Inspiration – 2011 Sisters Quilt Show « Sue Spargo

Sue Spargo posted this lovely quilt last July, but I was struck by the quilting today while browsing for inspiration. Click on the picture below to go to the original post – then click on her picture for an enlargement – it’s the second to last quilt in her post. And if you click on the quilt picture one more time, it will enlarge further, so you can see how each square was quilted.

inspirational quilting

via Saturday Sisters Quilt Show « Sue Spargo.


Raw Edge Confetti vs. Pieced Confetti

Last month, Caroline distributed fabric to make confetti blocks, but she discovered when making a pieced sample that she could get a similar look just by raw-edge appliquéing the confetti pieces onto the background. She asked us to leave a ¼” raw edge, so the material would fray in the wash.

Caroline's Confetti Sample
Caroline’s Confetti Sample

I took a creative step and overlapped some of the pieces. She had some precious scraps of an elephant batik to highlight.

Carol's raw-edge confetti

Claudia took a creative leap and created a circus scene, with the elephant teetering off a platform.Claudia's confetti block

Overall, I think Caroline will be pleased with everyone’s contributions.all confetti blocks

This month Jaime asked us to make a pieced confetti block, using a white background. Her sample though used a gorgeous Moda Solid (not Bella). We’re all looking in our stashes for more “Solids by Moda” taupe, because she doesn’t have enough to finish her quilt. Each square takes a fat quarter.

Jaime's Confetti Sample
Jaime’s Confetti Sample

Wonky Triangles

I’m not sure if Claudia started with the background or a focus, but I do know she was drawn to wonky triangles because it was so different looking. Green Moda Grunge background is the perfect complement to the prints. The book’s instructions were easy to follow, but I know more than one person didn’t keep track of her rectangles’ positions, which made it a mini-challenge to sew them back together. A couple of people played outside the box with mini triangles or ginormous ones making the squares a lot of fun. The variety of sizes keeps it interesting and modern. The picture is a collage of the blocks she received.

Hexagon Block

Was it love at first sight in the book? Yes, for me anyway. When Venita requested the hexagon block, I had my doubts about actually making it however. This despite the fact I helped my mom deconstruct my grandmother’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, and appliqué 24 hexagon flowers onto pillows. Hand appliqué.

Turns out, this block was fun to make, no doubt due in part to machine appliqué. I think the hardest part was deciding on how many hexies to make and where to place them. I even skipped the part about joining them together before attaching to the background.

Five members’ blocks below:

Five cuts minimum

Nancy’s direction for her block was “Five cuts minimum”. That’s it. Nothing else. Oh, she did have an inspirational photo, which inspired me, but everyone else took off on their own tangent. Five different strips and one large rectangle of a beautiful floral – five cuts at least – go to town. Oh, and we could add fabric if so moved.

The return: everything from traditional pieced to wonky, from sashiko to raw edge appliqué. And this is what she’s done so far:

She basted and started free motion quilting in the upper left corner. Go Nancy! I’m looking forward to seeing it finished.

more wonky stars

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting arrived in the mail yesterday and the cover features Sparkle Punch, a wonky star quilt by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh! Fransson. I was all excited, but then remembered I pinned this a while back (saw it on Gail’s Pinterest board :)) as a potential future project. The entire pattern is free online at Elizabeth’s website – she presented it as a Quilt-Along earlier this year. I love the way she made the back.

edited to add: p.s. Let me know if you want an invite to Pinterest – you need to have a Facebook or Twitter account though.

Welcome to adventures in quilting

When Block Party came out, I was immediately jealous of the camaraderie among the members of that virtual quilting bee. Then I was envious of the results of their quilting efforts – “modern”, “Gee’s Bend”-ish, improvisational, interpretive, essentially riffing on traditional quilting patterns. I loved it.

Nancy turned the book into a club and people joined, slowly at first, and now we’re up to 10 members. Seven months have passed, and we have seven quilts in various stages of completion. We plan on meeting until everyone has at least one quilt, and I know I wouldn’t mind continuing beyond that. This blog will hopefully add some glue to our group and serve as reminder and inspiration.