I’ve had this idea in the back of my head that I want to do a quilt that has the following characteristics:
- Has the potential to be very scrappy
- Has a structure that is not just NxM blocks that are all the same
- Has a structure, but also has a super structure - I find these kinds of quilts more interesting — this and the above bullet point overlap, of course.
I’ve also always liked the “Card Trick” block, but haven’t really used it in anything. So, I decided to try to make a Card Trick quilt design out of card trick blocks.
For this one I used a variation of the card trick block design for the blues and the purples. While in this EQ design there are only 3-4 fabrics per each major color, if I were to make this quilt I’d try to use it a lot more, Jinny Beyer-style, to make it a bit more scrappy, and yet still have the structure here. I had some other even more complicated ideas for what to do with the card trick blocks inside this quilt, but those ideas were too hard to whip up quickly in EQ.
I was browsing through some of my quilt literature the other day looking for inspiration. I came across a block named “Memory” that I decided I liked and created the design below out of it. The quilt is a 5×5 design, even though the fabric choices suggest that it’s 4×4 with a bunch of half-blocks around the edges.
One lesson I keep having to relearn is that I have no luck dreaming up designs in a vacuum. It’s only when I have someone in mind that I’m trying to design a quilt for that I get any ideas at all. So yes, I did have someone in mind when creating this design. The fabric choices here are just meant to be suggestive - if I make this quilt, or some variation of it, I expect the fabrics will be different than what’s here. Still, this quilt would be great for me to do, in that it would force me to learn how to be better about points.
It’s time for me to get serious about commission I, now that the auction quilt is done and my houseguests are gone. Here is the sample block I did for the client based on fabrics she chose.
She wants to change it slightly. Instead of using four different yellows, she just wants to use the exterior two, and alternate them all the way to the center. Thus, the final design will be something like:
It’s a little bit stripier than I would have done it, but I think with these fabrics it will be a very bold and rich effect when it’s done. I’m going to do another sample block and show it to her before doing all the chain piecing just to be sure it’s what she wants. The top should go together reasonably quickly, since it’s a pretty simple pattern.
Given the set-in seams on this design, and given the relative lack of time and my own lack of energy, I’ve decided I need to go with an even simpler design for the baby quilt that my friend asked me to donate for a charity auction. I think I’m going to do something like this - very straightforward. I have fabrics that approximate these colors (although the purple and light blue fabrics I have are both lighter than what’s suggested here) — just need to make sure I have enough of each.
I call this design “Baby World.” (Yes, not being very creative with the names lately.) As sketched, the quilt would be approximately 3 feet by 3 feet.
Inspired by the block in the design Jazzed, I developed another design I call ‘Blue Jazz.’ I actually have someone in mind to give this quilt to, too. I’m not ready to add this to the projects list yet, but there is a possibility that I will eventually make this quilt for my friend B and her husband someday. I doubt I would find these exact fabrics, but something along these lines would be nice. I know I’m once again in the blue/purple/teal palette, but I can’t seem to get away from that. Oh well! (This quilt would be about 76 inches by 76 inches.)
Here’s a first attempt at a design for the auction quilt mentioned here. It’ll be about 30 inches by 30 inches — baby quilt sized. So, I went through my stash of leftover fabric and pulled out baby-ish colors. Pinks, blues, purples. The colors are not what I think when I think of an ‘Asian’ theme, but the design is, sort of. I was looking for a lattice of some sort. I called this design “Lullabye.”
And here’s the first design I did, which is kind of cool but has two problems: 1) it uses fabrics that I’m saving for something else, and I don’t want to risk running out; I figure it’s better to just use ‘old’ leftover fabric for something like this, and 2) it’s much more complicated in terms of piecing. The first one is just rectangles, which shouldn’t be too difficult. This one has lots of 45 degree angles. Anyway, just figured I’d share the design because it looks kind of cool. I call this design “Jazzed.”
A friend of mine wants to commission a lap quilt from me for a friend of hers’ birthday in November. I gave her a couple of designs to choose from and (lucky for me) she chose the simplest one — a nice straightforward log cabin. Here’s a schematic from EQ of what we’re going to do. (With 95% certainty.)
Just need to choose some fabrics — and that portable palette from Jinny Beyer is coming in very handy! I’m going to ask her to pay for the cost of the materials plus some extra. The challenge is figuring out what the labor costs should be, since I’m still a novice I can’t charge a lot. But, it’s a fair bit of time, too. We’ll see.
This is a design I did in EQ several months ago and thought about making instead of “Whimsy.” I don’t know if I’ll ever make this quilt and have no current plans to, but I think the design is pretty cool, so I figured I’d share.
