Jeweled Mariposa Quilt

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One of the things I’ve really started to love doing is photographing my quilts in really pretty locations. And we have cherry trees right outside our apartment. This past week or so, due to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having here, they have been in full, fantastic bloom. All week I’ve been telling my husband, “These would be so pretty to use as a backdrop to photograph quilts with!”

Luckily, I just recently got two back from the long arm quilter, and all I needed to do was bind them. But I was so tired Friday night that all I managed to do was cut the strips for binding and not much else.

Well, I woke up Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. and realized that at 9:45 there was supposed to be thunderstorms rolling through, and that they would probably strip the cherry trees of their gorgeous blossoms. So I spent the next two and a half hours binding the quilts, and got them done by 9:45 to take pictures of them out by the cherry trees! Unfortunately, it was pretty windy out, so sometimes we had to lay the quilts on the ground instead of holding them up. But I absolutely LOVE how the pictures turned out!

img_1684This quilt was a purchase during a stressful time. But the colors absolutely pulled at me. I love the jewel tones of purple, blue, and green. The main fabric (center panel) in the quilt is so gorgeous and soft I want to cuddle in this quilt and never get out again. I really enjoy the way the black background enhances the colors; really makes them “pop”.

Also, by the way, “Mariposa” means butterfly in Spanish.

This quilt was supposed to have black for the binding, but I had put the quilt top together up in Michigan over the holidays and accidentally left the binding strips up there. Luckily, I had bought enough backing to make binding strips from it, and I’m actually MUCH happier with it this way! It looks like another border; and I really think it works with the rest of the quilt.

I bought a TON of King Tut variegated thread to use for the quilting (which is, of course, butterflies), but because I didn’t know how much to buy I way overbought. Now I have 5.5 spools of unused King Tut variegated thread.

Oh well, guess I’ll have to make another jewel quilt! Darn.

Also, just LOOK at that backing fabric. Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

See you soon!

Reverse Applique

Whew! December has been a HUGELY busy month, meaning I have neglected my blog and haven’t written any blog posts in 3 weeks. I cannot believe it has been that long. Oops! Hopefully I can get back on track soon get back to a once-a-week post.  I’ve got something a little bit different today for my blog post; reverse applique.

I watch Jenny Doan of MSQC on youtube all the time, and recently I’ve started watching Rob Appel on Man Sewing. He does techniques that range from quilting to applique to making bags to a ton of other subjects. He did this tutorial on a technique called reverse applique that I enjoyed watching. Last week I was stuck at home watching my son while the poor kiddo was sick and so I had some time to attempt this new technique.

I picked a horse image- and I actually wound up Googling “tribal horse” images since you need an image that is kinda blocky for it. However, next time I might try to do some designing of my own.  What makes this technique different from regular applique is that normally you cut out the design THEN sew it on; this time, you sew on the design THEN cut it out. It’s… well, reversed. This was my final product:

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It was a fun project. I didn’t quilt around the main design since I had just wanted to focus on the main design which was the horse. There was a lot of cool points about this: you can use any colors you want, you could make it any size… the possibilites for this really are quite limitless. You could do names, team logos/mascots, sports… Lets just say I have a few ideas myself.

If you want a more detailed design and you’re not free-handing it, and instead have a pattern you’re going off of, you’ll want a lightbox. I put my pattern on the lightbox, the purple fabric on top, and then used my Frixxion pen to draw out the design. I then sewed directly on the line I drew and proceeded to cut out the middle of the design. (This is why I did tribal – it gives you more dark spaces to cut out!)img_1236

In order to cut out the design, I found that I felt better first inserting a pin, pulling the top layer of fabric up slightly (the purple) and then cutting just on top of where the pin was to create a hole to cut into where I didn’t have to worry about cutting the back fabric (the batik).

All told, this little one (I think it came out to something like 14” square) took me a grand total of about 3 hours, start to finish. It’ll go faster next time since I’ll have an idea of what I’m doing.

Could you imagine how COOL a bigger wallhanging of this would look? Or even, dare I suggest, a full-size quilt? (That’d be a treat!)

Next time I post we will be in 2017! How cool is that? I’m going to be starting a BOW quilt, so I will make weekly posts on that (it’s the Winter Solstice BOW with Pat Sloan- check out her blog).

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

A Happy Accident

No, I’m not talking about my son. (Even though he was.) I’m talking about a baby quilt! I’m not actually naming the quilt “A Happy Accident”- No, wait, I’m totally naming the baby quilt/wall hanging that. That is hilarious.

This quilt came around because I made a mistake on a much larger quilt I was making that required me to buy a new jelly roll. But I hate wasting fabric, so I was trying to figure out what I could make with the rest of the jelly roll instead. And since it was all sewn together, I decided to cut some off-center blocks from the strips.

I went with a simple black to border the blocks, and used 9 of the 10 I cut in a roughly rainbow arrangement. I absolutely adore how it turned out! It’s going to be a perfect wall hanging or a baby quilt. It’s already up on Etsy.

img_0869The backing is black as well, which really shows the quilting off to advantage. The quilting was done using teal thread to create whimsical dragonflies and lightning bugs. I really enjoy how much it stands out on the back of the quilt!

I’m pretty proud of how my corners and the binding turned out too. I machine bind all my quilts now, because I actually like the look if it much better than hand bound, and I think it is much more secure than when it’s hand bound.

A Happy Accident is pretty special to me. Even though it was a relatively quick and painless quilt (if only because it wasn’t planned), it holds a special place in my heart. Every time I see this quilt, I’m reminded that just because something didn’t go the way you wanted or planned it to, you can make something wonderful come from it.

My kiddo really wanted to help hold the quilt, and who am I to tell him he can’t help out?! He definitely makes the quilt better. 😉

Reach Out and Touch the Sky!

Yeah, you’ve got that song stuck in your head now, don’t you?img_0795

This is another quilt kit I found at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. I was intrigued by it because even though it isn’t my normal style, I had never seen so many colors on one panel! Apparently the fabric is created using a new method, allowing for all these colors and designs. I really, really like it. And the fabric is great to work with as well!

I enjoyed making this wall hanging, and it was a pretty quick one to go together.

The other big news I have is that I’ve officially opened shop up at Etsy. I don’t know what will come of that endeavor (it may just be that nothing does!) but I will be happy enough just to say I’ve tried! Feel free to take a look-see over there.

Check out Lemon Quilts on Etsy!!