This Week: WIP

The weeks between progress reports have been busy. I like busy. I also like my WIP's to be heavy on pictures and kinda short on words. So here it is all linked up to Lee's WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

What's a quilter to do when she's already got about 8 projects in the works? Start another, that's what! This little Summersville Stretching Stars is made from a charm pack of 5" squares and wonky scrappy triangles. I'm a little in love with the colors and simplicity. Next will be the uber cool mod quilting to finish 'er off!

Portland Modern Quilt Guild has a Michael Miller challenge using their new line of Cotton Couture. I made an improv block a few months ago and expanded on an idea for this one. I could see a whole bunch of blocks like this in my future. 

I pulled fabrics for a little table runner to thank a friend for some amazing product marketing work she did for me. That next photo is my ode to "Material Obsession" a quilt top of 9-patches, prints and calico's. 

I took a free style quilting class this month and the results have been positive! Practice does make perfect, but it also helps to have an amazing teacher and be shown the correct way to quilt. Interspersed in the month of June are poppies and raspberries. 

I'll leave you with the first passion flower to open so far....a beautiful one!
Summer is off to a promising start!


P.S. If you've made it this far wouldn't you do a lady a favor and vote for me! I'm a clothing finalist in the Ellison Lane Quilts summer sewing contest! Check out the cute top I stitched up! Thanks!

Sunny Day Inspiration

1. February 18 2012, 2. 9-Patchtastic / Sunshiney day in Astoria, Oregon, 3. sunny days coin quilt crumpled., 4. 7/52: Handmade, 5. October blocks - Honey Bees - Bee Europa, 6. Sunny Days Quilt, 7. sunny sewing notions, 8. Zig zag quilt finished front  92/365, 9. Thinking of Sunny Days Card, 10. table runner WIP 2, 11. Orange American Janes, 12. Summer Daze Quilt, 13.  Daffodil 
Note: All images taken from the talented pool of Flickr
I woke up today with sunshine streaming in the hallway. A good way to start the day, the weekend, the rest of your life.
A sunny day waits for me; but it won't wait forever. Until next time.

Free style quilting from a Master....

I'm super lucky to live in Portland, Oregon. Not only is it just a crafty town to begin with but I've got an amazing modern quilt guild that I joined up with at the beginning of the year. Like super star amazing.

Photo Elizabeth Hartman Pillow made for  Free Style Quilting Class

Another reason I'm lucky is that I got the last spot in the free style quilting class taught by none other than Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! fame (and books! Really need the her new one Modern Patchwork.)

Last week was all about quilt sandwiching (which she's got a brilliant way to pin baste) and straight line quilting with a walking foot. Here's my attempt at echo shadow quilting with triangles. Needs a little refining!

So today I'm at the last of two classes free motioning by heart away and picking up all kinds of new tricks and ideas. I'll share more pictures...I have to get one with her...the obligatory fan pic! 
Be a little jealous :) and live vicariously through me, it's cool! We share!

Custom Quilt: Japanese Improv

Hello There! Welcome, come in and see what I've finished up this week. A custom quilt order. How excited I was to stitch this crib blanket! My client knew she wanted Japanese Cotton and an original design. I came up with big blocks of prints and improv piecing filling in the remaining spaces. 

We were both happy with the results. Hooray! This was my first time working with the double gauze Japanese cottons and they were a little tricky, but well worth the added effort. It feels so soft - and will only get softer with use and gentle washing. 

I had a plan for this quilt, blocks here... piecing there....but in reality I did not know what it would look like until it was put together. I love working like that; the outcome is often better than I could have planned for.

The back is pieced with a larger piece of single weight linen. It is so thin and sheer, but linen is strong and it will wear nicely. I quilted it in a loop-d-loop pattern following the dots and flowers on the front so when washed they will gather up around them. Hee.Hee! 

The binding is a vintage linen in blue. I haven't used this much but I really like the feel of it. It would make a glorious shirt someday. The fabric is nani IRO in a few different prints. The blue with swirling flowers is gorgeous! So glad I got to play with these pieces. 

This is one of a few custom items I'm working on. It is really interesting working on a design for someone else. It pushes my boundaries and leads me to places I wouldn't have ended up on my own. 

And that is what creativity should be about. Finding roads less taken with new people along the way. 

ps. and I just hit 100,000 page views today! WHAT!? Thanks each one of you for every little click you make!

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