True Colors Modern Dresden Circle Quilt

Today is my day to share as part of the True Colors by Free Spirit blog tour. This past fall Free Spirit fabric company debuted the True Colors collections – a collection of fabric blenders by four of their popular designers: Joel DewberryHeather BaileyAnna Maria Horner, and Jenean Morrison. Creative Bug made a beautiful video with the individual designers talking about their inspiration and motivation to create their True Colors collections. 
I was given the opportunity to play with this pretty True Colors bundle by Jenean Morrison
I also mixed in some of the blender prints from Jenean’s latest collection for Free Spirit: Wishing Well.
Here are is the full collection from Wishing Well. A really sweet bundle of prints and colors.
And this is the project I created with Jenean’s fabrics – a modern dresden circle quilt. I was inspired as I laid out the fat quarters in color order and knew I wanted something using that spectrum. I’ve always loved Purl Soho’s Color Wheel Quilt and thought this would be the perfect way to create something inspired by that quilt.

My circles measure about 18″ in diameter (across). I created them using a traditional Dresden wedge ruler. (Mine is a EZ Quilting Easy Dresden Ruler. I’ve lost track of how often I use this ruler.) For each Dresden (or circle) block I cut 20 different wedges that were 6″ long, but instead of beginning my measurement from the bottom of the ruler, I started it at the 2″ line and finished at the 8″ line so that I’d get a wider wedge. (I’ve written another Dresden circle tutorial here if you would like to see how to assemble the 20 wedges.)

When each circle was completed I appliqued the block to a 22″ square of white fabric, then quilted the block with a piece of batting. I decided to applique and quilt each block separately to make the quilting a little bit easier, but you could applique all four blocks onto a 42″ x 42″ square of fabric as well.

Coats and Clark provided me with thread for this project. The thread worked really well for both piecing and quilting.

After the blocks were quilted, I sewed the four blocks together, pressing seams open to help the bulk of the batting lie as flat as possible. Then basted the front piece to the backing and quilted a little bit more to hold the back layer together. I used more of Jenean’s Wishing Well for my backing and binding fabrics.

This was such a simple project, but I love the visual impact. I’m such a sucker for simple, primary colors – especially when they’re in color spectrum order. I’m hanging this quilt in my new sewing space. 
If you want more inspiration using the Free Spirit True Colors collections, visit these other stops on the blog tour. (You can even enter to win some of that fabric!)
1/20 Sew4Home
1/21 Stitchery Dickory Dock
1/22 I’m A Ginger Monkey
1/23 The Sewing Loft
1/24 Ellison Lane
1/27 Dairy of A Quilter (moi)
1/28 Material Obsession
1/29 Craftsanity
1/30 Stitched in Color
1/31 Craft Buds
2/3 Jay Bird Quilts
2/4 Melissa Peda
Speaking of entering to win, I have a fat quarter bundle of Jenean’s True Colors to giveaway as well as a jelly roll and two charm packs to two more lucky winners. If you’d like the chance to enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what colors you’d choose if you had to pick your “True Colors.” Giveaway open until Saturday, Feb 1 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. (Please be sure there is a way I can contact you if you are randomly selected!)

Darcy said…

Amy this is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing such a lovely giveaway and project :-) My one true color is always green but I’m also a complete sucker for a good fabric rainbow.
Lynn said…
I have said before I am loving using the spectrum of colors right now but my true colors are aqua and green together!
 Catskill Quilter said…
My true colors are aqua and orange – love the way they play together! (Thanks for the info on using the Dresden ruler; I am going to try it this week!)

Vintage Quilt Revival gorgeous quilts

If you’ve been reading quilting blogs this week, then chances are you’ve seen some of the reviews of the new book Vintage Quilt Revival by Faith Jones, Lee Heinrich, and Katie Clark Blakesley. These three are a talented bunch of quilters. I’ve admired each of their work for years now and have even taken classes from Faith and Lee. They know their stuff.

This is a gorgeous book. The basic premise of the book is that these quilters have taken traditional quilt blocks and given them a modern spin. They have patterns for 20 different 12″ quilt blocks. There are three different quilt layouts for using all 20 blocks. In addition, there is a separate project for each quilt block design. I love a book that has multiple good projects and this one has them in abundance.

If you are a quilter looking to enhance your quilting repertoire, this book is perfect for you. There are some great skill-building lessons in this book, including some gorgeous paper-piecing blocks.

The best part is the book comes with a CD with 12 printable paper-piecing patterns.

