August 12, 2018

The Tile Quilt Top and a Tutorial

This is the Tile Quilt Top.  I made it for the Two Color Quilt Challenge hosted by the MQG and American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  I based the quilt on the tile work of Athos Bulcão, a Brazillian artist.  Below is a photo of his work.

I kept my blocks large, in the spirit of my inspiration.

I'm very excited about getting it quilted by one of my quilt guild members, Nancy, she normally doesn't do commissions, but I'm grateful she's going to quilt this for me.  I love her quilting artistry.

I had a request for a pattern, and since I don't write patterns, I did a tutorial for this quilt top.  If you're interested, you can find it here.

Quilt top started on 7/20/2018
Completed on 8/6/2018
Measures 72.5" x 90.5"

May your bobbins always be full,

August 11, 2018

The Plaid Block and a Tutorial

This month is my turn to present the Block of the Month at the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Several of us take turns presenting and there are some who never do it, we're all different, but I love helping out.  My idea for this block came from the Boulder MQG's BOM programs, July Block.  The center of their block is different so I modified it with a new tutorial.  You can find it here.

As usual, two of the blocks will be donated to the TVMQG's BOM program to make Charity Quilts, and two will stay here to be included in future quilts.
May your bobbins always be full,

July 25, 2018

Two Color Quilt Challenge

American Patchwork & Quilting has issued the Two-Color Quilt Challenge to Modern Quilt Guild Members.  You can find all the info here and here.

I've never shied from a challenge, so I got designing.  I decided to make a bed-sized quilt and use Kona White and Kona Storm.  Kona Chartuese is one of my favorites but White won out because of the room I'm planning on using it in.  Above is the photo that inspired my design.  I researched and found that this tiled panel by Athos Bulcão, a Brazillian artist.

Using the 8-at-a-time tutorial from Blossom Heart Quilts, I've made 112 (5.5") HSTs.  I trued them up using a new method.  I thought I'd share it.

  1. Line-up the ruler along the stitching line, right at 5.5", the desired size of the HST.  
  2. Trim along both sides of the ruler.
  3. Turn the HST and ruler, as below and line up at 5.5" again and trim off those points.

This method was really fast, which made me very happy, considering the number of HSTs I had to trim.
May your bobbins always be full,