Tangerine

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The June/July issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine should be in your e-mail boxes now. The pattern for my Tangerine quilt appears on page 72.

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I found the center block in the “Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns” by Barbara Brackman. It is block #1164, called “Arrow Crown”. I added the ribbon border first, then decided it needed to be bigger and added the other borders. The quilt was completed in November of 2014 for a guild challenge. Each member drew a crayon from a paper bag and had to make something quilted using only that color plus white, grey or black.  I drew tangerine.

Close up of the front

Close up of the front

Close up of the quilting

Close up of the quilting

I quilted it on my domestic table top Juki using a low loft cotton batting. I used all white thread in the bobbin but switched the color of the top thread to match each block.

Full view of the back

Full view of the back

Boston Uncommon

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I finally completed another version of my Boston Uncommon quilt pattern. In exchange for me making this quilt in these colors, Dawn Williams made a generous donation to the Michigan Organ Transplant Family Assist Fund.

I started piecing this quilt at the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild retreat at the end of January. It was supposed to be a queen, but I miss-calculated and it turned into a king. I had all the blocks made by the time I realized how large it was going to be, so I decided to just go with it. The final size is 92″ x 102″.

Here is a full view of the front

Here is a full view of the front

A close up of the front

A close up of the front

Here a full view of the back.

Here a full view of the back.

I quilted a king on my Juki once before, but it was so hard to move all that weight around. I decided to send this one out. This is the first time I have had someone else quilt one of my tops. Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting did a fabulous job.

Close up of the quilting from the back

Close up of the quilting from the back

This is the label

This is the label

Quilt Show 2014

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The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is having its biennial Quilt Show in the Morris J Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27.

Quilt Show hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-5. Admission is $6. There will be many pieces of high quality on display, including a special exhibit of Modern Quilts by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. Some items will be for sale.

I have four quilts in the show. They are:

Modern Lily (2013) - Nephew #3 wedding quilt

Modern Lily (2013) – Nephew #3 wedding quilt

Wild Geese - which appeared in Quilter's Newsletter - Best Scrap Quilts (April 2014)

Wild Geese – which appeared in Quilter’s Newsletter – Best Scrap Quilts (April 2014)

Purple Niblets (2012)

Purple Niblets (2012)

Black Niblets - This quilt will be for sale through the Silent Auction

Black Niblets (2014) – This quilt will be for sale through the Silent Auction

Brad’s Quilt

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It is finally done! I promised to make a quilt for Brad over three years ago.

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I chose a palette in earth tones for this quilt because Brad is an outdoors loving person and his partner is an artist and avid gardener. I thought this palette would go well in their home. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

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Here is how it looks from the back.

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I started with simple 3″ nine-patch blocks (niblets). Many of which are from a swap I did some years ago with some friends I met on-line; Lucy in Indiana, Kathy in Pennsylvania and Mary in Oregon. I placed the niblet blocks on-point by adding triangles, then arranged them in a straight grid alternating light and dark.

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This close up of the quilting from the front, shows how I quilted a double line echo stitch on each side of the major seams using a walking foot. Then, I filled in the nine-patch blocks with organic cross hatching using free motion. I used Leah Day’s free motion “Tree Roots” pattern in the borders.

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I used white Aurifil 50wt thread, which blended in nicely on the front and made an interesting contrast in the dark areas of the back.

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Some left over blocks were useful for framing a simple hand embroidered label.

I am linking up with Finish It Up Friday on the Crazy Mom Quilts blog.

Moving Along Slowly

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I managed to make some progress on Dancing Nine-patches this week.

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I finished all the grid work using my walking foot. To add a little interest, I did not stay inside the lines. Some of the grid is over the blocks and some of it extends out into the sashing. I decided to put free-motion bubbles in the sashing. They are actually “Pebbles” except they are big and mostly round so I am calling them bubbles.

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I tend to drift smaller and tighter as I make “Pebbles” across large areas. For this quilt, I want to make sure to keep a more bubbly look with lots of big round cicles. I marked some random circles here and there using an empty thread spool and a water soluable marker. This should help keep the scale of the bubbles consistant across the whole quilt. Then I filled in around the marked circles.

