pair of ice dyed quilts

I think the main reason my projects don’t find there way here is that I just don’t stop and take pictures like I used to.  In May, I made a fabric basket for a friend’s birthday.  The pattern was from Anna’s book, Handmade Style.  I was so happy with how it turned out that I snapped a quick pic with my phone and delivered it right away.  Later, I thought I would write a little post about it and then realized that all I had to share was this.

Processed with VSCO with e8 presetOne lonely photo.  With this in mind, I took some time to photograph a couple of quilts I made last fall.

ice dye log cabin on barnI could make log cabin quilts for days.  This one is a baby size quilt made from one giant log cabin block.

ice dye log cabin sideice dye log cabin on doorOne half is a light weight chambray, the other half is a split of ice dyed cottons in greens and purples.

The back is a print with indigo stripes on a off-white background.

ice dye log cabin quilt backice dye Vast quiltThe pattern for this quilt is Vast from Jeni’s book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle.

ice dye vast quilt detail

It’s made with some of my favorite ice dyed cottons and a mid-weight chambray.  The back is a gold and black print.

ice dyed Vast quilt back

I think this quilt looks brilliant with all the lichen on the wall.

ice dyed Vast quilt on wall

cotton and steel star quilt

Processed with VSCOcam with e8 presetI finished this larger than life quilt last spring.

It was a commission project and it tested the limits of my small house.  By the time I stitched the last border on I couldn’t lay it flat on the floor anymore.  Needless to say, it was quilted on a long arm.

star quilt quilting detailI love the swoopy spiral quilting.

I used Jeni’s Giant Vintage Star Quilt tutorial for the center and then added borders to bump it out to a king size.  The eight small corner blocks in the borders were foundation pieced.  I used a half size version of Faith’s Summer Sampler Star tutorial.  The front is a mix of cotton + steel fabrics and a super girly pink was requested for the back.

star quilt back

I don’t know that it can really get much more girly pink than that!

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the fantastic quilt voyage begins

fantastic quilt voyage blockI have never been a part of a traveling quilt project before, so when Jacey invited me to be a part of her fantastic quilt voyage project I was mixed with fear and excitement.  The idea is you make one block to start your own quilt and then it’s shipped around to one of the other participants, who in turn make a block and send it on to the next quilter.  Once everyone has made a block it comes home and you can put together a quilt top.  Most of us are on pinterest and we’ve been busy pinning all sorts of inspiration for our quilts.  Using pinterest has been a great way to really focus on what you are hoping for your own quilt and also get a feel for what would work for someone else.

fantastic quilt voyage packet

Some of us are also sending along a journal/blank book of some sort for all of us to write in as we work on a block.  I ended up making a sort of a journal pack with mini copies of the pins I found for inspiration and punched ovals from paint chips for color palette matching.  There are also some fabric scraps along with a clip to hold the journal cards that people put together as they work on the project.

fantastic quilt voyage box

I used a box from Fat Quarter Shop for shipping (they always use such sturdy boxes) but I thought I should do something to make sure people knew it wasn’t being sent from Fat Quarter Shop.  I didn’t want anyone to walk out to the mailbox and think “did I order a big box of fabric and completely forget about it?”  It could happen, right?!  So I doodled all around the box in the hopes no one has a panic attack on their front step.

Even though it’s months away, I’m already looking forward to putting together my quilt!