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Batik Slab Tote Finished!

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Leading up to the big reveal of the quilt that goes inside this …

I put this together with leftovers from the quilt itself plus some other batiks and hand dyes.  It’s a little smaller than a pillowcase and plenty big enough to take a large nap quilt with room for a book or other small items that might be needed.

Now I realize I should have taken a photo of the other side too, oh well.  I constructed this by sewing the slab into a long rectangle, folding it in half and sewing up the two side seams.  The lizard tote was folded the other way and I had to sew across the bottom and up one side seam.  Because this will be a functioning tote as the quilt will be carried around, I took care to keep the lighter colours at the top of the bag as the darker colours can withstand being set down better.

The whole tote and the handles are stuffed with batting and quilted with trilobal variegated thread which has a beautiful sheen.

Hmm, I could see getting into more totes and the like, there’s something very satisfying about functional objects that you make yourself!  I’m still going to do art pieces but sometimes the gap between the inner vision and the ultimate object is so vast.

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Book Bag Finished!

Before making a tote bag for a quilt, I thought practicing would be a good idea.

We all have particular mental blocks and challenges and I can easily get myself confused when it comes to sewing things properly.  I know I could easily sew something inside out with twisted handles, or somehow have the handles stuck inside the body of the bag.  And once confused it can be hard to get back on track.

IMG_0626IMG_0627Since this was to be for the use of younger people, I searched my stash for something with kid appeal that wasn’t too girly or babyish and that would not show every mark.  This fabric seemed to fit the bill and also the critters aren’t directional.

This bag has just one side seam, which means a directional fabric would actually have been okay.  The side seam in fact makes this a nice bag for books, it’s that bit easier to slide them in and out.  And the striped lining is cool.

All in all I’m quite pleased with this, even the handles are lined with batting and quilted.

It’s functional so in my book although the fabric is traditional, it’s modern because of the emphasis on “get ‘er done!” and “make something useful!”

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Modern mug rug – semi guest post

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For the holiday meeting in December the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild had a mug rug swap.

This is the rug I received fro “Dragon Lady” Laura (it’s the subject of her art not a reference to personality!).  Laura doesn’t blog but had enclosed a handwritten note which I thought I’d memorialize here, as  a way of easing myself back into blogging without going crazy right off the bat.

Laura writes:

Dear fellow Modern Quilt Guild Member

I’ve noticed that the blogs of modern quilters include information about fabric choice and construction considerations.  So here goes (in my low tech way 🙂  )

Spool fabric was found on a field trip to the Sunshine Coast.  I’m thinking this one was from Carola’s.  Right away I knew I wanted to piece improvisationally and add some white to complement the mug.  So that I did.  Top is quilted with Wonderfil cotton Tutti TU 03, bottom is Aurifil 50 wt 3320.

Hope you enjoy the mug rug with its spools and the heart fabric showing quilting love.

Have an amazing, creative 2015.

Ironically it was Laura who saved my bacon as we were putting our efforts out, because I had completely missed the point that the mugs and rugs were supposed to be wrapped, and Laura came to my rescue with a spare plastic bag.

mug run laura002What was my mug rug like, you ask?  Well, erm, I had the best of intentions of taking pix, but with one thing and the other that didn’t happen.  However, I took two somewhat stripey fabrics and a triangle ruler which I’ve had for years but never actually used, and put together a hexagon.  The mug I chose was white with a real knitted cable knit sweater to keep the contents warm for longer so hopefully the recipient enjoys it!

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Is this a new block?

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Believe it or not I had my test block from yesterday out and very carefully (as I thought) followed it.  But something got lost in translation.  Can you spot the non deliberate error?

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Yep, I had the red triangle and square sewn together wrong.

There might be all kinds of secondary patterns with these blocks, although not something I’m about to start exploring at this juncture.  However knowing me I can bet even if I set out to make a gazillion of either block it would probably spawn a number of deviant blocks despite my best efforts.  Could be interesting though if done in three fabrics consistently.  You would end up with a scrap effect without actually using scraps (which is usually what I’m doing!)

anyway this block needs to be above all DONE because tonight’s Modern Quilt Guild Victoria meeting at Satin Moon is the deadline.

If the top block doesn’t already have a name I’m thinking Perverted Pinwheel.  But maybe it already has a name, does anyone know?