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It is working out pretty well. Here is how it looks from the back without the marks. My camera just doesn’t like black on black so it is a bit difficult to see. Click on the photo to see it larger.

I am linking this post with Leah Day’s Free Motion Friday.

And the winner is…

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The winner of the Shades of Blue scrap bundle from Quilter’s Newsletter is Barb Woods who wrote: “Great quilt design. Thanks for sharing!”

I have sent Barb’s e-mail address to Quilter’s Newsletter and they will be contacting her soon to deliver her prize.

Thank you all for your messages of praise and encouragement. Today is the last day of the blog tour. Visit today’s featured quilt designers for more chances to win.

Correction
Originally, I selected Cecilia as the of the winner the Shades of Blue scrap bundle, but the editors of QNL let me know that Cecilia has already won a prize on Toby Lishko’s blog.

Cecilia wrote: “I enjoyed seeing and learning about the original quilt. It is beautiful, as is yours. Congratulations…”.

My apologies go out to Cecilia for any disappointment my mistake may have caused. I will be contacting her thorough e-mail to send her a consolation prize.

Civil War to Modern

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Welcome to Day 3 of Quilters Newsletter Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour. Leave a comment on this post before mid-night tonight (May 1, 2014) and you will be entered for a chance to win a scrap bundle of fabric from Quilter’s Newsletter. My Wild Geese quilt appears on page 80 of this special edition which is available now on newsstands or you can order a copy from the Quilter’s Newsletter website.

Wild Geese is a reproduction of a quilt which hangs in the home of my friend Julie Hacala. The original was made some time in the mid-nineteenth century; most likely, just before the Civil War. The maker is unknown. The block is listed in The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman as #1692b. One of its names is “Wild Geese”.

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Here is a full view of the original quilt. The HSTs are 1.5 inches and the entire quilt measures 42 x 52 inches. Near the bottom, there are two sets of very bright triangles, one set on each side of the quilt. These four triangles were all cut from the same indigo dyed fabric. While all the other fabrics faded, these four little guys have kept their color for over 150 years.

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Here is a close up. As you can see it is quite fragile. The maker must have had a great stash. Julie and I dated the fabrics as ranging from about 1845-1860. It is hand quilted in a double-line diagonal grid which extends across the entire body of the quilt and into the borders.

Julie's quilt - full view

Here is a full view of Wild Geese. It will be on display at the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild Show at Washtenaw Community College July 26 and 27.

Julie's quilt - closeup back

Here is a closeup of the back, so you can see the quilting. I used a walking foot to quilt a double-line diagonal grid across the entire body, then free-motion quilted feathers in the borders.

Julie's quilt closeup

I managed to find a spot where all the points and seams line up for this close up of the front.

Julie's quilt - label

The label is hand embriodered.

If you are not into traditional, increase the HST size to 3.5 inches and this pattern looks great in modern fabrics. Just cut your “A” blocks 4 3/8 instead of 2 3/8. Here are some examples made by some of my friends.

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Ann Dilcher made this one using wicker weave solids.

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Stephanie Klaver made this rainbow version.

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This one was made by Kathie Laposata using fabrics from her stash. Notice how the bigger block size works well with the large scale prints.

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Brenda Ratliff and I made this one together using a fat quarter bundle of Simple Style fabrics by Vanessa Christenson.

Quilting on Dancing Nine-Patches

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I have eight quilt tops ready to be quilted. The first was “Brad’s Quilt”. The quilting is done. All that remains is to hand sew the binding.

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I started quilting on “Dancing Nine-Patches” yesterday. The plan is to quilt a diagonal grid in the nine-patches and then fill in the areas between with something else. I am not brave enough to do the grid free-motion, so I drew it on with chalk and a ruler. I am using my walking foot to trace the lines. Once the grid is done, I will switch to free motion to fill in the rest.

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Linking up with Free Motion Friday.

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