I often think back to the times that I would be with my grandmother and she would be piece quilting. She started me off with a love of fabric by letting me make fabric dolls.
Later on my mother continued the tradition of quilting. She enjoyed adding embroidery to hers.
Now it’s time for me to express myself through fabric. I recently purchased a software program to design my own quilts! So exciting.
It’s amazing the wonderful people you meet when going to quilting shops and taking workshops. They all enjoy sharing their skills. Since jumping back into quilting in 2016 I have been taking as many technique and design classes as possible. There are some amazing artists/instructors out there and I enjoy seeking them out and taking their classes. Below are some of the national instructors that I have studies with this year:
• Jenny Doan, Missouri Star Quilt
• Rob Appell, Man Sewing
• Melissa Averinos
• Freddy Moran
Starting the 2nd week of May I started the 100 Days/100 Blocks Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to make one block each day for 100 days, using predominantly Tula Pink fabrics. I have completed over 40 of the blocks- feeling great!
Can’t wait to see them all blocked and assembled together.
It has been a while since I posted any quilts, however that is not to say I have not been busy making them. I am in the process of making several block of the month quilts, including the one shown here, Delilah.
I finished the first two blocks-
And now I have made the first of two for block 3
I will continue to update this post as I complete more blocks for the quilt. #delilahjenkingwell #deliahsewingparty
This is a toddler quilt that I made for my very dear friend Jillian. I took the Ab Five pattern, using their unique template, and created the quilt using various Mickey and Minnie themed fabrics, “Mickey Mouse and Friends” by Camelot Fabrics. I also incorporated Red and Yellows to break it up a bit.
Earlier this summer I took a class at Sewing Arts Center in Santa Monica with Susanne Cole. It was a variation of the Disappearing Four Patch. The class was a lot of fun and in the end I used over 90 different fabrics for this quilt, with each square having four different colors and they were not repeated in other blocks.
As you can see, Lucy claimed this quilt earlier on in the process. While I was sewing the binding by hand she was laying on the quilt and each time I moved the quilt she would get right back on it. For those of you that have four legged kids- you know that they always get their way!
I was very happy with how the quilt turned out. The white background help to give the eyes a bit of a rest from all of the colors that were used.
Aboriginal fabrics are designed by a group of native Australians known as Aboriginals. They have been designing these patterns and fabrics for generation after generation and there is so much symbolism with each design.
They have an extremely limited distribution in the US.
“Australian Aboriginal Designs arise from a heritage that goes back thousands of years. Aboriginal “Dreaming Stories” are passed on from generation to generation and explain life and are central to their culture and relationship to the natural world. Aboriginal art illustrates their “Dreaming Stories” with a series of symbolic motifs. Each design has a story and historical significance. The abstract dot and circle designs, based on these stories, have become a trademark of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement,” HeartSong Quilts.
Here is some of the symbolism that has been used over the centuries:
This is the quilt that I made for James for Christmas 2016- shhh, don’t tell him!
The Dear Stella!, “On My Way” fabrics were perfect for this quilt, featuring different modes of transportation: planes, cars, taxis, boats and his favorite- trains! The backing of the quilt was this very comforting cloud print.
I find that binding the quilt by hand is very soothing and gives me great satisfaction that the recipient will hopefully understand the difference- maybe not at 3 years old, but some day.
This was my first time tackling a wave quilt and making it flat in the end- as opposed to a curved mess!
Today I started working on a new quilt that I designed myself. I titled the quilt “Checkmate” because I used all of these new fabrics by Kaufman that are various sizes and colors of checks. … it actually reminds me of the gingham prints that I have always love.
Let’s see how it turns out and I hope that you like it.
Over the summer I started taking quilting classes and really enjoyed it- always thinking of my mother and grandmother, as both were great quilters.
I chose these fabrics for Anson because they remind me so much of him and his taste in clothing and design. Even the sashing in the quilt has writing on it with formulas and calculations throughout the design. Many of the fabric designs were very organic in feel- and no one loves organic anything more than Anson. (I’m somewhat concerned that he might try to eat the quilt because he is always seeking out organic foods.)
This is a quilt that I really enjoyed selecting the fabrics for. The women at the shop were concerned that it would never work out because there wasn’t enough contrast, however that didn’t stop me. I’ve really taken to the whole Steampunk movement and this is very reflective of it. When I took the quilt back to the shop they couldn’t believe it and nothing could have pleased me more! Many of the shops are very set in their ways and not receptive to breaking tradition.
Oh such pleasure I had making this quilt from start to finish. While in North Carolina I went with my niece, Kim to buy some fabric. I know the type of patterns and colors that she likes so we had a lot of fun selecting a few pieces.
When I returned to Los Angeles I went to a few of my favorite shops and built upon what we had started with and ended up with 32 different fabrics that are all in the same palette.
The next part is where I really started to enjoy quilting. I had previously purchase a quilting software, EQ7, and with that software I was able to completely design a quilt for Kim from start to finish. The program takes into account the dimensions of the squares, the border, sashings and bindings. It even gives you the template dimensions and estimated yardage needed for each piece of the quilt.
This is what I drew for Kim in EQ7:
And this is what it looked like after I added the fabric selections:
After piecing the quilt I also added a monogram to it so that she will always remember the occasion that I gave it to her.
It means so much to have someone as special as Kim in my life- and even better that she is my niece.