Friday, 24 October 2014

Fall Quilt Festival - the Kaleidoscope quilt

This is my second entry into the Fall Quilt Festival - the large quilt category. My other quilt is in the modern category. I finished this quilt in August. It is fun, vibrant, and exciting both from a distance and up close. I loved the quilt from when I first saw it in the book, but it looked so difficult I put it off a bit. In reality it was much easier to make than I thought it would be and since not two blocks are the same it was never boring either. Seeing the pieces come together was awesome.  

Some facts:
Size: 74x74 inches
Fabric: Anna Marie Horner and Amy Butler mixed
Background: Dark, grey fleece
Pattern: Saltwater Taffy from Stephanie Dunphys book 'Uncommonly Corduroy'. I enlarged the templates slightly to make the quilt a tad bigger than the pattern suggested.
Background and batting: dark grey thick fleece and polyester batting

When making it I compared it to making a puzzle. Every bit of fabric had to be placed right to ensure the balance. I didn't plan it when cutting so I just had a big pile of prints that had to create a certain balance. It was fun... In fact fun, exciting and playful pretty much sums up making the Kaleidescope quilt.

This was my first attempt on the kaleidescope block. I had long admired the more classical quilts but totally fell for this take on it. The fabric is big, bright and modern and I think it really enhances the vulcano feeling. 

I used a dark grey, thick, top of the class fleece as the backing, making this a very warm and comfy quilt. Almost as a duvet. It's destined to go under the Christmas tree... shhh.... don't tell anyone ;)

I have a feeling this won't be the last kaleidescope quilt, but for now I'm of off to surf the Bloggers Quilt Festival entries :)

Blogger's Quilt Festival -

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2014

First a huge thank you to Amy for - again - making the festival a reality. 

This is my quilt for the fantastic Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014 in the modern category. 
My second entry is in the large quilt section.

This quilt is a bright and happy modern quilt made up of four different types of blocks. Overall it has a very crisp and modern feeling to it - improv piecing, paper pieced stars and geese with straight line quilting in the negative spaces. 5 of the 6 stars came from the 3x6 Quilt Bee back in 2012-13.

Some facts: 
Size: 75x75 inches
Fabric: lots of different lines Kate Spain's 'Seranade', Riley Blakes 'For the boys', Noteworthy by Sweetwater, 'Salt Air' by Cosmo Cricket, 'Smallville' by Lucy Sommers, 'Marrakesh' by Hoffman, Robert Kaufmann's 'Architecture', and many more.
Techniques: Improv piecing, QAYG, paper piecing
Paper pieced stars: by (1) Deb's Doodlings, (2) Jyllybean (3) Suerand49, (4) Ange, Heart of Charnwoods, (6) Alixkottke
Binding: Andover by Modern Quilt Studio
Pattern: made as I went along but with some fab paper pieced stars as center.

I started this quilt about a month ago and finished it only last week. There was no big start-to finish plan. It just grew bit by bit. One night I couldn't sleep and I was thinking colors at patterns. I eventually gave up on sleeping and went downstairs to start some improvised books. I was pulling fabric of the shelf like a madman and cutting random strips between 2 and 4 inches, sewing them into the improvised blocks.

Next day, looking at the improv blocks, I thought of some old orphan 3x6 bee blocks from 2012-13. I dug deep in my cupboard and pulled them out. They  were so amazingly perfect I keep thinking that maybe there was purpose for all the late night mess anyway. I decided to let them be the centre of the quilt. 

I then decided on some geese strips and once I was finished with them I thought the quilt had only one problem. It was too small. 

I showed it to my friend Linda, who cleverly suggested using a bit more white and square shapes so after a few tries I ended up with the square blocks.

The blocks was QAYG allowing for some different lines in the white spaces. I used some the softest, thick, luxurious fleece background, so it is very thick, warm and soft - almost duvet feeling. 

This quilt will definately be a family crowd pleaser. Several family members has already suggested it would fit them. However, soon my nephew Anders is moving into a new apartment. I have a strong feeling he will find this quilt under the Christmas tree :) A quilt is still the best way to send a kind thought and give a big warm hug from a distance.

As much as I do like this quilt, it's gotta be enough information for y'all. Can't have you go into information overload mode as there are still lots of great must-see quilts in the festival  :) 

Thanks for stopping by. 

I don't know about you, but I'm off to enjoy, look and find lots of inspiration at the Quilt Festival.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Quilt bug

I had an idea about a quilt and couldn't sleep Friday night. Ended up in my sewing room instead and skipped sleeping all together.

It started out as some improv blocks with lots of fabrics lines

My old orphan bee blocks from fitted perfectly

Then I added some geese

And one by Sunday night it looks like this

Now I'm trying to figure out the next step. think I may have caught the quiltbug again...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A finish

I finished the Kaledeiscope quilt. It deserves an outdoor picture but it's raining cats and dogs so this will have to do. It was lots of fun to make this - it's from Stephanie's book 'Uncommonly Corduroy'. I enlarged the pattern slightly so the quilt ended up at 74x74 inches.

It's made in Anna Marie Horner and Amy Butler fabrics - lots of color, lots of movement.

The background is dark grey fleece and the binding is polka dot

I love it....

Monday, 25 August 2014


My friend Heidie and I agreed to make our own little Farmers Wife QAL - and to use the same color palette in blue, red and white. Yep, a little out of of my safety zone. No teal, no orange.

I have a feeling that although we use the same pattern and the same coclors, the quilts will come out very differently.

Though dragging my feet at first, I'm becoming more and more excited about the project. I've pulled an eclectic mix of fabrics - modern, 30'ties, Japanese and traditional,Tilda etc. I was quite surprised that I had so many reds. Maybe that's because I rarely use reds?

Now the fabrics are all washed and ironed. I've planned the first eight blocks and made the templates. The rest I will make as I go along. At least 4 small blocks a month, that's doable, right?