Monday, November 24, 2014

A Commissioned Medallion Quilt

Black and White Quilt

All work on the shark quilt for my husband and the low volume candy quilt have come to a halt for more urgent work - A custom Milky Way Medallion Quilt.

My requirements for this quilt are:
1) Similar look and feel to the commissioned Bow Tie quilt I made earlier this year.
2) Black, grey, brown and navy with low volume fabrics.
3) Modern but girly
Black, Grey, Brown and Navy Quilt Fabric
Original fabric pull - it has since been edited (specifically that bottom brown) and added to.

The colors are not something I would have put together for myself if they had not been commissioned, but I love they way they look together.  Even with the addition of navy it is just so neutral looking while not being plain and boring. 

To give the feel of the bow tie quilt I kept the fabrics very simple - either white on tone, or tone on tone.  I also used the same white (Kona Snow) for the plain borders as I did in the background of the bow tie quilt.  To help make it girly I made sure to use plenty of polka dots, and found a few girly floral fabrics. I also threw a few subtle metallic prints for good measure.  
Medallion Background Fabric
Low volume backgrounds

As for the pattern, it is called Milky Way Medallion and is a quilt pattern I designed and released earlier this year (you can find it in my shop here). I have been working hard to complete this quilt before we go on vacation next month!  More to share soon. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Low Volume Progress - Opinions Needed

I currently have all my low volume fabrics cut and my blocks made and trimmed but I am stuck on the layout.  I originally drew up a design in Illustrator and loved it, but when I went to figure out placement on my design wall I was less than enthusiastic about it. 

Now here is the part where I need your help.  Since I wasn't sure about the original design I did some rearranging and came up with a second design.  I am not sure if it is the fabrics that I am not liking (maybe because it is out of my comfort zone), or the arrangement, but I need some advice. 

The picture above is the original design I came up with.  I felt like this would be a great design if the colors were a little bolder, but it just seems like a blob of neutral to me right now. 

Below is my second design.  I changed the pattern to make the acutal design more apparent, but I am still not sure if I am satisfied. 

I am still leaning towards my original design, but maybe just modify the fabrics slightly.  I bought a few extra fabrics today to try throwing in the quilt, because I thought maybe having a bit more variety would make me like it better. 

What do you think.  Is the original design too messy and unreadable, or does it just need some minor tweaking?  Or do you like the second design better?

Suggestions welcome!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Low Volume Edition

I am on my way to making my first all low volume quilt and I have to say I really enjoyed picking out all these fabrics.  They remind me of some kind of candy although I have yet to figure out exactly what (taffy or dinner mints maybe?).  Either way I love the soft colors and the subtleness I think this quilt will have. 

Most of these cuts are 1/8 yard cuts, with a few quarter yard cuts and some stash fabrics mixed in.  I love smaller cuts because I am able to buy a ton of prints without having to pay a fortune.

I am now off to start cutting these up!  More to share soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rainbow Flying Geese BQF Entry #1

This is my first entry for the blogger's quilt festival that I call the rainbow flying geese quilt.  It is a queen size quilt that I started in 2012 and only recently finished.

This quilt is made with only 4 different fabrics (2 ombre fabrics, Kona charcoal and a black backing fabric).  All the flying geese are single seam flying geese - a method that saves so much time and makes the geese a little 3-D but uses more fabric.

Oh and did I mention it is hand quilted in 14 different colors - something I will probably never attempt again on such a large scale, but is beautiful close up.  In between each flying geese I hand quilted a flying geese in a coordinating color going the opposite direction.  The result was 682 separate stitched areas - not that I counted or anything...

The finished size of the quilt is approximately 85" x 102", and I am very proud of the final result.  If you would like to read more about this quilt you can see previous posts here and here.

I am entering this quilt into the Hand quilted Category, of the Blogger's Quilt Festival held at Amy's Creative Side.  If you havn't checked it out yet, it is worth a look!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tribal Shark Quilt Panel - WIP

Tribal Hammerhead Shark by Lovelea Designs
Let me present to you the finished tribal hammerhead shark panel for my husband's manly man quilt! The finished panel measures about 43" x 63".  I want it to be the focal point of the design and with it being this large I think it should do the trick. 

