Thursday, October 30, 2014

Check Plus in Quilty Magazine

Way back in May, the blog went a little quiet because I was working on some secret sewing.  

I am happy to be able to introduce, Check Plus, a lap sized quilt for November/December 2014 issue of Quilty Magazine (The pattern may also be downloaded as a stand alone pattern from Quilty here).  

This is my first quilt published in a magazine so I am very excited!

Check Plus is a fun, beginner friendly plus in a plus quilt using some of the prints from April Showers by Bonnie and Camille for Moda on a background of Kona Snow.  

I quilted Check Plus in a diagonal pattern and finished off the quilt with a diagonal striped binding.

I made a fun pieced backing for the quilt using one plus block and some Kona Fog.  I think that I might actually like the back better than the front :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2014 - Vintage Star

It's that time of the year...twice a year during quilt market, Amy over at Amy Creative Side hosts a Blogger's Quilt Festival.  We are allowed to link up two quilts to the various categories and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts.

My second entry to the festival is Vintage Star which I originally posted about here and is entered into the Original Design category.  

My other entry Oh the Places You'll Go is entered into the mini category and can be found here.

For this quilt I designed the pattern and used mostly Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille for Moda (the line really is scrumptious) with some other Bonnie and Camille fabrics mixed in.  I made the lap version of the quilt finishing at about 60" x 60" and my daughter sleeps under it each night.  

One of the nice things about this pattern is that it is actually very layer cake friendly with each block being formed from 2 layer cake pieces.  Writing this design up as a pattern is on my to-do list :)

I quilted the quilt using a really open paisley swirl type pattern, I like how the curls compliment the straight lines and triangles in the blocks.  
I bound the quilt using a red and pink bias stripe fabric from the Scrumptious collection.  

For the back of the quilt I found the perfect sheet set at Target having a repeating leaf pattern in teal and green for only $13.  I am a big fan of Target sheets as quilt backings.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

If you have stopped by my blog for the first time from the quilt festival thank you!  You can find some of my finishes, tutorials, and mystery quilt-a-long on the tabs at the top of the page.  I am also on Instagram as MeadowMistDesigns.

MQG QuiltCon Challenge Quilt - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am happy to have finished my QuiltCon Challenge quilt I am calling "Oh the Places You'll Go" in time for the Biannual Blogger's Quilt Festival.

I decided to take part in The Modern Quilt Guild's QuiltCon Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge.  For the Cotton Couture challenge we were sent 7 fat eighths of the spring cotton couture fabrics and had to make a quilt using only Michel Miller solids for the quilt top (but we could use Michael Miller solids or prints for the binding and backing).

For this challenge, I decided to try two new techniques: curved piecing and quilting in a concentric circle.  I kept the size of the quilt small (the quilt wound finished at about the size of a fat quarter) which made the quilt quick and fun to make.

I cut the fat eighths into strips with varying widths from 1" to 1.5" and sewed the strips into blocks using of two alternating colors.  I thought the blocks looked like a wonderful fabric bouquet before ironing :)

I sewed 3-4 blocks together to get rows of stripes.

Next, I cut I used curved piecing to piece the quilt top.  The curved piecing went pretty well, I went very slowly with no pinning and I only had one small place where I had to bring out the seam ripper.  When I saw the groupings of colored stripes it reminded me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, "Oh the Places You'll Go".

With all of the curved piecing I thought that a spiral type of quilting would look good.  As I have already tried spiral quilting, I decided to try concentric circle quilting for the first time.  At first I thought about having one concentric circle across the whole quilt top, but then I decided that I would add multiple concentric circles so I could have the interference patterns between the circles.

I love the texture of the quilting against the curved piecing.

I even made a fun pincushion using some of the quilt top trimmings.

This quilt was a fun learning experience.  Fingers crossed it will get into QuiltCon :)

Quilt Stats:

Fabrics: Spring Cotton Couture by Michael Miller
Pattern: Improv strip piecing and curved piecing
Quilting: Concentric Circles
Batting: Warm & White
Finished Size: 20" x 18"

I am linking up the Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival in the Mini Quilt Division.  My other entry is Vintage Stars and can be found here.

If you have stopped by my blog for the first time from the quilt festival thank you!  You can find some of my finishes, tutorials, and mystery quilt-a-long on the tabs at the top of the page.  I am also on Instagram as MeadowMistDesigns.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday - October 15th

I have done a WIP update in a while and I am working on a bunch of quilts so I thought that I would pull together what I am currently working on to help keep them all clear in my head.

1.  Looking Glass - I made the original Looking Glass quilt in the baby size using some charm packs of Into The Woods.  I am now making the lap size using the Deerfield Hill line by Densye Schmidt in the red and pink colorway.  I added some gray fabric and used white as the background.  I have the blocks half made now, here is a picture of a few of the prints as I was initially laying them out.

2.  Wonky Court House Steps - I posted about the blocks in the early form here.  I have now finished the blocks and need to piece them into a quilt top.  The plan is to add a border of white to each block and then square the blocks up so that I can put them together more easily.

3.  Foothills Mystery Quilt - I am working ahead on the Foothills Mystery Quilt so that I can make sure that all of the instructions are correct and clear.  I have all of the blocks done so now I am piecing the quilt top together.  Here is October's progress:

4.  Sea Star - Sea star is a new pattern that I am working on.  Originally, I was going to make the full/queen version to go on my son's bed, but then I got the opportunity to work with Bear Creek Quilting Company and make him this quilt instead.  So instead of a queen sized, I am going to make the lap sized version. I am currently finishing up the quilt blocks and figuring out a new plan for all of the extra HST I made.  Here are 4 of the blocks (laid out but not sewn together),  I really like the secondary pattern formed by the blocks. 

5.  MQG QuiltCon Challenge Quilt - The challenge for the QuiltCon quilt is to make a quilt using 8 fat eighths of the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Spring Collection.  For this challenge I tried to only use fabrics they gave us (I had to buy some fabric for the backing and binding).  The finished at about the size of a fat quarter.  I have just finished this quilt and need to take pictures.  I will be sharing the finish on Friday so here is a sneak peek of the beginning of the quilting.

6.  Diamonds in the Sky - This is the newest quilt on the list but it takes priority as this quilt will be for Modern Quilts Unlimited.  The magazine had a block design competition and I was lucky enough to win Editor's Choice.  I am ordering fabric right now and the quilt and pattern will be in a future Modern Quilts Unlimited issue (I'll let you know more when I find out more).

I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.

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