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First finish of 2016!

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The palette for this quilt was inspired by the Pantone colors for 2016–rose quartz and serenity. The colors are unabashedly pretty and seemed just right for a baby quilt. The background fabric is handkerchief linen in a soft white and the center square is a Liberty print–gray Betsy, which I one of my absolute favorites. I added a smidge to the pink binding. I am tempted to make a quilt using the colors in the print–the olive green and coral are so unexpected and wonderful.

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This simple, pretty quilt was a nice way to start the new year. Now I’m ready to tackle some of my goals for 2016. My Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/BrigitGail) has been growing–slowly, but steadily–without much nurturing, so this year I want to see how I can help it along. I really struggle with social media and marketing–but I am determined to get better at this. I think the trick is to find platforms that work for your personality. Instagram is a friendly space for introverts–pretty pictures of quilts I can manage! I also want to try a few new things–submitting a project to a magazine is first on my list. Are you looking to try something new in 2016? I’d love to hear what’s on your list!

This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.

Four times eight, a new modern baby quilt

drape I’ve had it in mind for months to make a baby sized version of my Three Flocks design. My starting point was a lovely print from Leah Duncan’s collection called “Morning Walk” that I picked for the backing. I guess I am literally working back-to-front, but it works for me! The print is so charming and subtle–I love that it hints at floral but is still a simple geometric pattern. I took my palette for the flying geese from the print’s muted primary colors and added some salmon, peach and aqua.

My original “Three Flocks” quilt has three big triangles made of decreasing rows of flying geese triangles. I knew that I would only have two “flocks” in a baby size quilt, and would have one less row in each big triangle. Once I had all my triangles made and ready to arrange, I discovered the design just didn’t look right in the smaller frame of the crib size quilt. Something about having two big triangles made the design feel sort of heavy. I think that old design theory–things are always better in odd numbers–must be right!

fullOr maybe not, the design I ended up with has eight blocks of four triangles–nothing odd about that. This layout seemed to fit the size of the baby quilt better and gave a little more breathing room for the colors.

The binding is Kona Ochre, also used as one of the triangle colors. I played around with different options for the binding (including some patterns!), but I really like the warmth of the ochre. I can’t resist adding this picture that includes the newest member of our family–Olive!

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I’ve added this quilt to my Etsy shop!

Domino 2

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I just finished another version of this “domino” quilt. I rarely make the same quilt twice, but this pattern is so much fun. It feels colorful and playful but still sort of minimal. I used a little more orange in this version and I really like the warm and sunny palette of this one. I went with yellow binding, again. I think the yellow looks great with the backing fabric (a Zen Chic print). I am liking yellow more and more these days!

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This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Finished Umbrella Print quilt

heart_closeHave you discovered Umbrella Prints from Australia? I first read about them on Anna Graham’s fantastic blog Noodlehead and was immediately smitten. The patterns are cheerful without being too cutesy and the colors are gorgeous. I’m always on the lookout for fun prints that will appeal to kids and adults alike–so I ordered a set of fat quarters from their Elephants Love Water collection knowing I’d find a project for them in no time.

umbrellaprintOnce I had them in hand, I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt. I had some leftover melon and peach Kona from making my daughter’s quilt, and I really liked how they worked with the deep orange in the heart print. Because I usually work in all solids, when I use a print I like to give it room to shine. I decided on a really simple design that centers on the print–and added a few little scrappy pieces on the sides.

hearts_fullMy favorite part of this quilt is the quilting itself. I used a straight-line quilting pattern that echoes the small frame of cocoa that surround the main block of the print. I really love the window pane effect, and the spacing of the lines makes the finished quilting really soft and cozy.

heart-foldedThis quilt has been added to my Etsy shop.

Skillful Sunday: Free Motion Quilting

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I just finished this simple top for a baby quilt and I was wondering if it might be a good candidate for free motion quilting. I am pretty much a straight-line quilter, and my go-to pattern is a grid of two-inch spaced diagonal lines. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of its clean and simple geometry, but I thought that this quilt’s design might need something a little more free form. I read a brief tutorial about free motion quilting on Oh, Fransson! with just enough information to make me think, hey, I can probably do this. (I am a little bit “less is more” when it comes to tutorials.) I made a test scrap, and tried my hand at some loops.

My first attempt was not so good. It didn’t look horrible from the top, but the back looked like cartoon eyes with long lashes. Slight problem with the tension! The only plus was that my first attempt was very easy to unpick.

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My next attempt went much better. I increased my tension to 2, even though the tutorial suggested setting the tension to 0; this worked better for me. And I got more used to moving the fabric at an even rhythm.

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Even the back was not too shabby–no more creepy eyes peering out from the back of the quilt!

I am pretty sure that my free motion quilting is not ready for prime time, and I don’t think I’m ready to give up my neat and tidy grids. But, it was great to try something new, and I’ll definitely practice some more on little projects. So, one day when I’m feeling a little loopy, I’ll be ready for it!

 

 

 

Linen quilt in yellow (!)

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I finally used some yellow (almost) in a quilt and I love it. When I started working on the design I was planning to use the yellow print (from the Olympus Soleil collection) along with a citron yellow. Then I noticed the print’s selvage colors (the little colored circles at the edge of the fabric that show what inks are used in the print) and I was surprised that there wasn’t a true yellow. Even though the overall effect is yellow–the actual colors are chartreuse, lavender, peach, mint, and ecru. I had ordered some Wasabi Kona cotton (one of the new colors) for another project and it was a perfect match for with the yellow-green in the print.

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Wasabi is one of those colors that really changes depending on the light–sometimes it looks green and sometimes yellow. The linen is handkerchief weight in natural from fabrics-store.com.  It has a really beautiful drapy-ness. I used gray gingham for the back–I love how the yellow-green contrasts with the gray. This quilt is added to my Etsy shop.

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Modern bars quilt

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This quilt is a modern interpretation of an Amish bars quilt, and it turned out almost exactly like my original paper sketch. The colors remind me of California–sunny and laid back–and I think the organic shapes of the bars keep the design from feeling rigid. I debated about using a patterned binding. As much as I love solids, it didn’t work to pick up one of the colors from the bars, and I couldn’t find a good contrasting color–but the Yuwa aqua honeycomb seemed just right. With the pared down design, this little touch of pattern adds some fun without being fussy. Plus this fabric is so soft and silky it really adds to the drapey texture of this quilt. The backing fabric is Cloud Nine Simpatico in Peachy Straws–which is a lovely organic fabric.

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I am adding this quilt to my Etsy shop!