The shark itself was drawn up on paper and then imported to Photoshop to make changes and perfect the final design.  From there it was transferred to illustrator and printed full scale in the size I wanted to make templates for all the pieces.  The pattern pieces when then transferred onto heat and bond featherlight and the actual fabric pieces were cut.  Once cut they were applied one at a time and stitched down by hand using a blanket stitch.  Not bad for my first hand applique project if I do say so myself.

Since I have the center finished I need to add some borders so I chose the above fabrics to use on the rest of the quilt.  I hope to have the first pieced border finished this week.  The second border is still being decided on design wise.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Tribal Shark Quilt (AKA the Manly Man Quilt)

I have wanted to make my husband a new quilt for a while. The first quilt I ever made was for him, which he loves, but I didn’t really know what I was doing back then. He is always supportive of my sewing, quilting, and blogging so he definitely deserves a new quilt.

Here’s the thing, for years Jesse has loved this fake fur blanket I have. He likes how big, soft and  heavy it is. What he does not like is the pattern - think patchwork of tiger, cow, bunny, zebra and other animal prints backed in a chinchilla. I got the two faux fur fabrics on sale years ago (maybe 10 years?) and turned it into a blanket that has been a household favorite ever since.

Since he loves that quilt so much I figured a minky backed quilt could help replace that obnoxious blanket with something more suited to his taste. The question was what to do for the front that would suit him...
Jesse likes Black, Grey and Blue and tends to learn towards more simplistic patterns – plaid, solid, pinstripes, etc.  Since I knew he didn't want anything traditional, I decided I wanted to come up with something fun and different and that's when I thought of a tribal tattoo inspired quilt.

Beginning stages of the shark, the blue is not as bright in real life.  More color accurate pics coming soon...

So here are the beginning stages of the tribal shark quilt aka the manly man quilt (because what is more manly than a shark?  That's right, a tattoo inspired shark).  The shark itself will be a center panel and I still need to design the rest (including a redesign on the tail section).  It seems to be one of those design as I go quilts so fingers crossed that it will turn out!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rainbow Ombre Flying Geese Quilt Finished!

Rainbow Triangle Quilt

I have finally finished my rainbow ombre flying geese quilt that I have been working on since 2012.  To make a long story short (you can read my origional post here for more info) I was a newbie quilter on a mission to make a queen sized quilt using my itty bitty sewing machine.  Lets just say I finished the top and attempted to quilt the quilt, but at the time my machine only had about a 5" throat and I was unable to get the entire thing in there.  I then decided that the best thing would be to rip out the stitches and hand quilt it because I refuse to pay someone else to do it, and how long could that really take...

Well almost three years later the quilt is finally finished!  The entire thing contains only 4 fabrics: 2 ombre fabrics, some Kona charcoal, and the backing fabric.  All the flying geese are made using the one seam method, which makes for fast piecing and a 3-D effect, but uses more fabric.

This sucker was a beast to photograph.  It is huge (just under 90" x 108") and it took two wonderful helpers (my husband and father) holding it sideways to get a good head on photograph of it. Otherwise it was so heavy that it needed to be draped or laid on the ground for proper photos.

Single Seam Geese have a hidden seam down the middle leaving the sides free.

As big of a pain as it was to photograph it was even a bigger pain to quilt. There are 682 separate quilted spots (each one had to be started and stopped) and a total of 14 different thread colors that coordinated with the fabrics.  In between the flying geese I quilted triangles and on the edges I did three different kinds of triangles to better fit the edges of the design.

Besides the quilting I think the binding is my other favorite parts of the quilt, because I love how it just makes the whole thing pop and helps the quilting stand out a little more on the back.  

Now that this quilt is finished I have no idea what to do with it.  I originally wanted it on a guest bed, but now that it is finished I think it is a little to bright.  I have considered selling it (but I feel like it has too many mistakes, and it might disappoint a buyer), and I have considered giving it away to someone (but it needs to go to the right person who would really appreciate it).  So for now it is just being admired in my sewing room while it awaits its final destination. 

Another finish marked off the WIP list!  Thanks for reading.