Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Our Blueberry Plaid baby quilt is in Modern Patchwork Fall 2015

Marny here...we have a really cute and easy baby quilt in Modern Patchwork Fall 2015. The magazine arrives at newsstands today! (You can see more inside and order the magazine directly here!)

Our Blueberry Plaid baby quilt uses an analogous color scheme of blues punched up with a touch of orange. The quilt was so quick to cut and piece that it is an almost instant baby quilt. Now I want to make one in another nursery suitable palette! Can't share a picture of the entire front here, sure is cute in the magazine spread!
Nice quilting April! 

Back of Blueberry Plaid. I love quilt backs! They are such a great place to experiment with scale, color, and quilt ideas.

Modern Patchwork Fall 2015 is a stunner. It is filled with projects, large and small, all sorts of techniques, great articles and oodles of news from the quilting world. I'm going to curl up with my issue tonight. Hope you will too!

Till Tuesday...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Win a copy of Quilts du Jour and completed Petits Fours quilt

Marny here...last Friday C & T posted our Quicker Bindings from Quilts du Jour blogpost. Head on over there and enter the Raafflecopter giveaway on their site to get a chance to win a copy of our new book. Only a couple of days remain for entering.
Plus, take a look how we apply binding quickly, accurately, and in a way that is meant to last through washings and lots of love.
You can see below, the cute bias binding Jill put on a recent sample made from Quilts du Jour! The sample will soon be hanging at the Quilting Connection here in Ames, Iowa. They plan to have kits available! Hint, hint!

The newly completed Petits Fours quilt using It's a Wrap Blocks,
found in Quilts du Jour. 

Jill blogged about this quilt backing here

Close up of the bias cut binding and the cute Blend fabric collection! 

Bound and 'bound for' the Quilting Connection as a sample.
Kits available!! While they last.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Petits Four Backing Tutorial

jill here...A brand new book sample is close to completion.  This Blend collection is a perfect  gender neutral baby combination.  Polar bears and penguins, oh my!

I had 3 fairly large pieces of a similar taupe to get my backing  started.
I left the selvages intact and turned to the outside.
The majority of the piecing will be central to the back.
As we showed you earlier with scrappy backings, I'm using pretty much of what is leftover (plus scrap yardage from my stash).  The last chapter of our book Quilts du Jour shows all the backings of our quilts with descriptions and some recipes to build on.  An improvisational flip side is not always faster but is definitely more interesting.

Small rectangles, leftover strips, a fat quarter and some yardage
from my stash will be featured.

The prints were sewn between the white backgrounds
that were made the same width.

Here are the leftover strips pieced .

I checked my widths and trimmed to keep
them straight and square.

Trying different arrangements for better balance...

I'm not usually a pinner but sewing long spans
helps those measurements to merge equally.

My big board helps keep those edges straight while I pin.

A bit odd but lots of fun and different from the usual!
We'll show you the finished product soon.
'till next Tuesday....

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Quilts du Jour shipping!

Marny here...two pictures tell it all!
Today!! Quilts du Jour is shipping from C & T Stash now!
This means distributors will be receiving them soon and will be shipping them onto stores soon!

To illustrate how far we have of the first six patterns taken in September 2010. Where did the time go? We've come so far.
Thrilled to meet a lifetime published. Check!
Till Tuesday...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Urban Architecture Walk

jill here....Took a walk on the ISU campus. .  The patterns, textures and rhythms of line and shape are all inspirational.

A rusty circle ...

 Fence patterns, different materials and angles...
Vertical height tempered with glass, horizontal line
and the atrium's semi-circular shape
are featured in the College of Design building.

This engineering building is reminiscent an ocean liner
(well a complete photo would be more illustrious).
A modern cantilever with a great mix of materials...
This new building, across from campus, is not quite finished.
Although one massive structure, the facade is sectioned into
different exterior materials.
Stone, glass, brick and metal make it a very interesting collage .

'till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DMMQG fabric game!

Marny here...the Des Moines Modern Quilt Group meeting on Thursday, August 20th was so much fun. The first bit of time was spent meeting the new and sharing with the current members. 

Wish I had taken pictures, lots of productivity going on! And even though I didn't have a quilt to share, I got to share an advance copy of Quilts du Jour. Such fun!!! 

Our upcoming January lectures and workshops for the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild were also announced. We are excited to teach and share.

Then Emma (with her son acting as DJ) had a musical fabric game for us to play to set the stage for our group challenge. We had each arrived at the meeting with one yard of any fabric we felt other members would enjoy and rotary cutters, mats and rulers.  

First we cut our fabric into two half yard pieces, set one aside and took the other with us to a circle of chairs. The music started, thanks to our cheerful DJ, and we passed the folded half yards around the circle until the music stopped. Whatever we had in our hands at that time was taken to the cutting station and turned into two fat quarters by cutting it at the fold. We set one aside and returned to our chairs and started the music and passing and stopping. The fat quarter we wound up with was then cut. I can't remember the direction of each cut, but the game lends itself to impromptu choices! Stop before the pieces get too small. We eventually returned to the half yard set aside initially, and cut that one as well. We stopped once we had six fabrics pieces in a variety of sizes.
The 'spoils' from the fabric game...six very different fabrics!
My original fabric, from Kate Spain's Paradiso collection for Moda.
The group challenge is to use any number of the fabrics we wound up with, with any other fabrics and make something to share at a future meeting. Talk about an open ended challenge! 
August is my birthday month so I was able to choose a fat quarter from our group's collection basket. Look what I scored...a Zen Chic. Brigette Heitland is a favorite designer. Just maybe the pops of color on darks inspires a solution for the challenge! 

Till Tuesday...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Elliot's Quilt

jill here...Perhaps you heard me scream as I was ripping but I was bound and determined to complete this quilt from start to finish (sounds like a toddler who shouts "me do it")!  It's for my newest grandson, Elliot. So the mega quilter was dusted off and cleaned up to quilt two baby quilts.  The first version went extremely well which is always a sign that there would be trouble ahead.  And then the bobbin tension went haywire!  It took several attempted runs, lots of trouble shooting (and ripping) to get it corrected.  Finally the bobbin screw was tightened for a satisfactory finish.

Sweet baby Pie in shades of grey and oranges.

This was the starting focus fabric.
 Bugs, birds, squirrels, snakes and butterflies!

The back with another story to tell using the scraps.
The label was ready to be signed and sewn to the back.

Loops alternating with rectangular shapes holds this baby together.

Home at last to keep Baby Elliot warm this Minnesota winter.
The baby's brother said "Wow"!  

'till next Tuesday....