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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

It finally happened... I was tagged in the Around the World Blog Hop by the lovely Katie at Karma Willow Creations. We "met" (online through blogland) when she signed up to be a pattern tester for me, and you should see her gorgeous work!  He quilting style is very different than mine, but I love seeing the way she interprets my patterns, and find her work to be very inspiring. 

So now I am supposed to answer the following questions:

1. What am I working on?
Currently I am working on a few different quilts (aren't we all?), but I have been working on making a dent in my WIP list as well as starting a new quilt for my husband.

The new quilt is my first attempt at hand applique and is a beast of a challenge. I am currently calling it the Tribal Shark Quilt but also refer to it as the Manly Man Quilt, because what is manlier than a shark quilt? - Maybe tribal tattoo inspired hammerhead shark quilt but the jury is still out on that one.  (More on this quilt later in the week)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Always a hard question to answer, but I suppose my work differs because I almost never use someone else’s patterns. I appreciate patterns made by others for what they are, and I find them to be a great learning tool when trying to master a new skill. That being said, I prefer the challenge of designing my own quilts and figuring out how to make an idea into reality.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Originally quilting was something to do. In a way it was just an activity to fill the time while my husband was away on trips (he is a pilot). Now, it has turned into so much more than that. I write and create because it brings me joy, it is a constructive use of time, and I believe it is a blessing God gave me and it is my duty to share that blessing with others.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
My creative process is a little less actual process, and a little more flying by the seat of my pants, lets hope for the best, kind of process. I tend to start out with an idea (usually thought up in the middle of the night when I am lying in bed unable to sleep), and that idea typically turns into a sketch. Occasionally that sketch gets a little more detailed with proper measurements and whatnot, but usually it just turns into a quilt partly through magic, partly through frustration and hard work.

So that was a little bit more about Lovelea Designs and my current creative endeavors.  Thanks again to Katie for nominating me. Those nominated are supposed to nominate three others, but I decided to do two. So I nominate the following:
  1. Karen at Pieces of Contentment – she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet (even if it is just on the internet) and her work is amazing. She is currently finishing up an EPP project that is just to die for and her recent panel quilts are brilliant.
  2. Susan at the Bored Zombie – I have seen her be nominated before, but I never saw her post, so I am nominating her again. She is also a wonderful person (encouraging, helpful, inspiring) and she shares more art than just quilting on her blog. If you are a fan of classic Nintendo, or other geekery (her word not mine) you will love her blog!
Hopefully they will participate, so look for their posts next Monday September 29th.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Orange Matter (Gray Matter Pattern V.2)


This quilt has been finished for some time now and I am finally getting around to blogging about it.  I had some trouble with another quilt bleeding onto the binding (which I was fortunately able to fix) and then I took some pictures of it awhile back, but they just didn't do it justice so a re-shoot was in order.

This is the lap size version of my Gray Matter pattern.  I wanted something to create a more masculine version of the quilt, something that contrasted the delicate florals combined with teals and greys that I used when I made the first version of this quilt.  I think these oranges and royal blues sure did the trick. 

For the quilting I decided to try some dense straight line quilting combined with a swirl in the center of the square.  I love that the swirl is subtle and only really noticeable from the back, while the lines add an amazing texture. 

My Favorite part of this quilt is where all the lines intersect and it makes a little diamond in the center.  While I do love the look f this quilting, I don't know how much more of it there will be in my future.  For the size of the quilt, this took surprisingly long to quilt due to the amount of lines needed for each section. 

This finished quilt measures approximately 50" x 65" and is currently listed for sale in my Etsy Shop!

Thanks for reading!  More finishes to share soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Winner of the Star Light Pattern Giveaway

The winner of the Starlight Pattern giveaway is:

Number 22 Sherrye who said:

Please email me Sherrye because you are a no reply commenter and I will send you your Pattern.  If you do not contact me within a week I will pick a new winner.

Thanks to all that entered.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Star Light - A New Pattern and a Giveaway!

Let introduce you the newest pattern to my line - Star Light.  It is a pattern based on the center star of my Milky Way Medallion quilt, but utilizes a striped fabric for a completely different look. 

In my test quilt I used a single striped fabric for all of the stars and alternated between black and grey for the background fabrics.  In the corners where the blocks meet I used solid fabrics, but it would be a great place to use another pop of color for a completely different look.

I quilted this quilt echoing the outside of the stars and used wavy lines on the borders.  I would have loved to bind the quilt in the stripe as well, but I ran out of stripe so I had to settle for a solid black that matched the border.  

The back I just had fun with and used some leftovers from the front along with some black and grey pieces from my stash.  I had to buy a few pieces to finish it, but it was a great way to use up some remaining large pieces that I have sitting around.  

The pattern contains 13 pages - including templates, fabric requirements and cover - of detailed step by step instructions with diagrams showing you how to make the quilt in 4 different sizes: kid, lap, twin, and queen.  The pattern is made to be used with a striped fabric, but will still work with any fabric (although the stars might look a little more plain).

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern it is $8.00 and available in my Etsy Shop .

I am giving away a copy of the pattern to one lucky reader! 

To enter:
1) Leave a comment telling me what colors you would make this in!
2) A second optional entry is for all my followers new and old.  Just leave a second comment telling me how you follow me!

The giveaway will close next Monday morning September 15th, 2014 and a winner will be chosen!  Good luck!

Thanks for reading!