I'm so behind on posting finished quilts this year; but I plan to remedy this over the next few months. So let's get to it!
First up, the constellation quilt which my cousin Suzi & her partner Dee commissioned as a wedding gift.
This was one of the most fun quilts I have worked on. I wish I could take credit for the cool design. but that was all Suzi. The happy couple had a Navy and Brass color scheme for their wedding so that's the palette we used for the quilt. I love the way that brassy gold pops against the blue "night sky". Suzi liked the idea of stars and then came up with the brilliant idea of incorporating the Virgo constellation, which would be in the sky the night of the wedding.
I printed out an image of Virgo and used that as a guide. Suzi and I decided to add a little character to the quilt by using wonky stars and imperfect circles to represent the major stars and other space objects that make up Virgo. I used a combination of piecing and applique to construct the constellation.
We decided to keep the quilting simple, opting for straightish, diagonal lines in one direction. Most of the lines were quilted using a 50 wt Navy shade of Aurifil; but I randomly added a few lines of a 50 wt gold shade to keep things interesting. It gives the quilt a sort of shooting star vibe.
We opted to use an unexpected print on the back. It coordinates nicely with the background print on the front and adds a fun pop to the quilt. Also, don't you love the label? Using the happy couple's initials and the heart was another of Suzi's great ideas. I love the simplicity of it.
I can't wait to make another quilt featuring a constellation. It's a unique twist on a personalized gift. In addition to celebrating a marriage, I think a constellation quilt would be a fantastic birthday gift!
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I made this quilt on a whim because I just had to cut into those beautiful ombres as soon as I got my hands on them. Don't you just love the way the color gradations makes the quilt appear to be shimmering?
For the past several months I've referenced a few secret projects I've been working on. I'm excited to share one of them with you now! Meet In Good Company, my very first tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop! (EDIT: If you're looking for the Cutting Diagrams for the colored prints, you will find them on the Tutorials page.)
While out on my morning walk on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, I wandered into a crowd of people and realized it was Antiques on the Bluff today. I decided to take a look and see if there were any vintage quilts for sale.
I came across several, but none that really caught my eye. I was about to break off from the crowd and head down the steps to the beach when I realized there were a few more booths by the fountain. I'm so glad I decided to check them out because I found an amazing quilt top!
Last week was a success! I love it when I complete all the items on my list. (Let's ignore the fact that their were only 2.)
Last week I reorganized my to-do list for the rest of July due to a secret project that I will share later this summer. Long story short, I was originally scheduled to complete this project in June, but it got pushed back. Not a big deal, although the next several days will be jam packed since I need to complete this project before I leave for Michigan a week from tomorrow..
Even with restructuring my list, I was able to get a few items from last week completed:
Last week I completed 4 of the 5 items on my list:
Happy Independence Day, Y'all!
I've been reasonably productive lately:
This spring I've been struggling to get in as much sewing time as I'd like. Between my travel plans and other commitments, it's been difficult to get things done. Luckily, I'll be in town for the next month and have cleared my calendar as much as possible in an attempt to finish some things.
I did finish something. I finally got the ombre triangle quilt top done. (Don't look too closely, some of the points aren't exactly what I'd call perfect!) Now I just need to decide on backing and binding fabrics. I don't have anything on hand that I really WANT to use; I do have a couple of things that would work, but I'm kind of blah about them. Since I need to catch up on commissioned work, I think I'll hold off on that. Maybe something will catch my eye on the sale pages. Otherwise, it's that Windham wide back text print with all the color names.
FIFTY YEARS! Can you even imagine? Not having gotten married until the age of 36, and being married less than eight years myself, I can barely imagine a 20th anniversary, let alone a 50th. It's definitely a milestone worth celebrating, So when my sister reached out about having a quilt made for her in-laws big day, I was thrilled!