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Quilting From Every Angle

It’s quilting fever over here! Now that the weather here is finally back to it’s fairly cold November self, of course I’ve been thinking quilts. I was so happy that Nancy asked me to join in on a blog tour for her new book Quilting From Every Angle. I’ve followed Nancy‘s work (@owensolivia on instagram) for quite a while and really admire how she has a lovely distinct style. And when I found out she was writing a book, that makes it even more fun! I love seeing a large chunk of work from an artist, and a book is the perfect showcase.

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I had several of the quilts bookmarked and I really enjoyed reading about the inspiration from each one as well as the opening chapters on technique. There are so many unique designs that range from fairly straightforward to more complicated and challenging. I really enjoyed all the thorough diagrams within the instructions, there are many for each pattern, so it’s really nice to have a visual to go along with the written instructions.

Finally settled on the Colorblock quilt. I can’t even tell you how many fabric pulls I did! So many! But that’s the fun part for me anyway. This is the one I finally settled on and am really happy with the results. I can totally see myself making more for baby gifts and I think it’ll be fun to explore more color options, too! I love that this is a fairly classic design with a fun twist. I think if I were to make it again I would choose more solids/semi-solids for the majority of the quilt, but I really like these colors. Can’t wait to quilt this one up, it’s always a fun transformation.

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I think I might just have to try the Sequoia quilt from the book next. Probably another opportunity to do some fabric shopping!

p.s. There’s a bit of errata, so stop by Nancy’s website for updates before cutting. 🙂

Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Melody Miller’s Picnic and Alexia Abegg’s Paper Bandana), Hello, Bear by Bonnie Christine, shot cotton, mystery chambray I pulled from deep within my stash.

Be sure to follow along with the rest of the Quilting From Every Angle tour to see what all these talented people came up with (I’m excited to see them, too!):
11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead (yay!)
11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy 
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design and Jesse Maloney of Art School Dropout
11/24- Astrid Slagle of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
11/27- Spoonflower

And if you’re still reading, I’m giving away a DIGITAL copy of the book! How awesome is that?!

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To Enter to wind a DIGITAL copy of Quilting From Every Angle:

  • Please leave a comment. One per person please. Just for fun, tell me what sewing projects you’re working on for Christmas?
  • Open to anyone with a valid email address.
  • Giveaway closes Sunday, November 15th at 10 AM CST. This giveaway is now closed, thank you to all who entered!
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Vast Quilt

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It’s done! And it’s Vast. This is the Vast quilt pattern from my friend Jeni‘s new book Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I was so excited to receive her book. She’s so smart and put together her book beautifully.

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I love the 12 quilt patterns, each one just as beautiful as the last. But then, Jeni offers so much more. The book is divided into sections and each section has a sort of ‘workshop’ type portion that goes into depth about elements of that particular section. I think new quilters will really appreciate her in-depth coverage of half-square triangles and can grow and be extremely comfortable making some of their first quilts. Of course seasoned quilters can also expect awesome information on how to take their quilts to the next level.

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From the tiny peek I saw of Vast when Jeni showed me last spring, I waited patiently to give it a try myself. I love that this quilt uses huge blocks! Seeing the large expanses of some of my favorite fabrics is the best! This color palette really speaks to me. I love neutral and the slightly masculine feeling these colors give. Vast will be living on my bed! And I’m happy to have a little change of colors in there. I used Quilters Dream wool batting again and really love how it makes the whole quilt feel. It’s light and cozy. I backed it with one of my most favorite prints by Sarah Watson.

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For the quilting I tried something a little different. I quilted it in four sections with straight lines that turn at a 90-degree angle at the center. I’m not super crazy how it quilted up. I did end up blocking the quilt because there was a slight bulge in the center. I don’t feel like it’s a super big deal, especially since it’s for me, but I don’t think I’ll do quilting like that again. I suppose that’s why I usually start in the center and work my way out to the edges? I’ll have to think about it a bit more.


Pattern: Vast from Patchwork Essentials by Jeni Baker
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Alexia Abegg), Lotta Jansdotter, Carolyn Friedlander, Leah Duncan


 

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Favorite Baby Quilt

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Yep, I think this may just be one of my most favorite baby quilts I’ve made. And I love making quilts for babies, especially ones that get used and loved. It started with a Ten-Square of Shimmer 2 Coordinates from Jennifer Sampou. Oh these colors! So divine. Usually I find it difficult to work with pre-cuts, mostly because I love mixing and matching to my hearts content. I also love to have total freedom when it comes to sizes, etc. It’s good though to have some constraints this time and it felt really great to dive into this stack.

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Jennifer did an amazing job with this palette. I didn’t add a single thing. I came up with this block design concept, then sewed and pieced until everything was used up! I didn’t want to over think it. I find that for me I can spend hours and hours with fabrics and designs, but its way more fun to dive in and not be sure how it’ll all come together. Lucky for me this ended up being so fun.

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I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting and I love the loft and hand once it has been quilted. My kids even walked by while I was quilting it and admired how soft and cozy it was. I’m also a big believer in soft quilt backings. I think a soft backing can make all the difference! I had stashed a couple yards of this beautiful soft gray double gauze with polka dots. And it’s such a dream and the color couldn’t have been better.

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I spray basted as well as adding some pinning. I didn’t have any trouble with shifting at all although I did end up blocking the quilt. I used a concentric square design that radiates from the center of the quilt. I think it’s easy for the quilt to get wobbly after quilting, so I soaked it in Soak Wash and laid it flat to dry. Worked great! I also used this same concentric square quilting for the Picnic Plaid quilt in my book.

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This quilt is winging its way over to a dear friend and her new baby boy.

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Pattern: none
Fabric: Shimmer 2 Coordinate 10-Square by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics,
backing is Kokochi Double Gauze in Gray Dots


Shimmer2 Baby Quilt by Anna Graham