Alphabet Soup – New York Beauty

Alphabet soup? This post is about TBT, OMG, QAL, and BOM – appropriately called alphabet soup.

TBT stands for Throwback Thursday that Sandra Walker of mmm! Quilts hosts the first Thursday of every month. Quoted from Sandra’s post, it is “where we pull out, photograph, and tell the stories of quilts or quilted projects we’ve made before our blogging life! “.

My TBT this month is a New York beauty wall quilt I made in 2009 for a friend’s 40th birthday. I drafted this simplest version of NY beauty on paper, scanned and made as many copies as needed. The middle curve with triangles is paper pieced. At that time I didn’t do curved piecing – or I might’ve tried and given up . I cut the two outer pieces – the concave and convex quarter circles – a lot bigger than needed, glued the paper-pieced unit to them, and stitched on top like applique. I used a number of reds, oranges and yellows from my stash. Some are batik, others are prints and some are tone-on-tone blenders. The quilting is quite minimal – this was before I started free-motion quilting.


Have you seen these two gorgeous quilts – the first by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and the second by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms? Cheryl and Paige are hosting a Quilt-along (QAL) called Modern Plus Sampler using blocks/patterns from their book. I started my quilt a few months ago but somewhere along the line fell off the tracks. My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March is to finish the quilt top in time (March 28th) for the parade of quilts for this sampler. OMG is a challenge hosted every month by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

My Modern Plus sampler in progress. I still need to make the big plus and the blocks inside the big plus and put them all together. The big plus will be either hot pink or dark teal. The background for the inside blocks will be white, and I will be using various pink scraps for the blocks.
My other QAL I’m doing is the Daisy Chain mystery by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts. The first set of sewing instructions came out on Monday and I’m all caught up. Not too late if you want to get started. The cutting and sewing went together quite fast.
Next on the agenda is my March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors. The theme is Vintage Reimagined. I’m making a log cabin with a surprise twist. Here’s what it looks like so far. Stay tuned for the finished top.
I will be part of the “Be A Diamond” blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Working on the design and gathering fabric for a brand new diamond quilt!

Linking:
Throwback Thursday at MMM Quilts
OMG
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF – hosted by Faith and Fabric Design
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Whoop! Whoop Friday

February Island Batik challenge – Magnificent Minis

This is my first challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador. The February challenge is Magnificent minis. Our challenge was to make a mini quilt smaller than 24″ X 24″. Fabric used in this project was provided by Island Batik and the batting was provided by Hobbs Batting as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.

I made not one but two minis for this challenge. My first is a design I had stashed in my sketch book for a while. I am always intrigued by equilateral triangles and hexagons and how well they play together. This is a design that starts with several small half-hexagons. Three half-hexagons make an equilateral triangle. Three triangles make a half hexagon, three of which make a triangle again and so on.

The red and oranges for this mini comes from a “Soul Song” strip set I received from Island Batik and a few others from the stash builder rolls.

The problem with joining half-hexagons to make a triangle is the dreaded Y-seams. A short photo tutorial on Y-seams is at the end of this post.

I quilted using read, orange and yellow threads, though the different colors don’t really show after quilting. A dark red binding would have been better but I wanted to save the rest of the reds from Soul Song for my March project. I used a nice purple for the binding instead. The quilt finishes at about 22″ square.

As I was putting the finishing touches on this mini, the other ambassadors started posting their projects for February and they were all just stunning. I go the feeling that this may be inadequate and started another mini.

For my next mini, I used my tutorial for Spiral Nova, scaling everything down so that the finished size is about 20″. The strips are 1.5″ wide, finishing at 1″. When I wrote the tutorial, I didn’t expect to make anything smaller than 40″. After this project, I went back and added a row for this size in the tutorial.

I started with 8 strip sets. Some are repeated. I wanted to try using strips with relatively low contrast. Most of the blues for this came from the stash builder bundles from Island batik.

After making the spiral nova, I added a 2″ border all around to make sure I din’t cut off the points when I trim and bind. I quilted a tight spiral all around – looks almost like concentric circles. Once done, I used a large compass (the kind used by carpenters) to draw a perfect circle about an inch away from the star points. I had to use a bias binding around the circle.

I used the Hobbs Thermore batting for this mini. Thermore is designed for quilted clothing, table runners, placements, etc. that need to lay flat. It is very thin. After quilting, the piece was unbelievably flat – no warping or curving at the edges. I normally like a bit of loft in my quilts but I am definitely going to use Thermore for my wall quilts, bags and table runners in the future. It is very light and sits perfectly flat, but still shows off the quilting as well as any higher loft batting. .


Layout three half-hexagons correctly.