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Still designing Modern Quilt Guild Banner Block …

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Decided to go with the repeated diamond shapes in the background fabric.

What do you think?

Not wanting to use up all the Kona Cottons I went with the palette I’ve chosen for the next workshop I’m taking, which is Mile-a-Minute, coming up soon, as the supply list says it’s okay to bring orphan blocks.  I’m curious to see how similar the method is to building slabs, which I’m still doing.

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Banner Block for Victoria Modern Quilt Guild, work in progress!

Some people would have sat down and done their banner block for the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild in under an hour, using the beautiful Kona Cottons Robert Kaufman so generously provided for our fledgling guild.  Hmm, yeah, not me …

But at least I’m working on it and keeping all the other balls in the air in my life …

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Cardinal, cactus and celestial

Here’s one of the fish blocks for Pirate Girl’s quilt

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While making fish blocks, I didn’t actually sew one this way (although I well could have, LOL!)

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but it did get me thinking …

IMG_0055except why stop with a plain “background” in the large area?

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and for that matter, wouldn’t a little more cardinal be a Good Thing?

What do YOU think?  Does this say “modern”?

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Process on Banner Block for Modern Quilt Guild

To mark the inauguration of the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild, Robert Kaufman fabrics has generously donated Kona Cottons to Guild members. We’re getting a total of 3/4 of yard in the colours of our Guild logo designed by Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky.

We are working on our banner and the challenge is for each member to create a six-inch block using the fabrics we’ve been given.

Drool!

IMG_0044These are arranged from light to dark.  I thought had them organized correctly but decided to take a black and white photocopy to double-check.  I was close but had the cactus as the third lightest but in fact it’s really the second lightest.  At first I had the cardinal as darker than the glacier and then changed my mind.

As all we have to produce is one block each, there will be lots of left over fabric.  Hmmm, we may have to have another challenge to do something with those.

So the colours going left to right are:

aqua, cactus, blueberry, cedar, cardinal, glacier, celestial, nightfall

The block I’m thinking about making is a riff on the fish block I’m using for Pirate Girl’s quilt, which is itself a riff on an Ohio Star block.  But this block is twisted and will be made in three colours rather than just two.

Of course as I sit here writing this several other twists and possibilities spring to mind.  I have worked out to make the edges first and audition the centre once the edges are done.  Production would have started this morning but rotary cutters and small kids are not a good combination …

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Baby Quilt for Bloggers Quilt Festival

Yes, it’s That Time Again!

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How awesome that Amy puts in the effort to bring this to the blogging/quilting community twice every year!

Here is my entry to the Baby Quilt category, where I see many, many wonderful creations already.  Although I have entered the festival before, this is my first time to have two entries.  My other quilt is an art quilt and you can see it here.photo(80)

Although I have made a couple of other baby slab quilts, this was my first attempt to go low volume and “air out” the block by alternating them with white on white blocks.

Slab blocks are such fun and a great way to use up scraps in a colour controlled way that results in a cohesive piece.  I’ve posted numerous times about slab blocks and Cheryl Arkison’s work which was what got me started on this tack.

Comments are welcome and please visit the other sites that are participating in the various categories.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Goodbye to the Seam Ripper!

how often has this happened to you?

photo(85)Well, thanks to modern quilting, this no longer means reverse sewing.  This is a modern disappearing 9-patch!

Just slice it into quarters and voila!

You’ll get this ….

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then comes the fun part, where you get to play around and come up with all kinds of designs!

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And yes, I do realize that eight blocks do not a quilt top make but these are for a Modern Quilt Guild block of the month drawing next month.

All from the simple recipe of five white squares plus two different colour prints in each of two colours, for a total of nine five-inch squares.

Really the one time where you might choose to take a seam ripper to it would be if you places four white squares like a four-patch, because then you’d end up with a seven-inch square of white fabric with seams across it, and why would you want to do that?

This is a fast way to make Andrea Balosky‘s Odd Couple blocks.  I know I have her book Transitions: Unlocking the Creative Quilter Within, and I have read and re-read it many times, but right now it’s nowhere to be found, alas!

You can see my first disappearing 9-patch here, which also has a link to a handy YouTube tutorial on how to make it turn out the way you want it to!

I have to wonder whether someone sat down and cudgeled their brains to think up a new block, or whether it was a frustrated quilter who just. didn’t. have. the. energy. to. rip. one. more. seam.

What do you think?