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BQF: Warm Cool Quilt

It’s Bloggers’ Quilt Festival time again! Unfortunately I don’t have a new finish this time around, but I can show you one of my favorite quilts from the last six months.

My Warm Cool HST quilt. I love it, my daughters love it and often request it when they’re sitting on the couch, and hopefully you love it too. : )

It’s scrappy and colorful and snuggly and a great size for a couch quilt. Many of my all-time favorite prints are in there—some of which I have used up and can’t buy anymore.

There are like a gazillion HSTs in this quilt (actually 266 of them). I got really sick of squaring them up, but somehow that didn’t translate into me being sick of this quilt.

I like how the back turned out as well. This quilt makes me happy no matter which side is facing up!

And a few more reasons to love this quilt: It was my first attempt at spray basting (which I now love), and only my second attempt at FMQ stippling (which I also now love). So in many ways, I feel like this quilt was where I turned a corner and became a “real” quilter.

Thanks for checking out my BQF quilt! Enjoy the festival!

Size: 54″ x 74″
Design: Warm/Cool Quilt-Along by Jeni at In Color Order (thank you, Jeni!)
Fabric: 219 colorful prints/scraps
Binding: Mini Muu dot by Lecien
Back: Mostly Kona Cotton solids
Quilting: FMQ stippling
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Supernova Quilt

OMG, Blogger’s back! Did we all survive the outage? Just barely? Good, because I’ve got a quilt to show you. And if you’re visiting my blog for the first time via the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, welcome! Come on in, make yourself at home. : )

My Supernova quilt is complete. If this is your first visit here, a little background: This is my own design, which I originally made with the Hope Valley line. I had a few requests for the pattern, but since I’ve never written a pattern before, I decided to turn it into a quilt along. Click here to see this quilt in all the phases of its construction and to learn how to make your own, if you are so inclined.

I made this version from a mix of fabric lines, in a color palette loosely inspired by Heather Ross’s Mendocino line. The background is Kona Coal and the binding is Michael Miller’s Ta-Dot in Sunny Yellow.

There is a chance I may have gone slightly overboard with the quilting on this. : ) Dense straight-line quilting is something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time now, and I do like how it turned out. But while I was actually doing the quilting? I was this close to checking myself into the county mental health complex. So, while I’m happy with the end result, I don’t think I’ll be returning to this well very often. If at all.

To make the converging lines pattern, I marked the center diagonals and started by quilting a big “X” from corner to corner. Then, using that “X” as my guide, I worked the quilt one quarter at a time, going from one edge/corner, up to the center, and back down to the other edge/corner, always using the previously stitched line as my guide for the next line. Sounds like a good way to do it, right? Wrong. My quilt got a bit distorted as I worked. The center of each edge of the quilt got pushed out, and as a result, the top is no longer square. It also won’t lie quite flat! I’m not sure if it’s a basting problem, or because I wasn’t always stitching from the center out, or a combination of the two. Either way—not so good.

But I am very glad I did it—it’s been a learning experience, that’s for sure. And the fact that it doesn’t lie flat doesn’t actually bother me all that much, since it’s not going on a bed. I love the colors, love the back, and love the look of the mental-institution quilting—now that it’s finally done and I’ve stopped cursing at it.

But most of all, I LOVE that so many of you made Supernovas along with me. I really enjoyed taking you through the process of making this quilt. And I learned a lot about pattern writing in the process. It’s been an invaluable experience! So without further ado, let’s check out all the finished ‘Novas:

1. supernova complete, 2. Supernova!, 3. Supernova Quilt Finish, 4. Supernova, 5. Supernova, 6. Oceanic Supernova Front, 7. Supernova Finished…Yay!, 8. Supernova, finished, 9. Completed Babynova front, 10. Supernova complete 5.2.11, 11. Supernova Quilt Along-Done!, 12. 100_1402, 13. Supernova quilt finished!, 14. Supernova full shot, 15. Black Hole (a Supernova variation), 16. Supernova complete, 17. Hooty Supernova – finished!, 18. SupernovaFinished, 19. Super Nova, 20. Finished Supernova

Thank you for quilting along with me! If you haven’t finished your quilt, or even if you haven’t started yet, I hope you will still do so. The Flickr group will remain open, discussion can continue in the forums there, and I’m leaving the “Gallery of Completed Quilts” linky open permanently.

And this is a timely finish: I’m linking up to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side! This is such a fun event—go check out all the beautiful quilts over there!

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Tommy’s Quilt

Well, I don’t have a new reveal for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. But I can show you one of my favorite quilts that I made this year, and it hasn’t yet made an appearance on this blog—so that’s just as good as a new reveal!

This is my “Vroom Vroom” quilt. I made this quilt for my nephew’s first birthday. It was the first “boy” quilt I ever made, and I was extremely indecisive about it. I didn’t want the finished quilt to look too babyish, since he was already turning one by the time I got around to making it. (I had a newborn at home myself!) I went through several different possible designs, using as many different fabric lines, before finally settling on this one, which is based on a Moda Bake Shop tutorial by Natalia from Piece N Quilt. I just eliminated the applique and a couple rows of blocks to make the quilt smaller, and ta da—I had a sweet and simple little boy quilt.

Here are some of the reasons I love this quilt: 1. This is one of two quilts that I’ve quilted myself on a long-arm (rented at a local quilt shop). 2. Love that stripey binding. 3. This fabric is thoroughly boyish, not too babyish, and yet it’s super cute. That’s not an easy combination to find! 4. This was one of my first forays into bold, geometric, modern quilt designs. From the minute I started piecing it, I was hooked on this look. 5. It was a gift for someone special in my life.

Is there an aspect of this quilt that I don’t love? Yes: The back. I wanted to do some piecing on the back, but I just plain ran out of time. And the blue polka-dot fabric I used isn’t ideal, but I had no choice. I had to pick from whatever was available at my local quilt shop—which is to say, not much. (Fortunately, I’ve since found an excellent quilt store that is a little further away, but carries plenty of modern fabric, so it’s always worth the drive!)Aside from the back, I’m really happy with how this one turned out. I think it represents a bit of a turning point in the evolution of my quilting, and I hope it’s being used and loved in its new home right now.
Now head on over to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side and check out all the other great quilts! What an amazing display and a fun event!