Here’s the Y-seam tutorial as promised:


Join two of them and press the seams open.
Start sewing with the third piece on top. Stop your needle exactly 1/4″ from the edge (mark with a sharpie if needed) and the intersection of the two pieces in the bottom. Turn the piece on top to align the edge of the bottom piece and complete the seam.
Press seam away from the third piece. Pressing this seam open does not work very well. I am no longer afraid of Y-seams but I need to love a block very much to willing sew Y-seams 🙂
The March challenge is Vintage Re-imagined. This is my fabric pull.  Most of it is from the Soul Song strip set. Any guesses on which vintage quilt pattern I may be re-imagining for my March challenge? Leave a comment.

Do not forget to go to this Island Batik blog post and checkout all the Island Batik ambassadors this year. Visit their blogs and see their awesome projects for the February Magnificent mini challenge!

Linking to all my favorite linky parties:
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Midweek Makers @ QuiltFabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Can I get a whoop whoop
TGIFF hosted by Whatahootquilts

Daisy Chain Mystery – fabric pull

Are you doing the Daisy Chain Mystery QAL hosted by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts? I’m so excited to join in.

The best part of starting a new quilt – especially a mystery quilt – is to rummage through your stash and pull out the fabric. I had fun pulling out all my large scale prints and finding matching accent and backgrounds.

Alison’s fabric requirements are quite flexible. Head over to her blog for detailed “clues” on how to pick your fabric – scale of prints, contrast, variety, etc. She is making two quilts along with us. Her fabric pull is a good clue as well.

This is my fabric pull. The bright colorful butterfly print is Timeless Treasures Monterrey – Butterfly wings by Chong A Hwang. The mottled fuchsia/magenta is Timeless Treasures Studio-C basics in lipstick (I think). I have an assortment of blues and teals for the coordinating fabrics – most of them are from FQ bundles of Alison Glass Sun print 2018 or Tula Pink True Colors. The background is Kona white.

I wanted to make the twin size but the butterfly fabric is just short of the 1.5 yards needed for twin. Alison has an answer to that too in her blog – She says make a smaller size and then add borders or additional blocks. I may just do that.

Looking forward to a colorful and fun mystery quilt!

See what the other featured bloggers have picked for the QAL:
Christina @ Christina’s Handicrafts
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Gene @ Gene Black
Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate @ Life in Pieces
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Pamela @ PamelaQuilts
Stephanie @ Quilt’n Party
Vasudha @ Storied Quilts

Black & White & Burnt Orange – B&W blog hop

Today is my turn in the Black & White blog-hop hosted by Carla of Creatin In The Sticks. Thank you, Carla, for including me in the blog hop.

I started this quilt with a scrappy B&W lone star center back in the summer of 2017. I planned on making it into a wall hanging, so I quilted it with straight lines in the star and free-motion swirls and feathers in the background space.

Later, I decided to make it into a quilt for a young man by name Anirudh. We’ve known Anirudh since he was a baby. He and my son, Anshul ,were buddies from preschool. Anirudh graduated from the University of Texas, Austin recently. Burnt orange is their color.

I played around with different layouts and decided to just do rectangles using several black, white and grey fabric. I had some very interesting B, W, G fabric including one with chess pieces, several with music notes and one from Zen Chic called Modern backgrounds, which had geometry figures and equation. Anirudh graduated with an engineering degree, and he played chess and the viola in middle school and high school. Going with the burnt orange theme, I used orange/rust solids and prints as sashing between the rectangles.

Since I had already quilted the center star, I quilted the top and bottom rectangle panels, as well as two solid white panels for either sides of the star separately. I used a variety of free-motion designs, sometimes just followed the motifs in the B&W prints.

The backing is a dark grey – the quilting shows better in the back than the front. Since I quilted each section separately, I put them together using a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) technique. The orange sashing in the back makes the back very interesting.

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers in the blog hop. Go back to Clara’s blog – Creatin In the Sticks for a giveaway.

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, Jan 21st
Just Let Me Quilt
Needled Mom
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Life in Scrapatch
QuiltFabrication
Scrapdash
Bumbleberry Stitches
keepsake moments
Vroomans Quilts

Tuesday, Jan 22nd
MooseStash Quilting
SewFreshQuilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
PamelaQuilts
That Fabric Feeling
Songbird Designs
Two Maker Chicks

Wednesday, Jan 23rd
Selina Quilts
Beaquilter
Quilt in a not-Shell
Patchwork Breeze
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Kathleen McMusing
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Thursday Jan 24th
Quiltscapes
Seams to be Sew
Storied Quilts – Me!
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Ms P Designs USA
Den syende himmel
Melva Loves Scraps
The Joyful Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Also linking to all the weekly linky parties.
Needle & Thread Thursday @ MyQuiltInfatuation
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilt
Whoop Whoop Fridays @ confessions of a fabric addict
TGIFF @ Alycia quilts
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered By Quilting
Linky Tuesday @ Free motion by the river