Bias Binding - fold then cut

I *love* bias binding.  

A few of my first quilts have been loved so much that their straight WOF (width of fabric) bindings have worn away - right at the fold.

Bias binding has lots of advantages - eases nicely around curves and corners, and has the added strength of multiple threads on that outer fold.  With WOF binding, you have only one or two threads at that outer fold, but with bias you have many threads to support that fold.  Give it a little test (I'll wait while yor find a piece of fabric, anything will do!) - take a piece of fabric, fold it along the width (or length) - you have one or two threads right at the fold, right?  Now fold it on the bias - see how many more threads you have woven there?

I've done lots and lots of bias bindings using the 'tube' method, which works very well.  It's a bit fiddly and I don't cut with scissors (apparently I have no scissor cutting skills), rather I use my rotary cutter and put a long, thin rotary cutting mat in the …

Swatch Quilt - Transparency

February's theme at our London Modern Quilt Guild was on transparency.  This pattern, designed by the Modern Quilt Studio was great fun to put together! 

Spent an afternoon pulling fabrics and another cutting the pieces.  Cutting out a whole quilt at once is something I almost never do!  Usually I cut a segment or block to be sure I like the result and understand the pattern.  

At our meeting, there were great examples of what to look for to get the effect of transparency.  

Many of the fabrics I had selected were batik, and it turns out I had more of a 'transition' effect than transparency.  Some were ok, and I liked the mix of additive or  desaturating effects.  I did swap out a couple of my original choices when I got back home and am pretty happy with the overall look now.

The quilting on this was organic straight lines (horizontal, then turned the quilt to get cross hatching).

Fun and done!  Washed and cuddly :)

Kaffe Eclipse

An explosion of love for Kaffe Fassett fabrics happened here!  The quilt began with the pattern by Elizabeth Hartman called "Solar Eclipse".  To me this is very southwest, and many of the Kaffe colours are too!  I had so much fun playing with this design :)
In the end I didn't use the directions in the pattern, rather created HST's and sliced them to create each square (4 HST's in each block). 
This was started at the Material Girls Quilt Retreat in November 2016.  For the quilting, I put ribbon candy in each of the white strips and a Nemeshing-type of feathery frond in the blank white spaces inside the shapes.  For the solid shapes, just followed the strips.
I love, love, love this quilt!  It makes my eyes and heart happy.

And the back ...

Interlocking Desert Stars

I love the colours of the American southwest.  Rich teals and blues, complex oranges, brick reds, cactus greens.

Last winter we stayed at a wonderful rental house in northern Phoenix and I got some quilting in. One of the big quilt tops finished there was a design inspired by Sarah Craig's "Interlocking Stars" (see her post Interlocking Stars).  Again I wanted something a bit bigger.  I'd also just read an article on modern quilting with cropped designs.  Redrafted the design to add a cropped star ... and thus was born "Interlocking Desert Stars".

A few photos of the quilting detail ...

Last year the London Modern Quilt Guild worked on colour - I was intrigued by how changing up the background colour can totally change the quilt.  So I created a sister quilt, with a teal background.  I got most of the top finished at the SWO Mod quilt retreat just after we got back from Phoenix.  Lots of big blocks, so it goes together quickly!
I had some great feedback on the …

New Directions for Jim

I love making quilts.  Like, really, really love making quilts.  Picking the fabric, fondling the fabric, finding a pattern, adapting patterns, sewing, pressing (yes, even pressing!), and the quilting, oh, the quilting.  It's all a creative, tactile experience.  

I have lots of people to make quilts for, and I decided my son needed my next one.  Got some basic info from him (blue, please) and he'd like the design of one I'd finished this fall, so off I went. Actually got *all* of the fabric for this quilt from my stash.

Started the quilt Jan 26, on the frame Feb 1.  Just have the label to put on and its first wash, and it's ready to go!

Even got some photos in the sunshine.

The design is by Jane Page Kessler and available from the Benartex website. The original design is two columns of arrows; I wanted it a bit bigger so added the third column.  The quilting is simple u-turns, horizontal in the grey background and vertical in the chevrons.

Farmer's Wife Weekend

It's been a fabulous weekend - glorious sunshine and warm winds to melt away our snow.  And the Scott's Tournament of Hearts - the Canadian Women's Curling Championship.  Sunshine, curling, quilting, walking in the sunshine.  Soaking up the sunshine.

I really hope that I get over this urge to do wee sampler blocks.  They take to do each one.  You have to pick out the fabric for that *one* block, figure out how it goes together, put it together.  The putting together is much easier the second, third, tenth, twentieth block.  And these bitty 6 1/2" blocks. With 40 pieces.  I have too many quilts in my head for this!  

But I'm close, so close on this one - 8 blocks left of 111.

This weekend's roundup ...

Project 48 Quilt

After my breakthrough with the English Paper Pieced blocks that were in the Project48 Quilt, I was energized to finish the blocks!  And the top is now together.  

I arranged the blocks in a 7 x 8 grid.  One block ended up being just a bit too big, and I didn't want to chop off its points so it's going to go on the back.  I ended up with 50 blocks - some were done a couple of different ways and I did not do block 22 at all - just couldn't make sense of it.  So filled the empty spots with a block of plain fabric - some of my favourites from the project.

I've pinned it back up to the design wall, with a couple of grunge fabrics to audition for possible borders.  Although many modern quilts look awesome with no border, with the variety of block types in this one, I am thinking that it needs something to frame the blocks, and so I don't lose part of the outer blocks to the quilting.  We'll see what I think after letting it sit overnight.

The project was begun Jan 23, 2…