Inside: More beautiful quilts!
UQSM is a huge machine quilting show that is held in Salt Lake City, only 10 miles from my house. Of course, it has been cancelled this year. (Read last year’s post.)
When it started, the owner of the quilt store at the time, Julie, was involved in long-arm quilting, and had taught me and another co-worker to quilt. The show was begging for quilts! I think we both gave them a couple of quilts. Now, they get quilts from the top artists around the world, and my little offerings would probably be laughed out of the convention center!
Since we are only doing virtual shows, this is the second edition of my Covid Trunk Show.
The first quilt is September, and started with the fabulous print batik used in the large squares. I appliquéd the leaves and flowers, and embroidered the stems. My friend, Mary said she thought the piano key border needed to be scalloped, so I finished it that way, with square corners.
Next is Purple Daze, which is made using a jelly roll and some yardage. I love the double star blocks, in which I used a beautiful, purple batik with a leaf print. Lastly I wanted to repeat the points of the stars in the borders, so I ended each border with a flying geese unit.
The next quilt is Reverse Psychology. This quilt uses two black and white batiks that are almost the reverse of each other. It needed something else to make it pop, so I used some hand-dyes greens and yellows.
I arranged them going from dark to light in the inner border and also in the binding. The two batiks slashing through the outer border finish this quilt.
Next is Pastelmania. This quilt was made using Bali Pops (jelly rolls) and yardage, and it is set on point. I love to use a method that makes the edges of the blocks seem to float over the border, which I used here too.
The next quilt is It’s Hip to Be Square. This is a very simple-to-make quilt in jewel tone batiks. I wanted the quilt to be self-bordering, so I bordered each block so that they could be turned around and seams wouldn’t run into each other.
Next is the cover quilt, Tangerine Summers. I love limes and oranges together, and this quilt is all about that! I had a beautiful stripe batik that I used in the border, along with a small triangle detail in the corners.
The next quilt, Winter Stars, started with a fabulous navy blue tree print batik. I used four different star blocks, and some plain fabric blocks to highlight the beautiful fabric. Finally, star sashing that continues into the border.
Next is Pink of Perfection. This quilt started with a shopping trip to tiny Preston, ID. The quilt store there had an array of batiks, and I found this pink/red one that I fell in love with. This pattern is an adaptation of Fruit Basket, from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts, but set on point to highlight more of the batik.
The next quilt, Simply Irresistible has the longest story of all the quilts in Quilt Batik! One of the first quilts I designed was Simply Toile the first version of this quilt. When I made the quilt, I wanted an additional border, but didn’t have enough fabric, so I settled for this quilt:
When I sent my first proposal to Martingale & Co. for a book I included this quilt, but they thought it was a bit too traditional for the feel of the rest of the quilts. So, I remade the quilt using batiks. I had a gorgeous orange and pink-ish batik and a wonderful raspberry colored one for the sashing and borders. I added on the extra border on this one, and I re-named it Simply Tahiti and added it to the manuscript for my book, Fresh and Fabulous Quilts. During the editing phase of that book the page count was too high, so they decided to cut that quilt.
Fast forward a couple of years when I started working on a proposal for Quilt Batik! Since this was a completed quilt, I included it in the proposal. They felt it was a little bit boring, but thought maybe if I used a different batik in each of the large squares it would be more interesting.
So, here came re-make number three! I decided to sash and border in black, and altered the outside border once again so that it would have the “floating” squares in the corners.
At this point I swore I’d never make this pattern again! I was so sick of it. Sometime between iterations 2 & 3 I started naming quilts after song titles. So, Simply Irresistible was born! (A Robert Palmer song, if you don’t know it.)
Next is Power to the People. I used paper-pieced patterns for the churn dash and square-in-a-square blocks.
All was good and well, as I sent my manuscript off to the publisher, Martingale & Co. Publishing is a very interesting process, and this book was no exception.
