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‘Grounded Origins’ is the quilt I created for the July Focus Through the Prism Log Cabin quilt challenge. Once again, I had a lot of fun this month finding a unique way to interpret this quilting challenge. My focus color on this one is orange. Have you discovered what’s hidden in this chaos? Perhaps a hidden friendship star block, a monkey wrench, a nine patch, a flying geese or two, an hour glass, …and even a little square in a square block. It turns out that teeny tiny piecing isn’t so bad as long as you have a month to make a 20” quilt.
And now – if you look from a bit of a distance you can see that my log cabin quilt – Grounded Origins – you may notice the base of a tree.
I did my fun little flange of cherrywood orange on just the bottom and left side of the quilt.
I referenced her book, In the Studio with Angela Walters: Machine-Quilting Design Concepts Add Movement, Contrast, Depth & More, for inspiration and then just let the quilting happen. Even the back of the quilt looks amazing! (and I just noticed that her Craftsy Class – “Help! How Do I Quilt That’ is on sale!)
And here are all three of my Focus Through the Prism Challenge Quilts so far! I’m having such a great time making these fun 20” challenge quilts. From the looks and sounds of it in the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Facebook group – other participants are having a great time too! Be sure to check out the other quilts made for this challenge by going to this post. It’s not too late for you to join in the fun! There are still four challenges left! The next one goes up tomorrow!
I’ve been a bit off the grid lately I’ll admit. I’ve been busy working on projects so I have things to share with you about quilting even when I’m not sewing during apple season. I’ve also been running everywhere as my girls end their summer activities – gymnastics and pitching machine ball in particular.
In the midst of all this chaos I decided that my random scrap bins were bothering me and it was time to get them into their appropriate scrap color bins.
It wasn’t long until I was down to one helper. Cedi helped in another way – occupying Pip while we worked to get things organized.
And four days after we began. We had our living room back (well … as back as you get it when you have three young girls). I didn’t organize the fabrics quite as well as I’d like but I think to do the true organization I need to wait until winter … or at least not a few weeks before we’re scheduled to open our apple orchard.
I have a secret. I secretly love excel and all that I can do with it. Since the Focus Through the Prism Challenge has so much to do with color I thought it would be fun to watch which colors everyone is using each month.
I couldn’t decide which format I liked the information in best. Here is the bar graph showing how many quilts were made for each color per challenge.
And here is the line chart that shows how the colors are used in each challenge.
Which way do you prefer to look at the data? Or do you think I’m just absolutely crazy?!
Don’t worry … I’m pretty sure I’ll keep updating both the charts and graphs as the challenges progress.
The Riley Blake Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is due on July 31st – and I am going to make the deadline because I’m finished!
I usually use the back deer fence when I take pictures of the quilts in the morning but I was hoping it was overcast enough today to use the front. I may retake these later but I think it gives a pretty accurate representation of the colors of this piece.
Barb Rasibeck, Quilts by Barb, did a fun swirly design at a larger scale than she usually does all over this piece. I was able to do some large hand-stitches using Aurifil 12 wt. thread (which are on sale at Craftsy right now!). It was a really fun extra touch I think to this piece.The stark lines of the pieced insects combined with the swirly quilting creates such great movement and texture to this piece.On the larger dragonfly wings I did some big, wonky cross stitches …
I’m so happy I took on this challenge. I had a great time using Amana Herring’s fabric combined with some Riley Blake solids. This is a piece that truly ‘just happened’. I started making blocks and just listened to what they told me as I put this piece together. I’ll be honest … at first, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this piece. But as I let it sink in the more and more I loved it. When creating the possibilities are truly endless!
I first met Marie Bostwick at the Houston Quilt Festival this past fall. She was a wonderful, hilarious and charismatic person and I immediately wanted to be her friend. I was beyond excited to hear that she had booked a talk at the Lodi Public Library, just one town over from me. Of course, I was going!
She had the crowd laughing, nodding in agreement and yes, even in tears at time – all in just an hour and half! She read excerpts from her books, share life antidotes, and even some inside scoops on being a real life author!
And – if you haven’t read her books yet! Where have you been!? Her latest book The Second Sister is a great read and as a bonus – it’s set in Wisconsin! It’s always fun when authors use your home state to set the scene.
I was really excited to hear that Marie’s next book is a sequel to her book Between Heaven and Texas (Cobbled Court Quilts). This is one of my favorite books of hers and I can’t wait to read more about what’s to happen!
Wow! What a summer! I have so so so many things I need to share with you … like hearing Marie Bostwick speak, the Lodi Ag Fair, quilts I’m working on and of course – what the girls’ have been up too. I’ve mentally been writing out blog posts to share with you but it’s been tough finding time at the computer! … hmmm … someone needs to figure out how I can blog while I drive my kids to all the things they’re involved in … just think of what I would get done!
I’m also frantically sewing as much as I can so I have things to share with you when I won’t have time to sew this fall due to apple season. I will work on it though and get some fun things posted soon! Thanks for all your understanding!
I am going to share with you these cool shots I got at the Lodi Ag Fair the other weekend …
Hopefully they hold you over for a little bit!
Let the summer time fun continue!
I had a quilt planned to share with you today but I haven’t quite gotten it to the stage that I want to photograph it yet. So – I headed down to my sewing room and pieced Pat Sloan’s 7th block for her Vacation Time Mystery Quilt Along – The Hot Dog Stand!
There is not a lot of contrast in my block but I really love how the fabrics all look together. I also decided to do something a little different for the center of the block.
When I work on a quilt along or a quilt that is going to be really scrappy I do an initial fabric pull and put it into a container. Whenever I add in new fabrics into the quilt the scraps go into the container as well. I do my initial fabric choices for each block from this container.
I decide to do some improv piecing for the center of this block. I pulled all the small scraps out and pieced them together.
I trimmed two sides off.
Rotated the block, squared it to the size I needed.
And trimmed the other two sides off. These pieced scraps will also go into the bin as I may decide to do this method for more blocks down the line. It was a fun and easy way to add a little bit of extra interest to my Hot Dog Stand!
And this is what my seven blocks look like so far! I’m so loving this quilt!
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