I made one of the quilt blocks called Art Square. This block will be included in one of three charity quilts Faith, Lee, and Katie are making and sharing on Friday.

I chose a different use of fabric and color compared to the block in the book, just to play with a new look. Like all quilt blocks, the versatility of color and design options is what makes quilting full of so many possibilities. This is the quilt Katie made with the Art Square block design.

And this block is one of my favorites in the book. I really want to give this one a try because it will push me out of my comfort zone.

If you would like to see other reviews of Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks as well as the blocks created for the charity quilts, check out the other blogs below. I can’t wait to see Katie, Lee, and Faith’s charity quilt versions with such a variety of colors and styles.

January 13th (Monday):Crazy Mom Quilts – Amanda Jean 
Don’t Call Me Betsy – Elizabeth 
Film in the Fridge – Ashley 
Happy Quilting – Melissa 
Noodlehead – Anna 
January 14th (Tuesday): 
I’m A Ginger Monkey – Katy 
Quilting Is My Therapy – Angela 
A Quilting Life – Sherri 
Sew Mama Sew – Kristin 
Tall Grass Prairie Studio – Jacquie 

January 15th (Wednesday): 
Christa Quilts – Christa 
Diary of a Quilter – Amy 
Quilting Gallery – Michele 
Sew Take a Hike – Penny 
V and Co. – Vanessa 
West Coast Crafty – Susan 

January 16th (Thursday): 
Bijou Lovely – Holly 
Don’t You Know Who I Am – Sukie 
Lily’s Quilts – Lynne 
One Shabby Chick – Amber 

January 17th (Friday): 
Swim, Bike, Quilt – Katie 
Freshly Pieced – Lee 
Fresh Lemons Quilts – Faith

Kona Solids Blocks and Oakshott Modern Maples

I am happy to report that I’m getting my sewing mojo back – or my “sewjo” as my friend Maggie puts it. First of all, I finally figured out what I wanted to do with my Kona Solids Virtual Quilting Bee blocks. (Thanks so much to everyone for their thoughts and input.) For the measurements and instructions on adding the sashing, cornerstones, and borders, see the Sashing and Borders post.

As you know, this was a change from my original plan of a pieced sashing. It had some cool aspects to it, but once I started laying it out, it just wasn’t the look I was going for. I really wanted this quilt to be a stark contrast to the busy Happy Go Lucky version. I wanted it a little more sleek and modern. So I went with the light gray sashing and a few more pops of color with the cornerstones. I also left off the inside border and just let the outside white border be a simple frame for the blocks. I am so happy with how it turned out. I will probably do more color in the binding, but we’ll see.

I also pulled out my Oakshott Rubies Modern Maples from last fall. I ran out of the Essex Linen I was using for the back ground and had a hard time finding more. I finally sent a small swatch to Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics and she matched it for me! Hallelujah!

Those Oakshott Rubies fabrics are so gorgeous. They’re kind of hard to find in the US, but if you see them, you’ll see what I mean. I also added a couple of gold leaves out of a Kaffe cotton because we have a lot of gold leaves during the fall season here in Utah. It feels good finishing an old WIP (work-in-progress). I’m going to keep it around as is for another week or so and then send it off to the quilters. Next fall it will finally be finished!

And finally, I even got caught up on my BeesKnees blocks! This one is for Sinta. The tutorial for this block/quilt is called Starry Eyed and can be found at the Moda Bake Shop. It’s still one of my favorites.

These improv trees are for Melissa. Aren’t they fun? This is her own design. She has an Improv Tree tutorial on her blog.

Whew! Feels good to be crossing stuff of the list. Just in time to start creating a whole new list before Christmas.

Modern Red Cross Quilt

I’m so excited to finally share a quilt that I worked on last summer. I’m calling it Modern Red Cross (because I’m so gifted at coming up with creative names). This is my modern interpretation inspired by a traditional Red Cross block created during World War 2. 
This quilt is one of the quilts featured in a brand new book from Kansas City Star called Classic Modern Quilts. All of the projects in the book are modern quilt patterns inspired by very traditional quilt blocks. All of the contributors also discuss their thoughts on modern quilting. You can read some of my thoughts on KCS’s My Stars blog as well as meet some of the other authors and learn more about the book.
My copy of the book arrived just this week! I was so excited to finally see the other projects in the book. I’ll be sharing more about this book in a few weeks. But if you want to come back on Monday, there will be a fun giveaway with a copy of the book and a bundle of reds to make your own!
This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I wanted a simple square-stipple to coordinate with the right angles of the quilt design.