They have a projected page count that they don’t want to exceed. So, I was told that I either needed to re-write the instructions to Power, or they would have to cut some other patterns. Mainly, my Night and Day quilt, which I really didn’t want to cut.
So, I had to totally re-write the instructions, using wonky cutting techniques instead of paper piecing templates! It was the hardest write I’ve ever had to do! It was hard to totally re-create the instructions, and try to get things to match up!
The written instructions make a quilt that is much more randomly pieced than my quilt, and would have points that are cut off at times, but Martingale included directions to their website to download the paper-pieced templates if you would rather.
I love this quilt, but it was definitely the one that gave me the most grief in the book!
Speaking of Night and Day, this quilt started as an illustration by my husband, Neil. He saw something along these lines:
I took the original illustration and had to figure out how to make it work as a quilt. I had fun with the pieced background and the large, fun appliqué. A paper-pieced inner border adds just the right touch!
The last quilt in the book is Paradise Winds. This quilt started as a poor, unloved kit that my friend, Mary, and I put together when we worked in the quilt shop. It hadn’t sold, so I bought it and made my own pattern for it. It is very easy to make.
After a couple of failed attempts to plug a proposal for another book, I decided to self-publish. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been a lot of fun.
My quilt Round and Round started with the wonderful homespun fabrics that I bought in a fat pack. I wanted to explore appliqué with different textures, so I used velvet, corduroy, and minkee as well as traditional cottons. It is a sweet, soft design.
A Semi-Charmed Life uses charm packs and some yardage as well. There is a small appliqué in the corner.
The Name Game started with my daughter picking out some cute prints she liked. I added minkee for the alternate blocks and some appliquéd x’s and o’s. Two angled corners with additional x’s and o’s make for a fun border.
Lucky Ladybug also started as a fat pack. I appliquéd some ladybugs in a strip going through the quilt, along with a few in blocks. An easy pieced block highlights the cute ladybug fabric.
I owe the Color My World idea to my friend Shelley. In my church, children are baptized at 8 years old. Shelley has the tradition of having the child draw art work on fabric, which is then embroidered by her and other relatives. She has had me quilt several of these quilts, and they are absolutely darling! There is something magical about children’s artwork; it is so free and uncontrolled.
For Color My World, I decided to just have the children color with crayons on the picture blocks, then set the crayon drawings with an iron. For my color blocks, I have neighbors that are twins, Ellie and Miles. They happily colored the pictures for me, and then, between designing the blocks, putting the quilts together, quilting them, photographing them, and everything in between, it was a couple of years before they received their quilts!
The sad thing is Ellie and Miles are now 15 years old and learning to drive!
Dance In Circles is a very simple baby quilt. The circle appliqué is very easy, and the blocks are set on-point.
Kiss Me Red started as a pattern for Stash Builder Box (now cottoncuts.com) I started with a batik fat quarter pack, because at the time the owner wanted to send out fat quarters. After I had completed the quilt she had started sending three 1-yard cuts instead! Oh, well. I still love my pattern!
Argyle Sketches was my first attempt at 60º cuts. There was a learning curve, but it isn’t really hard, and it is a completely different look from the 90º/45º cuts I always use.
Noah Jazz was made for my first grandson! His name is Daxton and he is two now. His mommy (my daughter) picked out the fabric. This pattern works great for any fun focus fabric, as I used it to make a quilt for my second grandson, Memphis, with fabric his mommy picked out!
Yes, that was shameless bragging on my grandkids!
Baby Elephant Walk is another baby quilt. My son said he wanted this one when they were expecting their baby (my second grandson, Memphis.) My husband designed the elephant, and I did all the appliqué and piecing.
My latest pattern is What a Lot of Flowers! I posted about this quilt just last November, so the short story is that there are three panels of different sizes with appliqué, and some easy, pieced blocks to complete the look.
I hope you and yours are all healthy and staying indoors quilting! Hopefully we’ll be back to quilt shows soon.