QuiltCon Charity Quilt

QuiltCon, the first national gathering of The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) is happening next month in Austin, TX. One of the many challenges and events happening around QuiltCon is the QuiltCon Block Challenge. Essentially, guild members were able to submit a block using the QuiltCon colors that were going to be pieced together by Elizabeth Hartman for a fundraiser quilt, the tickets being sold at QuiltCon. Yet only one quilt could be made for that drawing and many more blocks were received than could be made into one quilt. So the MQG decided to divide and send out the blocks to individual guilds, have them piece those blocks into a quilt, and donate all those quilts, 46 total (one for each bed), to the Austin Children's Shelter.

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild is making two of those quilts. Guild members have stepped up to piece, quilt, bind and make sleeves for the quilts. I voluteered to long arm quilt one of the quilts, and here it is.

My challenge with this quilt was the large amount of negative space (the yellow background). I decided to use a straght line chevron pattern. This is an often used design within the modern quilting movement, and I enhanced the pattern for added dimension by varying the spaces between the lines. I used a large feather pattern for the dark gray borders around the colorful blocks for unity. The curviness of that large feather is a nice contrast to the stark lines of the background. And finally, I created a unique quilting design to match the personality of each individual block.

Due to the quickly approaching QuiltCon, and the time needed for others to bind and make sleeves for the quilt, I had to squeeze this in and get it done asap in between my customer quilts. I'm glad I was able to participate in the making of this quilt, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Even better, I know it is going to make a needing child very happy to have this new colorful quilt on their bed.

Peggie's Little Monsters

Peggie made this quilt for an auction benefiting the Haight Ashbury Community Nursery School. I quilted pebbles behind all the monsters creating a background texture from which the creatures could POP. There were certainly plenty of popping monster eyeballs looking up at me while I was quilting this adorable quilt top. I used white Omni Superior thread on all the white portions of the quilt, blue Glide thread on the inner border and yellow Magnifico Superior thread on the colorful triangles on the outer border.  

Repurposing an Old Barkcloth Curtain

I have an obsession with vintage fabrics, curtains and tablecloths (as previously discussed here), and my stash runeth over. At last, I've finally finished the quilt I started from an old, and rather beat up, mid-century barkcloth curtain. I fussy cut the images from the not-so-damaged parts of the curtain, bordered each image in a coordinating fabric and then set them afloat in a sea of rust. I quilted the background with blue and green thread to create an additional layer of texture in all that rust. The border is made up of all the fabrics I used in the quilt plus a couple of others.

I actually haven't completely finished it because I still need to attach the binding, but for the most part it is done. I'm excited to really finish it and see it put to use. My first intention was for our home bed, but I am beginning to think that the rustic feel of the quilt makes it better suited for our cabin in Idyllwild. Wherever it lands, I'm happy that it is done since I so rarely make quilts for myself, and that I was able to use some of my beloved vintage fabric!

Look what I found in Lake Oswego, OR

I was wandering around Lake Oswego, near Portland, Oregon while my son was checking out Lewis & Clark College. Of course, I was on the hunt for a local quilt shop and I found a fabulous shop called The Pine Needle Quilt Shop.  It's a very well stocked shop with both traditional and modern fabrics, patterns and books. They have a whole section dedicated to modern quilting, and were very enthusiatic about what the asthetics of modern quilts are adding to the craft we all love so much.  


Long Arm Quilting Sampler

I'm finally doing it.

I've been meaning for a long time now to make a quilt that would show samples of quilting designs I've learned and adapted, highlighted in individual blocks. Of course my practical side played a part in doing this -- I selected fabrics in green, beige, taupe and orange coral so that the finished quilt will match my living room colors.

I'm excited that I am actually doing this long put off idea. The quilting is a good representation of my version of various quilting styles and designs. I often see quilting patterns in everyday items, such as architecture. For example, the green square above appears to me as a staircase when viewed from the top looking down.

I'll be blogging more about this in the days ahead, discussing the various styles and patterns, and my interpretations of them.