#loristrinketquilt Finale

I was able to put all the finishing touches on my Trinket Quilt. You can see my earlier progress here and here. This quilt was the result of the Alison Glass sew-along that was held earlier this spring. I made all 40 blocks twice – one with a light background and one with a dark background. This is an alternate layout that I designed in Electric Quilt 8.It turned out way better than I had anticipated.

I usually don’t know how I’m going to quilt something until I put it under the needle and this was no exception. I decided to diagonal quilt through the on point blocks and frame the square ones with some denser quilting. The trinket blocks I left unquilted so they pop a little bit.Now I will admit I was running out of the dark charcoal fabric so added the lighter grey on the binding (as well as the offcuts from squaring the quilt up) and was left with about 5 inches (which is all of the AG charcoal colorway that I have leftover from this project.)Let’s talk about the backing. I adore a pieced back and so I took my trinket scraps and improv pieced them. Then I took those improv rectangles and framed them in all the darker Alison Glass fabrics that I had left. The extra tie block is my label for this quilt.Time to wash it up and put it to use.Though is looks like someone is already putting it to use.

Diamond Delight Done!

My first self-designed modern quilt is done! I just adore this quilt!

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It started out as a quilt kit that was ordered through Craftsy for me as a Christmas gift from my parents.

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The kit came with a design that I did not care much for but the fabric I loved! It is High Street by Moda and also came with some Bella Solids in Zen Grey and Clementine. I took the same basic design idea – striped triangles – and flipped it around and played with it a while in Electric Quilt until I came up with something that I thought was extremely cool. The strings of diamonds remind me of 70s doorway curtains made of beads. (I think I may be showing my age here.) Anyway, it’s sparkling and shimmery and colorful.

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The big diamond breaks up those smaller strings a little but doesn’t take over the whole quilt.
I quilted an echo around the small diamonds and also in the center of those quilt lines. This look is exactly what I was going for.

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I continued that same quilting into the big diamond as if the regular diamonds were there. It keeps both front and back quilted symmetrically without weird lines going everywhere.

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I have some extra fabric so I am planning to make an accompanying pillow cover with smaller diamonds so the effect doesn’t get lost. I think the inverted diamonds, that I added to the back – using the scraps from the original triangles, look great so I will add some of those to the pillow as well.

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That Bella Solids Clementine binding is superb!! I wasn’t sure as I was cutting the binding strips but it really pulls all the colors together so well.

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I cleaned up my sewing space and am ready for my next big project – Wavelength by Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced.
Here’s a sneak at the fabric selection:

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I was excited to hear about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. I have decided that I will enter my ‘Steeler’s Baby!’ quilt in the Baby Quilt Category. Be sure to head over there and vote for my quilt starting this Monday, November 28th.
As you may recall, this quilt was one that was decided upon on a Friday and completed on Sunday by dinner. It was a whirlwind of activity that weekend.
I have co-worker that is due next month. I’d been thinking about making her a baby quilt but just never committed to it. She is a huge Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan and I definitely wanted to do something that referenced that love but was not so much ‘in-your-face’ by using Steeler’s fabric. I hit Hobby Lobby – I just love their fabric selection – on the way home from work and found my inspiration fabrics.
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I went home and opened up EQ6 and started designing. That process is in a previous post. Then I started cutting and sewing my little heart out. I couldn’t believe how quickly it went together and I’m glad I made the decision to make it. Her shower is in 2 weeks and I cannot wait for her to receive it.

Steeler's Baby!

Steeler’s Baby!

One part of the Festival allows me an entry to win a new BabyLock sewing machine. I can really use that so I can get access to more embroidery stitches to use when quilting. Very exciting!

Steeler’s Baby!

Yes, the Steeler’s quilt is complete. I actually finished it over last weekend but my camera was acting up and I couldn’t post a finish without an actual picture!

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I really love how this turned out. The little bits of blue and red are perfect for this pseudo-Steeler’s quilt. I quilted it with a chevron pattern following the seam lines and then in between the larger sections.

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The back is just improv piecing the large bits of fabric I had left. I was thinking of black minkie but I had this on hand and was on a roll finishing it. I may have to go get more of those dots because I just adore them.

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This quilt was not on my to-do list but I love it and I’m glad it turned out as I imagined. Now, more quilt tops to sandwich and a few more finishes coming soon, I hope.

Inspiration, Design, and Paper Piecing

I’m blaming my new project on a design idea in my head, a fabric-looking trip to Hobby Lobby, and my Electric Quilt software program. So, I had this idea for a baby quilt – Pittsburgh Steeler’s inspired but not using Steeler’s fabric. Something a little more subtle than that. I had this Chevron baby quilt in mind and that Hobby Lobby trip resulted on the perfect color palette.

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I opened my Electric Quilt software program and started designing what I had in mind. I needed to incorporate the red and blue but only in small bits. Therefore, I added another small chevron line on a few portions of the quilt top.

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Here is where I state that my cutting precision leaves a lot to be desired and I was able to print foundation paper piecing templates. At this point, let’s go back a few hours to my visit to Quiet Play via the Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday post. Katie was a guest blogger for Lee that day. She made a statement in her post that anything can be paper-pieced. So, with my lack of precision cutting and Electric Quilt rotary instructions showing some weird angle, like 43 degrees or something like that, I decided to go with Paper-piecing. So far, so good. I like how it’s turning out.

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