I took a bunch of pictures of this ‘on location’ in an orchard but the clothes-line wasn’t high enough to hang the whole quilt. Fortunately my husband snapped this picture when I was showing it to my sisters, that shows the whole thing. Look at how inspired and reverent I’m being.

I also found this picture on my phone from when I was binding it. And that is proof that I put actual blood, sweat (but no tears) into this quilt. Good thing the red is kind of camouflaged in the plaid. 

This is one of my favorite quilts of the year so far. I’m so excited to finally get to show it off – especially just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival!


Modern Chain-Linked Quilt

A newly finished quilt top to share! Woo! This one is made from my Chain Linked pattern using a blend of Art Gallery Fabrics collections such as Luxe in Bloom and Carnaby Street.

I am starting to feel a little bit productive on the sewing front. It’s happened in random bits and pieces, but I’ve gradually been trying to finish UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) in particular. I’ve had a bunch of projects like this one that just needed borders or backs or bindings. I worked on this quilt top on and off since the beginning of the year. It’s always a good feeling to finally finish something, isn’t it? I’m typically guilty of starting 4 new things before I finish something I’ve already started.

For the back, I wanted to only pull from the stash, so I used my AGF remnants and any random gray solids that I had on hand.

This quilt is another quilt way out of my normal color palette comfort zone. I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt again and love the outcome. I think the colors give the pattern a slightly newer, more current edge by using the gray for the background. For the dark gray I used Kona Charcoal. I have to admit I don’t know what the light gray is – just a solid I had on had that cooperated nicely with the Charcoal.

The quilting was done by Melissa Kelly of Sew Shabby Quilting. I had her do an overall pattern called Square Dance. It’s become one of my new favorite patterns – I tend to like simple, all-over quilting because it doesn’t distract from the quilt design, but it gives the quilt some nice texture when it’s washed.
I have enough remnants of the fabric for the print squares to make one more quilt using the Chain Link pattern. You can find the fabric bundle and the pattern both in my Etsy shop. Sadly, I only have one bundle. Luxe in Bloom is still available from Fabricworm. Carnaby Street is available from Mad About Patchwork, Marmalade Fabrics, and Fat Quarter Shop.
The Chain Linked pattern is available in my pattern shop.
Finally, is anyone else out there slightly amazed that it’s the second week of August?? This summer has been a crazy one for our family and it’s flown so quickly, but I think I am ready for summer vacation to start winding down…

Quilt at the beach

A few weeks ago, we went on a crazy, almost spur-of-the-moment road trip to the beach. My sister-in-law invited us to come stay with them at a beach house in southern California during part of their spring break. At first I wasn’t sure it was a good idea. We had a lot going on and our kids would miss a couple days of school since it wasn’t our spring break yet. Fortunately we threw caution to the wind and did it anyway. And it turned out to be the very best kind of idea.
We went from this the week before…
…to this.
Not too shabby.
Since we were going to be in a nice change of scenery, I decided to finally photograph this project somewhere besides my backyard. (Although, I wouldn’t mind if this was my new backyard.) I started this quilt exactly a year ago. I wanted to play with fabrics and create a kind of ombre look using different shades of fabric. I love each of the fabrics that I used.
Then I decided I wanted to quilt it myself using an echo quilting in the white space. And it took. For. Evah.  I would work on it for a little bit and then get sick of it and put it away for a while. And then pull it out again for a few more rounds, and then put it away again. Finally I finished it during Season 3 of Downton Abby. Whew. 

And now it is finally ready to share.  I was originally going to write a pattern for this one. Still deciding if that will happen or if it will just be a nice experiment in fabrics, color, and a lot of straight line quilting. Also still trying to come up with a name for it. Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?

And nowI will leave you with some dreamy, summery shots to get you through these last winter days (if it’s still like that where you are.)

Breaks are good things – I didn’t realize how much I needed one until we went away. It was so nice to just sit and visit with siblings (my sister and her husband drove a couple of hours to come visit for the day and another brother-in-law and his wife were able to visit another day. I love my family!) I loved just sitting, doing a little hand-sewing, watching the cousins play together, listening to the waves, and eating fresh fish tacos.

And now we’re back in the middle of school plays, registering for next year, birthdays, and the busy-ness of regular life. Next time I get an invite to the beach, I definitely won’t drag my feet before I get there. That’s for sure.