I’m currently working on the quilts codenamed Burns, Liners, and Edwards in the sidebar. I’m doing three almost identical baby quilts (except for the borders and backing — which I’m undecided on at the moment) out of the Jinny Beyer fabrics I bought a few weeks ago.
I’m using the simplest possible pattern — 2×2 rail step blocks — and they’re coming together really quickly with chain piecing. Originally, I was just going to do two, then I dropped it down to one, then I found out about another baby coming this spring, and then I got invited to a baby shower for the one I’d dropped, so we’re now at 3. Each quilt will be about 28×28 inches. After the somewhat complicated lapquilts for Christmas, these are a cinch! Pictures soon. Here’s the design (with colors that are not really that close to what I’m using — I just wanted to get the measurements from EQ, so whipped this together quickly.)
Right now, I’m thinking the quilts will be named Baby Steps I, II, and III.
I finished the binding on the quilt codenamed Medal last night. It’s official name is “Pink Feathers.” Part of the design challenge for me was to find a way to use pink that didn’t annoy me (I’m not a big fan of pink). Here’s a picture (the quilt is about 5 feet by 5 feet):
The original design is here but that morphed into the below:
It came out ok. I didn’t have much trouble piecing the center block. I did some very simple straight line quilting — just enough to hold it together (I’m on a deadline). The backing fabric is the feather fabric from the front.
On to finish up the quilt codenamed Berries!
[Aside: I shipped off the envelope pillows I had made before I remember to take a picture. Oopsie!]
The quilt named “Snowy Bear” codenamed “Pines” is finished. Here are a couple of pictures. (It’s about 5.5ft by 5.5ft — a decent-sized lapquilt.)
. The design I worked from is below:
The original design had some sashing (below), which is what I had hoped to do and where the codename came from. However, I couldn’t find that fabric or anything close enough, so I decided to go with a simpler, but more dramatic, design in the end.
I really do love the blue fabric with silver snowflakes and will probably find excuses to use that one again and again. The backing fabric on this is a variation of the fabric I used to back RLJA.
The quilt codenamed Berries is in the process of being constructed. Here’s a picture of the half finished blocks.
And here’s the ultimate design.
The fabrics aren’t going together quite as well as I’d hoped, so this may be a case where not seeing them in person first messed me up. (I ordered most of these fabrics online.) Nonetheless, I think the little paw prints in the turquoisy fabric are cute and I’m going to use a novelty fabric for the backing and call the quilt “Whimsy.” It’ll make a fun, if not elegant, lap quilt.
Because I can be a little bit obsessive about things sometimes, I feel compelled to jot down a list of quilt projects I want to do in ‘04. I’m still behind on my ‘03 projects (although I did spend a bit of time quilting Snowy Bear this afternoon), but it’s good to have goals, no? I’ll come up with the codenames for them on the fly in this post:
- Edwards - a small simple baby quilt
- Liners - another small simple baby quilt
- Placemats - I want to learn how to do bargellos by making us a couple of placemats
- Watertower - a lap quilt
- Sunflower - another lap quilt
- Christmas I - yet another lap quilt
- Jo Threads - Finish this BOTM quilt that I started this year
The baby quilts will be pretty simple. I haven’t designed them yet, but I expect to do something fairly simple at a 2×2 or 3×3 size. The bargellos will be really complicated but small, so manageable; I just wanted to understand how these things go together because I think they are soo cool. I have a preliminary design for Sunflower, which is below. The fabrics may completely change - I was just playing around in EQ and this is what I came up with. I haven’t actually shopped for fabrics yet.
Several weeks ago I was playing around with some quilt design ideas and came up with the following two variations on a theme. I call this design Starry Windows (v1 and v2). I like the windowpane effect that sashing gives. I don’t know that I’ll ever make this quilt, but I do think it’s pretty.
Dana’s getting ready to start up the June Mall Crawl over at QuiltIndex. I haven’t participated in it, in the past, as I hadn’t started quilting at the time of the last Mall Crawl. I’m going to try this time, but I’ve got some travel and don’t know if I’ll have time. However, I did have some fun making a little contribution of my own. Earlier this year I was messing around in EQ and showed her a design that I call “Egyptian Evening.” She thought it might work as a Mall Crawl prize pattern (with some adjustments and subject to some constraints) and here’s the end result:
The original version of this quilt that is not
being given away as a pattern for the Mall Crawl to eligible recipients is a king-sized version with slightly different blocks. See the comments for more information.