffled around the pieces. (Sorry about the weird colours in my photos.)
I love this but don’t know what to call it.
These remind me of flights for arrows.
This is what I ended up doing using Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for the stars and quilter’s linen.
For the back I used Tula Pink’s Damask Dot in Pomegranite.
Damn you Craftsy, you came out with February’s BOM early!
Balkan Puzzle Block
I had it in my head, early this week, after Red Pepper Quilts posted her Rolling Stone block, that I’d use my Magic Beans and Kona Greys to create an optical illusion with them. Then Craftsy unveiled their BOMs for February and I thought I’d use the same idea with the Balkan Puzzle Block. I created four half square triangles of each shade of Kona Grey (Ash, Medium & Coal) then started playing with different layouts based on the same theme.
Craftsy BOMs done. I don’t know why these blocks take me so friggin’ long to make!
This isn’t part of Craftsy’s BOM but when I saw it on Red Pepper Quilt’s site, I really liked it. I don’t love mine so much. Maybe some Magic Beans are needed. Back in a few hours…
What a fun and happy mistake!
This is the paper pieced pinwheel block I mentioned yesterday using Kona Ash, Coal and a Little Apples jelly roll. Because the pieces are symmetrical and I wasn’t paying attention, I reversed the greys on one of the points but I think it’s kinda funky and I like the effect! Imagine an entire quilt of pinwheel blocks with just one block reversed.
Paper piecing gives you nice crisp lines and with the right fabrics, you can achieve a modern look. I think I might try more today using Joel Dewberry or Patricia Bravo fabrics. My biggest complaint about paper piecing is the fabric waste, which seems to be massive. Jelly rolls worked really well with both my paper pieced blocks but you would need to use a jelly roll of one solid colour, or didn’t mind having different colours and prints in each block. Small prints and solids seem to work best as many of the pieces are small and thin.
If you’re interested in taking Wendy Butler Burns’ free motion quilting class, it’s currently on sale for 50% off. I learned a lot from this course, from all of them actually, and the best part is that they never expire, you can watch them whenever you want. The next class I’m going to sign up for is Quilting Quickly II, I’m just waiting for it to go on sale too.
Just before the holidays, Craftsy had a sale on their online classes so I decided to sign up for their “Quick-Strip Paper Piecing” with Peggy Martin. I’m not a big fan of the stars but it’s something I wanted to learn and thought I could probably use this skill in other ways and in different projects. I knew going into this that I definitely didn’t want to use any batiks,no red and black together, or browns for that matter. Get my drift? I wanted a modern star with modern fabrics.
Little Apples Dream Weaver
Using a Little Apples jelly roll by Aneela Hoey and Kona Coal, I think I achieved my goal. This block was actually very easy but you need to watch the videos and pay attention. I somehow managed to loose one of the paper pieces in my massive fabric mess.
Dream Weaver Points
The next block I’m going to attempt is “Pinwheel Polka”, a 4-point star which I actually quite like. Not sure which fabric I’ll use yet.
And speaking of fabric (what a segway huh?), I ordered a shed load of Liz Scott’s Domestic Bliss today, I hope it doesn’t take too long to arrive, can’t wait!!
Image courtesy Pink Chalk Fabrics